Motivating Ted Talk: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over

This post may contain affiliate links, read about our editorial promise

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.


  • Reply February 26, 2013


    That was awesome!! Thanks a lot guys, it was just what I needed.

  • Reply February 26, 2013

    Craig Eady

    Well said, mel Robbins

  • Reply February 26, 2013

    Craig Eady

    Well said, Mel Robbins

  • Reply February 26, 2013

    Dennis Swender

    Great Ideas! I teach a class at Ivy Tech Community College that tries to get students to keep taking action to change their lives. I can’t wait to show this to them.

    A friend of mine ‘did’ this talk to me by making me go to Toronto. He borrowed Donald Miller’s term of inciting incidents to change ones life. An inciting incident in literature is the conflict that makes our hero act… to do something they normally wouldn’t. Toronto was kind of that for me.

  • Reply February 27, 2013

    Phil Hamer

    So glad I watched this today. Thanks! 

  • Reply February 28, 2013


    During this video I kept realizing that my problem is that the actions I regularly have impulses to perform I do not act on because I know they are bad ideas! :/ I think this isn’t the video for me.

    Otherwise, it was a good video if you’ve got lofty aspirations but are always mired in work or family responsibilities, or if you are just plain lazy.

  • Reply March 4, 2013


    I’m usually reluctant to watch these kinds of videos because the speakers usually just have the “same ol’ re-heated motivation speech”, but this lady had something different and real to say. Thanks for posting

  • Reply March 11, 2013

    Ricky P

    Awesome Post! This is TOTALLY not what I expected it to be. 

  • Reply March 21, 2013

    Micah Stubz

    She knows me too well.

  • Reply August 12, 2013

    Rick Palese

    Brilliant. Hit the nail right on the head. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply March 10, 2014

    Ashish Kumar

    I need this

  • Reply November 9, 2015

    Farah Elise

    Love love love!!

Leave a Reply