Don't Believe Everything You Think | Lauren Weinstein | TEDxPaloAlto

Lauren Weinstein delivers an inspiring TEDxPaloAlto talk on how to break free from limiting beliefs.

Lauren Weinstein is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching one of the most popular classes there—The Essentials of Strategic Communication. In addition to her work at the Business School, she has served as a guest lecturer and skills coach for Stanford Law School, the Stanford undergraduate program and the Stanford

In addition to her work at Stanford, Lauren is the founder of Resonate Coaching. As the principal at Resonate, Lauren works with clients ranging from TED speakers to start-up founders to high-level executives, helping them achieve more powerful public speaking and interpersonal communication skills.

Prior to her current work, Lauren served as a communication strategist for high level teams at Fortune 500 companies and worked with Santa Clara County in their mediation and communication skills training program.

Lauren received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. in psychology from Stanford University. She’s also a certified leadership development coach through the Coaches Training Institute.

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100+ comentarios:

Satish Torani
Satish Torani:
Powerful ideas, Simple Words
Lorena Pimenta
Lorena Pimenta:
DUDE.......... DUDE!!!!!!!! I needed so much to hear this. I felt like she was talking to me directly into my eyes. DAMN!!! Thank you so much for this, I feel I can make myself stronger and free from these imaginary ropes.
Dalton Alfortish
Dalton Alfortish:
I have this title tattooed on my body; "Don't Believe Everything You Think." It was the catalyst for a shift in my thinking and therefore my direction in life. Understanding this simple phrase pushed me to fight those nagging negative thoughts that crowded my mind to the point that all other thoughts were fleeting and fragile. This moment can be good, this day can be good, you can make progress, you can find the answers, you can take that trip, you can move, you can change. Good luck, you got this!
Amol Shende
Amol Shende:
"What you are is the result of what you have thought" - Buddha
Isha Tanwar
Isha Tanwar:
Usually i listen ted talks when i want to sleep but this one woke me up!
Bruce Moon
Bruce Moon:
The best motivated TED talk ever. And she is so beautiful.
"Yet somehow - here I am"
Refiloe Ndlovu
Refiloe Ndlovu:
She had me at the elephant story 🍫🌸
As she said... don't believe everything... you're being told. Check various different sources, even the ones that you don't like, and develop critical thinking. Your thinking.
Akshita Pratap Nathani
Akshita Pratap Nathani:
Thank you for this! Every single word of yours resonated so much with some of my beliefs that the world gives me strange looks for. Thank you for reinforcing these important ideas. 10x super like :)
Nesma ibrahim
Nesma ibrahim:
You give me hope that one day I can overcome all my negative thoughts
Thank you
by the seaside
by the seaside:
Man, that was powerful! We all have two lifes. The second one starts when you realize you only have one. I’m also struggling with a wrong believe system.
Timothy Ramsey
Timothy Ramsey:
Sometimes making the decision to watch something this long delivers dividends, this delivered way more than I expected.. Thank you..
Daniel Durham
Daniel Durham:
To those interested in going deeper, Id highly recommend the book "The Magic of Believing" by Claude Bristol
Officially The Most Identifiable TED talk I've heard all least for me😏
Megha Khosla
Megha Khosla:
So much trueness in her voice and expression. I can literally see in her eyes that she is sharing her real-life experience not a made-up story for the sake of TALK. Thank you for sharing!
Robert Gainz
Robert Gainz:
She was describing me. Jesus help me to break off the ropes, the headsets, and false reality. I am liberated!
Love this! Amazing message, very meaningful and well-expressed 🙏
Earth girl 地球女孩
Earth girl 地球女孩:
This talk deserves more views.
I love this! This just blessed my life....
Knowledge Lover
Knowledge Lover:
😳 she has just opened my eyes 😢
This is the most powerful TED talk I’ve listened to. And I’ve listened to a lot. Her message....absolutely amazing. Thank you Lauren for sharing this message with the world
