It’s the beginning of a new year, which means 45% of the United States population is or has set new goals or resolutions for 2017.  Therefore, in hopes to keep those striving for a great 2017 inspired for the journey ahead, here are eight useful, motivating and interesting TED Talks to help keep your eyes on the prize.

Amy Cuddy – Your body language shapes who you are

Powerful speaker and author of the book, “Presence,” Amy Cuddy lectures on how posture can create more confidence.


Laura Vanderkam – How to gain control of your free time

Do you feel like there isn’t enough time in the day or in the week?  Well there are 168 hours in a week and Laura Vanderkam discusses how to better allocate those hours to create better use of time.


Shonda Rhimes – My Year of saying yes to everything

Executive Producer of four hit TV shows in the TGIT lineup on ABC explains how saying “yes” helped saved her empire.


Pico Iyer – The art of stillness

World traveler debates that going nowhere can take you anywhere.


Sal Khan – Learning for mastery

Sal Khan challenges the educational field and the way learning is structured with a powerful discussion on mastery.


JK Rowling – The fringe benefits of failure

In her Harvard commencement speech in 2008, JK Rowling, author of the enchanted Harry Potter series, discusses why failing can actually be beneficial for the future you.


Bel Pesce – 5 ways to kill your dreams

Young Brazilian entrepreneur gives an eye-opening twist on how to kill your dreams.


Jia Jiang – 100 days of rejection

Jia Jiang shares how to learn from rejection and turn it into an opportunity with an interesting research video project.