Inspiring Talks

TED talks offer a great source for inspiration – here I want to share my favourite and most inspiring TED talks that are all about reaching for something bigger in life.

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TED talk: Simon Sinek | How great leaders inspire action

I came across this talk during very early stages of my career change journey and it finally made me realise why I had the urge to do something more meaningful; that is because of my ‘Why’. Simon explains a simple model for inspirational leadership, which I think can be applied to every individual’s search for personal fulfillment.

TED talk: Diana Nyad | Never, ever give up

I love this talk! It came recommended from my coaching colleague Jamie. It’s about Diana who swam 100 miles from Cuba to Florida in the pitch-black night at the age of 64. For me, she is the ambassador for how to live your dream at any age. Her motto: “Every day of our lives is epic”.

TED talk: Ryan Clements | What they don’t teach you about career fulfillment in school

Ryan gives some simple clues about why we’re unfulfilled in our career journeys. After watching this talk it seems so obvious – yet we seem to get too distracted by everyday life to realise the importance of doing something we love.

Documentary: Happy (2011)

This just over an hour long documentary takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in the search of what really makes people happy. It goes beyond short term pleasure and looks into neuroscientific evidence of true contentment, backed up by moving stories from around the world.


If you have any stories, books, talks, articles or anything that truly inspired you, I’d love to hear about it! Get in touch and share your inspiration with like-minded people.

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