Active job seekers know that finding a career you love is easier said than done. So why not listen to those who’ve already done it? In the following TED Talks, you’ll get advice on how to overcome various obstacles and land a position that fits your talents, values and ambitions.

  1. Why you will fail to have a great career – Larry Smith

Larry Smith gives us an honest take on the excuses people make when they fail to achieve their goals.

  1. How to find work you love – Scott Dinsmore

Scott Dinsmore offers tips on how to find out what matters to you and pursue it.

  1. Learning from dirty jobs – Mike Rowe

The host of “Dirty Jobs” tells us some real-life stories that reveal the nature of hard work and how certain jobs don’t get the respect they deserve.

  1. Your body language shapes who you are – Amy Cuddy

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows us how “power posing” can improve our chances for success in the workplace.

  1. The career advice you probably didn’t get – Susan Colantuono

Susan Colantuono has a key piece of career advice that you’ve never heard or put quite so simply before.

  1. Why we do what we do – Tony Robbins

Famous motivational speaker Tony Robbins talks about the motivations behind everyone’s actions, including yours.

  1. Be an opportunity maker – Kare Anderson

Writer Kare Anderson discusses chronic shyness and how she overcame it.

  1. The optimism bias – Tali Sharot

Tali Sharot shares new research about optimism and explains how it can be both good and bad for your workplace culture.

  1. How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed – Daniel Levitin

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin points out ways to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations.

  1. Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume – Regina Hartley

Human Resources Executive Regina Hartley talks about hiring “Scrappers” – people with the grit to thrive under adversity – even though they may not have perfect resumes.

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