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Thirteen TED talks for purposeful women.

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1. Lessons from the Mental Hospital by Glennon Doyle Melton. Although at first glance this talk seems to be about the grip of addiction, it’s actually about the bravery of living with our whole hearts in this big, messy world.

2. How Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are by Amy Cuddy. How we hold our bodies shapes the message we send ourselves, not just the people around us. Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.” (15 million views)

3. The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown. What do people who have a sense of worthiness—of love and belonging—have in common? They believe that what makes them vulnerable makes them beautiful. (14 million views)

4. The Secret to Desire in a Long-Term Relationship by Esther Perel. On  one hand, women seem to crave stability, companionship, and connection. On the other—adventure, novelty, and separateness. You decide!) (4 million views)

5. Why 30 Is Not the New 20 by Meg Jay. No matter how old you are, this talk is an important reminder of how to make your time count—now.  (5.8 million views)

6. Listening to Shame by Brene Brown. “Empathy is the antidote to shame. The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle: me too.” This talk picks up in the second half and is all-out beautiful by the end. It will make you want to dare greatly. (3.6 million views)

7. How to Spot a Liar by Pamela Meyer. This is a great reminder of how important it is to live truthfully. (7 million views)

8. The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain.  Why I always groaned inside when teachers said the words “group project.”) (7.5 million views)

9. How Schools Kill Creativity by Ken Robinson. Ken talks about how children gradually pick up the fear of being wrong, because our society stigmatizes mistakes.  (25 million views)

10. On Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz. After you listen to Ken Robinson’s talk, cue this one. If Ken’s is a description of how children develop the fear of being wrong, Kathryn’s is the extension—how we as adults safeguard ourselves against being wrong and how it feels to think we’re right even we’re not. (2 million views)

11. All It Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes by Andy Puddicombe. Pull this ten-minute talk out of your back pocket on a day when thoughts and emotions are pulling you too many directions, when you can’t remember what the point is. (3.5 million views)

12. Living Beyond Limits by Amy Purdy. After losing both her legs below the knee at age 19, Amy went on to win two World Cup gold medals in snowboarding. She challenges us to start looking at our limitations as “magnificent gifts that help us ignite our imaginations, and help us go further than we ever knew we could go.” (Tedx – 500,000 views)

13. If You are Dense, You Need to be Smart by Chiqeeta Jameson Having two of my sister dying from breast cancer I thought it best to share this. Doctors missed three times by mammography, only to later learn that earlier detection by ultrasound would have required less invasive treatment, transformed her life. She is determined to change the standard of breast health care by raising dense-breast tissue awareness for the early detection of breast cancer.  Chiqeeta Jameson is Director of Sales and Women ’s Health Advocacy for SonoCiné, Inc.,

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