TED Talk: Passion Triumphs Over Failure Every Time

A few years back I hit a roadblock professionally (also known as “writer’s block), and a near/dear friend of mine sent me this TED Talk given by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love.

From time to time I revisit the talk, and I love sharing it with fellow creatives/professionals.

If you enjoy a good TED Talk, regardless of your passion or industry, this is a must-watch that can be used over and over again.

Quotable from the talk:

“I loved writing more than I hated failing at writing.”

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TED Talk: Let’s Teach Girls Bravery Instead Of Perfection

What a fascinating TED Talk from Girls Who Code founder, Reshma Saujani. In this 13-minute delivery, Saujani brings common ideas to light, but with a refreshed perspective.

It is no secret that feminism, in addition to human equality, are currently bathing in the limelight; and, with good reason. With the Internet and social media at our fingertips, we have instant access to information that wasn’t tangible a decade ago. Social media, still in its infancy, is breaking ground on global movements by giving communities a platform to be heard from.

Saujani’s TED Talk is proof of how much work we’ve left to do, when it comes to equality and opportunity. A key takeaway from this TED Talk, and a statement that sums up our social conditioning:

“When the guys are struggling with an assignment, they’ll come in and they’ll say, ‘professor, there’s something wrong with my code.’ The girls will come in and they’ll say, ‘professor, there’s something wrong with me.'”

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TED Talk: The Science Behind Health And Happiness

Maybe I’m a loon, but I truly believe in God and the universe; and that they send us reminders or answers when we need them the most. My belief is that we just have to be open and aware enough to notice them.

In this fascinating TED Talk, Robert Waldinger reveals information from the longest running study on life and happiness. The study began in 1938, and amazingly enough, it is being continued from the original subjects, on to their offspring.

I am utterly in awe that a study could not only survive for 75 years, but that it is still being nurtured and conducted, today.

The key takeaway, for me:

“The lessons aren’t about wealth or fame, or working harder and harder. The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: good relationships keep us happier and healthier, period.”

Watch Waldinger’s full TED Talk, here:

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