Last Saturday, I went to a TED event sponsored by my workplace. I consider myself somewhat of a TED enthusiast since I’m a sucker for great TED talks. I love hearing people talk about their ideas, some of which are nothing new, but inspiring, nonetheless.
It doesn’t matter to me that a lot of speakers preach the same “law of attraction” story for example. It’s a tale as old as time, and everyone has their own version of it. What matters me to me is the individual’s journey, and if they can tell their story well, I am always willing to listen.
So, folks, in the spirit of TED talks, here’s a list of the talks I find myself going back to again and again. If the talk made it on this list, that means I watched it at least 3 times and have given the speaker’s message a lot of thought.
I’ll only talk about 5 talks today because my real list is quite long. I will share the rest of the list in another entry.
Here goes Part 1 of the list…
How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over by Mel Robbins
This video is one of the most-watched TED talks of all time and rightfully so. It’s inspiring as hell and just makes you want to get up and get your life together! I ended up following Mel Robbins on social media after watching this video because I felt like I needed her guidance in my life. She talked about how “you’re never going to feel like it”, pertaining to motivation or the lack thereof, but argued (oh yes, she did) you need to do it anyway.
She’s the fairy godmother I wish I had.
The Person You Really Need to Marry by Tracy McMillan
YOU are the person you need to marry, according to Tracy McMillan. The message of this TED talk is self-love, which as she argued, is the foundation of successful relationships. I think teenagers and young adults will benefit a lot from listening to Tracy. She also opened up about her previous marriages and divorces in this talk, which is really worth the watch, as she is a splendid speaker.
Embracing Otherness, Embracing Yourself by Thandie Newton
First of all, I’m really shocked that this talk didn’t go viral. Thandie Newton is such a captivating speaker, who was so authentic about her experience with otherness. I once met Thandie years ago when she came to Vancouver, and my ultimate regret is that I didn’t get to tell her how much this talk meant to me. Instead, I told her I watched Mission Impossible 2 many times and really liked Crash. To be fair, I was also really starstruck and couldn’t think straight.
The Sociology of Gossip by Elaine Lui
Elaine Lui is a self-proclaimed celebrity gossip for a living. This was such a courageous topic to discuss since gossip is so negatively perceived, so props to Lainey (Elaine Lui)! In this talk, she reasoned that gossip is a reflection of the human moral compass and social evolution, and to be honest, I agree. I also think gossip is just part of human nature. Can you honestly say you don’t gossip at all?
Depression, the Secret We Share by Andrew Solomon
Often, writers can’t speak as well as they write, but Andrew Solomon is not one of those writers. This was a poignant talk that was delivered so eloquently. He said that the opposite of depression is not happiness; it’s vitality. When I first watched this video as an undergraduate student in Psychology and Counselling, what he said really stuck with me. I would encourage people who don’t understand clinical depression to watch this video because Andrew Solomon explained it very well.
Okay, I will stop there for now because I really do have a long list! This is a #ToBeContinued.
How about you – What are your favourite Ted talks?