Here’s the list and quotes from some of the 30 Ted Talks I challenged myself to listen to in August. Some were recommendations, but most were chosen related to the things I’m interested in and thinking about these days. Hopefully you’ll watch and enjoy some of these as much as I did. I should put the links, but that’s effort!
1. How to find and do the work you love
“80% of people work in jobs they don’t enjoy because they think they have to.
Surround yourself with people who inspire you.”
2. How to find your passion and inner awesomeness
“Ask yourself what do you like? Embrace yourself. Once you embrace it, everything else becomes easier.
Make the impossible the new possible.
Do what’s right.”
3. Every kid needs a champion
A must listen for everyone who teaches or works with children in any way.
“While you won’t like all the kids you teach, the key is to never let them know.
Teaching and learning should be a joy.
Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them.”
4. The power of vulnerability
“The ability to feel connected with people is why we are here.
We need to believe that we are enough.”
5. Dog friendly dog training
I love the work that this man does, and he always makes a lot of sense.
“You get a little puppy. His only crime is that he grew!
Dogs, horses and humans are the three species that are so abused.
They are so beatable, that’s why they get beaten.
Teach a dog to want to do what you want it to do.
Let the dog think that it is training us. Allow what was once the distraction in training to be the reward.
We have to learn to enforce a behaviour without force.
Training dogs and teaching children is very similar if approached in the correct way.”
6. What must our dogs be thinking when they look at us
7. Which country does the most good for the world?
8. How to get your ideas to spread
9. The single biggest reason why start-ups succeed
“Execution definitely matters a lot. The idea matters a lot. But timing might matter even more.”
10. The dangers of wilful blindness
“People know there is a problem with something, but they say nothing.
Humans are all, under certain circumstances, wilfully blind.”
11. Every conversation can change a life
I listened to this again after hearing it first in February when it went online. One of my favourite talks, and definitely worth a watch.
“The world is a mirror and when you go out there smile at people and take an interest in people … believe in people when you don’t believe in yourself then your whole world changes.”
12. Measuring what makes life worthwhile
13. How to make work/life balance work
He talks a lot of sense!
“. We should stop looking outside. It’s up to us as individuals to take control and responsibility for the type of lives that we want to lead. If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance.”
14. The happy secret to better work
This is very funny!
15. in the key of genius
Derek Paravicini and Adam Okelford
I absolutely love Derek’s story and Adam’s work. Reading his book is brilliant, and this talk gives a small idea of what it’s about.
16. How autism freed me to be myself
17. The world needs all kinds of minds
18. What I’ve learned from my autistic brothers
Faith Jegede Cole
“Normality overlooks the beauty that differences give us, and the fact that we are different doesn’t mean that one of us is wrong. It just means that there’s a different kind of right… The chance for greatness, for progress and for change dies the moment we try to be like someone else.”
19. How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger’s
A very funny insight into the life and challenges of someone with Asperger’s.
20. How I use sonar to navigate the world
“It’s impressions about blindness that are far more threatening to blind people than the blindness itself.”
I love this quote!
He’s a funny guy. Echolocation has its uses, but I’m not going to give up my dog to use it any time soon!
21. Questions that move us forward
“What have I experienced in life that is worth sharing?”
“We are the average of the five people we spend most of our time with… Are they challenging you enough?”
“Would you do anything different in your life if you knew you could not fail?”
“If there is a small hint that you want to change something, then what is holding you back?”
22. Try something new for 30 days
23. Kids, take charge
Kiran Bir Sethi
“When children are empowered, not only do they do good, they do well.”
24. Why would God create a tsunami?
I don’t know, and I still don’t after listening to this!
25. Rethinking foster care
Molly McGrath Tierney
Someone recommended this. Have no experience and not sure if I totally agree.
26. The transformative power of classical music
This is really good.
27. How architecture helped music evolve
28. When meds fail: a case for music therapy
I totally get everything he says. The connection that people have with music and how it affects us is powerful.
29. How I started writing songs again
I really like Sting, so it was a nice surprise to find this. The songs are great, as well as his down to earth talk.
30. Do schools kill creativity?
“I don’t mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative. What we do know is, if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original — if you’re not prepared to be wrong. And by the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong. And we run our companies like this. We stigmatize mistakes. And we’re now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make. And the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities.”
This was an entertaining and educational talk to end my Ted talk challenge.