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TED Talks

A great ‘Driven Woman’ type of list on what leads to success, in 3 minutes! Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success. Unmissable. https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success
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.
For me this is the fundamental life defining question: “How can I build the life I want in the time I have?” There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she’s discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves.
The way to more productive and more joyful life is to get enough sleep. There should really be no surprises there, but to some of us high achievers, it comes as a surprise.
Everyone is procrastinating on something in life. When you have a deadline, there’s often hope even for the greatest procrastinators, but Tim explains that it’s those tasks and dreams that don’t have a deadline (your dreams, taking care of your health etc) that are the hardest. Don’t let weeks turn into months, or years. Watch this TED talk, one of my all time favourites.
The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness.
Understanding the power of vulnerability is really in the heart of what we do. You could say that DrivenWoman groups are like little vulnerability labs, safe environments where women are free to discuss their insecurities and evaluate their life choices without a fear of judgement. This talk, and the teachings and research of Brené Brown, are a must for any aspiring driven woman!
If you don’t ask you don’t get. We women especially don’t always shine when it comes to asking. But to be successful you must learn to ask and let people help you. If you don’t ask you will deny them the pleasure (yes it is!) of giving you a helping hand, or money, as Amanda explains in this brilliant TED talk.
The ‘Harry Potter’ author offers some potentially life changing advice in her Harvard commencement speech, and describes how “reaching rock bottom become my solid foundation to build my life on.” This is a must-watch talk for anyone who thinks their life circumstances prevent them from succeeding in their path.
“I made self negating choices. When it comes to creativity and leadership – we need introverts to do what they do best. Solitude is a key ingredient to creativity.” Cain makes a compelling argument for introverts. Whether you are one or not, you should watch this as the chances are you work or live with one.
Is there a difference between ‘Synthetic Happiness’ and ‘Natural Happiness’? Are you happier if you get what you want? Getting what you want matters much less than you think.
Approach hard conversations from a place of compassion and empathy. Everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet. https://www.ted.com/talks/ash_beckham_we_re_all_hiding_something_let_s_find_the_courage_to_open_up
Based on the longest study on happiness, secret to happiness is not getting what you want. Waldinger has unprecedented data on what makes a happy and satisfied life. Here he shares three practical lessons to a good life. https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happiness
Finding your true purpose in life seems to be a little bit of a fad right now. Even at DrivenWoman it is a hot topic. 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. Are you one? http://www.ted.com/talks/emilie_wapnick_why_some_of_us_don_t_have_one_true_calling
Sandberg explains that no one gets into the corner office if they don’t think they deserve their success. Unfortunately women often lack that confidence to claim their excellence and believe they are worthy of that success. http://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders
Watch this before any important negotiation or a public speaking situation. Cuddy shares amazing evidence about the effects of body language to our belief of our own capabilities. http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are
Did you ever wonder success was all you? Or failure for that matter. Gilbert opens up the door for taking a little bit of the pressure off and accepting that perhaps we are all connected to a higher source and in a moment of excellence we get a little help. All we have to do is to show up to our own work and not be afraid. A must watch for everyone who is trying to create something, ah well, that includes all of us doesn’t it! http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Brene Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.  

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