The Power to Design a Life You Love | Hassan Akmal | TEDxColumbiaUniversity

Published 2021-05-25
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A TRIBUTE TO KOBE BRYANT — Our society is obsessed with success, but is success everything? We have all asked ourselves, “What is the Purpose of Life?” Is it happiness, success, or freedom? Embedded in that question is the key to fulfillment and well-lived life.

"We all need a purpose greater than ourselves," says professor and writer, Hassan Akmal, the author of How to be a Career Mastermind™: Discover 7 "YOU Matter" Lenses for a Life of Purpose, Impact, and Meaningful Work. He escaped from being taken hostage in Afghanistan at the age of 28 and now speaks all over the world as an academic and former professional athlete.

Learn more about how developing a Career and Life Vision helps you see what exists around us and within us, with a panoramic lens, as Akmal offers five powerful secrets for Career and Life Mastery — and they may surprise you!

This talk was recorded live on March 27, 2021 —About the Speaker: Hassan Akmal, MBA, MPH, is an American career and life mastery consultant, author, professor, thought leader, philanthropist, and former professional tennis player and athlete ambassador to the U.S. He is best known for his Amazon best-selling book: How to be a Career Mastermind™: Discover 7 “YOU Matter” Lenses for a Life of Purpose, Impact, and Meaningful Work and humanitarian work dedicated to Forced Migration & Health.

After over a decade as a senior leader in career services, he served as the inaugural executive director of industry relations & career strategies at Columbia University, spearheading the opening of their award-winning Career Design Lab. In 2018, he served on the NACE “Future of We” — Advisory Think Tank Committee and on many other prominent boards globally.

Akmal became the executive director of the UCLA Career Center in February 2020 and is currently leading an ambitious reimagination of career and professional development for the university. | #KobeBryant #MambaMentality #CareerandLifeMastery This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

All Comments (21)
  • Thank you for all of the love and kind words. This was definitely the most challenging speech I have ever had to deliver live. I put my heart into it! I’m so pleased it is resonating with you all. Much appreciated!🙏🏽
  • I'd been looking at designing my career as a student, using Design Thinking. Though I got stuck after the empathy building stage. This gives me so much clarity on how to take the process forward. Super excited to apply this! Thanks Bill 😍
  • @myjoyisCHRIST
    I am so struck by the inspiration your father gave you-I am so happy to see the great fruit of his efforts, and what a worthy legacy you pass on to the world. Be blessed!
  • @angelariley5403
    Yes, making your living through something you love, can never be called work. - A retired illustrator, still loving it ♥︎
  • Yes👏🏼 we are all connected… that is the beauty of this journey…
    Thank You for those inspirational words. A purpose is a never ending quest , it changes at every stages of Life.
  • Wow, 1 million views!🙏🏽 Nothing but sheer gratitude for your support and messages. My takeaway: Always speak and act from the heart—as when it's full of light, God Almighty will use it to guide you..
  • @ardacelik9191
    I love this TEDx thing! Is all about minimalism, living a simple life with less, and being happy without fear and worries.
  • If you believe it’ll work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you don’t believe it’ll work out, you’ll see obstacles❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • @antonkhlopotov
    Beautiful message of freedom, hope and truth and superb delivery!!
  • This speech brought me to tears. It’s like everything I’ve studied in one message. I’m so grateful for the work you do and for the message that you shared.
    Stepping into my purpose even more startujbg now! Thank you! 🥲

    Thanks for introducing me/ us to Ikigai 🙌🏽💖
  • @imran-h
    This gentleman is amazing. I learned so much from this... I will rewatch this for the rest of my life. ❤
  • Great tips! This was the first time I've heard about breaking down goals into daily habits. Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • @tersduz6486
    Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions
  • One of the most amazing storytellers I've ever heard and seen I could watch you over and over again I love what you bring to your TED talk by telling the stories and acting them out it's so amazing thank you so much
  • Watching this for the first time is both inspiring and confusing because I feel overwhelmed with the amount of important information I want to remember. Will definitely need to watch it again.
  • @hogewala2737
    Happiness leads to success. This is great thought. Enjoyed this and helpful way to reflect on my life goals
  • @iD7OM1
    great advice! Can't wait to utilize your tips. I love that you break down each step so well. Makes it much easier to apply. 👍
  • @acemihobici770
    I absolutely love her succinct message, non-confrontational delivery.
  • @Senapiguko34
    Do what makes you happy. This is so inspiring i loved it 🥰