5 TED Talks for Being a Smarter Worker

TEDTalksTop100For those of you who don’t know about TED Talks, TED (which stands for technology, entertainment and design) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread worthwhile ideas. Whether you are feeling stuck in your job, just starting your professional career, or looking for a leg up on the competition, here are some TED Talks for all of those twenty-somethings who are just learning to be workers.

  1. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

This entertaining talk by the author of The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor shares his opinion on happiness in relation to success from his perspectives as a Harvard educated positive psychologist.

  1. Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20

A great talk for any twenty-something, clinical psychologist Meg Jay discusses the importance of your twenties in having the career, family and life that you want. For more details, you can try reading The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – and How to Make the Most of Them Now.

  1. Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

A short talk about achieving long term success, a key component according to Angela Lee Duckworth: grit. Grit is a combination of perseverance and passion with an understanding that failure is temporary.

  1. Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk

There are a lot of different components to a job, and not all of them are healthy. Nilofer Merchant purposes one way to change your work life.

  1. Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

We fill our lives with goals despite the fact that we don’t always achieve everything we want to do. To help with the procrastination, Derek Siver suggests we keep our goals secret.

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