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10 TED Talks to watch if you’re stuck in a rut

Looking for some inspiration? Here are 10 TED Talks sure to help you stay positive and motivated as you continue your job hunt.

3 Questions to Unlock Your Authentic Career – Ashley Stahl 
Early in her career, Ashley Stahl felt stuck. After she spent some time soul-searching she was able to create a career for herself that she truly loves. Now she is a career coach helping others to do the same. She encourages people to ask themselves these three questions about their career:
-What am I good at?
-What do other people think I’m good at?
-What’s holding me back?

Trust Your Struggle – Zain Asher 
Four years ago, Zain Asher was working as a receptionist. After a series of self-made breaks (including filming a fake news reel around Los Angeles to use for job applications), Asher is now working in her dream job as an International Anchor for CNN. Her story is proof that if you really want something, hard work can help you get there. 

Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career – Larry Smith 
Larry Smith, an Economics Professor at the University of Waterloo, uses reverse psychology to explain all the reasons why you won’t have a great career. In his talk he encourages people to believe that they can be a great partner, a great friend, a great parent, and also have a great career. 

Rethinking Failure – Barbara Corcoran 
Barbara Corcoran talks honestly about how she has used the failures in her career to her advantage by looking at the effort rather than the outcome. The job hunt can be full of perceived failures, so this talk will inspire you to change your outlook.

Say Goodbye to Career Planning – Tim Clark
Tim Clark is an entrepreneur who thinks we should all say goodbye to career planning. He believes what everyone needs is a ‘personal business plan’ that serves as more of a roadmap to guide you in finding jobs that will build a happy and fulfilling career.

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are – Amy Cuddy
Did you know that your body language not only impacts how others perceive you, it can also change the way we feel about ourselves? If you’re needing a bit of a confidence boost, try some of Amy Cuddy’s power poses. 

How to Speak so That People Want to Listen – Julian Treasure

Julian Treasure shares some rules-of-thumb on how to speak so people want to listen. He details the seven deadly sins of speaking and demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking, including some helpful vocal exercises and tips on how to speak with empathy.

The Optimism Bias – Tali Sharot

It turns out most of us are naturally inclined to be pretty optimistic. This optimism has many benefits, including lower stress and increased motivation. However, according to Tali Sharot, we should ensure we don’t let ourselves lose sight of reality, and need a healthy dose of both optimism and precaution to set ourselves up for success. 

How to Gain Control of Your Free Time – Laura Vanderkam
While there are no shortage of productivity hacks you can find online, is that really the solution to finding more time? Author and time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their time, and believes we can decide when we want to find time to do something, it’s just a matter of making it a priority. She has some practical strategies to help us find more time for the things that matter so we can “build the lives we want in the time we’ve got”. 

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator – Tim Urban

Tim Urban is a self-professed procrastinator who’s never been able to shake the habit of leaving everything to the last minute. Urban decided to delve inside the brain of the procrastinator to see what it’s like, and what we can learn about ourselves. He encourages us to think about what we are really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

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