I’m slightly obsessed with TED talks, which is why I’m really excited to introduce this next blog series! If you’re not familiar with TED, it is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas. They are usually short, powerful talks from thought leaders in a wide variety of fields. Their mission statement includes the following: “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.”
This is closely tied to why I wrote my book, Study U Abroad. I believe in the power of Study Abroad to create a more accepting and compassionate world. When you study abroad, you’re given an amazing opportunity to challenge your ideas about yourself and the world in ways you can’t imagine. You join a growing network of globally-minded explorers who are in a unique position to use their experience to do good in the world.
Each Tuesday for the next 10 weeks I will post one of the Top 10 TED Talks for Study Abroad Students. They are in no particular order and are to help inspire you on your journey and spark conversation. They range in topics from travel, leadership, and self-improvement to education, and other global issues. So let’s kick it off with #10!
#10 – How To Live Before You Die (Steve Jobs)
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
One of the most iconic leaders of our time shares his wisdom on how to live life to the fullest. Study Abroad is an amazing time to discover more about who you are and what you want in your life. It’s what I describe in Study U Abroad as the Key of Finding Your Inner Compass.
How will you ‘live before you die’ on Study Abroad?
Note: The embedded video is from youtube.com, but it is also available on the TED website.