When you’ve hit rock bottom, it’s not always easy to find motivation to get yourself out of the hole you’re in. Sometimes you just need the right kick in the right direction. These TED talks get you thinking and give you a new perspective over the world and the way you look at things. Here are 10 TED talks to listen to when you’ve hit rock bottom.
1How a 13 year old changed ‘Impossible’ to ‘I’m Possible’
Sparsh is a 13-year old child prodigy, singer/song writer/rapper born with brittle bones (130+fractures), but an unbreakable spirit. He became a worldwide internet sensation with his Purhythm versions of Eminem covers. He aspires to inspire and sing in front of a billion people one day
2My philosophy for a happy life
Sam Berns was a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He is featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Life According to Sam, which premiered on HBO on October 21, 2013, 2 days before his 17th birthday
3The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong
Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. Since 2002, she has been counseling children, teens, and adults. She also works as an adjunct psychology instructor. Amy’s expertise in mental strength has attracted international attention. Her bestselling book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, is being translated into more than 20 languages.
Everyone has the ability to build mental strength, but most people don’t know how. We spend a lot of time talking about physical strength and physical health, but much less time on mental strength and mental health.
4The prison of your mind
The whole taalk sums up this quote “Never believe a prediction that doesn’t empower you” – Sean Stephenson
5Overcoming Rejection, When People Hurt You & Life Isn’t Fair
A vision-driven change agent with a career-long record of community outreach, leadership development, marketing, and communications success for leading organizations. Mr. Darryll Stinson seeks to use rejection as a powerful tool with which we can discover our true and complete identity based on a variety of healthy and holistic influences. Darryll’s theory is that by understanding who we are and what we are uniquely gifted and created to do, we can more healthily process the sting of rejection and turn the initial pain into strength to become a better version of ourselves.
6Turning adversity into opportunity
In this talk Muniba shares the heart wrenching story of an incident which changed her life completely – from the bad to the good.
Muniba Mazari is an artist and a writer. She believes in playing with vibrant colors and flawless portrayal of true emotions. Her work speaks her heart out and is all about people, their expressions, dreams and aspirations.
7How not to take things personally?
Frederik Imbo studied theatre at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent and has acted in lots of television series. He founded Imboorling and now has over 15 years’ experience in stimulating and supporting people. With the aim of improving their communication skills Frederik gives presentations, workshops, training courses and personal coaching sessions to anyone prepared to make their two ears available
In this epic Talk, Colin O’Brady, explains his journey back from a tragic burn accident only to ascend to the 7 tallest mountains and two poles on earth – in world record time.
8Mindset is more important than strategy
Preston believes that Mindset is more important than Strategy. After spending years as a struggling musician, everything changed when he shifted his mindset. He quickly became the top booked musical performer in the country at colleges and universities. After several years, he added a personal development message to his performances, and that took everything to the next level. Using his Mindset before Strategy philosophy, he moved into motivational speaking and eventually launched a podcast that debuted on iTunes at No. 1 in the world in its category. Life Coach This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Many people believe that having a good strategy is what separates success from failure, but that’s not the case. In reality, it’s the mindset that you have that matters most. Clear goals are essential in attaining success. A good example of something you can work on is small goals that you can achieve daily. This will show you that you are making progress. Find a mentor, study advice from those that have been successful, and stop blaming yourself when you fail. These are all things that successful people do.
9What makes you special?
Mariana Atencio is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, currently a national correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. In her TEDx talk, Mariana tells us how the people she’s met along the way and her own immigrant experience have taught her that the only thing we all have in common is being human. Get ready to ‘get human’ and embrace what makes you different! Take a stand to defend your race: the human race!
10Change Your Mindset and Achieve Anything
In this epic Talk, Colin O’Brady, explains his journey back from a tragic burn accident only to ascend to the 7 tallest mountains and two poles on earth – in world record time. His idea is centered around mindfulness and how one can achieve anything no matter the circumstances.
These are some of the talks we curated, do comment/add Ted talks which you find interesting.