Published on Mar 16, 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
COMMENTS • 135
Max Đỗ1 year ago
Absolutely amazing. I came across “10 ways to have better conversations”. I was really amazed so I looked her name up. Not dissapointed.
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Thu Huyền Nguyễn1 year ago
As a teenager who is still struggling to find out what I will be doing in the future, i find your talk really inspiring. It gave me a clue to know what I should be doing. Thank you :)
diegobrown191 year ago
the part of my job I enjoy most is receiving a paycheck after two weeks. And even that pisses me off because I have to wait two weeks to see any money.
MsGnor1 year ago
Wonderful, natural speaker and super duper voice all round. Thanks Celeste. Great advice.
SW Sweetie11 months ago (edited)
8:31 Ask your boss if you can go work in another department for a couple of weeks??? How? ….. “Hello, Boss. I feel like I’m wasting my life in this department. Can you do without me for a couple of weeks, so I can see if the department down the hall sucks less than this one?” Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to go over very well. :(
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Martian1 year ago
Network is also key.
forest leopard7 months ago
this is why I don’t want go back to school I really want to make sure I want before I waste even more time and money!
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Esthetics by Janay7 months ago
What a treat to hear her sing.
Brand Management X7 months ago
Learning by practice and not theory- quite right
Bea M10 months ago
Bravo Celeste!!! You’re beautiful inside and out!!!
Ms40Watts7 months ago
Her voice in her singing, that first note… gave me emotion; always a sign of someone who can weave a story with music. I liked that she shared this love at the end of her talk… different :)
justmadeit29 months ago (edited)
Its easy to give advice when you are successful. Thats not to say that theres not good information here. If you are not happy with yourself and dont have peace of mind or have unresolved issues, then it doesnt matter how intelligent you are, you are going to struggle at work. Some people too are just not willing to jump throug hoops or follow red tape and play the game in order to succeed. They may be intelligent buy just not be ambitious jobwise, yet they may be ambitious about other things in their personal life. What is success anyway………??? We are a long time dead, thats for sure
sthom4bad1 month ago
I get the mission part. I’ve got that down. What I’m missing is running into the person who says, “Want a job?”
john doe6 months ago (edited)
There’s a lot of good advice in this talk including focusing on mission rather than job title but she’s wrong when she says there is no such thing as a dream job. I know because I have one.
Will Moffett1 year ago
So this lady walked into NPR with a friend (why she doesn’t say) and some other friend who worked there opened a conversation with “Hey do you want a job?” That’s her job story for anyone not wanting to wade through the rest. Does that technique work for black people too? because listening to NPR is like stepping into an engulfing Caucasian white oblivion.
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هاميه1 week ago
i wanna hear her more and more
SoldiersOfSelfMastery1 month ago
I Like this Woman! She makes Good Sense!
Hari Chalise2 months ago
I was searching job over internet, finally ended here :D
Connor Days3 months ago
How does this video not have at least a million views
Go Getter-Girl6 months ago (edited)
Interesting stories and points made. Also, very beautiful singing voice!!! Thanks for sharing & Cheers, GGG