Taking the first step to make a big change is difficult.  Sometimes a good pep talk is all it takes to push us into action.

If you are considering looking for a new job or taking on a new leadership role at work, or even making a wholesale change of direction in your career, a little wisdom might be just what the doctor ordered to help you get started. These popular TED Talks explore concepts such as starting with purpose, leading through action and learning through failure.

They might just provide the motivation to do something today that your future self will thank you for.


How Great Leaders Inspire Change
One of the most watched TED Talks with 36 million views, Simon Sinek discusses what makes people and companies successful. His solution? They focus on their WHY… why they do what they do. When feeling unsure about your next steps, reflecting on your purpose will help you get started. Sinek’s TED talk was so successful that it launched a website called Start With Why focused on life and career fulfillment.

“People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.”


Everyday Leadership
Drew Dudley reflects on what leadership truly means, why small moments matter and how we impact those around us in ways that we might never realize. Reflecting on the difference others have made for you and the difference you have made for others will remind you how you want to impact the world around you.

“As long as we make leadership something bigger than us, as long as we keep leadership something beyond us … we give ourselves an excuse not to expect it every day from ourselves and from each other. I think if we can redefine leadership…I think we can change everything. And it’s a simple idea but I don’t think it’s a small one.”


How To Live Before You Die
Often touted as his most compelling speech, Steve Jobs reflects on learning through failure, following your gut and the fragility of life in this 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech. This inspirational talk will help you take a step back and reflect on what has led you to where you are now and how you want to spend your days.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Reflecting on your purpose and the impact you want to make will help you clarify your career goals. A Career Coach can help you make that change. Learn more at https://www.lifeinprogresscoaching.com/career/.