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This blog’s title might sound a little like clickbait, but I swear that a TED talk can change my thoughts and feelings in ways that I didn’t expect.

When you’re on the internet a LOT and designing and building websites, it’s easy to suffer from information overload.

It’s a tangible burnout when you’re also trying to make a living as a creative and you have ADHD and feel as if you haven’t yet skimmed the surface of your ultimate potential.

The following TED talks are the ones that I watch and listen to again and again.

1. How could I not be enamored with a talk about cyborgs extending human potential? Like my namesake, I think that we never stop looking for ways to both extend our longevity and vitality.

2. What do you do when you don’t feel as if you belong or fit in, whether within your culture, heritage, and/or environment?

This talk by Rebeca Hwaung is enlightening on many levels as she shares her anecdotes about growing up and the struggles when you are “too ____” or “not ____enough.”

I can relate to Rebeca in many ways, as I’m multiracial. I’ve felt alone amongst supposed peers, and don’t get me started on how many times I’ve been told what I am “supposed to be.”

“The odds are good, but the goods are odd.”

3. Where joy hides and how to find it. I’ll take it!

4. Once upon a time, I was a Psych major. That doesn’t have much to do with anything other than giving you another detail about me.

Someone that I greatly admire is Brené Brown, she’s an LCSW and the foremost authority on courage and vulnerability, IMHO. A must-see TED talk and her books aren’t too shabby, either.

5. If you’re a card-carrying member of the ADHD club like I am, I present this talk because science and I admire anyone who devotes a lot of time to studying attention.

6. Jaron Lanier doesn’t usually need an introduction; he’s the founding father of virtual reality.

“We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them,” he says.

7. Ken Robinson’s talk has been viewed over 52 million times and chances are good that you’ve heard about it and/or viewed it.

Modern, formal education is both in crisis and at a crossroads. I wish I’d had his talk long ago!

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