Best TED Talks for Adult Students

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If you’re looking for some motivation, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re considering enrolling or are nearing graduation, these talks are sure to inspire you and remind you why you are on this crazy journey.

How to succeed? Get more sleep. – Arianna Huffington

Self care as an adult student can be hard to make time for, but it is so important. Listen to Arianna Huffington sharing the importance of sleep and how it can change how you perform. “What is good for us on a personal level, what’s going to bring more joy, gratitude, effectiveness in our lives and be the best for our own careers is also what is best for the world.”

 

Why you should define your fears instead of your goals? – Tim Ferris

If something’s holding you back from going back to school later in life, this is the perfect video for you. Tim Ferris shares how a technique called “fear-setting” can help you overcome fear and self-paralysis when making decisions.

 

The difference between winning and succeeding – John Wooden

Is it hard to feel like you measure up in life, in school, or in work? Listen to one of the best coaches in history talk on success. In the video, John Wooden says, “Peace of mind attained only through satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable.”

 

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. – Luvvie Ajay

Being a leader, speaking up, trying something new can be scary, but this video show why it’s so important to do. Whether in class or work, use this talk for motivation to speak up and be a leader. Maybe even challenge the status quo!

 

3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do – Stacey Abrams

Starting something new or continuing on a difficult path requires a great deal of resolve. If your motivations are built on a firm foundation, it will be easier to complete what you started instead of giving up. Watch this video for tips on setting goals that will last you until the finish line.

 

The power of diversity within yourself – Rebeca Hwang

As an adult student with life and work experience, you bring an incredibly unique perspective to the classroom. Don’t be worried about coming back to school later in life; embrace your unique background and experiences.

 

Why you will fail to have a great career – Larry Smith

If you’re looking for a laugh, and maybe some tough love, this video is for you. There is always an excuse, especially when living in today’s fast-paced culture, but there is always a way to overcome your obstacles.

Are there TED talks you enjoy listening to for inspiration or motivation? Add them in the comments so we can share with other students!

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