Students about to graduate are sprucing up their cover letters and resumes and attending mock interviews in order to prepare for the job market after graduation. A wealth of practical and professional advice is offered, both solicited and unsolicited, that emphasise the details of this stage in their lives: working on offering a firm handshake, how to budget, going through your cover letters etc.
What sometimes gets limited attention is your life’s purpose and how it will relate to your job. In fact, it sometimes doesn’t get mentioned at all. Here are 10 TED Talks that discuss having. a meaningful and happy life.
Clayton Christensen: How to Measure Your Life
Professor Clayton Christensen from Harvard Business School discusses how going in search of success in one’s professional life provides a sense of achievement but that it can also have a long-term effect on our lives. On the other hand, investments in ourselves and our families only pay off for so long. In fact, even some of the most successful individuals don’t always invest in their families and find themselves with unfulfilled personal lives. Christensen compares your life’s happiness and worth to a business, and just like with any business, if you invest in only short-term profits, your business will eventually fail. If you invest long-term, however, you may not see the payoff for years but both your personal and business lives will have longevity.
Dr. Ivan Joseph: The Skill Of Self Confidence
Ryerson University Athletic Director Dr. Ivan Joseph was once Graceland University’s soccer coach. When he was seeking new talent for the soccer team, both payers and parents picked his brains to find out what qualities he looks for in players. They may have been expecting answers like agility or speed, but he offered a very different response: self-confidence. As it turned out, Joseph wanted athletes with enough confidence to fail, to have the discipline to keep practising, to demonstrate repetition, and to persevere when it looks like everything is going wrong. He wanted athletes to know how they’re affected by self-affirmations and how to put a stop to harmful self-talk.
Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance
A University of Pennsylvania psychology professor, Ms Duckworth walked out on a successful career as a consultant to teach seventh grade math at a public school in New York. Her students assisted in helping to understand that success doesn’t merely align with someone’s IQ but that there are other qualities that factor in, such as grit and self-discipline. In her talk, Ms Duckworth talks about her research, along with the importance of grit to success.
Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work research Professor Brene Brown, who is also an author, has invested 16 years in learning about shame, empathy, courage, connection, and vulnerability. In her talk, she emphasises the connection between these states. This talk ranks among the more popular TED Talks.