Day 96: Are we reading the right news stories?

Day 96- Are we reading the right news stories-

Ted speaker Kirk Citron is part of a project called The Now Foundation. It’s a foundation that seeks out news that will still matter, fifty, one-hundred even a thousands years from now. They look for stories that might make a difference to the future. So what type of news stories make up The Long News? This Ted talk was recorded in 2010 and the top news back then was the conflict in Afghanistan,  the swine flu outbreak, Michael Jacksons death, the Obama inauguration, the poor state of the economy  and the miraculous survival  stories after a plane crashed into the Hudson River. Kirk says that none of those stories will matter in the long term. The recession will soon become old news .  Kirk offers some suggestions on the type of news that will make a difference such as Science. Resources Global Politics New discoveries Kirk’s pick for the top news story of 2010? Water found on the moon. Kirk ends his talk by … [Read more...]

Day 84: Want to raise entrepreneurial kids? Don’t give them pocket money!

Day 84- Want to raise entrepreneurial kids- Don’t give them pocket money!

Ted speaker Cameron Herold thinks that we need to keep an eye out for kids with entrepreneurial skills. He believes that we need to nurture those skills, just like any other life skill. In his Ted talk “Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs” Cameron talks about why giving kids pocket money could be sending out the wrong message. Why giving kids pocket money can send out the wrong message Cameron doesn't believe in giving his kids pocket money, he believes it sends out the wrong message and breeds kids to expect a paycheck each week. It’s the ‘job’ mentality. Now, that’s fine if you are not raising your kids to be entrepreneurs, but if you are, your kids allowance could be one of the most significant business lessons of their life. Cameron doesn’t give his kids pocket money in the traditional sense but he does give them opportunities to earn money. He teaches his kids to look for opportunities around the yard and house for things … [Read more...]

Day 82: Changing the world one laugh at a time

Day 82- Changing the world one laugh at a time by Website Confetti

Ted speaker and comic Liza Donnelly has found a way to get discussions happening about modern life.  In her Ted talk “Drawing on humor for change” Liza shares with us some of her comics about female empowerment. Liza is a cartoonist who uses her comics to discuss the gender inequality and stereotypes. Her cartoons are witty, relatable but also have something to say. It’s the kind of topics that perhaps we aren’t talking about, or don’t always know how to articulate to get the message across, but Liza pushes through those barriers with humour. For the past few days I have been publishing posts for my 365 Days of Ted challenge around the theme ‘Ted talks to make you giggle.’ Some of the talks have been really just that, designed to make you laugh, but other talks have been bundled with humor and an important message. Humor doesn’t cheapen the message To date, I have watched a Ted talk every single day for the past 82 days and I … [Read more...]

Day 64: Are you guilty of otherizing?

For the second instalment in my The Art of Communication series is inspired by a Ted talk by  Elizabeth Lesser "Take the other to lunch" Elizabeth thinks that it is important to have an open mind and hear the other side of the story from people whose opinions we may not be aligned with. Are you guilt of otherizing? Otherizing happens when we make a strong negative distinctions between ourselves and another person or group of people who has different views than our own. Could be someone who has a different faith or someone from a different political persuasion.  Otherizing means making negative assumptions about a person we meet if they fall into one of these "other" categories, despite the fact we might have never had a conversation with them. It's an uncomfortable word that creates an "us and them"  mentality, but unfortunately it's very rampant in our world. A new movement "Take the other to lunch" Elizabeth has started a new … [Read more...]

Day 41: The 1 key takeaway from Jonathan Fields Tedx talk that has changed my approach to failure forever

Failure, is an inevitable part of life. It’s part and parcel of being human. Sure, it doesn’t always feel good, actually it can feel plain lousy, but we have a choice about how we choose to handle failure. Tedx speaker Jonathan Field has a message to share in his talk “Turning fear into fail.” He wants us to know that we need to disempower failure and shake away the hold that it has on us and he has some tangible techniques to get us there. The only thing certain in life is uncertainty in 2001 New Yorker Jonathan Fields wanted to quit the corporate world and open up a yoga studio. He leased a studio for his new venture, signing the contract for a 6 year lease on September 10. The next morning he woke up to find out that his city was on fire. Retelling the story, it’s clear that September 11 is still as vivid to Jonathan as it was all those years ago. During the hours that followed two questions came to mind, did Jonathan and his … [Read more...]

Day 22: Why I disagree with Derek Siver’s Ted talk “Keep your goals to yourself”

Should your goals be a secret?

When you have a new goal do you share that with your family and friends or keep hush about it? In his Ted talk " Keep your goals to yourself" Derek Sivers  says that  if you share your goals you most probably won't ever see them come to light. That goes against every goal setting advice I have ever heard. Could Derek actually be right? I debated about whether publishing today’s post. So far I have been on board with every Ted speaker, been dancing to the same tune been right up on that wagon with them, but I just can’t do that with today’s Ted talk post. I just don’t agree with Derek Sivers view on goal setting.  The core message of his Ted talk was that when you tell someone your goals your brain is tricked into thinking that you have already achieved that goal or in Derek’s words “telling someone your goals make them less likely to happen" Basically  Derek says once are brain believes that we have achieved the goal we become less … [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...]