25 TED Speakers’ Advice to College Students on How to Live a Life

We live our lives through certain phases. There are constantly exams and situations that we have to pass. Time flies fast and sometimes we are back to fish out of water. One of the critical points of our lives is university and after that. While looking for a starting point for what to do in this area, little advice from our environment can leave a little breathing space.
TED speakers were asked; What would you like to do in college or after you graduate, or if you were given one piece of advice what would it be? I hope these honest answers given can give you some insight and guidance.

1) Angela Duckworth – TED Talk: The Power of Passion and Persistence

“If you don’t know what you want to do for the rest of your life, you won’t fail. Give yourself time and experience to sort things out.”

2) Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado – TED Talk: New Types to Solve Old Problems

“Although I thought I already knew this when I graduated from college, I didn’t do it enough: I didn’t trust my instincts. Deep inside you already know what you need to do to achieve your goals, and most importantly, don’t ask permission to achieve your goals. Follow them. But by doing so, you can show the world what’s on your mind and gain the support of others.”

3) Casey Brown – TED Talk: Appreciate and Ask Later

“Don’t take yourself, your decisions, the consequences, or even your mistakes too seriously. No special place to get it and no special achievement to check the list. Right now, here; You are the person and make choices that will make you feel alive. The road is so boring. This seemed like a slacker-sobbing prick to me, and I’d roll my eyes and sort my soup rack alphabetically. I really wish I could have lived the last 20 years in a different way, enjoyed the journey and tried to handle my decisions less. I wish I could trust myself more, trust the universe more, trust more in the love and support of my family and friends. I realized: ‘I am enough and it will all be great.’ Because it was amazing to experience it.”

4) Tim Harford – TED Talk: How Disappointment Can Make Us More Creative

“It’s okay if you quit your first job – even if it was really hard to get it – it paid well and everyone seemed to admire you for making good money. If you hate your job; you waste your life on earning your skills, contacts, and reputation you don’t want to use. The sooner you find something you love, the better.”

5) Ruth Chang – TED Talk: How to Make Hard Choices

“The world can only thrive when people know what they are talking about. Find the thing that wants to know what you’re talking about and talk about it.”

6) Judson Brewer – TED Talk: A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit

“One piece of advice I wanted to take when I graduated from college: Pay attention to the difference between the quick hit of excitement from the first kiss of a new relationship or job and the feeling you get when you think about it. Strong connections with family or friends. Don’t be fooled by shiny things, because that shine fades over time and never undermines strong relationships. Remember the differences between these feelings to help you make decisions as you move forward.”

7) Anne Madden – TED Talk: Meet the Microscopic Life in Your Home and on Your Face

“Your high heels aren’t too high, even if you’re a scientist. One day, your choice of unusual footwear will allow you to reach the right height, taking you to prestigious research labs and important business meetings, and peeking into a hornet’s nest and discovering a microorganism that will change the brewing world. There can be great beauty and great benefit in what initially evokes feelings of fear and disgust, so dare to explore. Remember to stop and smell the germs. This will likely help you gain perspective and will certainly help you explore future microbial technologies.”

8) Sarah Kay – TED Talk: If I Had to Have a Girl

“Relating to relationships of all categories ( platonic , romantic, professional, etc.): Don’t let someone who doesn’t pay rent take your emotional property.”

9) Eduardo Briceño – TED Talk: How to Get Better at What You Value

“Never stop learning. When we graduate from college and start our careers, we often realize that we have something to learn, so we approach our work with a learning orientation. We ask questions; we observe others, we know we may be wrong, and we are aware that we have work in progress. But once we gain proficiency in our jobs, most of us stop learning and growing. The most successful people – at work and in life – never stop deliberately continuing to learn and improve.”

10) Jessica Ladd – TED Talk: The Reporting System Sexual Assault Survivors Desire

“Right after college, I felt the need to ‘do good’ right out the door to work in nonprofits and government. I wish someone had asked me to improve my skills instead, so I could get counseling on my professional performance and communication at an early age.”

11) Tanya Menon – TED Talk: The Secret to Great Opportunities? Person You Haven’t Met Yet

“Graduation is an exhilarating moment, but soon after, people often experience withdrawal symptoms. One reason is that your immediately accessible social network is pulled from under you and you enter the ‘real world’. It means you lose effortless social interaction from dorm life, organized clubs, and regular parties. Instead of feeling, be intentional about maintaining and building a social world that brings out your richest self. And when you get your lowest score, you can have the courage to expand both your thinking and your networks, as well as turn to the strongest and closest relationships for support.”

12) Bill Bernat – TED Talk: How to Connect with Depressed Friends

“Search people’s inner worlds. Imagine their hopes, their fears, and what it feels like to be like them. Seeing other hearts can make you more effective in achieving personal and professional goals. It can also give us the comfort of remembering how deep we all are.”

13) Navi Radjou – TED Talk: Creative Problem Solving at Extreme Limits

“I was the first in my family to enter college, neither my parents nor my siblings could advise me on my schooling or career plans. I listened to my inner calling and pursued two master’s degrees at the same time, information systems and everything went well. Remember: your best academic and career counselor is your heart.”

