We’ve got another post with great TED Talks for college students. If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out our first post, where we feature another 4 amazing TED talks for college students that you can learn a lot from.
Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling—Emilie Wapnick
Emilie Wapnick is a career and life coach, but has pursued many other interests in her life. She brings forth the notion that there can be more than one path in our lives to follow. This may not necessarily be the case for everyone by any means, but it’s certainly a fascinating idea to consider. Wapnick uses the term “multipotentialite” to describe these individuals, and argues that multipotentialites are an asset in the workplace and beyond due to their understanding of a wide variety of subjects. Watch her video to get a better understanding of who multipotentialites are and what they bring to the table.
Dare to Disagree—Margaret Heffernan
Do you ever end up in a conversation with someone that has a conflicting viewpoint from your own and feel uncomfortable? It turns out that this can be a great pathway to gaining a new process to thinking. As much as we tend to dislike conflict, constructive conflict can bring people with different ideas together to create something with better end results. Margaret Heffernan talks about a researcher whose work was not taken seriously by the medical community for over two decades. The researcher relied on her counterpart, a statistician, to help give her confidence in her results by having him prove her wrong. When he was unable to prove her wrong, she knew what she had found was accurate. College is the perfect time to learn to embrace conflict and work with people who have ideas that differ from your own.
How to Build Your Creative Confidence—David Kelley
On the surface, creativity can seem daunting. Typically, we’re taught that there are creatives and non-creatives, and that’s it. The reality is that we can all be creative and bring something new to the table, as long as we have the confidence to do so. David Kelley talks about how better products and ideas can come from people when we learn that we all can be creative. He references examples from a famous psychologist and a principal designer to show how confidence in your creative abilities is better for everyone. Take classes you hadn’t previously considered, and challenge yourself to be creative. You never know what may come of it.
Everyday Leadership—Drew Dudley
Drew Dudley is easy to like right away. The way he talks and story he tells are captivating. Beyond that, Dudley encourages us to keep in mind that even the little things we may not notice ourselves doing can be monumental to those around us. We should redefine leadership into lollipop moments, or moments that change the life or perspective of another individual. Being a leader doesn’t just mean you’ve held some established role within an organization; it’s understanding that we can be powerful beyond measure. As Dudley puts it “There is no world, there are only six billion understandings of it.”
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