Human mind is a Pandora box.. One should have the ability to give importance to qualitative thoughts.. You should be able to control your mind.. The mind shouldn't control you..
Gaurav Kumar
Gaurav Kumar:
Powerful speech.
Who all here to learn english.....or only listening.
Saka Ma
Saka Ma:
Love this speech, really need to hear these (she somehow look like Jeff Cavaliere to me
Fantastic talk, especially the last 30 seconds.👊
Pijush Moni
Pijush Moni:
15:07 ..The best designs came only after multiple failed attempts..! Nice talk about learned helplessness and false believes!
sil athru
sil athru:
One of the best TEDx talks i've ever watched. This should be required viewing by every self-help/motivational group out there.
Amanda Dudley
Amanda Dudley:
This is powerfully true, our childhood remains within us, and we are told to stop being that fearless person and do as society tells you is 'right', and lose who you are...this is great! I am an undergraduate in Psychology, and I am slowly becoming the fearless, fun, and the daring girl I once was--trying to remove all the trauma and bad thoughts that follow me daily throughout my life.
Jaymes elliot
Jaymes elliot:
very powerful, and relevant talk.
This is pretty much the TED talk that resonates with me the most. The elephant analogy is very effective. Thanks!
Manjiri Bangali
Manjiri Bangali:
One of the best Ted talks I've ever heard. Very inspiring
Elizabeth Lasseigne
Elizabeth Lasseigne:
This is one of the most inspiring talks out there!
Fell in love with this woman! Such a powerful female role model, essential to our world.
Michelle Coronado
Michelle Coronado:
I love this 😍
علي المنصوري
علي المنصوري:
Listening to this, it feels like I have been living in a net for years.🙁
Prophets Of Rock TV
Prophets Of Rock TV:
This video helped me realise how much I’ve held myself back based on false beliefs and assumptions of myself and others
Beerad Hockey
Beerad Hockey:
Omg this is the best Ted Talk ever! I was actually crying because your story really hit home for me. Thank you so much for this I needed it more than you know!
Sher Singh
Sher Singh:
What a powerful lecture! Hit me right between the eyes. Thank you.
Ana Lockett
Ana Lockett:
This talk is spot on. Wow. Great information. So simple.
Manuel Jose Diaz Perez
Manuel Jose Diaz Perez:
Fascinante tu historia Lauren, muchas lecciones compartidas, muchas gracias!
Janos Fintor
Janos Fintor:
Most of the time you don't think, rather thinking happens and you're aware of it.
One of the most powerful TED talks I've heard recently. Amazing talk. Will use the advice here
Joan Wang
Joan Wang:
When I was young my mom used to lock me up at home, I so much wanted to go out to play with my friends, but now that i am free in the world, I still have the tendency to lock myself up. I need to make big efforts to break this invisible rope.
I was so bold when I was young, but then I became so timid because on the tv it shows a girl is more lovely when she is shy. I miss my bold self. This tomboy me.
I was once a mentor of somebody, until she totally stole my whole business. Now I have chance to start a similar relationship with another person. I tell myself it will work well, we can find a way to do only good for each other.
mohit 1234
mohit 1234:
It's feel like I have superpower inside me that has to be awakened .
Lalindra De Silva
Lalindra De Silva:
Give that lady a medal...!!! Wow...!!!
Mubarak rezaie
Mubarak rezaie:
I croed so bad cause i can relate to everything she said. I literally stoped living at age 6. I held back my self in everything i did.
Thank you for sharing this. You saved my life ❤️
diva zerlinda
diva zerlinda:
You explained perfectly what I've been through for years 😭
Moyra Francis
Moyra Francis:
You reminded me of what I used to know a long, long time ago. Thanks so much.
Thank you, I love you for this talk ❤️
Natasha Abaeva
Natasha Abaeva:
The story of my life! I feel exactly what she did and I'm currently trying to "cut those ropes". Thanks a lot for the talk!!!
Ramy Wafa
Ramy Wafa:
Great talk, amazing speaker
Cris Rucker
Cris Rucker:
Omg! That makes so much sense.
Annie Tran
Annie Tran:
I listen to her everday to make myself much much much stronger! Hopefully, I will be able to find myself in a completely new reality one day!
Shreya Maria
Shreya Maria:
