I have been on a bit of an audio book/TED talk bender recently and I have found myself revisiting some of my old favourites and quizzing friends for any inspiring recommendations. So, I thought I’d share a few that have stuck in my mind and left me pondering the bigger things in life.

1. The Power Of Vulnerability – Brené Brown

I firmly believe that everyone should watch this talk by Brené Brown. I watched this shortly after reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic which I wrote about here and the combination of the two was epiphany inducing. Seriously this had such impact on me that I watched it twice in a row in one sitting and then immediately texted my mum and told her she should watch it too.

2. The Word “Gay” – Ash Beckham

I LOVE this talk by Ash Beckham. Its not technically a TED talk but such a goodie regardless. I first saw this via my Facebook newsfeed about 3 years ago and have watched it several times since. Such an important message about being conscious of the words we choose and their impact.

3. Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator – Tim Urban (Wait But Why)

Holy Moly did this one strike a nerve. I shared this with Jai captioned with “YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS ASAP!”.  I have managed to turn procrastinating into some sort of an art form (procratibake?procrasticlean? anyone?).

4. If I Should Have A Daughter – Sarah Kay

I just watched this for the first time last night. The title captured my attention, and I was hoping I would be greeted with some kind of parenting epiphany for raising my own daughter. Instead I was faced with this delightful intro into spoken word poetry and Sarah Kay, and it was beautiful.

5. The Happy Secret to Better Work – Shawn Achor

Jai already linked to this one in his post about Shawn’s book a few weeks ago, but it’s worth bringing up again. Shawn explains why many of us have had our ‘pursuit of happiness’ back-to-front all along. He explains that finding success doesn’t necessarily make you happy, but in fact focussing on being happy right now may actually help bring you success. I mean, the worst that can happen is that you’re a little happier while you’re getting your act together, right?

Any other goodies on your favourite list? Please let me know in the comments! I am always hunting for inspiring, thought provoking or hilarious viewing material.