5 Ted Talks Every Twenty-Something Should Watch

SELF CARE / Thursday, June 9th, 2016

It’s Friday!!! Or as all the cool kids call it, FRIYAY! woohoo! This Friday I have some awesome news, I have decided to start a new blog series called…  A2A’s Friday Favorites! What I plan on doing is compiling a list every Friday around my favorite things. The topic will change every week, so one week it could be my favorite books, another week it could be my favorite Instagram accounts, you will never know, it will always be an awesome Friday surprise!  Hopefully you guys will enjoy it as much as I do! (You can tell my level of excitement by the amount of explanation marks I just used, oops!)

So to kick of my very first A2A’s Friday Favorite’s I present to you my favorite Ted Talks for 20 Something’s. I have said it before, but I will say it again, I love Ted Talks. I love Ted Talks because they are always thought-provoking, usually provide a dose of inspiration, and always leave me wanting to improve my life in someway. They are also no longer then 20-25 minutes so even for the busiest of people, you can squeeze one in. Now, I have watched my fair share of Ted Talks video’s and something I began to realize is that there are some really great inspirational lectures for twenty-something’s. So I decided to compile a list of my favorite 5. Take some time to watch them, even if you just watch 1 or 2, they will give you some great inspiration heading into the weekend!

How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over – Mel Robbins

One of my favorite Ted Talks to date! Make sure you watch until the end because the last 10 minutes are the best part. This Ted Talk is all about how to get what you want and how you are getting in your own way when it comes to achieving it. I agree 100% with everything Mel Robbins talks about, especially her reference to using the word “fine”. She hits the nail on the head when she references the fact that we use “I’m fine” as an excuse for staying the same or not chasing our dreams. My favorite quote from the whole talk is when Mel says “in any area of your life that you want to change, there is one fact that you need to know, you are never going to feel like it” and then she challenges us to change our behavior. Well worth the 20 minutes, check it out!

Success, Failure, and the Drive to Keep Creating – Elizabeth Gilbert

The Author of one of my favorite books, Eat Pray Love, brings us this inspirational Ted Talk all about the importance of never giving up, and not letting failure define you. Elisabeth Gilbert talks about all the rejection she faced before getting her big break. She talks about the importance of doing what you love and how there is more in common with success and failure than you may think. This one is only 7 minutes, and it will open your eyes up to what you consider home and make you think about where your love truly lies. I think this is an important watch for twenty-something’s because it is so nice to be reminded that failure is natural, and what really matters is what you do with that failure as well as what you let that failure do to you.

*If you like this Ted Talk you may like: Why it is Okay To Feel Lost in Your Twenties

Listening to Shame – Brene’ Brown

I love Brene’ Brown, so it was not a surprise to me that I enjoyed this Ted Talk. If you have never heard of Brene’ Brown, you need to read one or all of her inspiring books (Check her books out HERE). Brene’ talks about the importance of vulnerability, and despite how scary it is, how it also bring forward really great things. She also talks about Shame, and this is the portion that was very inspiring to me. How many times in your twenties have you felt shame in some form? whether that feeling came from a wrong decision, a failure, a life mistake, we have all been there. My favorite part is when Brene’ talks about Shame being the thing to pull you down, and tell you that you aren’t good enough, but if we throw empathy and vulnerability in the mix, we can silence the shame and become better people.

How to Make Hard Choices – Ruth Chang

Okay, so full disclosure, I am the most indecisive person alive, so this Ted Talk was SO spot on. Ruth Chang basically sums up my twenties in 15 minutes. She talks about how people often take the safest option even if it is not the best option for them. I have questioned every single decision in my life since I turned 20, I have felt lost, I have struggled with deciding on a career path, etc. I wish I had watched this Ted Talk at age 20 and saved myself the constant headache of wondering if I am making the correct choice. I will be very honest with you, I was SUPER lost for the first 11 minutes of this 15 minute video, but about 12 minutes in Ruth Chang brings it all together and I just kind of went “YES!”.

*Do you have a hard time making decisions like me? Check out this post: How to Find Your life purpose with 3 Simple Strategies

Why 30 is Not the New 20 – Meg Jay

Meg Jay talks about how in today’s society everything happens later in life, marriage, children, careers, etc. She questions whether or not we are blowing our twenties off in hopes that we will figure it all out later. Meg talks about the importance of claiming our twenties now before it is too late. Now, there are a few messages in this and some of them may scare you, but do not let them! If your 27 and have nothing figured out, don’t worry, I don’t either, but that does not mean we are wasting our twenties! I think it is so important to explore various things in your twenties to truly figure out who you are and what you want, but with that being said, I also agree with so much of what Meg Jay says in this talk, for example: When Meg talks about pushing too much to your 30’s so that your faced with too much too quick, when she talks about building an identity capital, and how never extending outside your friend circle can limit you in many ways. Make sure you watch this whole Ted Talk, I found the first part made me question my life, but the last half was SO inspiring.

*Do you want to make the most of your twenties after watching that Ted Talk? Let me help you set some goals: Grab the Free Goal Setting Guide

I had such a hard time picking just 5 of these. There are so many inspirational Ted Talks for twenty-something’s, and I can see myself creating another list in the future! I hope you found some inspiration from at least one of these videos, and since my readers are so awesome, I decided to throw a bonus video in: The Person You Really Need to Marry – Tracy McMillian. Now, the reason I did not include this in my top 5 list is because I already reviewed this Ted Talk in a previous post: ( 5 Reasons You Should Love Yourself Most ). If you just want to watch the video, check it out below, but if you want to see all the reasons I loved it check out the post!

Do you have an awesome or inspirational Ted Talk, video, or article that you love? Share it with me in the comments.







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8 Replies to “5 Ted Talks Every Twenty-Something Should Watch”

  1. I love TED Talks! They are always so informative and very easy to follow for the most part. I’m really looking forward to checking these out. Thanks for the links!
    -Rachel @ Tidy&Teal

  2. I love TED talks too! The one by Elizabeth Gilbert is one of my favorites too. I also love her talk on “The Elusive Creative Genius” And Meg Jay’s “Why 30 is the New 20” is so encouraging for someone like me who doesn’t feel like I’ve got it figured out at ALL!

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