Watch These Seven TED Talks in the Morning Before Work to Keep You Motivated

In case you’re not familiar, TED talks are short, inspirational presentations lasting 18 minutes or less. TED is a nonprofit organization begun in 1984 at a conference where technology, engineering and design converged. Today, TED talks cover myriad topics in areas ranging from science to business to global issues. They’re available in more than 100 languages.

So yes, you may be missing something if you’ve never listened to a TED talk. And, what better time to fit 18 minutes of motivation into your day than first thing in the morning? Over coffee or breakfast, give these TED talks a try. You won’t regret it.

  1. Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure, and the Drive to Keep Creating

The author of the best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert started out as an “unpublished diner waitress.” And yet, in the wake of success, she found she was strongly identifying with her former self. She reflects on why success can be as devastating as failure and offers a simple, though hard way to carry on.

  1. Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy finds that body language goes deeper than influencing how others perceive us – it can change the way we see ourselves. She maintains that “power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when you don’t feel it – boosts you and may impact your chances for success.

  1. Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do

For the last 30 years, motivational speaker Tony Robbins has focused on answering an important question: What enhances the quality of life, and how can a person’s performance make a difference? In his TED talk, Robbins discusses the factors we all respond to, describing emotion as “the force of life.”

  1. Emilie Wapnick: Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling

Here’s a new word for you: multipotentiality. Emilie Wapnick defines multipotentialities as people who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Sound familiar? She notes that if you’re a multipotentiality, you can contribute to the world in a way that more singularly purposeful people cannot.

  1. Celeste Headlee: 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation

“Why do we not listen to each other?” asks Celeste Headlee who, after spending decades as a radio host, learned a great deal about how to have an effective conversation. Her response to her own question is, “number one: we’d rather talk.” Her TED talk teaches honesty, brevity, clarity and active listening.

  1. Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days

Is there something you’ve always meant or wanted to do? Matt Cutts recommends trying it for 30 days. He notes that “when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick.” Words to live by.

  1. James Veitch: This Is What Happens When You Reply to Spam Email

Writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot online deal. You’ll laugh as you relate to those suspicious emails that pop up in your inbox. What would happen if you actually replied?!

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