Feelin’ It: 6 (Life-Changing) Inspirational Ted Talks

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Sometimes you just need to feel inspired. You know the feeling. It’s like a surge through the body that kicks your motivation into overdrive, and fills you with ‘purpose’. An instant injection of perspective if you will. If anything can reignite passion and purpose within you it’s a good Ted Talk. If you haven’t got on board the Ted Talk train, it’s about time you did. Here are 6 of our favourite life-changing and all ’round inspirational ted talks.


 1. Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members.

2. Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

3. Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia — and a shocking image of the sugar we eat — TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

4. Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others — and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.


5. Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.

6. For you creatives out there, Rachel Gilbert author of Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.