You Are 3 TED Talks Away From Your Dream Career

It’s time to slap you with a reality-checking fact: four out of five Americans don’t love their job. Of course, this number is so high that it may not have come as a shock to you in any way, in the same way Harvey Weinstein’s disgusting actions and attitudes toward women - and just people - probably didn’t shock anyone too much.
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But just because you - and the rest of society - don’t love your job doesn’t mean you need to accept that this is the existence you are locked into. Oh no. Not at all. In fact, it should motivate you. It should be like a boot up the backside that sends you toward a career change, and it all starts with a few TED Talks that really tickle this matter silly.

And here are the best of the bunch:

“How To Find And Do Work You Love”

The thing that struck us hardest about this talk by Scott Dinsmore - a lovely chap who worked for a Fortune 500 company under the illusion it would look good on his resume - was when he quoted Warren Buffett. “Doing a job you don’t like because it will look good on your resume is like saving up sex for your old age.” He was right, of course. That is why you need to stop thinking about how a job looks and start figuring out what it is you would love to do; find the work you can’t not do. All those time’s you’ve thought to yourself, “how on earth did they get that job?” Well, that could be you in the enviable seat.

“How To Speak So That People Want To Listen”

One of the biggest contributing factors to being unsatisfied in a job is that feeling of not being heard. You’re talking but nobody's listening. It is infuriating and it leaves you feeling totally lost in your job, as you hit your head against the brick career wall. That is why it is so important you learn how to speak so that people want to listen, something that starts with AJ Hoge's Effortless English and gets cemented by Julian Treasure’s TED Talk, where you get a first-hand look at what makes up powerful speaking. Empathy, authority, compassion, honesty; speaking in a way that conveys these is so important when it comes to reaching your potential and being satisfied in a job.

“A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy Of Success”

The career ladder has transformed into a lily pad system where people hop from job to job instead of working their way up. This is no bad thing, of course, but it has led to more and more people suffering a career crisis of sorts, at least according to Alain de Botton. A big part of this is due to the way our society and business cultures work. Businesses make decisions based on what they believe to be in their company’s best interest, but those that feel the brunt of these decisions take it very personally. He talks about how our ideas of success and failure are not our own, which is an issue you need to deal with in order to better own your success - and your failures. How do you do this? Well, first of all, you need to stop putting so much pressure on yourself and, secondly, you need to focus on your ideas and make them your own, make sure that is really what you want. Why? Because nothing is worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing none of what you wanted actually mattered.

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