• Neha Kalavati

7 Ted-talks every 20-something should watch RN

An exclusive list of not so famous Ted Talks that will change the life of every 20-something out there!

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Nowadays, the Internet is the best place for gaining knowledge and seeking personal development. There are so many motivational videos on youtube and innumerable quotes flow through Instagram and Pinterest. Clearly, this is the era of self- education and all you need is the internet connection in your phone/laptop.

From free coaching videos to e-books and webinars, you name it, you have it.

One such organization that consistently provides educational/inspirational content is Ted Talks. Although I have watched a zillion ted talks over the years, they're a few of them I watch every now and then. these are my go-to for that little push I need whenever I feel demotivated or lost. These opened new doors of ideas and inspiration for me.

Listening to them is the best decision I made and I'm quite sure I will watch them even after 5 years from now. If you're a twenty-something who is demotivated, lost and directionless, then you should give these videos a chance.

Here goes the list of 7 inspiring TED talks every 20-something should watch.

1. why 30 is not the new 20 by Meg Jay.

This Ted Talk changed my life, so much so that I went ahead and bought the book written by the speaker!

20-somethings live their life with a mindset

"work happen later, marriage happen later, kids happen later, and we have a lot of time for all that, now let's enjoy".

speaker of this ted talk condemns this mindset, sure all these defining things happen later in our thirties, but that doesn't mean our twenties are a meaningless time dedicated just to have fun before we settle down. She refers to the years between the age of 20-30 as "the defining decade". She will educate you as to why your twenties matter and how to make the most it.

2. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator by Tim urban

As 20-somethings, we tend to procrastinate a lot, we do it while studying, while working on something important and whenever work seems boring. Procrastination is a master thief that robs us of our urgency to get things done.

We all have procrastinated one time or the other in our lives and Tim urban explains what exactly happens when we procrastinate in the most humorous way possible. This is one TED talk that probably won't bore you to death, in fact, it's relatable, funny and engaging.

3.3 things I learned when my plane crashed by Ric Elias

The speaker Ric Elias talks about his real-life personal experience that changed his life forever. This short ted talk is a reminder to be extra grateful for the lives we have. We do not realize how fortunate we are until the point where we seem to lose everything in a fraction of second.

How beautiful life is, and how lucky we are to have friends and family who love us, yet we are so busy in our mundane lives that we forget to be thankful. This ted talk will open your eyes to a new perspective of looking at life.

4.What I learned from 100 days of rejection by Jia Jiang.

The speaker Jia Jiang demonstrates to us why rejections are good. We as twenty-somethings are hell scared with this term "Rejection". We quit before trying because we fear rejection.

How do we change this? How do we not let rejection define us? By embracing it, by accepting that rejection will be there and that shouldn't stop us from doing what we love, Jia Jiang teaches how to turn rejections into opportunities whilst making us laugh.

5. Stop screwing yourself over by Mel robbins

Mel robbins introduces this concept of "parenting yourself". As kids we had our parents to discipline us, they made sure we did the things we didn't want to do. We had to do our homework even when we felt like watching T.V instead. But as we grow older we need to parent ourselves, we will never feel like doing the things we are supposed to do, Never.

We have to parent ourselves, and force our inner child to get things done!. Throughout the TED talk, Mel introduces various ways we self-sabotage ourselves and provides solution as to how to overcome them.

6.Why we have too few women leaders by Sheryl Sandberg.

Sheryl Sandberg, Yes! the COO of Facebook, Author of "LEAN IN" Is who I look up to as my role model. As a 24-year-old woman I often doubt my own ability to reach the goals I set for myself, I often catch myself wondering would it be easy if I were a man?

As stupid as it sounds, we cannot brush it off saying just that. The problem is huge than it seems. We women don't give ourselves credit for what we are good at, We underestimate our value, We are less confident compared to men of the same age, And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Sheryl explains how to strike down this discrimination, she informs us why more and more women opt out of the workforce.

This is an eye-opening speech for all those young women whose dreams are to reach for the stars. This is close to my heart.

7. 5 Life lessons from the Indian army life|Josh talks|Capt. Raghu Raman

Although this isn't a TED talk, I had to mention this. Capt. Raghu Raman beautifully explains 5 life lessons that the Indian army teaches you. For a twenty-something, This is the best inspiration speech they could hear. I am so thankful for Josh talks that they are bringing us content that we can relate to.

He says life is just like Indian army, and he gives us inspiring personal stories and let me tell you, They are powerful and moving.


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