Let’s face it: Job hunting is kinda boring at best, grueling and soul crushing at worst. Sometimes you need a little lift when you’re perpetually applying to job positions. But instead of clicking on funny YouTube videos like “Dog Plays Dead To Avoid Bath Time,” cruise on over to TED.com to give yourself an emotional boost — and some much-needed career inspiration. We’ve chosen our five favorites below — each under 20 minutes — to help keep you motivated you during your job search.
1. Wingham Rowan: A New Kind of Job Market
No matter what age or stage you’re at in your career, everyone can benefit from a telecommuting position — and some added work life balance. Wingham Rowan, the founder of Slivers Of Time, addresses the issues facing much of today’s workforce: the need for flexible schedules. He explains how telecommuting jobs benefit not only employees but also employers — and the global economy as a whole.
2. Mike Rowe: Learning From Dirty Jobs
As the host of the Discovery Channel’s hit show Dirty Jobs, host Mike Rowe has seen — and done — it all. He speaks in-depth about how he’s witnessed first-hand that people who have “dirty jobs” are happier, more balanced individuals who whistle while they work — and pick up road kill as they do it. Rowe makes the point that any job is a respectable job, and why following your passion might be the worst thing you can do for your career.
3. Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?
In his riveting speech, behavioral economist Dan Ariely pinpoints what truly motivates employees. Through a series of experiments, Ariely shows that pay is only a small factor of what brings true happiness to workers. Through positive motivation, acknowledgment and inclusion, employers can create a more cohesive, invested — and yes, happier — workforce than they ever thought possible.