Refusing to Settle: The Quarter-Life Crisis How to manage your mental health 2 days ago   16:14

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What is a quarter-life crisis, and how do you break through it? In this engaging and funny talk, the author of an Amazon bestseller on finding meaningful work shares the takeaways from his and other young people confronting the quarter-life crisis head-on.

Adam Smiley Poswolsky is the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, an Amazon bestseller. He has inspired professionals and entrepreneurs to find fulfilling work as director of community engagement for the Hive Global Leaders Program, and previously as director of The Bold Academy. He is a mentor for the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation and a facilitator for General Assembly and The Passion Co. He previously worked as special assistant to the Director of Global Operations at the U.S. Peace Corps.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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mshiru bee
Wowwww! Huge respect, thank you so much. Needed it so much.
wonderful talk, kudo to you :)
bimalkrushna padhy
Great speech buddy.
Ching USYD
I can't control myself comparing to other people. My friends around the same age will always ask me what I am doing. They would say what they are doing and so it's so easy to start comparing to them. I don't want to and I am trying not to.
Alastair McCready
Great video, very inspirational. Bit off topic, but this guy is completely the love child of Eric Andre and Will from The Inbetweeners.
Farah Qoonita
I really like this ted talks!!!!!!
Kandid Kayla
I've been binge watching TED talks for at least a week now and this one has had the most affect on me by far. Dreaming is easy but it becomes hard when you have no "believers" in your life who don't understand the concept of your dream.
Lilli Gottschalk
I am 19 and he speaks right from my soul
Finn Grant
Superb talk.
And not just fluff that sounds good, with no actual follow through.
Tangible useful advice.
Cut Ayu
The best ted talk that inspires me to chase my dream and be realistic at the same time
amanda bangan
im bout to tear up while watching this video. im in an internship period now and going thru this crisis where i feel like im meaningless and miserable and i would compensate that feeling by doing my best, and slowly i realized this is not what i want in the future. im lucky this internship is for my diploma yet so i still have the right time to make the right choice which is to take what i really want to study for degree. thank you so much Smiley.
KoKo FitFaded
Just turned 24! I’m gonna take his advice.
Well I'm 41 and I have always had the believer's mindset... I get depressed when I'm around to many people who have just settled... I'll be a believer until I die because I don't know any other way😌
The Dude
i wish i watched this years ago
梁悦信 Max Sleigh
Great video :D
Weenie dork.
Russinator 13
Boy playing with his cup 🥤 @6:40
Tiffany Sanya
Can't believe that I am only just coming across this talk now. As Adam said, the stakes are too damn high indeed!
Having also quit my job three years ago, I have experienced all the aspects he refers to. One of the hardest is to find believers and especially those who are courageous enough to admit that they also have great ambitions buried inside of them.
Hence why I started my Youtube channel- not only to share my journey/learnings but create a tribe of people where we all hold each other accountable for the actions that we set. Do connect with me if this sounds like what you need.
'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together'
C Psylince
Since when did Eric Andre do a Ted Talk?
nachtegael W
Hm. I spent three years doing a low paying, very fulfilling job, then went to grad school. Now I work in tech in a field I don’t love but is interesting and intellectually engaging.

I really want to be a writer and an artist. I’ve been spending a lot of time since writing novels and have a writing group to hold me accountable. And this past year I’ve been spending a lot of free time to get my small art business up and running.

I doubt either of those pursuits will ever be a full time job or main source of income, but I kind of don’t care. That’s not my goal. And even though I have no ambitions in my tech career, I might miss my day job if I quit.

TLDR I believe pursuing my purpose isn’t necessarily connected to my career, and I’m SO much happier since I took the pressure off myself to find purpose and meaning in a traditional career.

Work doesn’t have to be the most important thing in your life! But that said if I really hated my job and it was stressing me to the point I was ill... yeah I’d probably quit if I could!
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How to manage your mental health Refusing to Settle: The Quarter-Life Crisis 2 days ago   17:33

Prolonged psychological stress is the enemy of our mental health, and physical movement is our best weapon to respond.​ Leon Taylor is a former competitive diver who competed for TeamGB at three Olympic Games. Following retirement, he transitioned to the commentary booth where he works for the BBC. Leon has a passion for performance, wellness and movement spending much of his time now as a speaker, executive coach, and mentor to the next generation of sports stars. His enthusiasm and skill for mentoring have allowed him to work with a range of athletes across Olympic and Paralympic sports. Most recently playing the role of Athlete services lead at the pre-Games Camp in Brazil prior to TeamGB'srecord-breakingg 2nd place on the medal table. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at