We’re nearing the start of a new week, which means new ideas, creativity and the chance to make things happen. You can start over, begin again and take fresh steps so that your dreams and goals become reality. For this to happen, each one of us needs a starting point to better ourselves, a spark of inspiration that lights up passion inside of you. So if you’re looking to feel inspired and get your creative juices flowing, a TED talk is just what you need. TED — which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design — features “ideas worth spreading.”There are over 1,000 of these talks online, but we’ve rounded up our current favourite five for you take in before a new week begins. So sit back, relax and get ready to listen to some of the most courageous and fascinating people in the world. As the old saying goes: if you want to be the best, learn from the best.
Graham Hill: Less stuff, more Happiness
Our lives are filled with stuff; a yearning for that new bag, new shoes or that next thing that will bring us joy. However, we simply have so much stuff that writer Graham Hill makes a compelling argument that having less of it might actually make us happier and shows you how to edit your life to get more freedom and importantly more time. Edit the unnecessary and make room for the good things.
Nilofer Merchant: Got a Meeting? Take a Walk
We are sitting 9.3 hours per day on average — and it is slowly killing us, more than cars, more than the internet. We’re sitting more than we’re sleeping. “Sitting has become the smoking of our generation,” she says. So turn your typical work meeting on its head (no more coffee on tap) and take your meetings outside — and you’ll be surprised by how easily fresh air can drive ‘out-of-the-box’ fresh thinking. This concept has changed her life, and she says, it could change yours too. Walk the talk.
Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model
A model in the industry for 10 years criticises our society’s obsession with looks. Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model but asks that we don’t don’t judge her by her looks. She’s fearless; she won’t encourage young girls to be models when they “could be anything” and has a wry perception of the industry that had her getting seductive with a guy before she had a real-life boyfriend. She encourages us to go beyond pre-conceived ideas about image.”If there’s a takeaway to this talk, I hope it’s that we all feel more comfortable acknowledging the power of image in our perceived successes and our perceived failures.”
Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
The successful author of Lean In and Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, leads a TED talk about the glaring lack of women in leadership roles in the workplace. Women are not in the top profession, anywhere in the world, and that’s the crux of the problem. The numbers speak for themselves and the numbers simply must change. She also gives aspiring female business leaders three actionable tips to take their career to the next level.
Sinead Burke: You Can Call Me…
The multi-talented Sinéad Burke is beloved here at IMAGE. Her blog, Minnie Melange has won countless awards (including an IMAGE Blog Award) and this inspirational young woman talks about life as a little person, labels and going above and beyond to exceed her goals and live her dreams.Sinéad has earned a dizzying number of plaudits for someone who’s still in her twenties and we’ve a feeling she’s only just beginning. She’s warm, intelligent, funny and her talk is worth watching on repeat.
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