I am an avid watcher of Ted Talks as I love just getting a unique perspective on the world from speakers whom I may never have to luxury to meet or hear in person.
I believe that the thing that makes life the most beautiful is - PERSPECTIVE. Without it we are lost, alone, misinformed, unhappy, unsatisfied, depressed, anxious and much more. But how exactly does perspective make your life more beautiful? Well in many ways. Perspective can give you the courage to do something you are afraid of. Perspective can inspire you to take up a new hobby, make new friends, ask for help, give help to others, recognize the blessings in your life. Perspective can give you the strength to leave a toxic relationship. Perspective can heal old wounds, change the story that keeps you stuck, or look at a person in a new light. I think you are getting the picture here.
When we can get out of our own world and out of our own heads, we get perspective. Now not all of us cannot afford to take off 6 months and travel to Italy, India and Bali, like Liz Gilbert did in Eat Pray Love to get some life perspective. However, we have many opportunities each day to enlighten ourselves to many other perspectives through, books, documentaries, pod casts and more. I of course have a healthy diet of all of these in my daily life, but I find Ted Talks great because they are 20 minutes tops and the content is always good and very insightful. I never met a Ted Talk I didn't like!
So, this week, I wanted to share with you my 5 top Ted Talks that I think every woman should watch at least once in their life if not once a year. Enjoy!
Shonda Rhimes my year of saying yes. Following on the heels of the same titled book. Shanda Rhimes lays it flat out about breathing in the blessings of everyday life. She is AMAZING!
Brene Brown The power of vulnerability - I was first introduced to Brene Brown though her book Daring Greatly right before I was diagnosed with a very rare chest wall tumor. This book was eyeopening and earth shattering at the same time. A for sure read for anyone and I just love her humor and the study of the human condition all based around shame.
Simon Sinek - How great leaders inspire action. I love Simon's perspective on finding your why. We waste a whole lot of time in our lives if we don't really understand our WHY. This is a great primer for his work and if you are a business person even more powerful.
Julie Lythcott-Haims - how to raise successful kids - without over parenting . LOVE, LOVE. LOVE this Ted Talk. I so believe everything that Julie is saying about how to parent and raise successful, happy kids. We tend to be a bit too easy on our kids these days. Doing too much for them, running their personal taxi service, over scheduling them... No wonder we mom's are tired. Julie's goanna break it right on down for you that kids need two things, love and chores. Go Julie!!
Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn't a broken person - Having undergone 9 surgeries in the last four years, I found this Ted Talk to hit the closest to my reality and bring up anxiety and sadness as well as hell yes! Although I did not sustain injuries as dramatic as Janine, the point to this entire Ted Talk is that overcoming obstacles in our lives is all about perspective and attitude! Amazing story. If you think you're having a bad day, just watch this and everything wil be put into crystal clear perspective.