These seven remarkable women have powerful messages we could all learn from.
I have just discovered TED talks.
Now I have them on my computer while I’m getting stuff done in the kitchen. Not whistling while I work but learning while I work. The seven dwarfs would be proud.
The remarkable women in these videos who talk about age have gained so much more than they have lost. The overwhelming message that comes through is that they don’t hold on to the past.
The past is what has shaped them but doesn’t define them. Age has given them the freedom to think and do as they want.
Meaghan Ramsay talks about how we can help young girls to learn that it is not how they look but what they do that matters. A powerful message we could all learn from.
Leymah Gbowee wants us to help unlock the intelligence, passion, focus and commitment of women from underdeveloped countries. She shows huge strength and passion.
Jane Fonda – Life’s Third Act
79 years of age and more beautiful than ever. Jane is articulate, intelligent and politically aware. When I think about shining brighter as I age she would be my true inspiration.[bctt tweet=”When you’re inside oldness, as opposed to looking at it from the outside, fear subsides.” username=””]
Isabel Allende – How To Live Passionately – No Matter Your Age
Isabel is and successful writer who talks about getting older and living with passion. She is a writer of both fiction which she calls “realistic literature, rooted in her remarkable upbringing and the mystical people and events that fueled her imagination”, she has also written personal memoirs of her life in Chile and the loss of her daughter to a rare disease.[bctt tweet=”What have I gained with ageing…freedom” username=””]
Laura Carstensen – Older People Are Happier
Good news, as we get older we become happier. Bring it on! Psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research to support that as we age we are happier, more content and have a more positive outlook. In my opinion, it is because the hard graft is behind us. When we are older we invest more time into ourselves.[bctt tweet=”Ageing brings some rather remarkable improvements — increased knowledge, expertise — and emotional aspects of life improve.” via=”no”]
Diana Nyad – Never, Ever Give Up
The lessons in this 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida — at age 64 are lessons we can use every day as we face difficulty and success in our lives. Diana Nyad tells her amazing story of survival in the waters between Cuba and Florida with humour and with a modest sense of pride and achievement by herself and her team.[bctt tweet=”You can chase your dreams at any age; you’re never too old” via=”no”]
Meaghan Ramsey – Why Thinking You’re Ugly Is Bad For You
The impact of low self-esteem starts very early in life. Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project talks about this impact which can manifest as lower school grades, drugs, alcoholism and many other negative impacts. How do we fix this? Education is key in this fix. We need to put the people that do good not look good up on the pedestals. They are the ones that should be valued. If you are the mother of girls or in fact boys this talk is inspiring.[bctt tweet=”Let’s show them that the way you look is just one part of your identity and that the truth is we love them for who they are and what they do and how they make us feel.” via=”no”]
Dame Stephanie Shirley – Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads?
Stephanie Shirley started a tech company in the 1960’s which employed only women and engaged such forward practices as job sharing and working from home. The company went on to become so successful Stephanie was able to make many of her staff millionaires. She tells her inspiring story with her own brand of dry humour.[bctt tweet=”Let me share with you two secrets of success: Surround yourself with first-class people and people that you like; and choose your partner very, very carefully.” username=””]
Leymah Gbowee – Unlock The Intelligence, Passion, Greatness Of Girls
This powerful talk by Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee tells of how she became the women she is and how we can help transform the world by unlocking the potential of girls from similar backgrounds to her own.[bctt tweet=”When these girls sit, you unlock intelligence, you unlock passion, you unlock commitment, you unlock focus, you unlock great leaders.” username=””]
Do you have a TED talk by an inspiring female you can share?