12 TED talks that will change the way you think about your career


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None of these talks will tell you to stop eating lunch at your desk.

We all know the conventional career advice. Confidence is important. Dress for the job you want. Be authentic (but not too authentic). Follow your dreams (but also make a living). Don't be afraid to negotiate your salary, always use spell check, and once and for all, stop eating lunch at your desk. 

But some of the most valuable advice is the stuff doesn't get repeated ad nauseam, which is why TED put together a playlist showcasing the best unconventional - and counterintuitive - career wisdom ever discussed on their stages.

We watched them all. Here's what we learned.