“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
This is a question almost all of us were asked as children. Even adults ask themselves the same thing!
So, where do we start? How do we find out what we want to be? What if we make the wrong choice?
The best and worst thing about this is that we have a million options to choose from. The more choices we have, the more anxiety we feel and the more we fear the consequence of making the wrong decision. In many cases this can lead to a serious case of indecisiveness.
Here are some Ted Talks to help you find your way.
1. How to find and do work you love – Scott Dinsmore
“The first part of this three-step passionate work framework is becoming a self-expert and understanding yourself, because if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’re never going to find it. And the thing is that no one is going to do this for us. There’s no major in university on passion and purpose and career. I don’t know how that’s not a required double major, but don’t even get me started on that. I mean, you spend more time picking out a dorm room TV set than you do you picking your major and your area of study. But the point is, it’s on us to figure that out, and we need a framework, we need a way to navigate through this.”
2. Five ways to kill your dreams | TED Talk – Bel Pesce
“Life is never about the goals themselves. Life is about the journey. Yes, you should enjoy the goals themselves, but people think that you have dreams, and whenever you get to reaching one of those dreams, it’s a magical place where happiness will be all around. But achieving a dream is a momentary sensation, and your life is not. The only way to really achieve all of your dreams is to fully enjoy every step of your journey. That’s the best way.”
3. Why we do what we do – Tony Robbins
“It wasn’t your ability; it was your state. Your model of the world is what shapes you long term. Your model of the world is the filter. That’s what’s shaping us. It makes people make decisions. To influence somebody, we need to know what already influences them.It’s made up of three parts. First, what’s your target? What are you after? It’s not your desires. You can get your desires or goals.Who has ever got a goal or desire and thought, is this all there is?”
4. What makes us feel good about our work? – Dan Ariely
“The reality is that we’re in the knowledge economy. You can ask yourself, what happens in a knowledge economy? Is efficiency still more important than meaning? I think the answer is no. I think that as we move to situations in which people have to decide on their own about how much effort, attention, caring, how connected they feel to it, are they thinking about labor on the way to work, and in the shower and so on, all of a sudden Marx has more things to say to us. So when we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it — meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride.”
5.The happy secret to better work – Shawn Achor
“If I know everything about your external world, I can only predict 10% of your long-term happiness. 90 percent of your long-term happiness is predicted not by the external world, but by the way your brain processes the world. And if we change it, if we change our formula for happiness and success, we can change the way that we can then affect reality. What we found is that only 25% of job successes are predicted by IQ, 75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.”
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