11 TED Talks That Will Inspire You to Kickstart Your Career in 2021

There are two more weeks left of this year and it seems that a lot of businesses are winding down for the holidays. There are alot of transitions ahead of us that are carrying a significant load of uncertainty. The transition to a brand new year, a new administration in the US, the possibility of returning to a normal life with the distribution of the Covid19 vaccine. In order to inspire a more positive outlook on your career and the new year, we put together a few motivational videos. A good place for this type of inspirational content is TED Talk. TED is a not-for-profit organization that deals with ideas that are worth spreading. And a lot of those ideas come in the form of career advice.

New Perspectives For Your Career


How to Get Back to Work After a Career Break

In this talk, hear about Carol Cohen’s own experience returning to work after a career break, her work championing the success of “relaunchers” and how employers are changing how they engage with return-to-work talent.

How to Find Work you Love

Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

Smash Fear, Learn Anything

Productivity guru Tim Ferriss’ fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question — “What’s the worst that could happen?” — is all you need to learn to do anything.

Looking For a Job? Highlight Your Ability, Not Your Experience. 

In this quick, insightful talk about human potential, Jason Shen shares some new thinking on how job seekers can make themselves more attractive — and why employers should look for ability over credentials.


How to Get Into a Work-From-Home Mindset


How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Nigel Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

As Work Gets More Complex, 6 Rules to Simplify

Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today’s businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for “smart simplicity.” 

Why Working From Home Is Good For Business

As the popularity of remote working continues to spread, workers today can collaborate across cities, countries and even multiple time zones. How does this change office dynamics? Matt Mullenweg, cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic (which has a 100 percent distributed workforce), shares his secrets.




How to Lead in a Crisis?

Humility, transparency and urgency are the keys to successfully steering an organization — big or small — through the challenges that come your way. Leadership expert Amy C. Edmondson provides clear advice and examples to help any leader rise to the occasion.

How to Get Serious About Diversity And Inclusion in the Workplace

How do we get there? In this candid talk, inclusion advocate Janet Stovall shares a three-part action plan for creating workplaces where people feel safe and expected to be their unassimilated, authentic selves.

5 Ways to Lead in an Era of Constant Change

Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today’s constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. 

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question: “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Wright brothers …




These great ideas and new perspectives can give you the motivation you might need to start off the new year on a good note, in your professional as well as personal life. If you are looking for further inspirational content, check out our other articles on the ESG Consulting Blog.