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TED Talks that inspire

Education is the best investment you can make for your future. The lessons you learn in the TAFE classroom will impact your career for years to come but your thirst for knowledge doesn't have to be confined to campus.

You can find thought provoking wisdom all over the internet, like right here on our blog (shameless, we know) or TED.com. TED has thousands of interesting talks on just about any topic you can think of!

Here are few TED Talks that we hope will inspire your extracurricular learning:

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

Julian Treasure has cracked the code to successful spoken communication. Have you ever found yourself talking pure and utter rubbish (gossip, lies, negativity) but somehow can't stop? In this TED talk, Treasure discusses the skills you need to use your words for good and not for evil!

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the common misconception that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. He introduces the notion that ‘happiness' is not something that we find but something we create in our minds.

Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model

Cameron Russell admits she won "a genetic lottery": she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. Russell, tired of being asked by young girls how they too can be a super models; breaks down the glamorous image of the illustrious fashion industry and encourages young people to strive for more in life than simply looking a certain way.

John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

There is certainly wisdom with age, in this talk Coach John Wooden encourages you to quit competing with other people and focus on being the best version of yourself. Coach Wooden defines success as the peace of mind, knowing that you did the very best of which you're capable.

Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame

You may think you know a thing or two about Monica Lewinsky. In this brave talk she discusses the darkest period of her life, when at 22 years old she lost her personal reputation on a global scale. The shame she felt nearly cost her, her life. She shares her regret in the hope that we might reconsider the culture of humiliation we have created.

Erica Harrison: Tail of recovery

Erica Harrison tells the harrowing tale of lost identity, of feeling like she'd lost everything, unable able to look beyond the negative situation she had found herself in. She uses creativity to come to terms with her loss and find her inner strength, defining an evolved self-image. Her story will inspire you to be grateful, no matter what adversity you may face.

What TED Talks have inspired you?