7 TED Talks to Watch Before Moving Abroad

Hey, I hear ya… You’ve heard TED Talks are interesting (maybe you’ve even watched a couple) but it’s difficult to find the time to sit down and dedicate 10-15 minutes of your day to watch one – I am definitely guilty of that! But trust me, swap out your 10 minute evening Facebook scroll for one of these videos instead and you won’t be disappointed. There is so much personal growth to gain from listening to these fascinating thinkers!

If you’ve already made the big move to a new country, you’ll agree that it is a pretty turbulent time… Check out these 7 TED Talks to watch before moving abroad. They’ll help mould your attitude and thought processes so you can truly make the most of your experience – Starting today!

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1.  How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over – Mel Robbins

Sometimes you just need some tough love – and Mel gives it out in the bucket-full! Hit play for your long-awaited kick up the butt, get motivated, and start paving the way towards your life goals.

“All day long, you have ideas that could change your life, that could change the world, that could change the way you feel and what do you do with them? Nothing. We all have an ‘inner snooze-button’.
In any area of your life that you want to change, there’s one fact that you need to know: You are never going to ‘feel’ like it.”

2.  5 Techniques to Speak Any Language – Sid Efromovich

Feeling overwhelmed with the technicalities of learning a new language? Terrified of making mistakes or failing? This impressive linguist (who speaks 7 languages) generously shares his top 5 tips!

“Learning languages does not have to be stressful, difficult and boring. It provides a world of possibilities. A world where each one of us has the opportunity to explore new cultures and all the different ways of living. The greatest reward from this is that we end up learning more about ourselves.”

3.  How Adventure Makes You Smarter, Stronger and Attractive – Tyler Tervooren

Need reassurance that your quest for a new adventure is justified? Need a reminder of the benefits that you will receive from stepping outside of your comfort zone? This talk is for you!

“Just by exposing yourself to new cultures, by putting yourself in new environments, you can actually give your brain a new tool to use to solve a difficult problem. Adventure really does make you smarter.”

4.  Why 30 is Not the New 20 – Meg Jay

In your 20s, it can be very easy to procrastinate and push our careers, relationships and life goals to the sidelines for future ‘you’ to worry about. Want to get a head-start and finally take the reins? Or know a 20-something that could use a mindset shake-up? Check out Clinical Psychologist, Meg Jay’s powerful message.

“30 is not the new 20 so claim your adulthood. Get some identity capital. Use your weak ties. Pick your family. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do. You’re deciding your life right now.”

5.  How to Make a Global Working Life Successful – Sunga Seo

Sunga is a Korean immigrant… who worked for a French company… in Germany! Listen to her inspiring story and advice on how to overcome the challenges of building an international career.

“I came to a country where I had no friends or family members. 9 years later, I became Senior Marketing Manager generating sales of 10 million Euros. My journey was not always easy. If I can make it, you can make it too.”

6.  Live Life to the Fullest – Nick Martin

After visiting more than 50 countries, Nick shares the lessons he has learned about how to adapt your mindset and attitude to achieve your dreams. Faced with the negative reactions of those close to him, his leap of faith changed his life for the better. Watch this video to learn how you can create the life you want and reach your full potential.

“I started to get scared of that thought of being 60 or 70 years old and looking back on my life and the only thing I’ve done is chase digital numbers on my bank account. I started to realise that there is so much more out there. There is so much more to explore.”

7.  Chasing Dreams and Beginning Again – Kate Drummond

‘I was happy until I wasn’t.’ What an emotionally charged and honest account of one elementary school teacher’s realisation that she needed change. Watch this if you are feeling guilty about being dissatisfied in life and craving a brand new path.

“I am living proof that you are never too old to follow your dreams. You’re never too stuck to get unstuck. And every day is the perfect day to begin again.”

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