August 5, 2018

Quarter-life crisis help: 5 TED talks that can help get you through your quarter-life crisis

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably figured that I'm going through a quarter-life crisis. It's not uncommon in our time. In fact, more than half of millennials claim to be going through a quarter-life crisis, one study shows.

What is a Quarter-life crisis, you may ask?

I tried to google for an answer, and the best one I've found is from an interview with Cyrus Williams, an associate professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University. He has been studying and speaking about the quarter-life crisis for more than five years, now. The article was written by Lynne Shallcross for Counseling Today.

In the interview, Williams defined the quarter-life crisis as significant life and career transitions for young adults between the ages of roughly 22 and 30. It's a transition period into adulthood which potentially holds high levels of stress and anxiety. Clinical depression and/or anxiety during this time is not uncommon.

Threading through the quarter-life crisis is daunting. Many times I am paralyzed with all the regrets and fears I have in my head. Does that happen to you too? Anyway, when I don't have anyone to process these things through, I sometimes turn to TED Talks. Here are some TED/TEDx talks that I found helpful. I hope you find them helpful too.

5 TED Talks that can help get you through your quarter-life crisis.

1. Refusing to Settle: The Quarter-Life Crisis by Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky

Adam Poswolsky turned his quarter-life crisis into a breakthrough and shares the lessons he learned through the process. He's sharing his experience hoping to help those who are going through a quarter-life crisis find meaningful work.

Quotable quote:

"If you find believers now, if you stop comparing yourself to others now, if you hustle to pursue what is meaningful to you now, you will change your lives, you will change the lives of others and you will change the world" 
- Adam Poswolsky

2. Quarter Life Crisis: Defining Millenial Success by Sally White

Sally White quit university, got employed, climbed the corporate ladder, had a great job with great perks, and money. That was until she got ill. In her talk, she touches on the topics of the linear model of success vs. individualized success; the influence of technology, specifically social media to self-actualization; and the importance of individual time.

Quotable quote:

"Defining success on your own terms in not only about reducing comparisons and valuing your time. It's about developing an optimistic and tolerant attitude towards risk, the willingness to explore, and the persistence beyond traditional ideas of failure, towards a greater sense of authenticity and expressiveness." 
- Sally White

3. Where's My Stuff: The Quarterlife Crisis by Kenya Jackson

Kenya tells the story of how she pursued the traditional path to success yet struggled during her quarter-life. She had three degrees, including a Masters, yet ended up with no job and no stuff. In the process of looking for her stuff, she ended up creating and re-creating herself.

Quotable quote:

"Instead of asking where is my stuff, ask, who can I create from my nothing?" 
- Kenya Jackson

4. Why are Millenials so Stressed? Is it Quarter-life Crisis? by Courtney Ferrell

After graduating from high school, Courtney Ferrell was an athlete with a clear path towards a bright future, until a series of knee injuries ended her athletic career. She discusses the importance of finding meaningful work in the quarter-life, and tips on how to find it.

Quotable quote:

"Finding meaningful work often requires asking many personal questions before it rewards any answers. It's not always fun, and it's not always easy, but I promise, the juice is worth the squeeze
- Courtney Ferrell

5. Don't Regret Regret by Kathryn Schulz

Kathryn Schulz tells the story of learning to not regret regret through a regrettable (at least for her) tattoo.

Quotable quote:
"The point isn't to live without any regrets. The point is to not hate ourselves for having them...We need to learn to love the flawed imperfect things that we create and to forgive ourselves for creating them. Regret doesn't remind us that we did badly it reminds us that we only can do better." 
- Kathryn Schulz

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