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7 TED Talks Every Ambitious Woman Should Watch

If you’re looking for some pep talk, some career advice or are open to a new spin on perspectives, here is your daily dose of inspiration – TED Talks. Every now and then, each one of us needs a boost and an outlook at ways to tackle challenges at work. Touching on everything from success to creativity to body language, these little repositories carry some amazing insight from brilliant minds. Grab a piece of paper and let the learning begin!

1. Your body language shapes who you are | Amy Cuddy

"Configure your brain to cope the best in that situation. Get your testosterone up. Get your cortisol down. Don't leave that situation feeling like, oh, I didn't show them who I am. Leave that situation feeling like, I really feel like I got to say who I am and show who I am."
https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en

2. Success, failure and the drive to keep creating | Elizabeth Gilbert

"The only trick is that you've got to identify the best, worthiest thing that you love most, and then build your house right on top of it and don't budge from it."
https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_success_failure_and_the_drive_to_keep_creating

3. The career advice you probably didn't get | Susan Colantuono

"In order to move up in organizations, you have to be known for your leadership skills, and this would apply to any of you, women or men. It means that you have to be recognized for using the greatness in you to achieve and sustain extraordinary outcomes by engaging the greatness in others."
https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_colantuono_the_career_advice_you_probably_didn_t_get

4. Embrace the near win | Sarah Lewis

"Success motivates us, but a near win can propel us in an ongoing quest."
https://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_lewis_embrace_the_near_win/transcript?language=en

5. Why do ambitious women have flat heads? | Dame Stephanie Shirley

"It's one thing to have an idea for an enterprise, but as many people in this room will know, making it happen is a very difficult thing and it demands extraordinary energy, self-belief and determination"
https://www.ted.com/talks/dame_stephanie_shirley_why_do_ambitious_women_have_flat_heads

6. How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal

"When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience."
https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend

7. The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant

"Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity."
https://www.ted.com/talks/adam_grant_the_surprising_habits_of_original_thinkers