Topic: Why you will fail to have a great career

ABOUT THE SPEAKER – Larry Smith  A professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Larry Smith coaches his students to find the careers that they will truly love

In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxUW, an independent event. 

Topic: How to find work you love

ABOUT THE SPEAKER – Scott Dinsmore Scott Dinsmore founded Live Your Legend, a career and connection platform to inspire people to find their passion.

Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxGoldenGatePark 2012, an independent event. 

Topic: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

ABOUT THE SPEAKER – Elizabeth Gilbert The author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert has thought long and hard about some big topics. Her fascinations: genius, creativity and how we get in our own way when it comes to both.

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference

Topic: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

ABOUT THE SPEAKER – Alain de Botton Through his witty and literate books — and his new School of Life — Alain de Botton helps others find fulfillment in the everyday.

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference