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The Best TED Talks for Motivation and Inspiration

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration to keep motivation ticking over and those goals in sight.

TED has been putting out amazing talks for over 30 years on almost every topic you can dream of. Here are three of the best to listen to over your lunch:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – The Danger of a Single Story

Aside from being a wonderful storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up experiencing sexism and stereotyping in Nigeria. Her background taught her certain things about the western world and, when she came to experience it in adulthood, she realised real life didn’t quite match up to the story she knew. This talk is all about intertwining stories and how important it is to learn about things from all sides. It’s a vital lesson in learning to understand people, which can translate into everyday life more than you would think.

Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Amy Cuddy has overcome a lot to get to where she is today. She suffered a serious head injury in a car accident which resulted in her IQ dropping by two standard deviations. Instead of letting that stop her, she has gone on to be a massively influential social psychologist. This talks tells all about how something as tiny as the way you stand can make all the difference in how you come across and how you feel.

Cheryl Sandberg – Why We Have Two Few Women Leaders

We have all heard of Cheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, and as the COO of Facebook she’s well-equipped to hand out some serious girlboss advice. She talks about the imbalance of women in the workplace, and offers some valuable insight into how to supercharge the female presence.

TED Talks offer a massive pool of knowledge, so they are the perfect tool for amping up your inspiration when things are feeling a little lacklustre.

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Katie Hopkins lives amongst piles of books and pug memorabilia. As a copy-editor and freelance writer, she is always immersed in words, and is captivated by the world of careers and the pursuit of happiness, alongside a little fascination with true crime. She tweets as @katie_louh.

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