What should I do with my life? | Charlie Parker | TEDxHeriotWattUniversity

  • Published on Oct 16, 2015
  • This film producer chose to pursue his one true-calling, even when all odds were against him. Charlie Parker may have not taken the conventional route, but he has certainly never let that cap his ambition. Time and again, he has been the most honest version of himself and has chosen to listen to his inner voice as a narrative to his journey.
    Charlie is the Founder and Managing Director of a creative video agency, Broken Blonde. After establishing the company in Edinburgh it has quickly gained a reputation not only for it’s quality but as well as it’s charisma. Charlie’s credits include co-writing “M.U.F.F” (starring Daniel Sloss and Tom Stade) which is to be released end of 2015, “Tough Times Make Monkeys Eat Red Peppers” the Documentary (which has been reviewed by Scottish Author and Film-maker, Irvine Welsh) .
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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  • ジョネーJonét

    I want to tell stories that educate and entertain, to teach people to be better and treat others better, and to feel joy and excitement.

  • Vasileios
    Vasileios 2 days ago

    I am 36 and still I dont have any idea what I want to do with my life...

  • Makedon ThePag
    Makedon ThePag 3 days ago

    Imagine my disappointment when my inner voice said "I want to build an empire"...yeah, like that's possible.

  • Jake L
    Jake L 3 days ago

    Every comment is about the crowd and the topic of the video is forgotten about

  • Anshansh Tiwari
    Anshansh Tiwari 3 days ago

    He didn't conclude the visualization exercise and just went on with his story...

  • *savvy*
    *savvy* 4 days ago

    Okay, wow. Just discovered this video and THIS LITERALLY MADE ME REALIZE WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE!! Just... just like that. Like magic. That's crazy. For so long I've been trying to be a nurse, taking the college classes and going through the motions. But, I always have some sort of crisis where I doubt and rethink everything I'm doing, like, at least once a semester. I think this is because I never really wanted to be a nurse as badly as I've always wanted to be a writer or an artist, a storyteller. I've been dabbling in writing since I was a kid (I'm talking elementary school where I wanted to write my "life's story" lol), but writing is rocky and might not pay the bills-- so I turned to nursing. Enjoyable enough, but not as fun and exciting as getting a new story idea or finding the perfect character art on Pinterest that reflects a scene I created. So, just WOW. I'm so happy I watched this video. I don't know how, and I'm not sure how long or when exactly... but I want to tell a story just like the one's I've always loved. Thanks so much Charlie Parker. (':

  • Keith Kanengoni
    Keith Kanengoni 4 days ago

    Thank you @CharlieParker

  • Top Ink Design
    Top Ink Design 5 days ago +1

    Find a place to work that you like and use the money to fuel your true passions try everything.

    CUCU CUCU 6 days ago

    We all are siners,but God so loved the world,that He gave His only son Jesus Christ ,that whoever believe in Him,should not perish,but have everlasting life.
    Jesus Christ willingly died on cross,had buried and raise frrom dead after 3 days,to we can live forever together with Him. Jesus loves us. Have a amazing day to you all🤗🤗🙂🙂👋❤

  • Vishesh Gupta
    Vishesh Gupta 8 days ago


  • masa ccp
    masa ccp 9 days ago +2

    Me : Wanting to be an actor
    ARAB PARENTS : hey hows my doctor
    Me in 8th grade 🙄

  • H A R U
    H A R U 9 days ago

    I love love love to listen to music but i cant make a career from it because i dont know how to create it,i mean i never get any idea to create any music i just love listening to it. I like to draw and paint and sketch. I’m pretty good at copying something by drawing the exact thing but I’m not creative enough to create my own art,to create my imagination, to create something different with my own ideas. So i dont know what to do because these are the two things i love the most. I also like English literature but idk if there is a job suitable for me after graduating from it ://

    • Christian Gonzalez
      Christian Gonzalez 8 days ago +1

      As a person who is looking forward to trying to be a jazz guitarist, I just want to say that creativity is not something set in stone. Some people do seem naturally creative (usually the people we look up to) but everyone has the ability to exercise their creativity and the more you work on it, the better it gets. That's just how I see it.

  • Dbz Memelord
    Dbz Memelord 11 days ago

    I'm 19 and I dont want to be a disappointment in life but idk what to do I wanted to start a business with my freind but he doesn't know if he wants to do it and idk if I can do it alone I have no work experience in carpentry but ik a couple of things about it if I cant figure out what I wanna do I might just join the military

  • Katherine Fernandez
    Katherine Fernandez 11 days ago

    He's handsome.

