If you know me but at all you will know I love self discovery; listening to others approach to life, I strive to live a content life filled with inspiration and hope. I am an avid video watcher, with the likes of Ted Talks serving inspiring, engaging and at times hilarious videos straight my inbox I can easily feed my habit.
The last 10 days have been a little brutal to be honest, I feel as though I have been through the ringer. Thankfully I have tried and tested ‘get me out of a funk’ tricks, they include; reading favourite books, drinking iced coffee, cuddling my dogs and watching videos of awesome folk being every shade of epic. I thought I would pull together a list of the 7 videos you simply must see!
Amanda de Cadanet & Chelsea Handler
Both of these women remind me that it’s totally cool to be exactly the person you are, no bull shit, no pretence. Chelsea is my kind of woman, she is clearly a wonderful friend and also takes no shit, basically perfect! This chat between the two is guaranteed to make me laugh, and also serves as a reminder that I am ace just the way I am. I am sticking to my truth for sure.
Oprah Addresses Harvard 2013 Graduates
I love Oprah, every dam thing she does is awesome. Love her grit and determination, love her style, love how she gives back and helps others do the same. If you haven’t watched any of Oprah’s Master Class I suggest you find a little time to, a wonderful series interviewing some of the most famous people in the world, learning about what makes them tick. Lots of inspiration right there. However, the best of Oprah I think is this speech to the Harvard 2013 Grads, she shares her thoughts on carving your own way in life and redefining what you want out of life.
“Fulfil the highest most truthful expression of your self as a human. Max out humanity while you can”
Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement
I don’t have enough time to really say all the things I think about this man, about his outlook on life. Just watch, I know it’s an oldie, but if you haven’t seen it you are missing out
The Science of Happiness – Dan Gilbert
Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Your Elusive Creative Genius – Elizabeth Gilbert
A lot of people will think Eat Pray Love when they hear her name, but she is much, much more than an author. Elizabeth muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
I didn’t think I had ‘genius’ until I watched this!
The Power of Vulnerability – Brené Brown
I found Brené thanks to a wonderful friend of my cousins whilst I was travelling around America a few years ago. Brené studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
Try Something New For 30 Days – Matt Cutts
Now I have to admit I have a substantial nerd crush on Matt, when he isn’t inspiring on Ted Talks he is kind of a big deal over at Google. His business approach, vast tech knowledge totally gets me going, but above and beyond that he makes you think, re-assess things! Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.
Last but by no means least, if you, like me were moved to tears by the passing of Robin Williams, you will enjoy this beautiful tribute to him by Jimmy Fallon. Make sure you google Robins stand up, sure he was a sensational actor, but my god he was a master of stand up. I have spent hours watching him, reminding myself exactly why he was so loved and why is passing is so desperately sad. “Oh Captain, my Captain, you will be missed”
So there you have it, 7 must see videos – non of them are crazy long, so no excuse not to pick at least one to watch today!
I’m always on the hunt for new videos to watch, books to read, blogs to indulge in, that feed into my eternal search for improvement, tell me your favourites!