It usually takes a lot of hard work to make a big improvement in your life.
But every once in a while, what it takes instead — or at least what makes it suddenly easier to do that hard work — is a mental breakthrough…
- A sudden transformation in the way you look at things.
- A fresh perspective that leads you in new, more positive directions.
- A powerful insight.
And how cool is it when something as low-effort as watching a video or movie can result in that mental breakthrough?
So here for your viewing pleasure are 3 engaging talks that have that power. Each of them has been personally transformative for me and/or someone I know. And all of these videos are FREE to watch.
“The Happy Secret to Better Work”
At the same time, you’ll gain insight into how your happiness (and consequent success at work) is impacted by the way you look at the world. Many of us, it turns out, are thinking about happiness in a way that’s completely backwards.
Toward the end of the talk, he also shares a few quick tips for ways to train your brain to think in more positive ways.
(Running time: 12:21)
“The Power of Vulnerability”
In yet another inspiring TED Talk, Brené Brown shares her research findings about the secret to love, belonging, and wholehearted living. In a beautiful demonstration of what it means to be authentic and vulnerable, she also shares the funny and touching story of her personal struggle to come to terms with her research findings.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be a little misty-eyed by the end of the talk — and feeling moved to share your very real and imperfect self more fully with the world.
Brené Brown is a social work researcher, university professor, and author of several books, including The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. If you enjoy this talk, you might also want to view her subsequent TED Talk in which she discusses her shell-shock after her first TED Talk went viral and then shares some of her important foundational research about shame.
(Running time: 20:20)
“Search Inside Yourself”
Sharing key ideas from his terrific book, Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace), Google engineer (and practicing Buddhist) Chade-Meng Tan illustrates in this Google Authors Talk how very simple mindfulness techniques can build the self-awareness, mental habits, and emotional intelligence skills that lead to career and leadership success, stronger relationships, a clearer mind, greater self-control, and happiness in life.
(Running time: 54:15 total, or 41:10 if you skip the introduction and the Q&A at the end.)
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