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As you navigate the unpredictable terrain of a brand new term, it is almost certain, that with homework, essays and deadlines piling up, life is going to get challenging. So, wouldn’t it be useful to take a few minutes each day to power up on some inspiring and motivating TED talks? We think so!

 

TED is a global community devoted to exploring and spreading powerful ideas that help connect people. TED talks help enable people to become the best version of themselves. As a result, the organisation passionately believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes and lives. TED Talks are video podcasts of the best ideas from leading thinkers who deliver their talk in 18 minutes or less on a variety of topics. They are a great tool to turn to if you’re ever feeling doubtful, unmotivated, stressed, or just plain tired. See below for our list of five must see talks that can help with those inevitable obstacles:

  1. Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth

Psychologist and author Angela Lee Duckworth has been on a journey to discover the answer to one of the most pivotal life questions, “What is the Key to Success?”. Since swapping her job in consulting for teaching Maths in New York, she quickly realised what separated the successful students from the ones who struggled was ‘grit’.

  1. Technology and Social Revolution | Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of a little company called Apple, doesn’t want students to be passive learners. Rather, he encourages students to really learn to think for themselves and challenge the status quo.

  1. All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Andy Puddicombe

Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe talks about the transformative power of doing nothing for 10 minutes and the positive impact it has in decreasing anxiety.

  1. How to build your creative confidence | David Kelley

So you’re struggling with humanities subjects because you always considered science and maths your forte? Leading designer David Kelley argues that we shouldn’t box ourselves into these narrow categories. Kelley believes everyone has the ability to be creative. He offers some valuable nuggets of advice on how to build confidence to create.

  1. The skill of self confidence | Dr. Ivan Joseph

Are you lacking confidence in your work? Is your negative self talk preventing you from finishing that essay? Dr Ivan Joseph, award winning coach and director of Athletics at Ryerson University explores how self confidence is the most important skill you will need in your life.

Know any more inspiring TED talks? Tell us in the comments below!

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