Day 15: What I learned from watching Richard St. John’s Ted talk “8 secrets of success”


Today's instalment of my 365 Days of Ted features a 3 minute Ted talk by Richard St. John titled "8 Secrets of success" Don't be fooled by the very short duration talk, the content that Richard shares in those 8 minutes sums up  pretty much  what what I have read in every self-development book on success and to have it delivered in a succinct 3 minute speech is extremely helpful.      So what are the 8 traits of success people? The event which triggered this Ted talk happened about 7 years before Richard gave this talk in 2007.  Richard was on a plane to a Ted event when a high-school aged teenager sitting beside him asked him what leads to success.  How's that for small talk! Although Richard was unable to give the girl a definitive answer in the moment, this single conversation led Richard down a path of discovery as he interviewed over 500 successful people to find out the 8 most common traits that they have in … [Read more...]

Day 14: What I learned from watching Michael Norton’s ted talk “How to buy happiness”

Key to happiness

Money can buy you happiness.  Did you just cringe when you read that or perhaps you nodded your head profusely? Either way  chances are that you would have heard that saying  many times over the years.   Day 14 of my 365 Day of Ted Talks challenge is all about the connection between money and happiness and I discuss Michael Norton's Tedx presentation "Money can buy happiness." Can money buy me happiness? Michael Norton has a message to share and that is that yes, money can buy you happiness, that is of course,   if you spend it the right way. What's the right way? Well, Michael says that spending your money on other people will in return buy you happiness.  The presentation references an experiment run at the that University of British Columbia  that involved giving a group of participants an envelope with a small amount of money. Half the group were told that they needed to spend the money on themselves and the other half were … [Read more...]

Day 13: What I learned from watching Ron Gutman’s Ted Talk “The hidden power of smiling”

Smiling makes you happy

Did you know a smile can change your life? In today's blog post I am going to discuss a Ted Talk by Ron Gutman whose presentation "The hidden power of smiling" reveals some pretty interesting insights about smiling and the effects it can have on your life. To get into the mood of this post I challenge you to read this with a big cheesy grin!     3 facts about smiling I learnt from Ron Gutman's Ted Talk 1. Smiling has heaps of benefits  Ron talks about the 30-year longitudinal study that he was involved with at US Berkley that examined the smiles of students in an old year book.  Based on their smiles the study was able to determine how long their marriages would last and how well they would score in standardised tests of well being. Another study that Ron mentions the  2010 Wayne University research project, actually used old trading cards of baseball players to predict the lifespan of players based on the span of … [Read more...]

Day 12: My biggest takeaway from Laura Trice’s Ted talk “Remember to say thank-you.”

Blackboard Thank You

Today's blog post is about Laura Trice's Ted talk, who delivered a simply but extremely important message - say thank-you.  In a mere 3 minutes Laura tells us why we need to say thank-you. Show appreciation and ask to be appreciated Do you appreciate those around you? Your family, friends and co-workers? Have you ever told them this or do you assume they know? The core message of Laura Trice's talk is that often the people around us want to be thanked and appreciated for what they bring to our lives yet they will never directly tell you this. To illustrate her point Laura shares a story about a man who has been married for 25 years and is the sole income provider. He longs to hear his wife say "Thank you for being the breadwinner, so I can stay home with the kids,"  but because he has never expressed his need to hear this his wife would have no idea that he needs this validation and may never ever express gratitude verbally. I am … [Read more...]

Day 11: What I learned from watching Graham Hill’s “Less stuff, more happiness” Ted talk

less is more

Continuing on with my theme of  watching Ted talks based on creating a happy and fulfilled mindset I decided to seek out a Ted talk with some actual steps implemented into the talk - something I could do right away.  My discovery was  a Ted talk from 2011 by by Graham Hill.   In the presentation, "Less stuff, more happiness" Graham shares stories about how he downsized  'edited' his life and is all the more happier for it. How did Graham Hill edit his life in three steps? Graham kicks off the talk with revealing the fact that American homes have three  times more space then they did 50 years ago.  However, all that extra space has not meant that people have plenty more  room for their belongings. Rather the opposite, as our space expands so does the amount of stuff  that people accumulate. He challenges us to edit our lives, reduce consumption and belongings so that we can instead increase our freedom, save more money and decrease our … [Read more...]

