Thursday, May 19, 2022

Best TED Talks All Women In Their 20s Should Watch (2021)

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A great investment to make in yourself is to swap out scrolling for 30 minutes on TikTok or binging your favourite Netflix show (which I love to do!), but instead opting to spend 10, 20, 30 minutes watching a TED talk.

That action, repeated daily, will compound and string together resulting in a large web of new learnings and knowledge.

And it’s just 30 minutes out of those 24 hours you each have.

8 of the best TED talks you should watch in your 20s

  1. Why some of us don’t have one true calling | Emilie Wapnick

Emilie deserves top spot for this as it touches on something that most of us all struggle with.

She talks about how young adults should lean into our interest in multiple topics rather than trying to specialise in one area.

As Emilie likes to call us ‘multipotentialites’ and the opportunities that are available to us if we tap into it are endless.

2. The psychology of self-motivation | Scott Geller

Scott breaks down the psychology of self-motivation into 3 simple questions and discusses the importance of ‘choice’ in the pursuit of motivation.

3. How great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek discusses the importance of starting with your why and how it has the ability to inspire others. Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers all knew this

4. How to not take things personally | Frederik Imbo

After becoming a referee to tackle his battle with taking things personally, Frederik provide insight into how you can stop.

From simply realising ‘it’s not about me’ to also accepting responsibility and giving yourself empathy if it is.

5. Why 30 is not the new 20 | Meg Jay

Meg Jay discusses the importance of our 20s and the opportunity that we have and ensuring that we do not waste this prime time to develop and grow.

6. Refusing to settle: the quarter-life crisis | Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky

Adam touches on 3 important ways to tacking a quarter-life crisis.

Firstly and most importantly, ensuring that your closest network of push you to become the best version of you.

7. 9 things I wish I knew when I was 20 | Emerson Spartz

In the short 10-minute TED talk, Emerson shares the top 9 things he wishes he knew when he was 20.

The main point is on learning in all areas of your life, from reading books, to improving your money management and even trying code.

Of course, you don’t have to learn code if you don’t want to.

8. What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger

Evidence from a 75-year study has shown what truly makes a good life. Biohacking? Yoga? Mindfulness? Calorie deficits?

The answer might surprise you, but it’s also the answer to one of the biggest problems we are facing today.

Final thoughts

The top lesson to take away from these TED talks is the importance of learning in our 20s.

There is nothing more fulfilling than getting that ‘Aha!’ moment when we learn something that answers what we’re struggling with at present.

And the only way to get that ‘Aha!’ moment, is to keep learning and by watching these and more, you’re doing just that.


  1. It is important to learn so many things when we are younger. It helps us with our personal development and more.

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