The TED Talks that will make 2018 your best year yet

Written on Jan 11, 2018

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA content manager

TedTalksEmbracing technology and ending procrastination are worthwhile New Year’s Resolutions. But though you’re starting 2018 with the best of intentions, it can be hard to find the energy and effort come March. The TED Talks below offer an extra dose of inspiration when you’re distracted from your goals.

Resolution: Embrace new technology

“Don't fear intelligent machines; work with them" by Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov knows a thing or two about technology getting the best of you; he played a chess match against IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997 and lost. Since then, the narrative that artificial intelligence will put people out of jobs and take over the future has only grown.

Kasparov urges people to ultimately become better humans by facing their technology fears. He points out that we can use technology to our advantage if we can stop being afraid of it.

Resolution: Manage stress better

“The happy secret to better work” by Shawn Anchor

With busy season looming, CPAs are forced to deal with stress regardless of whether they’re prepared. But the ability to see stress as a challenge rather than a threat, says Shawn Anchor, CEO of Good Think Inc., can make all the difference.

Anchor offers ways to train your brain to become more positive and how to raise your level of positivity in the present. These techniques allow you to effectively manage stress and perform better work.

Resolution: Stop procrastinating

“Inside the mind of a master procrastinator” by Tim Urban

Tim Urban describes why most people procrastinate, pointing to the “instant gratification monkey” as the usual culprit. But for those lifelong procrastinators who feel they’re doomed to an existence of barely making deadlines and all-nighters, there is hope.

Resolution: Strengthen leadership qualities

“What it takes to be a great leader” by Roselinde Torres

By asking three questions of those who want to be leaders, Roselinde Torres pushes you to think about how you’ve considered leadership in the past and the leaders who will thrive in the future. After devoting herself to studying leadership full-time, Torres discovered the different ways people approach and view leadership. There is no one size fits all, but there are techniques everyone can apply.

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