Day 143: A song about “ceaseless yearning and never-ending want”

Ted speaker and muso Nora York brings to the Ted stage a musical number about "ceaseless yearning and never-ending want." Let's face it's something that we have all gone through at some stage. "I want what I can't have, need what I can't want " These were the core lyrics being repeated, so simple, yet so easy to resonate with. "Sick and tired of the "Later, maybe" What I took from this number is that we are never going to be satisfied if we get stuck in this loop of always wanting more. There is a flipside to this. I think that we need to strike a healthy balance between want and appreciation. I think that we should always thrive for growth and never stand still, but I think that we do need to learn to appreciate the things that we already have. Maybe what we have is enough. "I gotta just claim it I gotta just seize" I guess it comes down to the motive behind our "want." If it's just to out-do our neighbours and keep up with … [Read more...]

Day 111: Change your life by eating better

I am writing today's instalment of 365 Days of Ted on the first day of a new year. Today is a day when typically new years resolutions will be made with good intentions, promise and hope. One of those resolutions might be to take better care of yourself and eat better. It's probably one of the better promises which you can make for yourself but one that can be the hardest, which is why I chose this particular Ted talk by Dean Ornish 'The killer American diet that's sweeping the planet' a 3 minute clip sharing the benefits of a healthier diet. What did you think of Dean's TED talk? Is eating healthier a part of your New Year's resolution. Share your thoughts in the comment box below. … [Read more...]

Day 26: Do schools kill creativity? A Ted talk by Sir Ken Robinson

"Do schools kills creativity" is the most popular Ted talk of all time, yet up until this morning I could not bring myself to watch it. Why? Well the topic of school doesn't exactly yell out innovation, and just like the school homework that I would put off doing until I ran out of my places to metaphorically hide, I knew that I could no longer put off watching the Ted talk that has been watched 26 million times! What did I think? Wow. Just wow. Not only has Ken Robinson given me a whole new perspective on the school system- he also had me in fits of laughter. This guy is funny. I am now convinced that every Ted talk needs to have that layer of British humour added to it. Education kills creativity We are born creative says Robinson, but  during our school years our creativity is educated out of us.  One of the most striking comments that Ken made in his talk was that the kids who were starting school that year (this Ted talk was … [Read more...]

Day 02: Do you know the six needs of your customers? A post inspired by Tony Robbin’s Ted talk

six human needs

I have read Tony Robbins on and off over the last few years. I first picked up his personal power cassette tapes at a secondhand  book festival four years ago.  Fortunately at the time I was driving an Magna that still had the original car radio complete with a cassette tape player.  I quickly learnt that cassette tapes are so awkward when it comes to trying to find certain points to relisten to… but I digress.  These Anthony Robbins tapes for me was a gamer changer as it sparked an interest within me about  personal development and human behaviour .  Considering most of Tony Robbins talks are hours long I was interested to see what Tony considered was the core message from his talks to include in a heavily condensed 22 minute Ted talk. This Ted talk was basically an extract of Tony's core teaching, a teaser for his programs.  The key take away for me was his very brief discussion of what Tony calls the 6 basic human needs. … [Read more...]