TED Talks to Provide Motivation for the Summer Months

Going to work during the summer can be challenging. Like most people, you would probably prefer to be outside enjoying the weather. To help focus on your job, we recommend you listen to these five TED Talks.

Dare to Disagree by Margaret Heffernan

Dare to Disagree by Margaret Heffernan shows how creating conflict is a form of thinking that can lead to positive results. For example, because the majority of executives in corporations do not raise issues at work to avoid causing conflict, they are not working together to find solutions and move the company forward. Because creating conflict helps people effectively deal with being challenged, the act should be encouraged in the workforce as a means of problem solving.

What Reality Are You Creating for Yourself? by Isaac Lidsky

This talk demonstrates how we can draw to us the opportunities that help us become whom we want to be. Despite losing his sight to a rare genetic eye disease, Lidsky graduated from Harvard at 19, starred on a television sitcom, served as a law clerk to two Supreme Court justices and runs a construction company in Orlando. Lidsky points out how rather than taking what we see as truth, we need to work toward what we want to create the lifestyle we desire.

What It Takes to Be a Great Leader by Roselinde Torres

Roselinde Torres draws on the 25 years she spent traveling the world studying different leadership programs. Torres created three questions that leaders should ask themselves about thriving at work. For instance, time is money, how are you spending it? How diverse is your personal network? Plus, are you too comfortable? You have to take risks and dare to be different to grow as a leader.

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable by Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi demonstrates why we need to speak up and stand out rather than remain silent and blend in. If we are not satisfied with something, we need to take action to change it. Even when what we have to say goes against the norm, we have to be strong and face the consequences of our actions for things to improve.

The New American Dream by Courtney E. Martin

In this talk, Courtney E. Martin calls into question the American ideal. Despite the traditional belief that every generation in the United States will earn more, buy more and be more than the previous generation, the majority of parents today do not think their kids will be better off than they were. The American ideal needs to shift from a steady job, hefty income and large home to one of community connections, reinvention and a life well lived.

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