Kathleen Taylor gives an interesting TED talk on her experience as a hospice worker and the lessons learned when, as she puts it, people reach the stage when they completely drop the bullshit. I think the lessons she imparts are valuable, but it also got me wondering what lessons we all have inside of us today.
What if you only had a few days remaining – if you were the one who completely dropped your own BS?
- What advice would you impart to others?
- Who would you most want to speak to?
- What would you tell them?
And what lessons would that advice hold in return for you and how you are living your own life?
My second Thanksgiving week thankfulness post.
Thank you TED.
If you don’t already know, TED is a conference that features some of the most extraordinary speakers you will ever find, and the speeches, ranging from 6-18 minutes, are posted online and free to view.
TED is enriching in so many ways and I am thankful I live in an age where this is available. Here are three of my recent favorites.
Thank you Amy Cuddy. I had my whole family watch this. Amy Cuddy provides a simple technique you can take to improve your mood and performance and decrease your stress. It takes two minutes and it feels great. Thank you Amy Cuddy.
Thank you Jane McGonigal. How do you feel about playing games? How about living longer? This video shows how the one leads to the other. Thank you Jane McGonigal.
Thank you Daphne Koller. What if you wanted college education but couldn’t have it. Because you can’t afford it or couldn’t apply or already graduated but still want to take more classes. What if you could still go . . . and attend the classes of the best professors on the planet . . . and do it for free, from your living room. Thank you Daphne Koller.
What if you gave people an opportunity to anonymously share their secrets? What would you uncover? Would it be ugly? Beautiful? Obvious? Intriguing?
Frank Warren did exactly that and shares his experience on his blog and in one of the most touching and beautiful TED videos I’ve seen.
Has there ever been a better invention for young minds than Legos?
Little Bits is Legos 2.0. Featured at TED in a 5 minute standing ovation video, these building blocks give kids (and adults who like to play) an engaging way to play with the technologies that surround every part of our lives today.
They are my new favorite gift for kids. Actually, I just can’t wait to play with them myself.
I considered going to RPI for undergrad to study engineering. I was a math geek. Had I done so, I might be in a better position to understand more of the complicated issues related to our oil dependence and energy needs.
But as a relatively unknowing and ignorant citizen, this TED video makes arguably the most compelling case I’ve heard that our energy problems are solvable – cleanly, globally, cheaply.
My favorite quote from the video:
“If we’re going to get this country out of its current energy situation, we can’t just conserve our way out. We can’t just drill our way out. We can’t bomb our way out. We’re gonna do it the old fashioned American way. We’re gonna invent our way out.”
One of the hardest tasks we face as humans? Acceptance.
Accept yourself for who you are. Accept your choices made, or accept your need to change them. Accept others for who they are.
Here is a brilliant and very amusing video that is, in the end, about both having fun and acceptance.
Maybe I haven’t paid enough attention. Maybe it happens all the time. But I’ve never noticed society stop to mourn the passing of a business man.
We pay homage to Presidents. Michael Jackson’s death was one of the events of the year in 2009. We worship actors and athletes, singers and statesmen.
We should do no less for Steve Jobs, the man who lead the innovative charge behind some of the most life changing technology we may ever know.