As a middle-aged, control freak, workaholic woman, my areas for self-improvement are extensive. There is just not a nicer way of putting it. So in my quest to improve my mindset, I frequently check out some of the inspirational badasses on TED Talks.
If you haven’t heard of TED Talks before, well you are in for a treat!
TED is a conference of brilliance that started in 1984. It featured the beauty and power of Technology, Entertainment, and Design all on one stage. Today, TED has expanded to cover nearly every topic imaginable.
So how can this help you?
A TED Talk is a quick injection of inspiration, knowledge, and just maybe the closest you can get to the sheer genius of some of the best minds today.
So if you are ready to improve your mindset, buckle up. The TED Talks below are sure to blow your mind!
Original Publish Date: June 2012 – TEDGlobal 2012
Number of Views: 54 Million
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.
TEDGlobal 2012 – Your body language may shape who you are
In 2015 my career took me to a place that I never thought I would be – – – presenting to our Board of Directors. The thought of standing in a room of eight grumpy old-men, our management team, and legal counsel was terrifying.
My slides were ready, and my material was solid, but in the back of my mind, all I could hear that voice telling me that I was not good enough and they were going to see right through me. They were going to know that at my core, all I saw myself as was the teenage mom, high school dropout, from a troubled childhood.
The thought made me dizzy and full of anxiety. I found my fixed mindset was consuming me as I would not forgive myself for my past. Then I found this TED Talk from Amy Cuddy, which ended up being a game-changer and ultimately helped me to improve my mindset.
In her presentation, Amy teaches how your stance and posture play an enormous role in your confidence level.
As I acted out the techniques she explains in this video, I felt my breath normalize, my anxiety subside, and my confidence return.
Did I end up with an earth-shattering presentation? Hell no! The thing is, I survived and my confidence in myself and the role that I play for the company grew.
I was able to set aside my fixed mindset that I would never be enough and realize that I have value.
Original Publish Date: March 2012 – TED2012
Number of Views: 12.3 Million
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
2012 Ted Talks – The Power of Vulnerability
When thinking back over my 27-year marriage, the one regret that comes to mind. We did not take enough risk. We played it safe – – – no matter what.
You see, I grew up in a home that suffered from substance abuse. The dysfunction of this environment often brought on feelings of vulnerability. This feeling could, at times, consume me. I felt like I was plopped down into a world of chaos.
A world where emotion called all the shots and the adults in charge were struggling with managing themselves, let alone three children.
On my 17th birthday, Rob and I found out that we were going to be parents. My mind gravitated to ideals creating a secure, boring, and safe world for our children. An impossible challenge, but one that I felt we could accomplish.
[Oh, to be young and naive!]
The problem? We created a play it safe environment and never chased our dreams.
In this witty and entertaining TED Talk, Brené delves deeper into vulnerability.
One of my favorite lines from this talk is:
Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. To create is to make something that has never existed before. There is nothing more vulnerable than that.
The statement resonated with me to the core and made me realize that I tend to put my dreams on the back-burner. I set my dreams aside in a futile attempt to avoid the feeling that I hated the most as a child – vulnerability.
Now that I am in my forties, playing it safe is no longer a lifestyle I wish to live. Life is short and worth taking some chances to create something magical.
Original Publish Date: November 2014 – TEDxNorrkoping
Number of Views: 9 Million
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
2014 Ted Talks – The power of believing that you can improve
Carol Dweck is an award-winning Stanford University researcher. Carol’s research focuses on the idea that intelligence is not a fixed quality, but something that you can develop and nurture.
She is an advocate for praising children for their hard work and not for their intellect.
Carol caught my attention in an interview with Tom Bilyue. Tom stated that her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, is “without question, the number one book” he recommends to people. After watching this TED Talk, I can see why Tom is mesmerized by her research.
Carol digs deep into the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset and how we can change.
So if you are on the fence, and you want to do something you feel would be brave or bold, be sure to check this one out.
Although her research centers around helping our children become better, this talk goes over some great tips that you can apply to yourself.
Our futures are not predetermined. The only limitations that we have are the limitations we place on ourselves.
Original Publish Date: 2014 TEDxKelowna
Number of Views: 1.6 Million
Dr. Shimi Kang is an award-winning, Harvard-trained doctor, researcher, media expert, and lecturer on human motivation. She is the author of the #1 Bestseller, The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into A Tiger (Penguin Books 2014). Her articles appear in major media outlets including the Huffington Post, Psychology Today and TIME Magazine. Dr. Kang is the Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver community, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and the founder of the Provincial Youth Concurrent Mental Health and Addictions Program and BC Children’s Hospital. – TEDxKelowna
2014 TEDxKelowna – What one skill = an awesome life?
In my quest to be a brave and a fearless new me, I came across this fantastic TED Talks. With a title like What one skill = an awesome life? I was hoping that this talk would deliver.
Let me tell you – – it delivered!
Dr. Shimi Kang starts her talk out with this bold statement:
We have made sleep deprivation a symbol of ambition,
and rested a symbol of laziness.
We have made being too busy a symbol of importance.
And never before in human history
have we had such conveniences and such knowledge,
yet never before have our lives been so stressed and unhealthy.
Following an intro like that, Dr. Kang then states the fact that not everyone is unhappy. Years ago, she set out on a quest to learn what the “one thing” is that makes people either happy or unhappy.
The results of her study were a bit surprising. She stated that the difference is the gift of adaptability.
I was a bit taken back with the outcome. But the more I thought about it I could see how the happiest people I come in contact with every day are those who can adapt to change.
It was that aha moment that I was seeking.
As a mother of two Millennials, I find myself in awe when I watch them adapt. They prioritize those things that bring them happiness, “things” do not define them, and experience is what brings them joy.
I watch our children and see their wisdom!
Dr. Kang then provides some great advice that focuses on taking time for you, and you will improve the AWESOME skill of being able to adapt.
She teaches a method of adapting that she calls POD.
If you are ready to heal your workaholic tendencies, be sure to check out this AWESOME TED Talk.
Original Publish Date: 2017 TEDxCoconutGrove
Number of Views: 6.4 Million
The bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together, Sarah Knight, outlines her “Not Sorry Method” to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do in her humorous talk.
2017 TEDxCoconutGrove – The Magic of Not Giving a F***
A few months back, our daughter went on and on about a book she listened to on Audible called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. My crazy obsessive nature kicked in, and I started researching this life-changing book.
To my surprise, I came across a TED Talk on YouTube by Sarah Knight called The Magic of Not Giving a F***.
It caught my attention, and I couldn’t help but think that these damn kids have it all figured out. [I still cannot figure out why Millenials have a bad rap.]
Sarah developed the “Not Sorry Method.” The “Not Sorry Method” is your permission to tell someone no. Pretty liberating…right?
This TED Talk spoke to me because Sarah tells her story of working up the corporate latter to find herself miserable. She dedicated 15 years of her life to earn her dream job, and she was unhappy. So she quit, and the world continued to spin.
While I am not miserable with my job, I do know that life has so much more to offer. There is a world to see, and I am ready to see it!
If you are ready to mix things up and try something new, The Magic of Not Giving a F*** is the permission to go out there and do it!
In Conclusion…can you really improve your mindset and change your life?
So you made it! You checked out some of the most impressive TED Talks I could find to help you improve your mindset. Please let me know in the comments section below if I missed one! There is so much amazing information out there and we love to find out more about you!