What better way to kick off National Novel Writing Month 2014 (or #NaNoWriMo2014 if you’re all over it on social media) than to share this awesome talk by Markus Zusak from TEDxSydney 2014. Markus is the author of one of my favourite reads: The Book Thief and his story about failure was the first (and possibly best) talk at this year’s TEDxSydney event. When I start hearing the voices of self-doubt (that I always
I have just spent 11 hours at the Sydney Opera House enjoying one of the most inspiring events in Sydney’s social calendar. Before I pass out in exhaustion I wanted to take a moment to share some of the things I learned today: The TEDxSydney 2013 videos have been watched 18million times. You could fill and empty the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall every hour, every day, for the next 23 years and
It is truly humbling to watch someone so young and brilliant putting their curiosity and knowledge to better the world of others. Ann Makoksinski was 15 years old when she delivered this TedX talk about an invention that uses natural energy to create light for her pen pal in the Philippines, enabling her to study at night.
I’m finding it really interesting that the social science behind the talks I’ve come across in the past couple of weeks have reinforced the messages I would have heard growing up in a Christian environment. This one on vulnerability and the need to accept – nay, embrace – the hardships and uncertainties of life reminds me of one basic principle so often forgotten in a world so hard-bent on making
Leadership. It’s a word that’s bandied around a lot, especially of late. It was referred to repeatedly during the Federal Election, I’ve read it in several articles this week thanks to the media coverage of the US Government shut down, and I’ve even heard it used (albeit loosely) to describe the likes of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber (though admittedly in each of these cases I can’t really account for
This one biological change can be the difference between one stress-induced heart attack at 50 and living well into your 90s. I am well aware of the negative impact that stress can have on my health. When it is not dealt with well, stress can increase the negative impact of any illness – from the common cold to cancer. Kelly McGonigal’s talk makes me realise the power of mind over
This week’s TED talk was screened during a leadership training course I attended recently. So powerful – yet simple! – is this 7 minute talk I actually felt a lump in my throat as I fought back tears. Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership #TED : In that moment when everyone was laughing I knew that I shouldn’t quit, I knew I was where I was supposed to be and I knew