Day 85: “The thing is, I stutter” An honest Tedx talk by Megan Washington

Day 85- “The thing is, I stutter” An honest Tedx  talk by Megan Washington

Continuing on in my 365 Days of Ted journey I decided to watch a Ted talk from my own soil - Australia. I watched a Tedx talk from Australian singer Megan Washington  who she shared a personal truth with the audience “The thing is, I stutter.” Although I have been following Megan’s music for a couple of years I had no idea that she had a speech impediment.  I have heard countless interviews and speeches from Megan in the past but never heard a hint of a stutter. Had she not done this Ted talk I and many of her fans would have been none the wiser. Finding new ways to communicate Megan found out when she was a child that when she sings the stutter is gone. Apparently it is impossible to stutter when you sing. Singing is a way of fluently communicating for Megan and a way for her to get a message exactly as she had intended. I have such an awesome new-found respect for Megan Washington. It could not have been easy to give a Ted … [Read more...]

Day 81: Are you human? Are you sure?

Day 81- Are you human- Are you sure- by Website Confetti (2)

Do you ever have moments in life that you might do something odd, purposely or accidental, that makes you think that you must be the only person to have ever done such a thing?  Maybe it’s so cringe worthy that you have to actually question whether or not your human. Melodramatic? Maybe, but  Ted speaker Ze Frank has compiled a bunch of questions to help determine whether or not you are human. It’s the human test. Ze Frank (I love his name) presents a kind of game show style quiz format to the backdrop of this universe sci-fi type music in his Ted talk “Are you human?” Ze asks the audience to raise their hand if they agree with any of the criteria he has compiled for his human test such as; Have you ever made a small, weird sound when you remembered something embarrassing? Have you ever broken something in real life, and then found yourself looking for an "undo" button in real life? On the surface Ze’s talk could be seen … [Read more...]

Day 80: Are you guilty of overusing the word awesome?

Day 80- Are you guilty of overusing the word awesome- compiled by Website Confetti

Have you ever noticed that the word awesome is used quite a bit? Maybe you yourself are an “awesome” word user?  If you are, how many times have you referred to something as awesome today? Be honest, like really honest, have any of the things that you have referred to as awesome actually been awesome? Comedian and Ted speaker Jill Shargaa seems to think that there is a massive overuse of the word and after listening to her hilarious Ted talk “Please, please people. Let’s put the ‘awe’ back in awesome.”   I kind of have to agree with here. Define awesome? There can be no discussion of the the overuse of the word “awesome” without getting into the definition of the actual word. Jill says that Webster’s dictionary definition is  “awesome: as fear mingled with admiration or reverence,a feeling produced by something majestic.”   Do you still think that the last think you called awesome is truly awesome? Is the mundane awesome? Jill … [Read more...]

Day 75: The danger of silence

Day 75- The danger of silence inspired by a Clint Smith Ted talk Website Confetti

Silence is bliss.  That’s something we have been told our entire lives, and sure silence can be a beautiful break from a long day, it can be just what we need to recharge and regain focus, but silence is not always the answer. Ted speaker Clint Smith wants us to be aware of the danger of letting silence run rampant in our lives. Clint kicks off his Ted talk with a very powerful quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” The words that we don’t speak matter, perhaps even more so than the words that we do speak. Clint had a Catholic upbringing and was taught to give up something that he valued each year during Lent. One year Clint gave up his voice and vowed not to speak during Lent. Clint decided that his voice would be the most valuable sacrifice that he could possible offer. Clint says that he didn't realise that he had actually given up his … [Read more...]

Day 57: Does society view disabled people as inspirational porn?

Kicking off a new series week - Ted talks to challenge your thinking is a post about comedian Stella Young's Ted talk, "I'm not your inspiration, thank-you very much" Stella’s talk had one simple, albeit blunt message, just because a person might be living with disabilities that doesn't mean that they are automatically your inspiration porn. Harsh words or poignant truth?  Imagine being a teenager in the 90’s. You did the usual teenager thing, hang out with your friends, fight with your siblings, and if you are a teenager of the 90’s you were probably obsessed with Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Dawson's Creek.  Then one day out of the blue your parents get approached from someone from the community wanting to nominate you for a community achievement award. This happened to Stella Young and her parents. Her parents were flattered on Stella’s behalf but couldn’t overlook the obvious issue - Stella hadn’t achieved anything. Her parents … [Read more...]

