10 Powerful TED Talks To Boost Your Confidence and Change Your Life.
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10 Powerful TED Talks To Boost Your Confidence and Change Your Life.

Mar 12, 2018Mental Health2 comments

As humans, learning from others through their stories and experiences is what we do best. We are connected to one another, and we should use this to our advantage.

Below are 10 TedTalks to boost your confidence, and help you live your best life. Every story and experience has something to offer, and we believe that there is something valuable to learn from each speaker.

1. The Power of Vulnerability  

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Brene Brown is a social worker, author, and “researcher storyteller.” In this TedTalk, Brene dives into what she discovered by studying shame, courage, and wholeheartedness. She shares what she found when looking at how people live their life. Her research demonstrates how powerful vulnerability effects our relationships, work, self-confidence, parenting, etc. Brene says that discovering this phenomenon changed the way she lives her life, and hopes that sharing her work will inspire others to do the same.


2. Why I’m Done Trying to be “Man Enough”  

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In this TedTalk, actor Justin Baldoni opens up a conversation on redefining masculinity. He shares his life experience as a man, and how like other men he was consistently told told to act and behave a certain way. When he noticed how his life was being disrupted by being put into a box, based on societal views of his gender, he started to question what “being a man” really means. Jason talks about how influential his father, wife, and child were to this discovery process. He says they inspired him not to be a better man, but a better human.


3. The Magic of Not Giving a F*ck  

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Author Sarah Knight brings her quirky wit and humour to this TedTalk. She shares her experience of decluttering her mind, and how this act alone changed her life for the better. After finding it difficult to balance her home and work life, she made the drastic decision to say no. No to anything she was not passionate about – obligations, events, jobs, etc. This action ended up changing her life. Sarah teaches us how to use her strategies to live a guilt-free, happier life.


4. The Skill of Self-Confidence  

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We have talked about this TedTalk before, but we are sharing it again because we love what Dr. Ivan Joseph has to say about self-confidence. As an Athletic Director and head coach of Varsity Soccer, he has witnessed just how important the skill of self-confidence is to performance. Not only in athletics, but all parts of our lives. Ivan shares how to harness self-confidence in yourself by using repetition, and how to foster self-confidence in others by using the “catch them being good” method.  


5. Psychological flexibility: How love turns pain into purpose  

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Dr. Steven Hayes shares his insight and research into psychological flexibility in this TedTalk. He begins by describing what psychological flexibility is, saying that it is the answer to overcoming pain and suffering. Ivan opens up about his personal experiences with Panic Disorder, and shares his recovery story using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He also shares how his decision to not run from himself changed his life. Steven tells us how we use our difficult and uncomfortable feelings to foster love and purpose in our life.


6. Mental Brakes to Avoid Mental Breaks  

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This is another TedTalk by Dr. Steven Hayes, which focuses on mindfulness and the importance of practicing dispassionate curiosity towards our thoughts. According to Steven, our minds act like a driving car. When our thoughts begin taking us in the wrong, we must know how to put on the brakes. Steven shows us how to develop this skill using practical, simple strategies that take away power from our automatic negative thoughts. We can use his strategies to practice compassion towards ourselves and others, ultimately allowing us to live our best lives.


7. 10 ways to have better conversation  

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In this TedTalk, radio host Celeste Headlee shares her top tips on how to improve communication skills. She uses common scenarios that we all experience to showcase the need for stronger communication with one another. She shares her tips in simple, practical steps so that we can apply them easily to improve our conversations. As a professional interviewer, Celeste wants to share her expertise to help us communicate better and foster stronger, healthier relationships.   


8. A simple way to break a bad habit 

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As a psychiatrist, Judson Brewer shares his expertise on how to break our bad habits. In this TedTalk, he shares what he has learned from his research, including the powerful effects that mindfulness has on breaking our cyclical thoughts, which often cause our addictions and bad habits. By sharing this information on a wider platform, Judson hopes that others can take his strategies and use them to overcome anything from smoking, to over-eating, to spending time on your phone.  


9. My year of saying yes to everything  

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Shonda Rhimes is well known for her work as a writer of multiple television series, including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. In this TedTalk, she shares how passionate she is about her work, and how her spark of inspiration recently began to dwindle. She talks about her journey of getting back her “hum” of fulfilment and joy. She did this by choosing to say “yes” to everything, in both her work and home life. Shonda describes how influential this decision was to her as a person, mother, and professional. 


10. How to gain control of your free time  

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In this TedTalk, time management expert Laura Vanderkam talks about how to get the most out of the time you have. She shares how people often underestimate how much time they have. When asked to do something that brings them joy, many say they saying that they are “too busy” and do not have the time to do it. Laura says this is a myth, and that time is actually elastic. She advocates that one of the best ways to improve your life is by not saving time, but changing the way you live so that time saves itself.   


Final Thoughts:

Learning from others is a great way to open our mind, learn something new, and change the way we think/feel/perceive. Taking time to listen to the stories and experiences of others keeps us connected and teaches us something valuable. We can learn something from everyone, and if we listen closely… what they say may change our lives.

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