Refusing to Settle: The Quarter-Life Crisis When money isn’t real: 2 days ago   16:14

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What is a quarter-life crisis, and how do you break through it? In this engaging and funny talk, the author of an Amazon bestseller on finding meaningful work shares the takeaways from his and other young people confronting the quarter-life crisis head-on.

Adam Smiley Poswolsky is the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, an Amazon bestseller. He has inspired professionals and entrepreneurs to find fulfilling work as director of community engagement for the Hive Global Leaders Program, and previously as director of The Bold Academy. He is a mentor for the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation and a facilitator for General Assembly and The Passion Co. He previously worked as special assistant to the Director of Global Operations at the U.S. Peace Corps.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Koye Brown
Thank you! I needed this a lot today. :)
Thalia Manurung
Do you believe if i say that im watching this video while crying . He just say all the solutions for the problem that i have these past years ,it feels like somebody understand you so much that it makes me cry so much right now.
26 ive pursued gen eds ,went for a few trade degrees, i was at a graveyard job i had for 3 years while going to school. i actually hated it so much i would be depressed angry an would sometimes cry in frustration because opportunities were so few an far between. minimum wage it isnt enough to live , i quit one day and its been about 6 months since, where ive bounced from job to job and although im still broke family looks down on me because i dont "own the house" somehow im not good enough for some friends because im not keeping up with the next guy. i dont know what the future holds but i do know i refuse to ever go back to that state of mind
Makayla Hollywood
What a brilliant, meaningful & valuable TALK;-)
katherine vasquez
He made me want to cry. Thank you!!!!
Gabriel Nahon
Released in 2015.. how am i only watching this now?! 😱😱😇
🧡Turning 25 in October! ♦️thank you!
Kenny Ethan Jones
BIG energy, amazing talk my friend
Nikola Raichev
Well said... I am a guy chugging M&Ms atm looking for job since 6 months, freshly graduated, cursing my life because of my current state but this lad is saying it straight and honest. MAKE THE ASK... just do it
Kirsten Kenward
totally agree with this and love the 3 points. I also think it's important to do work on underlying limiting beliefs that we may have in order to build a good foundation to follow our passions and get to know ourselves.
inner strength
Accountability buddy - one who always checks in with you and have communication and conversations with you. (i have that only when i am 22, pity truth)
leon Grace
Thanks for sharing this
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Not gonna lie...I'm a millennial and I am actually pretty lazy. Ha!
If he was earning 70k, why was he living with a roomate???...
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"I quit the high paying government job I got because of affirmative action to write a book because I am a great person"
miguel saldaña
this talk is so cliche heard it many times
"the lawyer that hates his job"
Joshua May
Good stuffs
I'm glad I've came across this very inspiring videos. I hope it gets to more people who need to watch this at the moment.
one of the best and motivating tedex talk
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When money isn’t real: Refusing to Settle: The Quarter-Life Crisis 2 days ago   15:41

Adam Carroll talks about his $10,000 Monopoly game with his kids and how to teach finance management in a cashless society.

Adam Carroll is quickly being recognized as one of the top transformational trainers in the country. Having presented at over 500 colleges and Universities nationwide, hundreds of leadership symposiums, and countless local and regional organizations, Adam Carroll’s message of Building A Bigger Life, Not a Bigger Lifestyle has been heard by over 200,000+ people.
In early 2014, Adam successfully crowd-funded a documentary on student loan debt, raising nearly $70,000 in 45 days. The film, Broke Busted & Disgusted is due out in early 2015 and is already garnering critical acclaim. The mission of the film is to start a national debate about changing the way we fund college and not crippling 20 somethings with mountains of debt.
Adam’s core message is we are all after the same thing – to relentlessly pursue our passions, live simply and happily, and make a difference to those around us.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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