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 107: Ethel: A string quartet plays “Blue Room”

Continuing on with my 365 Days of Ted challenge is my Ted talks on music theme week. Today's instalment features a Ted performance by string quartet Ethel performing "Blue Room" A deeply moving piece that strikes a chord (pun intended) as the listener gets washed away in the haunting sounds. I'm slightly worn out and exhausted so I decided to spend this week watching Ted musical performances. Music has always been a way for me to mend from exhaustion and bad moods and to life my spirits. This week has taught me that sometimes you just need to take a little time out to recharge, and sometimes the remedy is taking a few moments out to listen to a string quartet. Thanks Ted! … [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...]