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15 TED talks that get you stoked about life

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11. Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20

Sure, we’re getting married and having kids later than our parents’ generation, but that doesn’t mean that your 20s should just be spent partying like you’re an extra on Jersey Shore. Clinical psychologist Meg Jay explains why your 20s are one of the most transformative periods of your adult life and shares three pieces of advice for 20-somethings to capitalize on this “defining decade.”

12. Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, explores the lack of women in leadership roles within organizations. Rather than just raise awareness about the problem, Sandberg takes it further by offering three practical pieces of advice for women looking to move up. A must-see!

13. Jane Fonda: Life’s third act

“We are living on average today 34 years longer than our great-grandparents did.” In this talk, actor, author and activist Jane Fonda offers a fresh approach on how we view aging in our culture. “We’re still living with the old paradigm of age as an arch. That’s the old metaphor: You’re born, you peak at midlife and decline into decrepitude.” Rather than looking at the last three decades of life as a decline, Fonda advocates to viewing it as a “third act” — an opportunity for new potential.

14. Sir Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

One of the most popular TED Talks of all time, this 2006 speech given by creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges not only how we view education in the U.S., but globally, saying, “Every education system on Earth has the same hierarchy of subjects: at the top are mathematics and languages, then the humanities and the bottom are the arts.” Robinson challenges how we view the role of arts in fostering creativity in young minds. “I believe this passionately: that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out if it.” Watch this talk and get inspired to reinvest in our education system.

15. Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

An educator since 1972, Rita Pierson spent most of her life in or around the classroom. In this motivational speech she encourages teachers to develop relationships with students.  “Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” We love her energetic delivery, and her passion for kids shines through.

Tell us: Which TED Talk are you inspired by? Do you have any favorites that aren’t on this list?

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