14) Emilie Wapnick – TED Talk: Why Some of Us Don’t Have a Real Calling

“I know that notions of expertise or worrying that you will never succeed are weighing on me right now. There is good news! You can do what you want and be many things and grow professionally. Over the next ten years, you’ll meet amazing people who do all sorts of things, including a programmer, comedian, writer, and a filmmaker, teacher, and carpenter. It’s okay to be a complex, versatile person who doesn’t quite fit in one box. It’s actually a lot of fun.”

15) Ashton Applewhite – TED Talk: Let’s End Aging

“Less afraid of getting old and less afraid of the road. Our fears are out of proportion to the facts and cause our youth to have unrealistic anxiety about it.”

16) David Burkus – TED Talk: Why You Should Know How Much Your Colleagues Are Paid

“Give yourself more time. Many college graduates want to fulfill all their dreams at once, and that can go wrong in many ways. The first is frustration at not being ‘there’ yet. Finding or building your dream career will take time. The second is burnout. If you find your career early, you can set any unrealistic goals with deadlines you set yourself and chase them until you drop from exhaustion. You can have them all, but not all at once.”

17) Anjali Kumar – TED Talk: On My Failed Mission To Find God And What I Found Instead

“When possible, be as uncomfortable as possible. Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone regularly; Spend time with people you don’t like deeply, read books about experiences you’ll never have, travel to places you don’t speak the language, and get jobs and work in industries you’ve never used. If you find yourself resisting, try again. These experiences will help you develop deep empathy and you will find that you can use more than that.”

18) Lisa Feldman Barrett – TED Talk: You Are Not At The Mercy Of Your Emotions

“Surround yourself with people who will help you be the best versions. Avoid those who don’t and get enough sleep.”

19) Shawn Achor – TED Talk: The Happy Secret to Working Better

“When I graduated, I wish I had known about the research that shows that future success does not bring happiness. Sometimes I am paralyzed by the fear of happiness but finding the perfect job, degree or position. In reality, the research is clear: happiness exists in nearly all life paths as long as you are grateful for the present and develop meaningful relationships. Now choose optimism and gratitude and invest more in others; Happiness will be a lifetime advantage while pursuing your dreams.”

20) Kasiva Mutua – TED Talk: How to Use Your Drum to Tell Your Story

“You don’t have to keep what you’re working on. I followed my heart and now I am more happy with life than I could ever imagine. We kill ourselves while looking for work in our work areas. There are a million other things we can do. I also wish someone would tell me that money does not equal happiness. When you get a job and start working, don’t forget to live.”

21) Emily Esfahani Smith – TED Talk: There’s More to Living Than Being Happy

“You don’t have to do anything extraordinary to live a meaningful life; You don’t have to cure cancer, be an Instagram celebrity, or write a Great American Novel. Freud said that the meaning of life lies in love and work. So lead your relationships with love. Be generous, be vulnerable, give yourself to others, and don’t do what’s right because it’s more convenient for you. Make an effort to put others first. Find a job in your career that makes you proud and adopts a service mentality; Remember how your work, no matter how small or big, helps others. Touching just one person’s life is a powerful legacy to stay behind. Finally, make gratitude a part of your daily life. Focus on one or two things that happened to you each day that you are grateful for. Not only will it make you happier, but it will also put you in touch with what’s really important. Then, when you encounter setbacks or difficulties, it also reminds you how blessed you truly are.”

22) Washington Wachira – TED Talks: For the Love of Birds

“When you finish college and start your first job or internship, you’ll be willing to learn everything you can and impress your employer so you can embark on the path to promotion and promotion. But the important thing you can’t see in the midst of all this excitement is a great idea that could one day become a great business or entrepreneur. The most interesting employment life has to offer is often something you do exactly or create yourself in addition to your main job. So, after graduating from college, take the time to define an initiative you want to make with yourself or with your friends and start building it. You’ll be happy you started a day early.”

23) Sherry Turkle – TED Talk: Connected But Alone?

“Towards the light; Move towards people, activities, ideas that make you see more, that nourish you. Do this for at least five years. At this point you can decide if you need to do something purely practical, careerist, traditionally ‘wise’. But first follow your heart and mind. The best careers are built by people with a wealth of experience to draw upon. Don’t worry if your life is made up of many parts for a while; In time, they will look like the face of a diamond.”

24) David Sengeh – TED Talk: The Throat Problem of Prosthetic Limbs

“The adage about pursuing what you’re passionate about finally pays off. When? Nobody knows. I guess that’s why there’s a quest.”

25) Margaret Heffernan – TED Talk: Disagree

“At graduation, it’s customary to deliver clean, packaged stories of triumph over challenges. But life is not like that. Open-ended, subject to a million possibilities and constant change. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan. But it does mean that you have to be wary of any changes in the world and in yourself that could suddenly make your plan outdated, unattractive, or perverse. Be open to change. Be ready to experiment. Take risks and keep learning. Make your own life.”

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