TED Talks have been proving the power of speech and storytelling for a number of years. From global issues to technology, happiness to creativeness, TED Talks truly are ideas worth spreading!

A little background if you haven’t heard about the inspiring series: TED Talks are a nonprofit organization that has been around for over 20 years. Created in more than 100 languages, the organization has cycled through world-redound cities that have had the honour of hosting this exclusive conference. Vancouver recently completed the latest series of speeches and Rio De Janeiro will host the upcoming October 2014 seminar; it will be interesting to see what concepts and ideas will emerge from this vibrant South American city as compared to the West!

TED Talks have been inspiring minds for years with fresh and innovative thinking from the experts of many fields. We have complied a list of some of the most thought provoking talks worth watching. Find some time during your busy week to sit down, take a break and get inspired.

1. Why 30 is not the new 20 by Dr. Meg Jay

Clinical psychologist Meg Jays’ talk outlines the importance of doing more and getting ahead while we are younger. The talk zeros in on the need to embrace productivity in your twenties and Jay reminds us that this decade is the most significant in regards to defining our adulthood years. What we do, or more importantly, what we don’t do in our twenties is huge. Why 30 is not the new 20 is a wakeup call on the importance of staying focused and chasing after your goals and we were very inspired with this talk.

2. Authentic Self Expression by Sarah Hermholm

In this independently organized TED Talk, Sarah Hermholm explains why it is important to stay genuine to ones self while making life decisions. She reminds us that we cannot validate ourselves through the viewpoints of others and that we are the authors of our own story which is a concept we can get behind. Hermholm outlines several tools to help navigate and embrace authenticity starting with tuning out external noise and looking inward.

3.  I Got 99 Problems… Palsy is Just One by Maysoon Zayid

Comedian Maysoon Zayid is changing the way we think about women with disabilities. Zayid is a firecracker; she’s hilarious and fierce and teaches us not to feel sorry for women with disabilities, nor to question them – but rather to empower them. This talk is witty, it’s funny and it’s filled many pop culture references that will keep you engaged. Zayid humorously reminds us that our problems are never that bad. 

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