8 Amazing TED Talks Every Woman In Her 20s Should Watch
In an era where news turns buzzworthy within seconds and pop culture moments morph into viral memes and gifs, it has become increasingly difficult to locate nuggests of rare wisdom and inspirational advice to guide us along the journey of life, particularly as we move through the tumultuous years of our 20s.
From post-college confusion to career and personal decision-making, the seemingly 'normal' challenges of early adulthood can seem paramount without the proper resources and tools to propel us into action. The following videos from the wildly popular — and rightfully so — TED talks focus on topics of fear, success, marriage, money and other pressing life issues of the millennial generation and beyond.
Consider the messages of these videos as you build your own unique blueprint for conquering your 20s with confidence and pizzazz. We definitely bookmarked these talks for future pick-me ups and gems of motivation for the hiccups along the way.
1. Mel Robbins: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over
A criminal lawyer and highly regarded relationship and life coach, Mel Robbins is known for her no-nonsense attitude and "tell it like it is" approach to help her clients accomplish goals. We guarantee that her thoughts on the F-bomb, a.k.a the word "fine," will give you that necessary “kick in the butt” motivation to start living your life the way you want.
2. Derek Sivers: Weird or Just Different?
In less than 5 minutes, Derek Sivers reminds us that our everyday assumptions are just our own interpretations of the world. We should be mindful that different people have different ways of understanding our shared experiences. Keeping this idea at the forefront of your mind while at work will not only strengthen your communication skills, it will allow you to embrace new, and often beneficial, perspectives.
3. Roxane Gay: Confessions of a Bad Feminist
Writer Roxane Gay identifies herself as a "bad feminist" because of the high expectations that many feminist stereotypes portray. In this poignant and comedic talk, Roxane assures us that feminism comes in various ways. There is nothing wrong with defining your activism the way that you see it.
4. Meg Jay: Why 30 Is Not The New 20
Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay rings the alarm for twenty-somethings in America telling them to stop wasting time. Hooking up, hanging out, and kicking adulthood down the street like a tin can, she says, are big mistakes as is believing in the saying "30 is the new 20." Dr. Jay says our twenties are a time when the things we do ― and the things we don't do ― will have an enormous effect across years and even generations to come. Here’s how you can start living your life to the fullest right now. Ready, set, go!
5. Tracy McMillan: The Person You Really Need to Marry
Many people focus on finding the right person to marry instead of working on becoming their best selves. This television writer and three-time divorcee gives her take on why marrying yourself is the most important relationship you will ever maintain. Her version of vows? Love yourself in sickness and in health as long as you — yes, you — shall live.
6. Larry Smith: Why You Will Fail At Your Career
What excuses have you given for why you did not follow your dreams? Economist Larry Smith pulls no punches as he discusses the difference between interests and passions — and why people are too lazy and too terrified to follow their dreams. Family commitments, lack of education, finances — what excuse will you use to stop your aspirations and what excuse will you give your child when they ask, "Why can't I?" Procrastinators, get ready for a gut check!
7. Ruth Chang: How to Make Tough Choices
Here's a talk that could really change the way you tackle the tough stuff. Using her life experiences as examples, Ruth Chang gives you a new set of tools to make the difficult choices in your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Answer all of your questions after this 15-minute game changer.
8. Magnus Walker: Go With Your Gut Feeling
Magnus Walker’s extremely personal talk is a must for any entrepreneur. The former CEO of rock clothing company Hot Topics shows us that detailed life plans may not be the key to success, but rather a hard work ethic and a keen intuition can transform every situation into a rewarding opportunity. The long-haired ex-pat’s biggest takeaway? "Passion goes a long way."