Debrief Staff | Contributing Writer | Sunday, 12 July 2015

TED Talks To Watch When You\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ve Got The Post-Holiday Blues

TED Talks To Watch When You've Got The Post-Holiday Blues

The Debrief: Dry those tears it's time to get your shit together.

Illustration by Alex Coll

When you get back from holiday, you’ve got two options. One – wallow in self pity at the thought of going back to work on Monday. Two – wallow in self pity, then decide to get rid of your post-vacay funk by resting your eyes on some motivational TED talks. These will whip yo’ sorry ass into shape in no time.

Dame Ellen MacArthur: The Surprising Thing I Learned Sailing Solo Around The World

Lose yourself for 16 minutes listening to Dame Ellen. This lady/force to be reckoned with is on a mission to change the way we think about economics and resources across the world. Brain = reengaged.   



Bill Gross: The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed

Bill is like the godfather of startups, so if you’ve returned from your hols with dreams of quitting your job and going it alone but need a bit of inspiration to get you started, you’ve come to the right place.


Pico Iyer: Where Is Home?

Writer Pico Iyer is a regular Ted-er. In this film he talks about the idea of having a ‘home’ country (he has four origins himself) – what effect that has on a person, and the way we look at the world. So now you’re back from hols, start thinking about what home means to you. Maybe you’ll appreciate it a bit more. Or maybe it will just make you want to go away again…


Arianna Huffington: How To Succeed? Get More Sleep

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got back from a sun-soaked, booze-soaked, cheese fest of a holiday feeling like all you need right now is another holiday, just to catch up on sleep. And Arianna Huffington would agree with you (the sleep bit, at least) – in this famous TED talk, she discusses the importance of a good night's sleep, and how it can lead to you being more productive, happier… and in general just a better person. Which sounds quite nice, really. To bed!


Jimmy Carter: Why I Believe The Mistreatment of Women Is The Number 1 Human Rights Abuse

A sure way to wake up your sleepy ass to the real world again after days lounging in the sunshine is to watch ex US President Jimmy Carter on the mistreatment of women. He talks eloquently about how sexism manifests itself in different forms all over the world, and the knock on effects that has on other parts of society. You'll find your perspective on life coming slowly back to you, second by second.


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