There are times in everyone’s life when feelings of being overwhelmed and helpless can set in. During these moments, it’s nice to know that there are other people who have felt the same way, been through the same things, and were motivated to overcome and rise above their hardships.
The non-profit organization, TED, has featured many speakers over the years that have shared their stories of struggle in hopes of giving others a sense of inspiration. Here are 5 top motivational and must-see TED Talks:
How I learned To Read- And Trade Stock In Prison – Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll
Curtis Carroll had lived a hard life before he was incarcerated. As a prisoner, he was illiterate with no employable skills. At this point in his life, he had every reason to give up and accept that his life was never going to be a productive asset to society. However, Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll beat the odds that life had given him by persevering and bettering himself while in prison. In this Talk, Curtis illustrates the importance of not giving up when you reach a low point in your life.
Want to Change The world? Start By Being Brave Enough To Care – Cleo Wade
Cleo Wade is an artist and poet that delivers an important, uplifting message about how it takes compassion and courage to make the world a better place. Reciting her poem she instantly captivates the audience – giving them thought about what is really important in life.
What I learned From 2,000 Obituaries – Lux Narayan
Lux Narayan is a mathematician and comedian who gives a light-hearted account of how reading the obituaries of complete strangers taught him what true achievement looked like. His talk makes you question how your own talent can be beneficial to society.
What I Learned From 100 Days Of Rejection – Jia Jiang
Jia Jiang is an author and entrepreneur that talks about how some of his earliest memories of rejection motivated him to purposely seek out rejection later in life. Surprisingly, he found that overcoming fears of rejection could lead to unexpected opportunities.
A Life Of Purpose – Rick Warren
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, tells an inspirational story that illustrates how a higher power has a plan for each of us, and how by using our given talents we can live a successful and fulfilling life.
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