6 TED Talks that Changed My Life

TED Talks
TED Talks

By Heidi Oran

I created my blog, The Conscious Perspective, in 2011 with three subjects in mind: personal growth, spirituality, and humanitarianism.

One afternoon before I launched I had a huge brainstorming session, jotting down ideas for future blog posts, interviews I'd hope to score one day, and ways that I could use my voice to help change the world.

And then I stumbled on a new learning format that changed my blog and my life: TED Talks.

Most of you have probably heard of TED Talks, but for those who haven't, the talks feature speakers from a variety of different fields sharing their stories and messages in a beautifully crafted and captivating format, all in under 20 minutes.

Some of the first TED Talks I watched profoundly changed me and the course of my life. They helped to clarify my calling, change the way I see certain situations, and gave me courage to try something new.

That's the beauty of the internet, isn't it? Our teachers can show up in so many ways. Those of us who may not be otherwise exposed to certain experiences, now have the opportunity. Today I wanted to share those TED Talks with you, and share a little bit about how they changed my life. I hope they do the same for you.

Jacqueline Novogratz

You know that question, 'If you could meet one person who would it be?' Well for me it's Jacqueline Novogratz. She is my hero and it all began with this TED Talk. After watching it, I read (and re-read and re-read) her book The Blue Sweater. It made me more compassionate, changed the way I view traditional philanthropy, and taught me that geographical borders are irrelevant — we are global citizens.

Jeremy Gilley - Peace One Day

Jeremy Gilley's energy is infections, and his dedication — well, I have no words. When I have rough day of rejection, I say to myself, 'Think about the challenges Jeremy Gilley has faced in his quest for peace.' He is still working tirelessly, and Peace One Day is soon — you can support it here.

Dan Pallotta

Guys, this is one of the most important talks you could ever watch. Dan Pallotta has uncovered this truth: The way we view philanthropy is wrong. He challenges everything we think we know, and leads us to the conclusion that we as a society need to shift our thinking to see real progress. My very skeptical Gen X'er husband even couldn't argue with his points!

Amy Cuddy

I know that many of you Early Mama's have struggled with confidence, like I have. And this talk changed things for me. If you see me check out before a speaking event or interview, I'll be in the bathroom with my arms stretched out!

Sir Ken Robinson

This is one of the most watched TED Talks. I'm sure you've seen it, but in case you haven't.

Lainey Lui - Lainey Gossip

This TED Talk rocked my world. In it gossip blogger Lainey Lui discusses The Sociology of Gossip. It's thought-provoking and a must-watch. It will change the way you think of celebrity gossip and challenge the way you view society.

I'll be headed to TEDx Toronto at the end of the month and I'm sure I'll have some more great talks to share! What are your favorite TED Talks?

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