  • salman khan
    salman khan 12 days ago

    Hay guyss watch this it will give you alot of idias how to spend you good time

  • Khadija Tidrari
    Khadija Tidrari 12 days ago

    I really don't know what to do with my life I don't know what is my dream I'm stucking in fear and unknowing what I have to do what the next step is I just finished my education looking for a job or take a break i don't know

  • Daniel Silva
    Daniel Silva 12 days ago

    He's a really smart guy

  • Thomas Müller
    Thomas Müller 17 days ago +1

    I dont want to do one thing for the rest of my life, i want to be everything for a moment....

  • Brooke S
    Brooke S 20 days ago

    I feel like sometimes I have a clear vision but then I wonder if it’s actually what I want or like a version of what I’ve seen is socially acceptable and then I get more confused

  • SniperStrictlyOnly SSO

    Hello is there someone human who is not dead inside in the crowd.

  • Mumtaazi Moh
    Mumtaazi Moh 21 day ago

    I want to be fashion designer even if I don't have money to study it i will try Sam way

  • Rohit
    Rohit 22 days ago

    Thanks for the insights. Definitely not want to be one amongst this crowd

  • Rhianna Rajput
    Rhianna Rajput 23 days ago

    7:59 looks like Vance joy

  • Rishab Nair
    Rishab Nair 23 days ago

    did everyone just die

  • Ryan Heisler
    Ryan Heisler 24 days ago

    There is a quote from the Man of Steel and it goes like this.

    "I believe you were sent here for a reason, and even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason it"

    finding it is the hardest part.. we all know that we are great at something, we just have to find out what that is and be happy.

  • Danial Ahmad
    Danial Ahmad 25 days ago

    When the crowd is dead inside .. xD

  • TakeBlog
    TakeBlog 27 days ago

    I want to become a scientist but I am very bad at science and maths

  • Anas BjorkVings
    Anas BjorkVings 27 days ago

    what i want to be? not a best question for me.
    * what u want to have? seems the best question for me..
    the answer is : i want to have crazyness of mindset, which i can be real me and buildup my mind to be original gred A++ human..

  • Rattl3
    Rattl3 27 days ago

    Any reccomendations yall?

    VICTOR Å 29 days ago

    I wanna be happy 😭

  • Ashford Moraes
    Ashford Moraes 29 days ago

    Did the crowd know English?

  • Sarius
    Sarius Month ago

    I know I might have potential. But I don’t wanna now in which direction it is going to be.
    Right now I’m studying.
    I know I wanna start an own business. And affect the world for good. Make people smile with my products.
    Meet new People and stuff. No regular 9-5 job.
    But hey I‘m from Germany... So i Guess I will work my 40 years in a 9-5 Job. Cause in this country we don’t change things. We keep it the old way

  • joehoe222
    joehoe222 Month ago

    Well, as kid I said 'bus driver', just to have an answer to the question given to shut them up. Now I'm taxi driver and I realize that I'm pretty darn close to that old fun answer. Quite weird. I feel I've got more potential than this though. I know I want to do something for people to improve their lives, I'm that far. Now is only the question: what will it be? I've got this level now, got a bachelor's degree on journalism, I have a decent life, but somewhere I want to go forward. I just don't see how. Never actually chased dreams before, so I can't say how that works, only did what society asked me to do. It's now a puzzle. I've got some pieces now, just trying to find the missing ones yet.

  • i know right
    i know right Month ago

    why’s everyone criticizing the audience

    GROCERY STORE Month ago

    Guy named like this must know something

  • shinigamideathnoter

    I just need someone to talk to. I don’t know what to do with my life anymore. I just want to end my life but I love my family I don’t want to hurt them.

  • Andrea Powers
    Andrea Powers Month ago

    Mate I came to watch this video to get answers. I choose my A-levels in a couple of days and I'M STILL AS CONFUSED NOW AS I WAS BEFORE. I want to be a stay-at-home wife/mother but everyone judges me for it, I'm only 16 and I don't have a boyfriend and I need money. My doubt is making some good points. I can't exactly choose motherhood as an A-level pal

  • Romy M
    Romy M Month ago

    So inspirational❤️✨

  • Brenden Varty
    Brenden Varty Month ago

    Bird looks different in person than in the history books.

  • m
    m Month ago

    I just turned 15 and I think I've finally figured out exactly what I want to do with my life. I glad videos like these exist cause it's a hard question to find the answer 2

  • Marsun Alvarez
    Marsun Alvarez Month ago

    Ur speech reaches to the deepest of my heart , thank you for your presentation im glad that I'm here. Bless u all and pls include me in ur prayer, I'm From Philippines give my regards

  • Joyfred
    Joyfred Month ago

    Guys there are very feeble chuckling noises. Audiences are responding. Please use your earphones before commenting

  • Bruce Boring
    Bruce Boring Month ago

    you left out the part where the farmer wanted to use old technology to farm. It isn't impossible to become a farmer but sometimes dreams only get you so far.

  • Sozan Sulaiman
    Sozan Sulaiman Month ago +2

    I really want to be a teacher. A teacher of life. And even so etiquette.
    Just to simply teach!!
    there was a saying going
    " Be someone you needed when you were younger ".
    My Mom has always been a strong woman but even so, I've never had a person teaching me important things!
    I don't know how, but. I wanna teach!!
    Life lessons !💛

    • Yoni Kircheva
      Yoni Kircheva Month ago

      I am not that confident too, but I believe this can change for both of us and if you think making videos is your thing- just do it. Also, I am sure there are a lot of RU-cliprs that were shy once.

    • Sozan Sulaiman
      Sozan Sulaiman Month ago

      Yoni Kircheva I've always considered that but I'm not confident enough! ..

    • Yoni Kircheva
      Yoni Kircheva Month ago +1

      You could start a RU-clip channel.

  • TheHungryApple
    TheHungryApple Month ago

    My thought started as “I want to live in the world of animal crossing but in real life” because I’ve loved that game since I was little. It may not be a viable career right now (the key for me would be relaxation/feeling stress free) but that doesn’t mean I can’t make growing fruit/gardening and home decorating a side hobby. I could skim the beach for seashells, learn to dive and go fossil hunting too 😁

  • decoratti joe
    decoratti joe Month ago

    empty talk no value in it , iv been heard this s***t a lot , no helpful info ..

  • Sick Dragon
    Sick Dragon Month ago

    that was something thnk you

  • Alexis kott
    Alexis kott Month ago +1

    What if all I’ve ever wanted is to be a stay at home mom ..?

    • Hannah Twin Mummah
      Hannah Twin Mummah 20 days ago

      Alexis kott that’s what I am right now. I have been for 17 months. It’s great until you completely lose yourself and just become a mother and that’s it. I don’t even have hobbies anymore and I can’t remember what I enjoyed before having my children.

  • Andrés Lázaro
    Andrés Lázaro Month ago

    ahem... saxophone player maybe?

  • Michelle E
    Michelle E Month ago

    Damn this talk hit me hard 👏.
    Now I know what I want but I'm scared.... Time to look up another ted talk 😂✌️.*yes that laughing emoji hides my worries*

  • Hammad Naeem
    Hammad Naeem Month ago

    Good humour , wonderful build up and amazing mental exercise.

  • Mudo Hage
    Mudo Hage Month ago


  • cheska fernandez
    cheska fernandez 2 months ago +1

    Thank you for this wonderful speech sir. I need this right now and I think you really help me to listen to my inner voice and do what I'm passionate about and that is to make A BIG IMPACT TO THE WORLD AND BY THAT I MEAN SPREADING IMPORTANT MESSAGES TO PEOPLE'S WELLNESS AND WELL-BEING.

  • Kayla Stradling
    Kayla Stradling 2 months ago +1

    The hack Smith at as kid: im gonna be iron Man when I grow up!
    Adults: that's not realistic
    20 years later
    The hack smith: *flies off like iron Man.
    Adults: falls over in shock

  • Edo Murtadha
    Edo Murtadha 2 months ago

    How many people in there actually?? Great lecture!

  • BigBullyJack
    BigBullyJack 2 months ago +1

    Such a craig

  • Trid 303
    Trid 303 2 months ago +1

    When I was 4 years old I wanted to be a musician. Now after 29 years later I want to do something that makes me happy.

  • suma k
    suma k 2 months ago

    0:54 "I want to be Iron man"
    Well buddy.....got some bad news for ya

    • Zachary
      Zachary 2 months ago

      if ya become iron man ya gonna die buddy.... if thats in the mcu if its comics then its another story

  • Srishti 5
    Srishti 5 2 months ago

    I wanted to be a princess who the prince rescues from this big bad world. Anybody else?
    If yes, what do you for a living now? Need tips. 😑

  • Edy
    Edy 2 months ago

    Crowd was awful cause they were all lowkey struck by reality