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The 10 Best Ted Talks to Watch for Choosing a Career

the 10 best ted talks to watch for choosing a career
Daphne Blake

By Daphne Blake

TED Talks Inspire Millions of People

Career choice is a complicated issue that many people deal with heavily in the early stages of their adulthood life. While we all think we know what we want to do growing up, we’re constantly exposed to new ideas throughout our adulthood that can stray us from our original ideal career choice. Luckily, there are some fantastic TED talks you can watch that may help you make the decision of your career choice more easily.

TED talks inspire millions of people to make positive changes in their life, specifically in their health and career goals. With a wide array of speakers featured, TED talks offer something for everyone no matter where you come from in life.

So check out these best TED talks to watch if you’re struggling with a career choice and see how they speak to you. You might just find your dream job in less time than you think!

5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams by Bel Pesce

Consider this TED talk the perfect one to watch to help you prevent killing your dream by making a career choice that might not be best for you. Bel Pesce’s TED talk has received over 4,000,000 views and it’s no wonder due to her inspiring message.

Pesce is a Brazilian entrepreneur who knows a thing or two about following your passion and making it profitable. A younger woman herself, Pesce is also a perfect role model for college students and millennials looking to break into the job market. Her TED talk has received over 4,000,000 views so far and is one of the best-rated TED talks on creativity and entrepreneurship.

The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get by Susan Colantuono

With over 3,000,000 views so far, Susan Colantuono wants to give you some great career advice that she bets you never received. Colantuano’s TED talk is specifically great for women, individuals looking for a new job, college graduates, and mid-life workers. This is the talk for you if you’re looking for a refreshing way to embrace choosing a job field and making the best career choice for you.

The New America Dream by Courtney Martin

Courtney Martin is here to change the way we think about the American Dream and wants us to consider that the best career choice we can make is choosing one that makes us happy. But how to do we do that?

Martin gives her personal insight, experience, and some tips to inspire everyone to make choices that will lead them to doing what they love no matter where they are in life. Her speech is also great to watch if you’re a parent looking to help a child make the best career choice for them. Martin’s speech has received over 800,000 views so far.

The Surprising Habit of Original Thinkers by Adam Grant

Creative thinking is critical to find the best career for you and for making career choices that honor your inner creative nature. Adam Grant believes that more than most and shares his insight on creativity in his TED talk. With over 4,000,000 views so far, Grant’s speech is one of the best to watch to help you tap into your originality that can lead to the best career choice for you.

Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career by Larry Smith

Most of us spend a good bit of energy just trying not to fail in a career. But Larry Smith wants us to change our perspective and learn why failure is a must for finding a great career—especially our best one yet.

With over 5,000,000,000 views and climbing, Smith’s TED talk can inspire you no matter what your age, what your career is, and it will help inspire you to see failure with wisdom instead of fear and resentment.

How to Find the Work You Love by Scott Dinsmore

Scott Dinsmore’s speech is one of the most popular TED talks to watch for choosing a career. With over 3,700,000 views so far, Dinsmore’s speech will inspire you to look into various areas of your life that may lead you to the best career for you.

Dismore also shares his story on quitting a career he hated and how he ended up finding the career avenue that made him happy. Inspiring and insightful, this TED talk can inspire anyone no matter what walk of life you come from.

How to Get Back to Work After a Career Break by Carol Fishman Cohen

Maybe you’re not looking for a job for the first time, but you’re struggling to get back into the workforce after a break, or you’re looking to go a new direction with your career. If so, Cohen’s TED talk about how to get back to work doing what you love is for you. Her speech has received over 1,300,000 views so far and is one of the best for anyone to watch who is having a hard time finding their niche in the workforce.

Cohen also gives some new tips for people looking to break back into the workforce and why she thinks internships are a great idea to help you discover what it is that you love and how to turn that into a career that makes you happy and successful.

Why We Do What We Do by Tony Robbins

One of the most popular TED talks of all time is given by Tony Robbins. Robbins has inspired millions of people all over the world on how to live a more successful, thriving, and creative life.

With over 18,000,000 views, Robbins speech will motivate you to find what it is that you love and how to turn that into a career. He also shares tips on why we end up doing what we do and why it matters in the world. Consider this the perfect TED talk to watch if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or looking for a new direction in your current career field!

How to be an Opportunity Maker by Kare Anderson

If you struggle with shyness or you’re an introvert, Kare Anderson’s speech is perfect for you. With over 1,900,000 views, Anderson’s speech is all about how to get started doing a career you love if you don’t have the confidence yet to do so. It’s also a perfect talk to watch if you’re looking to change careers to do something you love versus just going to a 9-5 job.

Your Elusive Creative Genius by Elizabeth Gilbert

With over 11,000,000 views, Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk is one of the best to watch to help you discover what you’re good at, why it matters, and how to turn that into a profitable career. Ms. Gilbert is the author of the worldwide best-selling book, Eat Pray Love and her latest book, Big Magic is all about inspiring everyone to embrace their inner creativity and inner genius.

This is the perfect TED talk to watch if you’re struggling to turn your passion and creative habits into something profitable.

The Take-away

No matter what kind of career choice you’re trying to make, watching TED talks can be the inspiring push that you need to help you make a choice that leads you in the best direction for you. They might even inspire you to finally write (or rewrite) that resume you’ve been meaning to for months!

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