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6 Picks: Fascinating TED Talks on Personal Growth

Written by: Angie Sloan

Angie Sloan

The beginning of a new year is a great time to think about where we've been, where we want to go and how we'll get there. These six TED Talks, from the second half of 2016, will inspire and inform, make you laugh and challenge you to assert yourself or to think differently. Each deals with personal growth in some manner. Not a bad way to get motivated for the new year. 

We're kicking off the six picks with one that offers big lessons learned from the small screen—soap operas. C'mon, you know you're curious...

Personal Growth
1. 4 Larger-than-Life Lessons from Soap Operas
Kate Adams | 12:27
Oh the drama of it all. In this funny and inspiring talk, digital storyteller Kate Adams asserts that through soap opera stories (and a few business examples, as well), we can learn some valuable life lessons.
2. How to Gain Control of Your Free Time
Laura Vanderkam | 11:54
Time management expert Laura Vanderkam says we don't need huge amounts of time to do great things. "There is time," she promises, and offers practical strategies to find time for what matters most.
3. How to Speak Up for Yourself
Adam Galinsky | 15:08
Expand your personal power. Guidance from social psychologist Adam Galinsky on navigating social and professional situations and changing your role as a wall flower. Speak up!
4. What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection
Jia Jiang | 15:31
Many of us fear rejection. Jia Jiang shows how to open ourselves up to new possibilities by facing rejection head on in this humorous and uplifting talk.
5. Why Some People are More Altruistic than Others
Abigail Marsh | 12:21
Abigail Marsh, a psychology researcher, looks at the science behind extremely altruistic acts to see why some people help other people, even strangers, sometimes at great risk to themselves. Are their brains different? Likely. But Marsh contends that the roots of altruism and compassion are a part of human nature and most of us can greatly expand our circle of compassion.
6. What Reality are You Creating for Yourself?
Isaac Lidsky | 11:46
Things are not always as we see them. Isaac Lidsky urges us to let go of excuses, justifications and fears. "You are the creator of your reality," he insists in this insightful talk.

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