Careers are a complicated beast, which you’ll either know because you have one, or because you read the myriad of posts we have here on the Careers section. Added to that, unemployment is soaring, people want to work more flexibly and starting you own business is becoming more common than changing your pants. Sort of.

So how do you work out what you really want from well…your work? You spend an increasing amount of hours at your job, so it makes sense to love it, enjoy it and believe in what you are doing. I’m a strong believer in the power of a good Ted Talk to help expose you to new idea, to motivate you and most imprtantly to inspire. Here are 5 of my favourites – I really believe these can totally change up how you feel about work!

The puzzle of motivation

Awesome careers analyst Dan Pink talks about the “puzzle of motivation”. This talk focusses on the fact that traditional rewards such as pay aren’t always as effective as we think. This will absolutely change the way you think about salary and benefits packages at work and make you start thinking about what motivates you.

Why work doesn’t happen at work

Jason Fried is an amazing speaker and has a radical theory of working to boot. He doesn’t believe that the office isn’t a good place to work. CONTROVERSIAL! In this talk he lays out the main problems with office working and how he would choose to solve them.

Why we have too few women leaders

Facebook COO and author of Lean In Sheryl Sandberg talks about why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions – and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the top – A MUST WATCH.

Igniting the Power of Fear

Emily Osborn Bermes explores the delicate balance between nature and nurture to show how fear (often unconsciously) holds us back from a life of bolder action and deeper meaning. This talk will show how to use fear as a tool to be leveraged (and not a thing to be avoided), and how we can then oush past our own perceived limitations. Whilst applicable to all our lives, this will have a huge impact on how you work.

The power of introverts

We’ve talked alot about introverts on the blog and in particular Susan Cain’s approach. Here Susan argues that introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Go introverts!

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