9 TED Talks Every Millennial On The Planet Should Watch

9 TED Talks Every Millennial On The Planet Should Watch

What do you think are the main concerns of young professionals?

Quarter life crisis? Work life balance? Finances? Body image?

This 9 awesome, fearless and honest TED talk speakers will help you discover ideas from a totally different angle.

Watch each of them and tell us in the comments below what moves you the most.

1. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator 

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done.

In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

2. The beauty of being a misfit 

To those who feel like they don’t belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance.

“Even at the moment of your failure, you are beautiful,” she says. “You don’t know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That’s your beauty.”

3. Teach girls bravery, not perfection

We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code.

Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward.

To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”

4. The price of shame – Monica Lewinsky

In this brave talk, Monica Lewinsky shares her global scale shame experience back in 1998.

She also emphasized that in today’s world, we have this “culture of humiliation”  which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands a different way.

5. What do you think when you look at me? – Dalia Mogahed

When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist?

In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative perceptions of her faith in the media — and to choose empathy over prejudice.

6.Why am I so gay? –  Thomas Lloyd 

Thomas share his admiration and pride of owning his identity and strength. He also talks about his experience that made him realize that community is much easier and much less damaging than changing one’s own identity.

7. Why we do what we do 

Tony Robbins, the bestselling author of the America’s Number 1 book “Unshakeable” discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.

8. How to find work you love

Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful.

He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

9. Why some of us don’t have one true calling

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you’re not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone.

In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime.

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Are you a millennial going to quarter life crisis? Or maybe a student who's figuring out what to do with your life? These amazing, brave and honest ted talks will surely inspire you!


    1. Janica Khemlani

      Hello Lauren! I ABSOLUTELY agree! These talks are amazing we can even apply them in our day to day life 🙂

  1. JenW

    Just discovered this blog today through a Facebook blogging group and I have to say that I LOVE it. Well written. Awesome information. Can’t wait to explore more.

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Awww! Thank you so much Jen! LOVE TO HEAR THAT! Feel free to explore and let me know what you think <3

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