Day 10: 3 Key points I learned from watching Andy Puddicombe’s ted talk “All it takes is 10 mindful minutes”

in the moment

Following on from yesterday's post about The power of sleep, former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe delivers a Ted talk about the importance of incorporating mindfulness into our everyday lives. 3 Key points I learned from watching Andy Puddicombe's ted talk "All it takes is 10 mindful minutes" 1. Are you looking after your mind? Early on the presentation Andy challenges the audience to recall the last time they spent 10 minutes 'simply doing nothing.' This means 10 minutes of not talking to anyone or watching the Tv. Not being online not and  even thinking about the past or planning for the future. Personally I honestly cannot remember the last time I had 10 minutes of doing nothing, even when I am not physically doing anything my mind is planning the day and week ahead!  We rely on our minds to help us in every area of our lives from  our problem-solving skills to fulfilling our emotional needs, yet for many of us we spend more … [Read more...]

Day 9: Why Arianna Huffington’s believes sleep is the key to success

Sleeping beagle dog

What do sleep and productivity have to with each other? Well if you ask Arianna Huffington the two are significantly connected and crucial to each other. Arianna tells us a story about the defining moment in her life that led her onto a path of sleep research and discovery.   My 3 key takeaways on Arianna Huffington's Ted Talk  "How to succeed? Get more sleep" 1. Learn to value  sleep before you are faced with symptoms of exhaustion What kicked off Arianna's research into sleep discovery is an episode of sleep deprivation and exhaustion that caused her to faint and hit her head on her desk breaking her cheekbone and causing her to require 5 stitches on her right eye.  Ouch! This incident gave Arianna have a new found appreciation for the value of sleep.  How many of us can relate to overworking ourselves till the point our body wont take it any more? I need to heed Arianna's advice.  I have had episodes of exhaustion … [Read more...]

Day 08: Living beyond limits

Amy Purdy - Living Beyond Limits

Live beyond limits

Amy Purdy - Living Beyond Limits If today’s talk doesn't inspire you I don’t know what will.  11 years ago Amy was stuck down with meningitis and lost both her legs. Life as she knew itwould never ever be the same.   In this talk Amy talks about the challenges she faces and the pivotal moment that helped her to live beyond her limitations. Amy's message 11 years ago life as Amy knew it changed. A blood infection mean that she fell seriously ill with a 2% chance or survival. Amy survived but life would never be the same again and for months she lay in bed with her prosthetic legs beside her mourning the life she once knew. The pivotal moment for her came when Amy realised that the only way forward was to let go of the Amy she knew. Clinging onto the former reality of her life would mean she would be forever stuck in this limbo - she needed to let go of the past and embrace the 'new Amy.' The one thing that really stuck out for me … [Read more...]

Day 07: David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful

Be happy

To finish up on my first week of my 365 Days of Ted challenge I decided to watch a Ted talk with a simple message - be grateful. Delivered by  Brother David Steindl-Rast a monk and interfaith scholar his speaks in a calming manner and raises awareness of some common truths that sometimes gets lost in the everyday moments of chaos. What's the talk about? David starts off his talk with one universal truth - everyone wants to be happy.  Everyone may have their own interpretation of what that happiness means to them and everyone will have different ways of finding their happiness, but nonetheless the pursuit of happiness is something that binds us all.  David reveals the secret to happiness, which is simply being grateful for what you have and adopting grateful living into your life.  David points out situations when people who have a lot of hardship and misfortune in their lives still seem to radiate happiness. Why? Simply put, … [Read more...]

Day 06: Mel Robbins: F— YOU – How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over

Living on autopilot

Continuing on with my accidental theme month of covering motivational  Ted talks, today blog post is about lessons I learned from watching Mel Robbins 'Tedx talk  F--- YOU - How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over.'   Core Message Mel Robbins offers a straight-talking tough love presentation that at times makes you feel guilty for not reaching your full potential. The meat of her talk is that if you are not living   your life the way you want to be living your life, the blame should be put squarely on your own shoulders. If you are feeling stuck then there is really no excuse for not taking action and pushing through those feelings. Mel says that if you need guidance find out someone who is where you want to be right now  and follow their steps. We live in such an amazing digital age that gives us access to free tools, blueprints, documentation and  knowledge, so if we doing a little research d we can easily find the resources … [Read more...]