Back in February, we gathered a collection of TED talks that examined issues of law, politics, and life, and offer big things for law students to think about in the legal world and life beyond law school.
Today, we give you 5 excellent TED talks that offer exquisite insight into life as a graduate.
TED Talks is all about powerful speakers sharing great ideas and observations that are relevant to many people. This is especially true for law students. Within TED’s 900+ talks, you’ll find intriguing legal ideas, lessons in living a better life, and even inspiration for becoming a better law student.
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
“Whatever you choose to do after graduation, there’s one thing that will be far more useful than a high IQ or even a perfect GPA: grit. In this talk, psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth shares her thoughts on this unsung trait, saying, 'Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.'”
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)
“Our culture generally teaches: the more successful you are, the happier you will be. But that equation might be backwards, says Shawn Achor. In this wicked funny talk, he shares how feeling more happiness actually leads to greater success at work, and gives strategies to help train yourself for positivity.”
Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world's greatest artists to urge you to unleash your inner child — the artist who wanted to play forever. (Filmed at TEDxSeoul.)
“It’s easy to think that you need more professional training or schooling before attempting to write that novel, paint that portrait, or tell that story on film. But Korean author Young-ha Kim delivers a different message: do it now. For inspiration for your future, he suggests looking to your inner child. ”
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
“In college, you no doubt got used to the stress of exams and final papers. In the so-called 'real world,' different stressors await. In this talk, psychologist Kelly McGonigal shows how to see stress as your body’s way of preparing for a challenge, rather than as something toxic that’s bad for your health. ”
Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome. (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)
“In this honest, funny talk from TEDxToronto, Neil Pasricha shares the story of the very hard time he had after college—and how he plowed through it, creating the blog 1000 Awesome Things in the process. He also reveals how three words that start with ‘a’—attitude, awareness, authenticity—have helped him, in good times and bad.”