“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.” Our Organization
One of my core values is a commitment to lifelong learning, and one of the ways I meet this intention is by watching TED Talks. As a designer and blogger, I am, of course, interested in all things Advertising, Art, and Creativity, but I also love watching Talks about Community, Empathy, and Mindfulness. Today I am sharing 10 TED Talks I have absolutely loved and thought you will too. Whether you are feeling drained and need a pick me up or you’re feeling negative and are looking for a happiness boost, TED is such an amazing resource.
A Simple Way To Break A Bad Habit
“Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.”
There’s More To Life Than Being Happy
“Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.”
How To Learn? From Mistakes.
“Diana Laufenberg shares three surprising things she has learned about teaching — including a key insight about learning from mistakes.”
The Secret To Getting Ahead Is Setting The Right Goals
“Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it’s not always because they’re bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr — often, it’s simply because they’re leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how we can get back on track with “Objectives and Key Results,” or OKRs — a goal-setting system that’s been employed by the likes of Google, Intel and Bono to set and execute on audacious goals. Learn more about how setting the right goals can mean the difference between success and failure — and how we can use OKRs to hold our leaders and ourselves accountable.”
Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead Of Your Goals
“The hard choices — what we most fear doing, asking, saying — are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls “fear-setting.” Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.”