Work got you down? The good news is: it’s hump day – which means we’re almost through the week. But if you are in search of a little motivation to help push you to the weekend, we’ve got some inspirational videos for you to watch. Glassdoor put together a list of some of the best motivational TEDTalks that will give you the confidence boost you need to tackle any upcoming challenges, or inspire any big decisions you’re facing right now.
So take a quick pause in your day and press play on the following videos for the motivational speech you’ve been looking for.
1. Cleo Wade: Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care
Cleo Wade is an artist and poet who’s TEDTalk includes a beautiful, inspiring and motivating poem about love and acceptance during times where we feel the world is lacking both. Whether you’re feeling stressed at work, home, or about the current state of our world, this video is sure to be the motivation you need to be a better person and not only motivate yourself, but those around you as well.
2. Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
Brené Brown is a researcher who studies the human connection–and this video in particular discusses our vulnerability. For those who are seeking some courage, whether to approach your boss or co-worker, or to make a big life decision, this speech by Brene Brown will help you find the courage you need to take back the charge in your life.
3. Derek Sivers: How to start a movement
Derek Sivers is an entrepreneur–and no stranger to turning his ideas into movements. In this TEDTalk, Sivers talks about how to be a leader and how to show others to follow you. For managers, or those looking to improve their leadership skills and take charge of tasks ahead, this TEDTalk will be the motivational speech you need to give yourself a confidence boost.
4. Boniface Mwangi: The day I stood up alone
Boniface Mwangi is a Kenyan photographer and activist who was inspired to make a statement and protest against corruption in his home country of Kenya. In his TEDTalk, he tells the story of his plan to protest and what he learned from standing up all on his own. If you need to hear a motivating story that will have you ready to stand up for yourself and tackle a big challenge ahead–this is the video for you.
5. Candy Chang: Before I die I want to …
By now you may have seen or head of the “Before I die I want to…” walls where people fill in the blank with their hopes and dreams. Candy Chang is the artist who started this movement in her New Orleans neighborhood. Her TEDTalk is an uplifting, funny, and motivational speech about using your creativity to bring others together. It’s perfect for employees and managers hoping to bring a little creativity to the table.
6. Susan Cain: The power of introverts
We live in a world where you often need to be social and outgoing to get ahead. For those of you who are more introverted and often fear public speaking and social interactions–this is the motivational TEDTalk you need to help you feel confident about your talents, and find the courage you need to move through your day to day.