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5 Inspiring TED Talks To Help You Rock 2018

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5 Inspiring Ted Talks to Help You Rock 2018

2017 is coming to an end. Where did the year go?

You’re probably busy with wrapping up gifts to put under the tree, planning a feast for the family, going to holiday parties and enjoying the jolliness of the season.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s also time to do your reflection of the year past and plan for the year ahead.

Have you received lots of blessings throughout the year? Or has life knocked you down to your knees?

If you have been through a rough season, my heart goes out to you. Do have faith that there is a purpose for every trial we go through.

We can’t change the past. But, we can decide that this is not how our story is going to end.

As we look ahead to the New Year, we have a chance to start anew.

Below are 5 inspiring TED Talks to help you look at life a little bit differently. I hope they inspire you to do new things, discern what matters the most and plan for a great, meaningful year ahead.

1. “Overcoming Hopelessness” by Nick Vujicic

If you are going through a rough time in your life at the moment, this is a definite video to watch.

“Every single human being has value and my value is not determined on how I look or what job I have or where I am from…where I was born…How much money … all that stuffs mean nothing.” – Nick Vujicic

“If God doesn’t change my circumstance, He’s gonna use my life to be a miracle for someone else.” – Nick Vujicic

Recommended reading: Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life

2. “The Art of Letting Go” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

Joshua and Ryan were living the American dream. They were climbing the corporate ladder, and they had the 6-figure salary job, great car and huge house. But, something was missing.

“I learned that if I simplify my life, I have time for my health, for my relationship, my finances, my passions, and I can contribute beyond myself in a meaningful way.” – Joshua Fields Millburn

So, how might your life be better with less?

Recommended Reading: Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life

3. “Before I die I want to…” by Candy Chang

This is short but really powerful!

“Two of the most valuable things we have are time and our relationships with other people. In our age of increasing distractions, it’s more important than ever to find ways to maintain perspective and remember that life is brief and tender.” – Candy Chang

“Thinking about death clarifies your life.”  – Candy Chang

Related article (by yours truly): Why You Need to Write Your Own Obituary

4. “Your Elusive Creative Genius” by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you are a writer, you NEED to watch this. (But, it also works for anyone in the creative field.)

It’s funny and inspiring. It might even affect how you view your own work from this point on. You’ve been warned! 🙂

Learn about “the pressure that has been killing off our artists for the last 500 years.”

“If you never happen to believe in the first place that the most extraordinary aspect of your being came from you, that maybe if you just believe that they are on loan to you… from some unimaginable source for some exquisite portion of your life to be passed along when you finish…” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Recommended reading: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

5. “My Year of Saying Yes to Everything” by Shonda Rhimes

Who doesn’t know Shonda Rhimes? Or maybe I should say “Grey’s Anatomy.” 🙂

In this talk, she shared about the year she said “Yes” to everything that scares her and that took her out of her comfort zone.

“Work doesn’t work without play.” – Shonda Rhimes

“I said ‘Yes’ to less work and more play, and somehow I still run my world.” – Shonda Rhimes

Can we all strive for that “hum” in our lives?

Recommended reading: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

I hope these TED Talks inspire you and help you ROCK 2018.

It’s time to let go of the hurts, disappointments and everything else that are weighing ourselves down. So, I will leave you with these questions:

What sustains you when everything else fails?

What do you need to let go?

What do you want to do before you die?

Will you keep showing up for your part?

Will you make 2018 the year you say “Yes”?

Comment bellow. I would love to know!



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5 Inspiring Ted Talks to Help You Rock 2018



  1. I love TED talks. I listened to the one about minamalism. Very inspiring. I’ll be back to listen to the other ones. What sustains me is my faith, humor and music. And I love to learn new things which I usually do when I listen to a TED talk.

    • The one about minimalism fits my situation perfectly as I got rid about 90% of my belonging when I left. I have never been much of a material-stuff hoarder to begin with. But, it makes me more conscious about what I buy nowadays. I love the things that sustain you. They are mine too. 🙂

  2. These are really inspiring videos to watch, such motivational piece. Haven’t watch the rest yet, but will definitely check it out.
    Thank you for putting this together for us.

  3. Nick Vujicic is one of the most inspiring people alive. I have seen some his interviews, but I haven’t watched his ted talk. I’ll have to check his and some of the others you recommended. Thanks

  4. I love watching Ted Talks in my spare time. It’s such an easy-going way to learn and gain new perspectives. Will try some of these out for sure!

  5. TED Talks are always a source of inspiration, you just start with one and there will be never ending chain of motivation. Read so much about Nick Vujicic so definately watch that one.

  6. Ted talks are the bomb diggity! And if I had to choose which one was my favorite on your list, I’d have to go with Elizabeth Gilbert. Ever since she wrote Eat Pray Love, I’ve been her biggest fan! That woman, she teaches me how to be brave every day!

  7. I really love this. I’m always looking for more positive voices to listen to. Gonna write down these names and titles down and listen to them. This is very helpful as I am a Life Coach and can take bits and pieces and use it with my clients. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thank you so much for compiling this! Such a great resource to find inspiration for the new year. I love that TED talks are usually short enough to be squeezed into a busy schedule!

    I will def start with the one on creativity! I just bought a copy of “Big Magic” so that seems to be a great place to start. 🙂

    Thanks again!

    • Thank you for stopping by, Carolin. I love TED Talks too. You can always learn something from them. Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk on creativity is simply amazing and funny. You’ll enjoy it very much. I haven’t had the chance to read “Big Magic,” but I have heard good things about it.

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