Whether you saw these TED Talks live, watched them online, or just talked about them enough that you feel like you’ve seen them, I recommend watching these videos – one a day for the next five days – and then share them with your friends. Enjoy your Five Day TED Talk Diet!  

Monday: Start your week with this one so you have plenty to think about.

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability (2010) - Calling herself a “researcher storyteller” Brene Brown shares her exploration into what makes some people “whole hearted” and others not. It’s a beautiful - and funny - exploration into how we treat ourselves, and how we expect to be treated by others. If you find yourself weeping unexpectedly, don’t worry, I did too.

“(People who are vulnerable)… believed that what made them vulnerable made them beautiful. They didn’t talk about vulnerability being uncomfortable or excruciating. They talked about it being necessary.”

Tuesday: Boost yourself out of the-week-just-began-will-it-ever-end mode.

Phil Hansen: Embrace the Shake (2013) - When artist Phil Hansen learned he had permanent nerve damage in his hands, he didn’t call it quits, he took the advice of his doctor to “embrace the shake” and explore different kinds of art. But then he took it even further, fabricating limitations to force his art to go from limited to limitless.

 “Embracing a limitation can actually drive creativity.”

Wednesday: Rethink what Hump Day means - maybe it’s actually Midway Up the Stairs Day. (That will make more sense after you watch.) 

Jane Fonda: Life’s Third Act (2015) - Forget On Golden Pond, forget high cut leotards and headbands. This is Jane Fonda 3.0 – researcher, writer, woman and inspiration. She makes a compelling case for the idea that by taking the time to understand our first two “acts,” recognize our roles, forgive ourselves, the third act can be the most fulfilling.

“It’s not having experiences that makes us wise, it’s reflecting on experience that brings wisdom.”

Thursday: The weekend is almost here – it’s time to take some action.

Paul Tudor Jones: Why We Need to Rethink Capitalism (2015) - I couldn’t do what I do if I didn’t believe in the power of business to make the world go ‘round. Capitalism is fundamental, but does it have to be so greedy, base and discriminating? Global money manager Paul Tudor Jones’ POV that “corporate profits exacerbate human inequity” is hard to deny. (Not that I understand why you’d want to.)

“Capitalism has to be based on justice.”

Friday: Get ready for You Time. Plus you have all weekend to practice on your friends!

Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (2012) - With more than 27m views, there’s a decent chance you’ve already seen this one. But are you doing this one? I mean really doing it? I have stood backstage at many a conference doing my “power poses” before a speaking event, so I know it works. More importantly, though, is the end of Amy’s presentation when you learn how easy it can be to start making the changes you want to see in the world.

“Don’t fake it ‘til you make it, fake it until you become it.”

What are your favorite TED Talks? Leave a note in the comments!

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