I happened to learn of TED talks when someone asked me to give opinions on the few talks. By that I meant as writing it on a paper, a brief review.
I could have refused but glad I didn’t. I wondered how is it possible to have all these inspirational talks made and collected.
Their overwhelming ideas are too enticing for the ears and stimulating for the mind—that you love to chat with the speakers, have them as a friend. Have that one on one interview, a meaningful conversation devoid of mundane complains and concerns—that we all can’t live without.
We need to be inspired constantly.
I was elated for an opportunity made possible—TED app for iOS and Android. Since, I installed it on my iPhone and Kobo Vox, YouTube, and Vevo were just meant for entertainment yet not that much enticing anymore.
TED talks are meant to be shared but I’ve chosen only three most inspirational TED talks that change my perspective and habits.
Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days
This is the first ever TED talk that I’ve watched which only lasted for more than 3 mins.
Short yet strong enough to help me develop a habit—do away with sugar.
It takes time but I did and was able to save; no more sugar in my grocery list.
He further talks about more challenges: writing a novel, hiking, and taking photos. The question is, are you up for the challenge or are you going to keep on delaying or bargaining for more days or even months?
I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick.
Now what would I do after the sugar challenge—volunteering? For such feat, I need to remind myself of the succeeding quotes.
The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?
I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days.
Too compelling to ignore.
Fun Fact: After successfully quitting coffee, I decided to become a vegetarian (that was five years ago) and a minimalist.
Susan Cain: The power of introverts
This one I can see coming ever since I saw the book in one of the Chapters branches.
The eye-catching cover is due to the bold, clamoring word Quiet by Susan Cain. Contrary to the title, I knew that it’s only a matter of time before its presence makes a resounding feedback especially for introverts like me.
Finally, introverts have the chance of being heard, understood, and just maybe bask in acceptance that introversion is a personality type.
The talk is 19 mins long. But not long enough to send me off to boredom.
In fact, I love to hear more. Well, I can, through her book and website The Power of Introverts. Watch the talk meant for both introverts and extroverts and, no, don’t keep your silence.
Feel free to share your thoughts.
And for the kids who prefer to go off by themselves or just to work alone, those kids are seen as outliers often or, worse, as problem cases.
Sounds too familiar.
Solitude matters, and for some people it is the air that they breathe.
Some people? Count me in.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Gandhi — all these peopled described themselves as quiet and soft-spoken and even shy. And they all took the spotlight, even though every bone in their bodies was telling them not to.
[Introverts,] the world needs you and it needs the things you carry. So I wish you the best of all possible journeys and the courage to speak softly.
Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything
After watcthing Matt Cutt don’t miss this talk by Tim Ferris and I’m sure you’ll run out of alibi not to aim and make your goal a reality.
This talk is timely. He talked about swimming and introduced Terry Laughlin founder of Total Immersion Swimming. (Now I can start and learn the right way, next year.)
Learning is a lifelong process and so is fear if we don’t do something about it. If you need more inspiration head on to his Four Hour Work Week.
So fear is your friend. Fear is an indicator. Sometimes it shows you what you shouldn’t do. More often than not it shows you exactly what you should do. And the best results that I’ve had in life, the most enjoyable times, have all been from asking a simple question: what’s the worst that can happen?
Do you need to quench your desire for a better life?
Well you can start by listening to inspiring TED talks. (I’m going to have to shop online for gadget particularly a USB speaker to save more.) I can start my day with uplifting words and end it just the same.
But what about in-between those times.
Take charge. There’s no other way to go but forward.
No, those words are not from other inspirational TED talks. That’s just what I say to my stubborn, coward self every day.
Say it again. Be the person that you long to be.