“I never feel discouraged!” said no one ever. You might feel on top of the world on your best days, but everybody has moments of disconcertion. Consistently operating at full steam is not sustainable, and there’s no shame in the occasional negative thought. In fact, we recently learned that we might all be experiencing connectivity fatigue, which doesn’t help (but here’s how to get over it).
Sometimes, all you need is a little push to help you become the greatest version of yourself. And it can simply be a matter of hearing the right thing—positive affirmations can do wonders for the brain, especially in the form of motivational stories from aspirational authority figures. A powerful statement delivered by a successful, charismatic individual can provide that jolt of stimulation we all periodically require to get us off our derriere and shift our mindsets.
You know, like having a personal hype man.
With that in mind, we rounded up five TED talks that’ll push you to turn things around, because powering through—or better, achieving new heights—can be a matter of hearing game-changing advice.