Whether you’re deep down the rabbit hole of job hunting, frantically typing cover letters in your sleep and spending your mornings chugging coffee and refreshing vacancy pages, or you’re happy in your job but finding it hard to harness some inspiration to push yourself professionally, we all need a helping hand sometimes when it comes to our careers.
And what better way to motivate our working lives than to sit back, relax and listen to other successful people tell us know to do it. Here are some of the best motivational TED talks for a rainy day.
Carol Fishman Cohen: How to Get Back to Work After a Career Break
If you’ve ever taken some time off work and feeling apprehensive about coming back, Carol Fishman Cohen guides you through what employers can expect from ‘relaunchers’ – those relaunching their career – and how to accommodate these needs, including taking on re-entry programs and training.
Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend
Busting some common myths about stress and its affect on our health, Kelly McGonigal talks us through how to use stress to achieve our goals in unconventional ways. Instead of viewing stress as the enemy, it’s time to view stress as an asset. A health psychologist and lecturer, Kelly uses a scientific approach to focus the mind and better handle difficult life situations.
Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
We’ve also previously discussed the impact that body language can have on your career, and Amy Cuddy supports this notion by detailing the ways we can alter our body language to appear more confident and therefore more trustworthy, attractive and reliable to the outside world. Social psychologist Amy discusses this impact on our professional lives – if we look powerful, we will feel powerful.
Larry Smith: Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career
Are you serious about pursuing your passion and turning it into a career? Larry Smith has some harsh truths for you about what it takes to create a truly successful career. His comedic and colloquial demeanor helps guide us through professional lessons and what it takes to get to the top.
Sarah Lewis: Embrace the Near Win
Went up for a promotion but didn’t quite make the cut? Landed an interview but didn’t get the job? It’s the effort that counts and your willingness to put yourself out there. In pursuit of success, it’s the near-wins that propel us forward and challenge us to seek out bigger goals, says art historian Sarah Lewis.
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