4 life changing TED Talks

4 life changing TED Talks

Hearing words of inspiration and enlightenment can be truly empowering – which explains why TED Talks have amassed so many fans across the world. Here are some of the best TED Talks that people say have transformed their perspectives and changed their lives.

My year of saying yes to everything by Shonda Rhimes

Television titan Shonda Rhimes may be one of the world’s busiest women – but when work started to define her, her decision to say “yes” to the things that scared her turned out to enrich her life in unexpected ways and help her find fulfilment outside of her career.

The power of vulnerability by Brené Brown 

Shame and vulnerability might seem like a weakness in today’s world, but author and researcher Brené Brown argued that they are essential in enabling us to love, empathise and belong. “In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen,” she said.

The art of asking by Amanda Palmer

Ever felt hesitant to ask for a favour? Musician Amanda Palmer made an argument for forgoing shame, opening up and expressing your needs. “Through the very act of asking people, I'd connected with them, and when you connect with them, people want to help you,” said Palmer. “When we really see each other, we want to help each other.”

The danger of a single story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Putting ourselves in other people’s shoes is often easier said than done, especially when we only know what Adichie described as “the single story”. In this talk, the Nigerian author emphasised the importance of narratives as a way to connect and empathise with other people, as well as to humanise and empower the stigmatised.