Nowadays, the Internet is the best place for gaining knowledge and seeking personal development. There are so many motivational videos on youtube, and numerous quotes flow through Instagram and Pinterest. This is the self-education era; all you need is an internet connection on your phone/laptop. From free coaching videos to E-books and webinars, you name it, and you have it. One such organization that consistently provides educational/ inspirational content is TED Talks. Although I have watched a zillion TED talks over the years, I watch a few of them every now and then. These are my go-to for that little push I need whenever I feel demotivated or lost. I have made a list of amazing ted talks every 20-somethings should watch.
These TED talks opened new doors of ideas and inspiration for me.
Listening to them is the best decision I have ever made, and I’m sure I will watch them even after five years. If you’re a 20-something who is demotivated, lost, and directionless, you should give these videos a chance.
Here goes the list of 7 inspiring TED talks for 20-somethings.
1. why 30 is not the new 20 by Meg Jay.
This Ted Talk changed my life, so much so that I went ahead and bought the book written by the speaker! 20-somethings live their life with a mindset “work happen later, marriage happen later, kids happen later, and we have a lot of time for all that, now let’s enjoy.”The speaker of this TED talk condemns this mindset. Sure, all these defining moments happen later in our thirties, but that doesn’t mean our twenties are a meaningless time dedicated to have fun before we settle down. She refers to the years between the age of 20-30 as“the defining decade.”She educates you as to why your twenties matter and how to make the most it. This is one the best ted talks for 20-somethings out there!
2. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator by Tim urban.
As 20-somethings, we tend to procrastinate a lot, and we do it while studying while working on something important, and whenever work seems boring.
Procrastination is a master thief that robs us of our urgency to get things done.
We all have procrastinated one time or the other in our lives, and Tim Urban describes what exactly happens when we procrastinate in the most humorous way possible. It is one TED talk that probably won’t bore you to death; it’s relatable, funny, and engaging.
3. 3 things I learned when my plane crashed by Ric Elias.
The speaker Ric Elias talks about his real-life personal experience that changed his life forever. This short ted talk is a reminder to be extra grateful for the lives we have. We do not realize how fortunate we are until we seem to lose everything in a fraction of seconds. How beautiful life is and how blessed we are to have friends and family who love us, yet we are so busy in our mundane lives that we forget to be thankful. This TED talk will open your eyes to a new perspective of looking at life.
4.What I learned from 100 days of rejection by Jia Jiang.
The speaker Jia Jiang demonstrates to us why rejections are good. We as 20-somethings are hell scared with this term “Rejection.” We quit way before trying because we fear rejection. How do we change this? How do we not let rejection define us? By embracing it, by accepting that rejection will be there, and that shouldn’t stop us from doing what we love, Jia Jiang teaches how to turn rejections into opportunities while making us laugh. It is a much-needed topic addressed in ted talks for 20-somethings everywhere.
5. Stop screwing yourself over by Mel robbins.
Mel robbins introduces this concept of “parenting yourself.” As kids, we had our parents discipline us; they made sure we did the things we didn’t want to do. We had to do our homework even when we felt like watching T.V instead. But as we grow older, we need to parent ourselves; we will never feel like doing the things we are supposed to do, Never. We have to parent ourselves and force our inner child to get things done!. Throughout the TED talk, Mel introduces various ways we self-sabotage ourselves and provides a solution as to how to overcome them.
6.Why we have too few women leaders by Sheryl Sandberg.
Sheryl Sandberg, Yes! The COO of Facebook, Author of “LEAN IN,” is who I look up to as my role model. As a 25-year-old woman, I often doubt my ability to reach the goals I set for myself; I often catch myself wondering if it would be easy if I were a man? As stupid as it sounds, we cannot brush it off, saying just that. The problem is enormous than it seems.
We women, don’t give ourselves credit for what we are good at, We underestimate our value, We are less confident compared to men of the same age, And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Sheryl explains how to strike down this discrimination. She informs us why more and more women opt out of the workforce. It is an eye-opening speech for all those young women whose dreams are to reach for the stars.
7. 5 Life lessons from the Indian army life|Josh talks|Capt. Raghu Raman
Although this isn’t a TED talk, I had to mention this. Capt. Raghu Raman beautifully explains five life lessons that the Indian army teaches you. For a 20-something, This is the best inspirational speech they could hear. I am so thankful for josh talks that they are bringing us content that we can relate. He says life is just like Indian army, and he gives us inspiring personal stories and let me tell you, They are powerful and moving. I can clearly say, It is powerful Indian ted talks for 20-somethings!