You know TED talks, don’t you? There are TED conferences all over the world where clever people talk about clever things and ideas to other clever people. Sounds like a clever thing, doesn’t it.
Well, since you and me are probably not clever enough to join a live conference TED is friendly enough to publish many of their talks on their website. The talks are not very long. Usually they take up to 15 minutes. But many of them are very inspiring and/or surprising and lead you to some different thinking.
I want to share three of the most impressing and inspiring talks I have heard so far. Let me share more of them as I find them in the future.
Sinek shows that it does matter how you communicate ideas in order to reach and inspire people. People don’t buy what you have, they believe what you believe. He shows what it takes to lay the foundations for success, loyalty… 18 minutes well invested. (By the way: This is the second most viewed video on TED)
A classic and not only fascinating but also very entertaining. But he has a serious background: How does modern education oppress the creative capacities of children? My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy. It is a fact that you need to be prepared to be wrong in order to come up with anything original. But education tries to teach us out of the capacity of being wrong, their capacity of creativity. (By the way: This is the most viewed video on TED!)
Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
(It is a YouTube video but I found it on TED)
I have to admit that I have always been a fan of Steve Jobs. Maybe he was different and maybe he was strange – but he was a fantastic thinker and believer. In this video (recorded 2005) Jobs talks about the lessons he learned from life. He is very personal and sometimes almost painfully intimate and doesn’t try to hide the facts. His three lessons are just true – and I guess everybody will agree: „Connecting the dots“, „Love and loss“ and „Death“
Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.
For the past 33 years, I’ve looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: „If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?“ And whenever the answer has been „No“ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish