Don't find a job, find a mission | Celeste Headlee | TEDxAugusta

  • Опубликовано: 16 мар 2015
  • Celeste Headlee sees finding a career which will truly inspire you is much like dating - it takes time and lots of experiments. And the ideal job is no more realistic than the dream man or woman.

    Celeste hosts "On Second Thought" on NPR from Atlanta and is a professional opera singer.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Комментарии • 409

  • Cordez Simmons
    Cordez Simmons 3 дня назад

    I couldn't have come across this TED Talk at a better time. Awesome!

  • Koren Reyes
    Koren Reyes 4 дня назад

    Love love love you!!!

  • Back Country Pastimes
    Back Country Pastimes 6 дней назад +2

    When you pause the video and fetch paper and a pen...
    And don’t have a job

  • sandra unorji
    sandra unorji 10 дней назад +1

    Damn!! The most honest all I have ever listened to. Thank you
    And her voice is sooooooo Amazing ❤️😍😍😍😍

  • Benjamin Miller
    Benjamin Miller 12 дней назад +1

    JUST a mechanic?
    I’m a mechanic and struggling with the lack of respect from society and even my family. True story.
    I guess I should have been a doctor or a lawyer.

  • TheBackstreetNets
    TheBackstreetNets 27 дней назад

    Why is no one talking about her amazing performance at the end?

  • Balancing Life
    Balancing Life Месяц назад

    Fantastic woman, love her confidence.

  • Ev Dolzhenko
    Ev Dolzhenko Месяц назад

    Thats the solid advice on how to live *bearable* mediocre life, nothing more, nothing less

  • Mehrad Rousta
    Mehrad Rousta Месяц назад

    isn't she boring?

  • Nicholas Stroganoff
    Nicholas Stroganoff Месяц назад +2

    Not cool dismissing her other grandfather as just a mechanic. Envision your life without mechanics and you may change your tune. But other than that, great job.

  • Md.Imran hosen
    Md.Imran hosen Месяц назад

    u did well

  • MELE and MARIE
    MELE and MARIE 2 месяца назад


  • Allen Watkins
    Allen Watkins 2 месяца назад

    Lost me when she said "Purpose" we all know it's all about the "Money."
    This world is ran on Money, so in order to live like you deserve you need a certain amount of "Money" to sustain the life style you want....Purpose anything else applies to those who have lived the good life all if not most of their life.
    To exist is "Debt" so there for we need "Money" in order to live the good life. MONEY will determine your living conditions, your lifestyle, your location, and lastly some of your leisure activities...
    When you're broke or with limited income you become hopeless, depressed, angry, vengeful, , stressful, envious, and just miserable....add MONEY to the equation and watch how all that turns completely around...
    Lastly, a "FOOLISH Person with money will lose it all."

  • Missy Gee
    Missy Gee 2 месяца назад

    Thank you for the song!

  • Cory Ave
    Cory Ave 2 месяца назад

    Its normal to get bored,with your sicked and tired job,but what the use of giving up your job that supposed to be your bread and butter,the point is if you can competes with young professionals,with good school credentials,and graduated in a University,,that's the big Y.

  • Gina Almas
    Gina Almas 2 месяца назад

    Celeste, girl... You are an amazing! I really liked your speech too :)

  • Lillie Thomas II
    Lillie Thomas II 2 месяца назад

    This concept helped me gain experience with Byte Back, Inc. as a volunteer instructor bridging the digital divide. This mission was part of my research interests that I discovered as a summer Economic Fellow in 2009.

  • William Lushbough
    William Lushbough 2 месяца назад

    She says "i'm not talking about the 'i'm unemployed and i'll take anything situation.'" A Freudian slip, her theory has nothing to do with most peoples' practical reality.

  • Quynh Chi Tina
    Quynh Chi Tina 3 месяца назад

    ce lét het d ly

  • Djoni Joensen
    Djoni Joensen 3 месяца назад +1

    what do i like most about job? hm🤔.. let meg see OH YEAH almost forgot! until the day is OVER!!!😃😑

  • Jay Charles
    Jay Charles 3 месяца назад

    Find work that is NOT WORK to you. Its usually easy, forget seeking a job, work for someones dream, do YOUR dreams. Do u draw, paint, dance, sing at work? What did u do in class at school that got u in trouble. Doodling on PeeChee, desk, draw people, cars, etc

  • Jay Charles
    Jay Charles 3 месяца назад

    My acting coach said: You have to truly. truly love yourself in order to truly give yourself away." Find what u loved to do as a child, that is it! I was an actor, even in class i joked alot. I am a comic, writer and actor now.

  • Stacey Kurzendorfer
    Stacey Kurzendorfer 3 месяца назад

    Interesting - when I spoke with someone about my "mandate" (much like purpose) during a job interview, he told me "this company is not a Charity!" we have a long way to go to get this message full circle...

  • Kirk King
    Kirk King 3 месяца назад

    Great talk, but I didn't understand the 4th "homework" assignment: "Which part do you enjoy?" Part of what, exactly?
    1. What do you like about your job?
    2. What do you think you do well?
    3. What do others say you do well?
    4. Which part do you enjoy?
    Any thoughts?

  • Abby M.
    Abby M. 3 месяца назад

    I was so hoping to hear her sing and it was beautifulllllll !

  • Joanne Giovanniello
    Joanne Giovanniello 3 месяца назад

    Wow...that voice! I need to find my mission, now again after 40, and she definitely made it feel a little less scary.

  • Toleco Yorlik
    Toleco Yorlik 3 месяца назад

    Years listening to her on the radio and... wow! Mesmerizing!

  • Veni Vidi Amavi
    Veni Vidi Amavi 3 месяца назад

    *this speech actually makes a lot of sense, I realize some of the jobs I've done I never knew existed, or never looked into because "oh man the name just sound boring" but in reality, the title is not everything. I've always been a passion over profit person. Not in a humble way, I just honestly cannot imagine working somewhere just for a paycheck. Although I did do that in retail when I didn't know any better. So now, I'm creating my dream job. And anyway, I do believe it doesn't exist. Every job has flaws. Great speech, beautiful voice, wouldn't mind your job. You've really got the best of both worlds!!* :)

  • Geraldo GCR
    Geraldo GCR 4 месяца назад

    O que vx esta dizendo

  • Sophie Galeas
    Sophie Galeas 4 месяца назад

    Goosebumps, Chills and even tears with her performance at the end!

  • Romy Jugroo
    Romy Jugroo 4 месяца назад

    A mission is not enough,it seems,you may still have to exercise.

  • Margarette Christine Santos
    Margarette Christine Santos 4 месяца назад +16

    I'm a teacher by heart and I educate without walls... 😍
    My father got sick and succumb to be defeated by sickness... I have to leave my teaching... 😥
    In my search the universe gave me a desk job... 😑
    My boss saw that I can be more...
    Now i have a MISSION: To promote gender equality...
    Now I'm in a platform to affect change and create awareness. to assists in the crafting of non-discriminatory policies in employment and job retention, training and education. To create awareness-raising campaigns with media, public and private institutions, educational and training institutions; and
    Integrate orientation on SOGI rights in new employee orientation in both public and private institutions
    I Feel blessed... Honoured... I'm still a humble teacher... Now I'm educating the whole country one region at the time...
    My job is now a mission... 😍

    • JoJo Farah
      JoJo Farah Месяц назад

      Love your spirit.. And I can totally relate

  • M Alvarez
    M Alvarez 5 месяцев назад

    She has such great energy

  • M Alvarez
    M Alvarez 5 месяцев назад

    Thank you

  • 2WheelScientist
    2WheelScientist 5 месяцев назад

    Really practical advice.

  • Djoni Joensen
    Djoni Joensen 5 месяцев назад +4

    wish i could say that i was STUMBLED!! into it, i was asked to work there and after 5 months.. i'm still there💥 fish processing plant gutting. whatevs! gives some money💵

  • John Roos
    John Roos 5 месяцев назад

    13:12 "the other one was just a mechanic" thats a low blow.

  • Carline Wilson
    Carline Wilson 5 месяцев назад

    Wow interesting....

  • Michaela Grinnell
    Michaela Grinnell 5 месяцев назад

    What an amazing voice and great talk!

  • P P
    P P 5 месяцев назад

    Celeste is best

  • Charles Munch
    Charles Munch 5 месяцев назад

    Just a mechanic :(

  • Jaybird2064
    Jaybird2064 5 месяцев назад

    What a great presentation and a rich contralto

  • Lonje Maries Wisdom
    Lonje Maries Wisdom 5 месяцев назад

    She’s beautiful and she has a beautiful voice

  • Lonje Maries Wisdom
    Lonje Maries Wisdom 5 месяцев назад

    WOW she’s right,What I like about being an x-ray technologist is being at the right place at the right time,I love speaking and inspiring people, so any job where my words and my voice can make a positive difference,and talking to the right person in the right way, to bring a permanent change in his or her life , in other words my purpose!

  • Djoni Joensen
    Djoni Joensen 5 месяцев назад +3

    What mission is it you find?? the ONLY mission I HAVE,.. is to be a GREAT singer songwriter and a professional actor 🎤🎬🎭

  • Beth Heinecamp
    Beth Heinecamp 5 месяцев назад

    Wow! She definitely has the stage personality and talent which to me, easily translates into a career as a talk show host.

  • justin rinehart
    justin rinehart 6 месяцев назад +1

    Is this the same speaker who did the " How to have a good conversation" Ted talks ?

    • jason miller
      jason miller 5 месяцев назад +1

      +Hippie Chick she is great , that talk helped me a lot !

    • Hippie Chick
      Hippie Chick 5 месяцев назад

      justin rinehart Yes :)

  • kule saimon
    kule saimon 6 месяцев назад

    this talk really counts for me at this moment in my life

  • Djoni Joensen
    Djoni Joensen 6 месяцев назад +1

    I dont like my job at ALL!!😬 my job is from 7am to 7-8pm (12-13H)🤐 and here is the best part, it's fish-processing plant (gutting) 🐟 it gives aloote of money but it's haard💵👌🏽💦💦

  • David Blues
    David Blues 6 месяцев назад

    Never got the call... become a Conqueror!

  • Djoni Joensen
    Djoni Joensen 6 месяцев назад

    omg i got all my jobs by accidents ... 😬 no education AT ALL

  • Melissa S
    Melissa S 6 месяцев назад


  • Joan Daley
    Joan Daley 6 месяцев назад

    Wow what a beautiful voice

  • santosh dalai
    santosh dalai 7 месяцев назад

    Its fact no one like his/her own job.

  • Big Kin
    Big Kin 7 месяцев назад

    Great singing at the end

  • Geneva Fillips
    Geneva Fillips 7 месяцев назад


  • Mal Taumoha'apai
    Mal Taumoha'apai 7 месяцев назад

    Love this woman

  • Rohit Goswami
    Rohit Goswami 7 месяцев назад

    Headlee God bless u sweetheart take care ...R G G Rohit delhi

  • Maria Quintero
    Maria Quintero 8 месяцев назад +1

    Really one of the best advice I've ever heard in my life. Thank you so much Celeste! and what a beautiful voice

  • Port Macdonnell
    Port Macdonnell 8 месяцев назад

    The music in the beginning of the video is amazing. What kind of music is this if I want to search for more? and any suggestion

  • Allie Firebaugh
    Allie Firebaugh 8 месяцев назад +2

    LOVE this! As I'm in the middle of a career change and many people around me are pressuring me to find my "dream job" this is incredibly helpful for me to figure out my next steps!! Thank you!!

  • Djimmy L
    Djimmy L 8 месяцев назад


  • Eric Fricke
    Eric Fricke 8 месяцев назад

    Doesn't mean that your "mission" will pay well.

  • Alex LM
    Alex LM 8 месяцев назад +2

    She has a great voice, and makes a GREAT POINT in her presentation

  • Social Time
    Social Time 8 месяцев назад

    Smart And Anointed With The Voice Of An Angel.

  • Jai Lane
    Jai Lane 8 месяцев назад +1

    "dont find a job, find a mission"

  • Maheshwari Arti
    Maheshwari Arti 8 месяцев назад +3

    great talk ever...its gonna to help me alot😍😍

  • James Burtton
    James Burtton 9 месяцев назад

    Jean sez my love my mission is to find a job.

  • bizzyfit
    bizzyfit 9 месяцев назад

    wonderful talk, thank you

    ALICE HARDY 9 месяцев назад

    Soul music

  • Ryan F
    Ryan F 9 месяцев назад +2

    ms piggy!! WHERE IS KERMIT???

  • Rock yah
    Rock yah 9 месяцев назад

    What have like from her the most is her dressing code big job and AMaizing speech

  • H 19
    H 19 9 месяцев назад

    i was watching the ted talk of the girl she was speaking about who studied political science before watching this

  • indviduation
    indviduation 10 месяцев назад

    Opera Singer --> Broadcast Journalist?
    Opera singer is speaking there is no listening.
    Opera Singer =/= Broadcast Journalist?
    Broadcast Journalist is expected to listen and not to talk.

    • Celeste Headlee
      Celeste Headlee 9 месяцев назад

      You are wrong on both counts. Opera singers have to listen very very carefully to an entire orchestra and a whole cast of singers. And journalists have to be careful speakers and construct questions strategically.

  • Jeff Annis
    Jeff Annis 10 месяцев назад

    Celeste, this is a wonderful talk. You are an amazing presenter and an awesome person. We are all so lucky that you are putting it out there for us all to enjoy. I sent this to a dozen people that I care about. You are a real treasure.

  • Steven Velasquez
    Steven Velasquez 10 месяцев назад

    There are dream jobs...mine is to work on cars...I’m going to school to do so and I love it

  • Nicola Grace
    Nicola Grace 10 месяцев назад +5

    If you feel that are stuck in life and you are not doing what you really love, maybe is time to start clearing your mission in life to discover your purpose in the world.

  • Cường Đỗ Đức
    Cường Đỗ Đức 10 месяцев назад

    I should say, it's so cool to hear your talk, it's really inspiring, i'm sure. Now I'm stuck in choosing a job, after listening to your talk, maybe I should change my thought about future job . Thank you so muchhhh!

    DURVESH SHARMA 10 месяцев назад

    She is one of the best speakers on Ted x

  • Theelicitor
    Theelicitor 10 месяцев назад

    You struck a chord @ 3.30 "we are terrible at choosing the right job"...Why is that...I have had this question on my mind for many years now, and I'm convinced that if we are all paid equally people will find the jobs they are good at? As nations, communities, we ascribe more money, more power and status to certain jobs (so called important jobs such as doctors, scientist, investment banker...really!!!) so instead of people doing what they truly love, we all gravitate towards the need for status, power, money and leaving the mission of doing what we really love to do to tomorrow (which sadly never comes). I know it's easier said than done but this is just my opinion. Even if we continue chasing money, fame instead of our purpose or mission to do the jobs we love, my hope is that we try and go back to doing what we really love after we have acquired all the earthly possessions.

  • No U
    No U 10 месяцев назад

    Thicc, both inside and outside love this woman.

  • dillip Kumar
    dillip Kumar 10 месяцев назад

    Thank you mamm. I'm very very happy to hear this conversation

  • Joy Guzman
    Joy Guzman 10 месяцев назад

    I need a professor like you, Celeste. Engaging, Tangible & Inspiring

  • Mirriam C. Chimba
    Mirriam C. Chimba 10 месяцев назад

    timely coming here. love it.

  • Farmacia Martinez
    Farmacia Martinez 10 месяцев назад


  • Sơn Hoàng
    Sơn Hoàng 10 месяцев назад

    She has a beautiful and deeply voice. I love her song 😉😉

  • Shekar Wylan
    Shekar Wylan 10 месяцев назад

    I did not expect that song...

  • Sage k
    Sage k 10 месяцев назад

    I really liked this talk, so many important points. Very helpful. Thanks for uploading :)

  • Emil Meng Lou
    Emil Meng Lou 11 месяцев назад

    Amazing talk. Amazing person! Kudos to you Celeste!

  • livin kitten
    livin kitten 11 месяцев назад

    I like her advice to focus on what your mission is. Thank you.

  • NativeMind' 756
    NativeMind' 756 11 месяцев назад

    What a wonderful person you are Celeste.

  • Tyrese Muller
    Tyrese Muller 11 месяцев назад

    My mission in life is to work less and get paid more. What career can provide me that?

  • H. Shane
    H. Shane 11 месяцев назад

    I am in love! This video is so awesome!

  • Jeff Annis
    Jeff Annis 11 месяцев назад

    She is brilliant and talented and inspiring!

  • theodar anand
    theodar anand 11 месяцев назад


  • tysswe1
    tysswe1 11 месяцев назад +37

    My mission would not be attainable in this modern world. Build a house in a nice place, and live of the nature, fishing and hunting, and chopping wood. If i do this i will be thrown in jail and fined, and then they will force me to find a job once im out. Its like a damn colony. If you dont work for the big man, you have nothing and have no rights. These are the people at the top making billions and make the rules as they buy influence to keep their own wealth based freedoms. We break our back, and they make a fortune. Studies have shown that the happiest people on earth are the people in places like Siberia and the jungle far from civilization. Mental illness is almost non existent there, because they live a natural life. Compare it to the west, where we have a mental health crisis. Anti depressants and sedatives are essential just to make it these days for many. Taxes, rent, bills, having enough money for food. And of course, spending you whole day at work just so you can keep this cycle up. Yeah, real brilliant this world people have built. Add overpopulation to the mix. What a party.

    • Lambo Llama
      Lambo Llama 26 дней назад +1

      Move to Siberia.
      Good luck.

    • Jesslyn Liu
      Jesslyn Liu Месяц назад +2

      go save up some money and move to a new place maybe somewhere quieter smaller population town. what you seek isn't really the lifestyle more so an escape. if you think its hard to do so maybe take a weekend holiday to somewhere quieter see if that is what you like? and then ask yourself what is it that you like about the change don't think about what you hate about your current situation (which is not in your control)

    • Missy Gee
      Missy Gee 2 месяца назад

      You can almost create that lifestyle. Safari Tourism in Africa. I live in Africa, Botswana, maybe we can work something out :)

    • Remote Controlled
      Remote Controlled 6 месяцев назад +2

      Can relate strongly. I've been given to dreams of returning to a nomadic, hunter, gatherer lifestyle. It's what our spirits crave and we know deep down we cannot sustain the modern industrial complex and military complex it breeds. Until we stop oppressing and killing we will not evolve. The best we can do is make time to appreciate the natural world...that's a choice we have power to done without the trappings that bind us. It's still a gift to be here when we look through a spiritual lens.

    • Charlie Beam
      Charlie Beam 9 месяцев назад +1

      I believe that the people at the top rise to the top because they are afraid. A lot of times people use money as personal value, they run from the idea of being less valuable. It's fear. People even go as far as kill for money. Fear might be the same reason why you are resentful of society and wish to (literally) run from it. If you want to live off the land go do it. If that's your dream it's worth working for it (and it's obtainable). But basing your life and perception off of fear is no more healthy, and I'd check that.

  • Kenneth Carvalho
    Kenneth Carvalho 11 месяцев назад

    Ahne...its not killing me. Lol..true

  • Olivia Baklaton
    Olivia Baklaton 11 месяцев назад +4

    It's like the American dream: everyone can become a millionaire but not all.
    Most jobs are boring but necessary to do because our systems needs a lot of workers and far less chiefs.

  • LivingMindfully1975
    LivingMindfully1975 Год назад

    This was very-very good, awesome presentation!

  • Deepak Gaikwad
    Deepak Gaikwad Год назад

    करिअर मित्रामुळे प्रत्येक झेत्रात कामाच्या संधीसंधी आहेत. मात्र विद्यार्थ्याना माहितीदेणे हे शिझकांचे काम आहे.विद्यार्थाला करिअर समजला तर तो त्याची प्रगती होईल.