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8 TED Talks That Give You The Insights On How To Lead A Brand New Life

8 TED Talks That Give You The Insights On How To Lead A Brand New Life

The first step to recreating a better life for yourself lies in your thought process. That’s why we often rely on an enlightening TED talk to wake us up and get new ideas circulating in our heads. Each of these TED talks will help you conceptualize your life differently and make positive changes with clarity.

8. Know why you do what you do

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

This is the message author Simon Sinek provides in this talk. He explains the ins and outs of being an impactful leader, discussing how we form connections and gain trust from others. This talk redefines what it means to be a successful leader, using examples that can benefit us at work and enlighten us.

Watch it here.

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7. Vulnerability is power

Brene Brown is a researcher focused on shame and vulnerability. In this talk, she discusses how we mistake our own vulnerability as weakness, while simultaneously revering the vulnerability of others. From both a personal and professional perspective, Brown uses humor to approach this delicate topic. She outlines how we can transform shame as a society and recognize the strength in being vulnerable.

Watch it here.

6. Change obstacles into opportunities

Nick Vujicic was born to a Serbian immigrant family in Australia. A rare condition caused him to be born without arms or legs, creating significant hardships and severe depression early in his life. Vujicic’s poignant talk describes how to appreciate what you have instead of longing for what you lack.

Watch it here.

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5. Go with your gut feeling

Magnus Walker, driver and self-proclaimed urban outlaw, discusses his winding life journey in this TED talk. Following his passions, as well as his gut feelings, eventually led him to turn his dreams to reality — but it wasn’t immediate or easy. He discusses the importance of taking a leap of faith, and how passion can transform you.

Watch it here.

4. Stop sabotaging yourself

Mel Robbins is a lawyer, syndicated radio show host, and a career/relationship expert. In this talk, she cuts to the chase, giving a no-nonsense talk on why we don’t get what we want and how to stop the pattern. She discusses what it takes to push ourselves past discomfort and start doing the things we want.

Watch it here.

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3. Ask what you can do for others

Adam Leipzig is a movie producer, executive, and cofounder of the Los Angeles Theatre Center. He gives a revealing account of his Yale college reunion, where he discovered that most of his outwardly successful classmates were not actually happy in their lives. This led him to the realization that there are 5 simple questions that satisfied professionals can answer themselves — including “who do you help?”

Watch it here.

2. You are what you think

Perhaps one of the best quotes of all time, “you are what you think” has a wealth of meaning behind it. Valerie Mason-John is an award winning author and an expert on bullying. In this powerful and direct talk, she pinpoints why we’re mean to each other, and explains why mentally bullying ourselves can lead to bullying others. She lays out a plan of action detailing what we can do to slow the epidemic of bullying and treat ourselves with respect.

Watch it here.

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1. Have the guts to make a change

Most of us are familar with being fed up in our careers. Fed up with her monotonous desk job, Dianna David made a radical change to become a performer — more specifically, a movement storyteller. She describes the challenges faced during her transition, like judgement, uncertainty, financial difficulties, and a fear of being her true self.

Watch it here.

Featured photo credit: Tony Frantz via flickr.com

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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