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7 Ted Talks to Jumpstart your Halfway Motivation

The halfway mark of Semester is a critical time for maintaining your motivation levels. If you feel it flagging at this time, give it a midway boost with these inspiring TED Talks. 

1. What Makes us feel Good about Or Work?

Behavioural economist Dan Ariely blends humour with insight into what it is that makes us feel good about the work we do. He shares his surprising research based on experiments he conducted that reveal just what makes us tick when it comes to work.

2. Dan Pink on Motivation

This talk by career analyst Dan Pink is one of the 10 most watched TED talks of all time, so it’s no wonder it made this list. It is a fascinating examination of the puzzle of motivation, and why traditional rewards as motivation aren’t always as effective as we might think.

3. Embrace the Near Win

This fascinating talk will change the way you look at failure. Presenter sarah Lewis, is a Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. This talk is inspired by her first job at an art museum – she noticed not every artwork was a total masterpiece. This led her to wonder about the role of near failure in achieving success. Is it perhaps failure that can push us forward?

4. If a Story Moves You Act on It

Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer and political analyst. In this funny and thought provoking talk she questions our entrenched focus on storytelling over facts. Msimang argues that we have become so focused on listening that action becomes barely an afterthought.

5. How to Get Better at the Things You Care About

If you’re struggling to improve your grades or the quality of your work, despite working hard, then this talk is for you. Eduardo Briceno is a leader, learner, speaker and writer who, through his organisation Mindset works, helps people develop as motivated and effective learners. In this talk, he reveals a simple way to help you get better at what you do, whether it's work, study, a hobby or, life.

6. What it Takes to be a Great leader

Roselind Torres is a senior leader at the world renowned Boston Consulting Group and has advised over 200 CEOS in leadership practice across industry sectors and markets. In this straightforward and candid talk Roselind shares her insights from some 25 years observing truly great leaders at work and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future

7. How to Find Work You Love

Scott Dinsmore, found of global movement Live Your Legend,quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it. This talk I smade all the more poignant but the fact that Scott was tragically killed while mountain climbing just 3 years after it was recorded.

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