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50 TED Talks Every Student Should Watch Before Graduation (Part 2)

50 TED Talks Every Student Should Watch Before Graduation (Part 2)

TED talks for students

26. Neha Narula: The future of money

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPgd7Hj3ABQ

Money management is just one of the many life skills that students learn at university. Here, Narula discusses if we will all be using digital currencies in the future.

27. Adam Savage: How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8UFGu2M2gM

Mythbusters host, Adam Savage, explains how two of the biggest scientific discoveries EVER were cracked with simple methodologies.

28. Angela Lee Duckworth: The Key to Success? Grit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H14bBuluwB8

In this talk, Duckworth describes what will really make you successful: grit. You can make it too.

29. Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q1dgn_C0AU

You know how you can be really happy? Dan Gilbert explains how. Ultimately, you just have to let yourself be happy, instead of seeking that happiness in getting something you don’t have.

30. Margaret Heffernan: Dare to Disagree

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY_kd46RfVE

Arguing is good! Margaret Heffernan explains why daring to disagree is a good thing. It starts a conversation where people can hear each others’ point of view, making it a great way to learn new things.

31. Andy Puddicombe: All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzR62JJCMBQ

Andy Puddicombe explains how simply allowing yourself to have 10 minutes of peace can drastically change your stress levels through university.

32. Larry Smith: Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrNDkRHAA4E

Do you know what’s stopping you from having a great career? You! People have a habit of making excuses to stop them from taking action. Larry Smith shows you why you should stop making excuses.

33. Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4

Contrary to popular belief, introverts are an extremely important cog in this society. Most scientific breakthroughs come from introverts. Susan Cain describes her angle on how she thinks introverts can become even more important.

34. Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnfBXjWm7hc

Having a daily routine can be a good thing, but after months of doing it, it will always get boring. Matt Cutts challenges everyone to do something new for 30 days, and then try something else the following 30.

35. David Kelley: How to Build Your Creative Confidence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16p9YRF0l-g

In this talk, David Kelley shows how anyone can fully use both sides of the brain – contrary to what people say. And they say there can’t be artistic Mathematicians…

36. Shane Koyczan: To This Day…For the Bullied and Beautiful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa1iS1MqUy4

Unfortunately, bullying isn’t just a high school thing – it happens at uni too. Koyczan discusses how the bullied can strive even after having been put through some hard times. Everyone has the potential to flourish!

37. Adora Svitak: What Adults Can Learn From Kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-bjOJzB7LY

Svitak encourages everyone to stop growing up. Of course, not in all aspects, but never lose your childhood hopes and dreams. Those are the ones that will always keep you motivated.

38. Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V74AxCqOTvg

Derek Sivers is a brief man: in just a short period of time he showcases how easy it is to start a movement, and does so using only footage from a random dance party.

39. Lidia Yuknavitch: The beauty of being a misfit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AgCr2tTvng

Starting university is a big journey, and for those who are “misfits”, it can be scary. Lidia shows us the beauty in being a misfit and the ability to reinvent oneself.

40. Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie defends how much a culture depends on overlapping stories. It’s always important to look at things from more than one angle, otherwise we risk misunderstanding them.

41. Freeman Hrabowski: 4 Pillars of College Success in Science

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EglK8Mk18o

By tracing back to the days when he was jailed for marching with Martin Luther King, Freeman Hrabowski gives us his inspiring story, which culminates in him supporting minority students in their quest to succeed.

42. Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ITHly-bhJE

Drew Dudley believes everyone has a chance to be a leader – they just need to seize the moment. ^ Here’s how ^

43. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY

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Sir Ken Robinson is of the opinion that the current education system isn’t fostering creativity. Listen to what he has to say about it.

44. Kang Lee: Can you really tell if a kid is lying?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6diqpGKOvic

Students are no strangers to coming up with an excuse or two to way the essay is late! Lee studies what happens physiologically to children when they lie.

45. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0HIF3SfI4

Simon Sinek shares his thoughts on how to be an inspirational leader. His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers…

46. Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpc-t-Uwv1I

Tony Robbins discusses what motivates people to do anything, from the smallest action to the biggest decision. And then he high-fives Al Gore…

47. Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y

Career analyst Dan Pink studies how motivation works on a daily basis – both at work and at school.

48. Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.

Cameron Russell, an American model, rightfully asks us not to judge a book by its cover. Here’s her take on how the modelling world really works.

50. Wael Ghonim: Let’s design social media that drives real change

With just a simple Facebook page, Wael Ghonim helped kick off the Arab Spring back in his homeland, Egypt. Listen to him as he carefully explains how Social Media took its part in the revolution.

And in case you missed it.. Here’s Part 1 of these 50 TED talks for students.


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