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So here at LRW, we’re always up for an inspired, motivating, authentic lecture. Or grilled cheese, but that’s neither here nor there. One of our favorite places to grab some inspiration is ted.com where you can search a veritable smorgasbord of intelligent, creative visionaries speak about their research and experiences. It’s easy to get lost for hours in it.

Since we know you have a lot to do – we pulled our favorite talks of the moment and quoted some of the zingers that got our minds racing during each talk as a mini-preview. Listen, watch, take notes, let it sink in, and most of all, enjoy. Have at it:

DIANE NYAD – NEVER, EVER GIVE UP

“How much life is there left?”

“This year the mantra is: Find a way.”

“The point is and the point was, every day of our life is epic.”

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ANDREW SOLOMON – DEPRESSION, THE SECRET WE SHARE

“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality.”

“You know it’s ridiculous while you’re experiencing it…and yet you are nonetheless in its grip.”

“Shutting out the depression strengthens it, while you hide from it, it grows.”

“Our needs are our greatest assets, it turns out I learned to give all the things I need.”

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JILL BOLTE TAYLOR – MY STROKE OF INSIGHT

“Just like a balloon with just the last little bit of air, I felt my energy lift and felt my spirit surrender.”

“I felt enormous and expansive.”

“I remember thinking there was no way I could squeeze the enormousness of myself back into this tiny little body.”

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DREW DUDLEY – EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP

“We treat the title of leader as something that one day we’re going to deserve.”

“Maybe the biggest impact I ever had on anybody’s life was a moment I didn’t even remember.”

“It can be frightening to think we can matter that much to other people.”

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SALLY KOHN – LET’S TRY EMOTIONAL CORRECTNESS

“We can be politically right, but emotionally wrong.”

“We spend so much time talking past each other, and not enough time talking through our disagreements.”

“Our challenge is to find the compassion for others that we want them to have for us.”

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What TED talks or other lectures have inspired you lately?
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