If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, then you probably know that I’m a big fan of starting over, reinventing, and beginning again. Whether it’s starting a new project, a new career, moving, or even starting over after a divorce.  All are perfect times to examine who you are, what you are doing, and what direction you want to go in. But sometimes, something holds us back. Usually, fear. Here are 6 TED Talks that will help you conquer fear. 

Emilie Wapnick says that if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up that it’s ok!  In this TED Talk find out about “multi-potentialities” and why it’s ok to want to do many different things.  Her book is How To Be Everything:  A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want To Be When They Grow Up.


In this talk, Larry Smith tells you why you’re going to fail when you want a great career.  Excuses.  Great big excuses like “…great careers are a matter of luck or they are geniuses.”  Larry hates to see wasted talent.  Be A Star: Finding Important Problems.

Tim Ferris, famous for his 4-Hour Work Week program was afraid to go in the water due to a summer camp experience.  At 31, he not only learned to swim but swam in a 1-kilometer open ocean race.  This is just one of three problems he shares and how he conquered fear in order to learn.

Meet Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret who shows how we can grow new brain cells.  Stress, getting older and other negative influences will reduce the number of brain cells we have.  Learning new things, and other positive influences (think sex, cardio activity, and healthy foods) will increase the number of brain cells.


Meet Paul Tasner.  Such an innovative genius.  Paul shares how he founded his own company two years after he was laid off when he was sixty-four years old.  He talks about other seniors who are also becoming entrepreneurs when people think they should be retiring.

What about being uncomfortable?  Luvvie Ajayi talks about speaking up and doing the thing that is difficult when fear rules our lives.  Her book is I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual and she blogs at Awesomely Luvvie.

I hope you enjoyed these talks.  Do they make you want to go out and conquer fear? They sure have me all riled up and ready to take on the next challenge.  If you’re still not sure then please read Why Trying New Things Is Important.

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