Published on Feb 23, 2014
Ashley Stahl at TEDxBerkeley 2014: “Rethink. Redefine. Recreate.” Her talk is titled – 3 Questions to Unlock your Authentic Career
Ashley Stahl is an award-winning advocate for women in security, named in 2013 by the Diplomatic Courier magazine and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy as a Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leader
Ashley currently runs her own business as a career coach to college students and fresh graduates seeking to unlock their career goals and land the jobs that they deserve.
She also contributes to Forbes on issues of national security and serves as Manager of the Enterprise Risk Management Center at Control Risks, a global political risk consultancy.
In this position, Ashley leads a team of intelligence analysts who advise a Fortune 100 client on how to protect its personnel and assets from security threats in hostile environments around the world.
Previously, Ashley was the Operations Lead for the Pentagon’s Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) training program, which prepares senior Department of Defense officials for their deployments to Afghanistan, where they would serve as advisors to foreign counterparts in the Afghan Ministries of Defense and Interior.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
COMMENTS • 162
Steven Buri1 year ago (edited)
Saving you 8 minutes of your life.
– Unlock your authentic career by asking yourself these three questions:
— What am I good at?
— What do others tell me I’m good at?
— What is holding me back?
Information Rating: 2/10
Reason: Not enough differentiation between question one and two and how they align with what you love versus who you are. Also, in this economy, let’s be honest. People know they can do more than they are doing, they don’t have the opportunities to a job that actually utilizes them. Welcome to global stagnation.
Julian Equinozio7 months ago
I attended her ‘4 week to land a job you love’ seminar and it was a total scam. Out of an 1h30 of webinar, she talked about herself for 25 minutes, then she finally mentioned what people were actually there for – but only for 20 minutes. The next 35 minutes were a ridiculous waste of time – asking people to join her ‘program’ for $997. Oh yes, because obviously she offered a discount – initially she wanted to sell it for $1997! The last 10 minutes were probably the most hilarious, yet saddest, moment of the webinar: the Q&A session. First of all, the chat was disabled – a little bit suspicious in my opinion – therefore no one was able to actually formulate a question. And yet, slides were prepared with ‘our questions’ on it with some details of the answer. Either she’s The Flash, or she is a total scam. That woman makes me sick – playing with people’s struggles in order to make money. It’s never the right persons who get the attention…
Dakshan Krishnapalan11 months ago
The fact that she is claiming passion does not equate to success made me want to exit the video immediately. With the right drive, dedication and commitment you can turn your passions into a sustainable career. Just one example is starting a youtube channel revolving around what you’re passionate about weather it be fitness, fashion, food or anything else. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, usually those are the individuals who fail to do it themselves.
joblagz7 months ago
answers to the 3 questions is leading me to become a porn star
Alan Thies10 months ago
This is completely useless, just as her numerous postings on FB are, which want you to pay 1000 bucks to sign up for her career coaching. She’s a walking infomercial.
Brandon Case1 year ago
This is just a 10 minute commercial for her business… pushing you toward hiring a career coach without giving much information.Not at all up to TED’s standard.
Amir Samir1 year ago
So we give up what we love for what what we are good at? why can’t we be good at what we love? i think she loves being a career coach, and that is why she is one, maybe she thought that she would love working at the pentagon but when there she realized that she didn’t love it, so she became a career coach, if tomorrow she realized that she is very good accounting, better than a career coach, but she doesn’t love being an accountant, it doesn’t make her satisfied, but she is much better accountant than a career coach, would she switch careers? So her advice, do what you are good at, not what you love is incorrect
OutsyderBeatz1 year ago
Except when you’re a natural philosopher, no one gives a fuck about philosophy but they’re quick to ask for advice. Funnily enough though, no one wants to pay for it. Such is life
Narolez Hck1 year ago
Selling a product to people by talking that she was a former Pentagon employee and currently has moved to Career coaching…This is just a 10 minute commercial for her business… pushing you toward hiring a career coach without giving much information. More like a marketing gimic
Kathryn Lesny1 year ago
I think the important part of this video, which a lot of people seem to be missing is that Ashley is giving us something that we have all been through, she is helping us relate that moment when it occurs to you “I shouldn’t be here” and how to fix that problem. I’ve often heard people say well if you don’t like it, get on with it and what we need are people like ashley saying “hey, I’ve been there, I know what you are going through and here is a quick run through of how I did it” whether or not you think she is advertising her business, why shouldn’t she advertise? It is part of her.
Maddie O’Keeffe10 months ago
Can anyone honestly say they watched this and now feels less confused about their future?
As people we love to romanticise things and make things making them sound more grand and divine than they are in reality.
You don’t ‘find’ your one true passion that is somehow built into each individual and is there to be ‘unlocked’. You CREATE passion based on something you dedicate your time to. If you enjoy it, passion will develop.
The same applies for identity. ‘You don’t find yourself you create yourself’. I’m not going out and looking for myself, I’m creating the identity I’d like to have. If I want to be a guitarist, I’ll pick up a guitar. If the circumstances are right, I might well end up being a great guitarist. (Example)
I think it takes a lot of bravery to do a talk like this. Knowing that people are making important decisions based on your advice is a lot of responsibility. I just hope this served people well, I can’t say it did for me. But I’m not claiming to be a professional.
Jojo Jo1 year ago
All this is is her sales tool. WTF. What a user
Rasset Marketing8 months ago (edited)
In five years, no one will be a career coach, imo and I’m gonna guess in less than 3 years, She’s gonna hate this choice anyways.
Why? The Pentagon story will not work for long, if she can get real results maybe, but I honestly don’t know what she said other than try to answer three questions that have been repeated millions of times and to hire a career coach.
Maybe I’ll just become a coach advising people to not get coaches for things that a book and a weekend could solve.
Antwan Fisher10 months ago
How can you get into that career and never hold a gun. How dumb is that?
Leah Nadu1 year ago
Ashley is such a gift to me. She has changed my life. I worked with her at the beginning of the year and she’s fantastic. I feel blessed to have met her. She helped me with clarity and my self- awareness. Check her out online, she’s great!
Peter Goeren11 months ago
I don’t know how to be helped and how I could get an authentic career like Ashley says. I’ve worked over 7 jobs over the 5 years, I live with chronic headache pain so I can’t trust my thoughts (cause the motivation is to escape pain), and I’m living on a barbacking salary cause I live in a town where I can’t get into advertising cause my experience isn’t like everyone else’s experience.
Now I’m broke (loan payments), getting denied for jobs almost constantly, and I’m really struggling to grasp this message of paying for a career coach to get me to a stable place cause obviously I can’t afford it. This is kinda why this talk makes me angry.
Saba H1 year ago
Ashley, this is SO incredibly useful! I love the distinction you make regarding what you LOVE and who you ARE. I couldn’t agree more. Who I AM is woven in every cell of my being, my family and friends can see it, but what I love, is just a part of me. Thank you so much for this talk! After listening to your talk, I’m charting a different career path for myself, one that is in line with who I AM, not just what I’m really interested in. Thank you for this insight.
mef19751 year ago
I’m good at cumming, so I’ve been told, but I couldn’t see myself doing it for a career.
Max Moore1 year ago
This is a great TED talk, year ago I stumbled upon this and the “Year you get your dream job” seminar. I can’t be more thankful for Ashley Stahl, Scott Dinsmore & Ryan Niessen for changing my career and my life in general! Seminar was little pricey but well worth it!
joinRONIN1 year ago
Do what you love and what you are passionate about. Always bet on will and not skill.