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Want to be Happy? Be Grateful

We hope you’ve had a great holiday season! During this time of year, it’s especially important to recognize what we have and to be grateful. Our last TED Talk recommendation is all about the connection of gratefulness to happiness, and speaker David Steindl-Rast tells us: “It’s not happiness that makes us grateful, it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.”

It’s not just about grateful experiences, but grateful living. How do you do that? “By experiencing, by becoming aware that every moment is a given moment, as we say. It’s a gift. You haven’t earned it. You haven’t brought it about in any way. You have no way of assuring that there will be another moment given to you, and yet, that’s the most valuable thing that can ever be given to us, this moment, with all the opportunity that it contains,” he said.

We can’t be grateful for everything, but we can aim to be grateful in every given moment for opportunities we are given. Listen to Steindl-Rast’s TED Talk at

2020 Tip of the Month: Professional Development

We hope you enjoyed our TED Talk recommendations this year! In 2020, we plan to share monthly “Professional Development Tips” in each newsletter, on various topics including personal branding, networking, work and life balance, and mentorship.

We want to share these tips FROM young professionals. If you have a tip or advice you’d like to share, please email Tessa at

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) December 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

Why 30 is Not the New 20

This month’s recommended TED Talk is by Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist. When she first began her career as a psychotherapist, she encountered a 20-something client who consistently made self-sabotaging decisions and used the excuse that things would get serious when she was 30, and her 20’s were for experimentation.

Jay then realized that, though many people settle down a little later than people used to, it doesn’t mean your 20’s are all fun and games. Jay says “claiming your 20s is one of the simplest, yet most transformative, things you can do for work, for love, for your happiness, maybe even for the world.”

One of Jay’s tips for success in your 20’s is to forget about having an identity crisis and instead, get some identity capital. She says “do something that adds value to who you are.”

Find the rest of Jay’s advice in the full talk, here:

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) November 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

Why You Should Talk to Strangers

As children, we are often taught that we should never talk to strangers. Well, there just might be some value in those missed connections. This month’s recommended TED Talk is from Kio Stark. Stark is an author and self-proclaimed stranger enthusiast; she says she is “obsessed with talking to strangers” and it has provided her many great experiences.

Stark says, “these quick interactions can lead to a feeling that sociologists call ‘fleeting intimacy.’ So, it’s a brief experience that has emotional resonance and meaning.” These interactions can change the course of someone’s day, and they usually leave both parties feeling better. We talk a lot about making connections and helping people feel connected in our community, and talking to strangers is a great way to make those little connections.

Stark says we should try to be less suspicious of each other, and gives some easy-to-implement tips for your own conversations with strangers. View the full talk here:

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) October 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

Every Student Needs a Champion

As the school year begins, we recommend a TED Talk by Rita Pierson, who suggests the importance in building relations with students. She shares candidly that some students and classes are very difficult, but that with encouragement and support, even the most academically challenged can improve and know success.

Following the example of her mother, she shares that, “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like” and so she has spent her career finding ways to connect to students. She also passes on advise from Stephen Covey, to throw in a few simple things, like seeking first to understand, as opposed to being understood. Simple things, like apologizing. Rita asks “How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion?” Find the full talk here:

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) September 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

How to Speak so that People Want to Listen

Our TED Talk recommendation this month is by Julian Treasure, whom provides guidance on speaking powerfully to make change in the world. He prefaces this by stating seven deadly sins of speaking, which are: gossip, judging, negativity, complaining, excuses, lying, and dogmatism. Julian goes on to provide four cornerstones to combat these sins, using the acronym HAIL: Honesty, Authenticity, Integrity, and Love.

Julian poses the question: “What would the world be like if we were creating sound consciously and consuming sound consciously and designing all our environments consciously for sound?”

And continues on to state, “That would be a world that does sound beautiful, and one where understanding would be the norm.”

Find this Ted Talk at

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) July 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.