What I learned from watching TED.com (instead of sleeping)

23 Jul


I might need to buy out a Starbucks in the morning, but this website is so worth it You know the worst part? My brother told me about ted.com a couple of months ago but I didn’t check it out until tonight. To all the little sisters out there: listen to your older brothers. They know what’s up.

Some people have this amazing ability to speak. They can get up on stage in front of 4, 400 or 4,000 people and rock it. The fact that I can listen to a complete stranger talk for 20 minutes and come away wanting to know everything about that person and what they believe in is astounding to me. I don’t know if this can be taught, but if it can I’ll be the first to sign up. There is so much more to this website that I haven’t even begun to explore, but I plan on doing so very soon.

I’ve learned…

1. The crazy kids running around driving everybody nuts are most likely the same ones who will change the world. Think about this.

2. It is possible to watch the same lecture multiple times and still cry like a baby with every view. And when you’re done crying remember that it is possible to touch someone’s life without ever knowing you’ve done so. Randy Pausch may never know how much he meant to so many people, but he did know how much he meant to his family..and for him that was more than enough. If you haven’t watched this yet, do it now.

3. No matter how advanced our society thinks we are, there is always room for more. But, instead of focusing on the latest phones and tiny little music player thingys, why don’t we use these skills and actually help a person. Or a million people? Figure out what counts and make it count.

4. How to be successful. Okay, not exactly. What I loved about this was that there was no actual answer. It’s nothing we haven’t heard before. Work hard, push through failures, etc. It’s like my struggle with losing weight. I’ve known for years that the “answer” is eating healthy and being active. Duh. But sometimes you just need to hear it one more time for it to really hit home.

5. If you have an idea, go for it. If you have another idea, go for that one too. Just because you’ve done one successful thing doesn’t mean you’ve filled some sort of quota. This wonderful woman took her love for food and used it to feed others. Then, she realized that even more people need help. Not just those who are hungry, but those who need to create a better,  healthier, relationship with food. At the age of 30, she has committed the next 30 years of her life (at least!) to try and stop world hunger AND the rise of obesity. Amazing.

6. It is possible to be happy even if we don’t get exactly what we want in life, or what we THINK we want in life. I’m not sure how I feel about the term synthetic happiness., but it’s something to think about. One of the values I live my life by is the importance of happiness. I don’t think anything is worth doing if you’re not, at some point, happy that you did it. Of course life is hard, but I’m a firm believer that the harder you work and more you push through those hard times, the happier your entire life becomes. But, hey, I’m only 23..I have a lot of jaded years ahead of me, right?


One Response to “What I learned from watching TED.com (instead of sleeping)”

  1. shrinkingfoodie July 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    I love TED! That’s how I found out about Jamie Oliver and his goal. Also, little sisters should also listen to their older sisters.

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