Finding your way through the world can be tough.
There are so many choices staring you in the face that it’s easy to become paralyzed with uncertainty. Afraid you’ll make the wrong decision or worried the career you chose isn’t the right one.
It can be a daunting thing to indulge in work you don’t like. There may be a ray of sunshine at the end of the tunnel.
Listed below are 5 TED talks that examine how to find work that you love.
Whatever the career or job, there are a multitude of surefire ways to find the work that motivates you.
Hopefully, these TED talks will inspire you to break out of the prison in your mind and start exploring what you want to do.
1. Bel Pesce: 5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams
Dreams are the gateway to happiness.
If you follow your dreams and work hard every single day, you’ll likely find success and happiness.
Dreams are important, so MIT grad Bel Pesce decided to talk about the 5 ways in which dreams are killed.
During the talk, she briefly hits on all these points.
She covers how dreams sometimes don’t quite come together and how to avoid the pitfalls of destroying them.
2. Kare Anderson: Be an Opportunity Maker
Kare Anderson’s talk about opportunities is a strikingly different TED talk than you may be used to.
While most speakers are super energetic, Kare’s sweet and serene way of speaking about life and opportunity draws you into her talk.
Her talk focuses on being an opportunity maker in life.
Rather than seek out glory or fame, she explains that creating opportunities for others gives us joy.
Being an opportunity maker isn’t hard, but understanding what it means for you can be life-changing. Anderson does an excellent job guiding you down that path.
3. Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit – The Power of Passion and Perseverance
When you’re working towards a job you love, landing the job can sometimes prove to be difficult.
You may think that your dreams are impossible.
You may think your dream job is out of your hands and that you’ll never get the job. But, a reassuring study has found that you can reach your dreams.
You can get that dream job.
This idea of getting that dream job is what Angela Lee Duckworth discusses in her TED talk.
Running a mere six minutes, the talk gets straight to the point when talking about making your dreams a reality.
According to Duckworth, the secret to landing that dream job and being successful is grit.
Grit is the perseverance and passion within a person. It’s the ability to give up, but choosing not to.
It’s the will that keeps you going when things don’t look to be going your way. If you can manage your grit, you’ll find your dream job.
4. Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work
The delicate balancing act that you conduct daily takes a toll on you.
Most people are constantly in a tug of war with time. You’ve got to go to work, pick up the kids, do the laundry, run the kids to soccer practice and make dinner.
All in one day.
It’s tough to manage your time effectively with all the other responsibilities in your life.
Nigel Marsh talks about work-life balance in his TED talk and delves into how you can create a healthy work-life balance.
In his talk, he speaks about living in the moment. Focusing on the here and now. It’s only when you do this that you can begin to understand how a work-life balance operates.
5. Shawn Achor: Work Happier
This excellent TED talk by Shawn Achor focuses on being happy.
Now, this is easier said than done, but Achor gives the viewer a great way to think about happiness.
His talk explains that happiness should be the focal point of work. But, how can you do this if you’re unhappy with your job?
Well, one of the things he talks about is forcing your mind on happy things. Working happier means finding joy in the moments around you.
If you do this, your work will benefit for the better.
This 12-minute TED talk is great for anyone pursuing work they love.
Finding work you love is tough. But, it can be extremely rewarding if you stick it out.
Life doesn’t have to be cubicles and being unhappy.
Instead, watch these talks and become inspired to find that dream you never thought you could achieve. Because now, it’s possible.