Day 38: 3 Reasons why failure is a gift. A post inspired by Markus Zusak’s TedxSydney talk

Have you ever failed before? If yes, did you say thank-you for your gift?  Tedx speaker  and author of The Book Thief Markus Zusak, gives a Tedx talk about success and how for him, it usually comes gift-wrapped in a box of failure. This post pinpoints the three top gifts  that we can receive from failure. 1. Failure makes you crave success I love watching Ted talks given by novelists. Authors are a special breed. They just have this special storytelling quality that draws you into their world. It's kind of special. Markus shared some childhood stories about his failures. One such story was from when he was eight years old and at a discus competition. He failed pretty badly. Three fouls. He was a mess. Balling his eyes out as his sister did the official sisterly sibling-love thing and yelled out 'three fouls' over and over again. Young Markus was shattered but not defeated. Failure can motivate you to take the action that you need to … [Read more...]

Day 37: Why failure and success are kind of the same.

Do you have a fear of failure? How about a fear of success? Ted talk  "Success, failure and the drive to keep creating" is all about the parallels between being wildly successful and a struggling artist. Elizabeth Gilbert of being a writer post Eat,Pray,Love This is not Elizabeth's first Ted talk.   On day 25  I wrote a blog post about  Elizabeth's first Ted talk.  In this Ted talk Elizabeth was on the tail-end of the huge promotional blitz  surrounding the Hollywood movie that was based on her popular novel Eat, Pray, Love. In that talk Elizabeth candidly shared her fears and realisations that everyone was expecting all her future work to fail. She knew that she probably would never replicate the success of Eat,Pray, Love, and that put her in a very vulnerable position - should she even continue writing. Elizabeth found a way to make peace with her situation and it mainly had to do with how she defines creativity as not being a … [Read more...]

Day 36: Meet Caleb Meakins, the expert in failure

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We have all experienced it from time to time. That feeling in the pit of your stomach that spreads into your entire being making you numb. It can stop us from doing the things that we want to do, meeting the people who we want to meet and visiting the places that we want to see. What is it? It’s fear of failure which is also this week’s theme for 365 Days of Ted.  Tedx speaker Caleb Meakins is the self-titled 'expert in failure' and shares his stories  about how he created the 40 Days of Rejection to help overcome his own fear of failure and rejection. What would you do if you couldn't fail? When Caleb Meakins finished his degree he decided to start a business. His business idea had previously won him a Social Enterprise Award at his university and with his entrepreneurial spirit intact he decided to see the year out after graduating  to launch his business. His fellow students had different ideas. Some were going to travel.  Others … [Read more...]

Day 24: How Sting beat writers block – a musical Ted talk with an encore

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Imagine being a world renown singer-songwriter who has penned more award winning lyrics than you had ever dreamed possible. What would happen if one day the songs just dried up. The words stopped coming and what would follow is years of writers block? What would you do? For music legend Sting that was his living reality and  when the words stopped coming Sting knew he needed reclaim his missing muse, he just didn't expect it to be from the place he escaped. Sting’s Ted talk was different to most Ted talks I have watched and I am not referring to the several times he broke out in song with his guitar, although as a Sting fan that was definitely a bonus for me. What really made Sting’s Ted talk stand out was the  way it appeared that he was just simply telling a story between friends - captivating, engaging and honest. His story  took us on a journey through his humble beginnings as a boy living near "a shadow of a shipyard" to present … [Read more...]

Day 20: Lessons I learned from watching Isabel Allende’s Ted talk “How to live passionately—no matter your age”

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Day 20’s post is is about a Ted talk I watched by 71 year old Isabel Allende “How to live passionately - no matter your age” Isabel Allende delivers a very honest talk about her fears about  aging and the revelations that she has learnt along the way.  Although the presentation is about her perspective of ageing as a woman in her 70's the presentation should really be watched by all ages as their are some real nuggets of wisdoms tucked into her 7 minute talk. The key lessons I learnt from watching Isabel Allende's Ted talk "How to live passionately—no matter your age" Isabele kicks off her Ted talk by quoting a Mary Oliver poem,  "Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Isabel says she plans to live passionately.   One of the most insightful things that Isabel said was that as she ages she has learnt to let go of a lot of the baggage that she carried such as grudges and vanity, she only wishes … [Read more...]