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Kate Torgovnick May

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How has a TED Talk affected your life?

TED Talks are often inspiring, moving, and downright motivating. We want to know: has watching a specific TED Talk ever led to a big change in your life? If so, we'd love to hear your story!

Has a TED Talk inspired you to change career paths or go back to school? Has a talk ever lead you on a new journey? Has a TED Talk sparked a new idea for how you could think about your work, or ushered in a noticeable change in your community? Has a TED Talk ever lead to a new collaboration, or a new hobby? Share here.


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    Jan 30 2014: This talk by Amy Cuddy and body language was a light bulb moment for me. I had spent months and months applying for jobs and only not to be invited back for a second interview. Infuriating! I took Amy's advice and did the wonder women pose in the bathroom just before my interview (laughing at myself all the while) and I absolutely nailed it. Not only did I get a job, but I got THE job in THE industry I've wanted to be in for a long time.

    The other talk that sticks in my mind was by Jill Bolte Taylor and her stroke of insight. What struck me was her determination to carry on for years in rehabilitation when I think most people would have given up. But she didn't and she turned the whole experience into something - research that will no doubt contribute to help other people. Very inspiring and it motivated me to take on more, do more with life more generally. Volunteer, take on extra work that I love on the weekends...

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