Working From Home: 5 Inspiring Ted Talk Videos to Get Your Week Off to a Great Start

Monday Motivation: 5 must-see Ted Talks to watch this week

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Feel like needing some motivation for today? To get your week started on a positive note, we rounded up 5 of the most inspiring Ted Talks videos for your week’s daily viewing. Start your day with a dose of inspiration from these TED talks and you will feel ready to take on your day!

For a Gritty Monday

Angela Duckworth: The Key to Success, Grit? 

When psychologist Angela Duckworth began a teaching job as a Math teacher, she realised that the difference between her worst and best-performing students had nothing to do with good looks, health or IQ, but it has a lot to do with grit. Yes, yes, you can use grit to fuel your success. This is what she has to say about grit and we love it:

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint.

For a Mindful Tuesday

Addie Puddicombie: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes 

Mindfulness expert Addie Puddicombe makes the case for why we have to devote at least 10 minutes of our day to clear our thoughts and get our brains some much-needed time to refresh and recuperate. He demonstrates how thoughts work minds through juggling. If the stresses of work has already started getting the best of you early on this week, following his advice on meditation can be beneficial.

We can't change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way that we experience it. That's the potential of meditation, of mindfulness. You don't have to burn any incense, and you definitely don't have to sit on the floor. All you need to do is to take 10 minutes out a day to step back, to familiarize yourself with the present moment so that you get to experience a greater sense of focus, calm and clarity in your life.

For an Awesome Wednesday

Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome 

Blogger and author Neil Pasricha shares the recipe for Awesomeness in this very enjoyable Ted talk. The 3 A’s stand for Attitude, Awareness and Authenticity. According to him, a great attitude is choosing to move forward in the face of adversity. Awareness, on the other hand, is maintaining a childlike awestruck curiosity for the things around us. Lastly, authenticity is about being who you are.

You will never be as young as you are right now. And that's why I believe that if you live your life with a great attitude, choosing to move forward and move on whenever life deals you a blow, living with a sense of awareness of the world around you, embracing your inner three year-old and seeing the tiny joys that make life so sweet and being authentic to yourself, being you and being cool with that, letting your heart lead you and putting yourself in experiences that satisfy you, then I think you'll live a life that is rich and is satisfying, and I think you'll live a life that is truly awesome.

For a Balanced Thursday

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work 

Marketing Guru Nigel Marsh shares his own life experiences in his battle to achieve the elusive work-life balance. He points out in his observations that things such as dress-down Fridays and flexitime are superficial approaches and do not necessarily make workers more meaningfully engaged with the people that matters to them. He suggests that we should not depend on what businesses and governments decide is “balanced” but rather to take it upon ourselves to live the life we want to lead. Those who are working from home living a much more balanced life than their office counterparts will feel more grateful after watching this.

Being more balanced doesn't mean dramatic upheaval in your life. With the smallest investment in the right places, you can radically transform the quality of your relationships and the quality of your life. Moreover, I think, it can transform society. Because if enough people do it, we can change society's definition of success away from the moronically simplistic notion that the person with the most money when he dies wins, to a more thoughtful and balanced definition of what a life well lived looks like. And that, I think, is an idea worth spreading.

For a Happy Friday

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness 

Psychologist and author of “Stumbling on Happiness”, Daniel Gilbert, delivers this fascinating talk that challenges our preconceived notions about happiness. He explains that even if things don’t go the way we want it, our “psychological immune systems” still allow us to feel happy - an intriguing premise that he supports with empirical research. Curious as to what will actually lead to happiness? Let Dan Gilbert help you discover it.

It turns out that freedom -- the ability to make up your mind and change your mind -- is the friend of natural happiness, because it allows you to choose among all those delicious futures and find the one that you would most enjoy. But freedom to choose, to change and make up your mind, is the enemy of synthetic happiness.

Have a wonderful week!