4 TED Talks On Self-Discovery You Need To Watch

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Written by: Kat Gal

I’ve been educated by Google, YouTube and TEDx I like to say at times.

Okay… I do have a Master’s degree from a world ranked university (and a Bachelor’s and a variety of certificates as well) and I actually do enjoy and value formal education. But I do find self-education to be empowering and exciting.

TED Talks and other interesting videos as well as blogs and articles simply help me to dip my toes into different topics and allow me to dig deeper in those things that caught my interest the most.

Healing and transformation doesn’t happen without action. Your green juice won’t drink itself. Your body won’t sweat without exercising. Your journal won’t be filled unless you start writing in it. Just watching videos and listening to inspiring speakers is not enough. But it is very important.

Education, challenging your thoughts and inspiration are all important parts of your healing process. They play a huge role in changing your life. Sometimes this seemingly inactive period of staring at your screen will lead to the most important action, resulting in the most amazing transformation.

TED Talks are great because they are educational, thought-provoking, informative and inspirational. They are also easily digestible: most of them are relatively short and don’t require a science degree or a dictionary to understand.

Of course, it is also possible to get off the couch and watch these video while working out or listening to them while cooking for example. Getting your sweats on and working out on the elliptical or doing something enjoyable, like cooking or doing crafts will put you in a good mood and get you even more inspired.

Self-discovery is such an important part of healing – even when you are trying to heal from a physical ailment. Challenging and changing your perception of yourself, your relationships with others, your thought processes and your emotional experiences will help you keep motivated and will aid you in healing your body as well by removing blocks, negative emotions and traumas stored in your body.

Here are some of my favorite TED Talks for self-discovery:

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown author and researcher specializes in human connection and our ability to love, empathize and belong. This powerful speech is all about the importance of vulnerability. Society may tell you to close in and not go beyond small talk, your fears may hold you back and you may feel pressure to fake a smile and not show your real self. What Brene Brown had found is that being vulnerable is a powerful and necessary tool to connect with each other, as well as to heal.

Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness

Dan Gilbert is the wonderful author of Stumbling on Happiness. He challenges the idea that we will be unhappy if we don’t get what we want and discusses how can we be happy even if our plans don’t work out. Listen to his speech to learn more about how you can be happy even if life takes a different turn than planned.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert is the best selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, as well as a motivational speaker. In this TED Talk she challenges the idea of creativity, explaining that instead of having some rare people on our planet who “are” (being) genius, we all “have” a genius. Genius – or creativity – is an energy that is floating around, available to all of us and comes to us. When you tap into this genius, you can decide what to do with it. For more inspiration on creativity, read Big Magic by Gilbert.

Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking

Amanda Palmer is a former street performer who is examining the relationship between the artist and the fan. This talk is all about the art of asking, the art of giving, the art of receiving and the art of connecting. It will make you realize that you are not all, but we are all in this together.

Do you watch TED Talks or other inspirational videos? Which ones are your favorites? Share your favorites down below. We would love to get inspired together.

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Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
Kat Gal


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