We get it: you’re busy. Another weekend’s flown by and Christmas is coming.

You’ve been so caught up in life’s to do list that there’s not much time left to reflect. Even less time to mull over that career change you’re pretty confident you need, but have no idea where to start. 

That’s why we’ve compiled this round up for you. These five inspiring career videos can be watched back-to-back if you’ve got about an hour and a half. Lean back and watch this weekend. Or digest them in 15 minute sittings on the bus. 

Either way, start your week feeling motivated and kick start that action plan!

Five x 15 Min Inspiring Career Videos We Love

Why You Will Fail To Have A Great Career by Larry Smith

A provocative talk on why most people won’t do anything. Prepare to be confronted with the truth and even left a little unsettled - but we guarantee you’ll laugh. 

Smith thinks we’re all destined for a high-stress, low-reward and ‘soul-destroying’ job. He has a valid comeback for any excuse that you could make to stay in your average career.  

If you’re ready for a wake up and a shake up then book in some counselling time with Larry. You might come away with your tail between your legs and a pile of broken excuses - a change of attitude is now very much over to you!

How To Find And Do Work You Love by Scott Dinsmore

This inspiring career video is about his career change story and mission to make a difference in the world. He helps people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing.

If Larry Smith has rattled you, then Dinsmore’s speech will be like a welcome, warm hug. He presents a framework with 3 key ingredients that are - positively - 100% under our control. 

Listen to Scott and start to understand how to become a self-expert; do the impossible and push your limits; and finally surround yourself with passionate people. 
This last point really resonates with us. Remember that if 80% of people don’t like what they are doing then it means that 4 out of 5 people surrounding you are dragging you down. That’s a lot of bad energy!

Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders by Sheryl Sandberg

This is - funnily enough - one for the ladies. Rather than predictably speak about social media (she’s COO at Facebook), Sandberg decided to focus on this topic. Because, she says, for all the ceilings that have been shattered we still have a real problem.

Sandberg looks at why a significantly smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions. She offers 3 powerful and refreshing pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. 

Ladies: make sure you sit at the table; ensure your partner is a real partner; and don’t leave before you leave. You’ll have to watch the inspiring career video to find out exactly what she means!

The Way We Think about Work Is Broken by Barry Schwartz

Schwartz highlights how, in the process of designing work processes to maximise efficiency, we may have made false assumptions about human nature that are inherently dehumanising. 

He challenges a notion that we’ve designed work without consideration of ‘meaning’, with an assumption that people will only work for the money.

Schwartz goes a little deep in this inspiring career video, so get ready. However there are some interesting themes, such as how quality of work is not a function of the worker themselves but rather the environment in which they live. Challenge yourself - what does ‘work’ mean to you.

Grit: The power of passion and perseverance by Angela Lee Duckworth

Explains her theory of ‘grit’ as a predictor of success in this inspiring career video. Angela is a career changer herself: she left a high-flying job in consulting to teach maths to junior school kids in New York. 

Angela considers the importance of cultivating multiple character strengths (e.g. humility, social intelligence, kindness, etc.) for success in life. She believes a focus purely on talent distracts us from the importance of effort.

If you like the sound of this, you can also check out her long-awaited book Grit. It's had great reviews (NY Times) and set off hugely important debates in education and scientific circles. 

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As a strong believer in the career design thinking model, Martin draws on his successful career change to be Head of HR and Recruitment where he doubled the team and learnt what it takes to get hired. Qualified in psychometric testing and career coaching, and Career Consultant to a top university, he has helped 1000s of people with their career.