Sometimes, a bit of perspective is all we need for that extra motivation we need to take "the next step," whether it apply to our personal or professional lives...or the intersection of both, (which, let's face it, is most often the case). CT has rounded-up a few great TED Talks that will give you useful insights for that personal reflection.


David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy?

“The résumé virtues are the ones you put on your résumé, which are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that get mentioned in the eulogy, which are deeper: who are you, in your depth, what is the nature of your relationships, are you bold, loving, dependable, consistency? And most of us, including me, would say that the eulogy virtues are the more important of the virtues. But at least in my case, are they the ones that I think about the most? And the answer is no.”



Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint.”



Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

“It's perhaps easier now than ever before to make a good living. It's perhaps harder than ever before to stay calm, to be free of career anxiety.”



Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

“So people looking for good jobs are going to fail… You're too lazy to do it. It's too hard. You're afraid if you look for your passion and don't find it, you'll feel like you're an idiot, so then you make excuses about why you're not going to look for your passion. They are excuses, ladies and gentlemen.”



Scott Dinsmore: How to find work you love

“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.”




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