Thank you so much.❤️ such an awesome and relatable talk. We are what we think.. so it all comes down to what we feed our minds.
Filosofia Científica
Filosofia Científica:
Amazing. Thank you. I was in need of that right now.
Gigi M
Gigi M:
Wow! This was beautiful to watch..filled with courage an drive. Absolutely amazing.
Re: ReRe
Re: ReRe:
simply amazing and basic . "to get off your headset you need to realize first you wear one".
Gavin Millar
Gavin Millar:
This is the best TED talk I’ve seen
Stephanie Romer
Stephanie Romer:
This is perhaps my favorite TED TALK EVER!! ❤️🌊❤️🧘‍♀️❤️
Rachael Case
Rachael Case:
Thank you ! I loved every minute of your speech thank you for being vulnerable
G T:
Thank you so much. I love this so much. I appreciate this because I have felt so many negative thoughts come to me and I truly believe they were circumstantial. I don’t do anything wrong and I still get discriminated against, beat up, scarred, etc. I’m a good person. I prove it time and time again but yet I feel I am treated horribly. But I believe in good. I’m a good person and I will spend the rest of my life proving it.
Crafter’s Journey
Crafter’s Journey:
Wow what a great video. I watch a lot of ted talks but this one touched me deeply. Thank you
Leakhena Bun
Leakhena Bun:
"I felt that I had to blend in rather than stand out."
Stevenson Tavares
Stevenson Tavares:
One of the best i heard from tedx...
This is also my almost story.....I needed all this..
Maran Lou
Maran Lou:
Excellent way to explain this topic. Thank you, Lauren
Maria Therepza Perez
Maria Therepza Perez:
That is my life! After this lecture I am going to start breaking the ropes. Thnak you!
Amazing and powerful message 🙌🏼
Camille Arratia
Camille Arratia:
Thank you Lauren! your talk was like breathing fresh air, really inspirational, you are amazing!
Asif Malik
Asif Malik:
Thoughts are things
gembira kawan
gembira kawan:
Cheers up! Lauren. :-)
Remember you are that same (happy) girl you once were many years ago -just a bit older. :-)
Ann Ancog
Ann Ancog:
Thank you for this wonderful talk!
Jodi Angell
Jodi Angell:
Thank you so much for explaining what's in my mind. I am very inspired by you and have a positive outlook on taking on each day. Thank you!
Sara Valinemati
Sara Valinemati:
Great talk ! Than you from the bottom of my heart
• Deeno
• Deeno:
May be I'm seeing my reflection in this video!
Mary Maina
Mary Maina:
This lecture is so beautiful and so true .EXACTLY .
This is possibly the most powerful speech I’ve ever heard. The opportunities are limitless...
Hiam Al-Atnah
Hiam Al-Atnah:
This goes down as one of the BEST TEDx talks out there!
Laura Albright
Laura Albright:
Amazing! Everyone should hear this!
Kim Hjalmarsson
Kim Hjalmarsson:
Stumbled upon this talk and it lifted my spirits. :)
jacqueline ormsby
jacqueline ormsby:
Wow! This is great!❤
M. T.
M. T.:
I "fernando loved" her examples, especially the one with an elephant
Gurleen Saini
Gurleen Saini:
before " i can't "
now " how could i ?"
Marc Weinstein
Marc Weinstein:
So powerful, thank you for sharing and for all that you do Lauren
Jorge Zavala
Jorge Zavala:
amazing talk! thank you
November Rose
November Rose:
One of the best TED talks I have seen yet, which is itself a high bar <3
chandrasekar S
chandrasekar S:
Absolute words. Thoughtful 🔥🔥
Firdaus Adnan
Firdaus Adnan:
very impressive. I liked the speech :)
Josipa Tokić
Josipa Tokić:
My initial thought was that Ben was very busy lmao, true. I'm personally a busy person who forgets about close people when I have a lot of work...
Bianca Lacey
Bianca Lacey:
This was so good <3
Thanks. I felt similar to your experience! it is so inspiring...I am waiting to break the ropes...marshmallow challenge!
I cannot stop crying. Thank you so much for your powerful and fearless messages that reached to us strongly.
This is really really really beautiful, interesting and rich speech. Thank you
Некто Лохматый
Некто Лохматый:
Yeah, thinking we're just not able for what we want often pulls us back. However, it's not enough to just believe to get it. I think, the most important is to believe in your ability to change the situation: learn, develop - and struggle to head for your aim.
Maran Lou
Maran Lou:
I’d love to meet you in person someday.
Asad Imtiaz
Asad Imtiaz:
aim for perfection, follow the crowd, fear of failure
Kelly Kim
Kelly Kim:
Powerful and well articulated