"The one common trait of the most successful sporting teams in history"
A sports writer finds the ‘best teams in history’ and discovers the one thing they all have in common.
What does it take to be the best of the best — a truly great sports team? What’s the secret to their success? Questions Sam Walker, the founding sports editor for the Wall Street Journal, spent more than a decade investigating.
"Turning strategy into results, using the wisdom of the heart"
These blogs are published weekly by Jen Bishop, giving you thoughts about heart-based wisdom to reflect on.
"Are You a Giver or a Taker? (Success is all about Contribution)"
In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.
"Yes, there is a right way to write an email — here are some simple rules"
Does sending and replying to emails take up an excessive amount of your time? Reduce the burden by following these basic guidelines, says editor and writer Victoria Turk.
"How to make stress your friend"
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
"Want a more just world? Be an unlikely ally"
A more equal world starts with you. Citing a formative moment from her own life, equity advocate Nita Mosby Tyler highlights why showing up and fighting for others who face injustices beyond your own lived experience leads to a fairer, more just future for all.
"What can we learn from people who succeed later in life?"
As a society, we tend to focus on prodigies — the young stars in their fields. But what if we looked at the people at the opposite end of the timeline instead? By studying them, network scientist Albert-László Barabási has come up with lessons that can benefit us all.
"Why winning doesn't always equal success"
Valorie Kondos Field knows a lot about winning. As the longtime coach of the UCLA women’s gymnastics team, she won championship after championship and has been widely acclaimed for her leadership. In this inspiring, brutally honest and, at times, gut-wrenching talk, she shares the secret to her success. Hint: it has nothing to do with “winning.”
"18 Things That Are Not Worth the Mental Cost"
Or the subsequent energy drain…
"Don't Ask Where I'm from, Ask Where I'm a Local"
When someone asks you where you’re from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of “multi-local” people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. “How can I come from a country?” she asks. “How can a human being come from a concept?”
"How to Be Wrong"
A guide to challenging your assumptions.
"People Aren’t Born Smart. They Become Smart As A Result Of Doing This"
Outliers have a tendency to give the masses the wrong ideas…
"If You’re Serious About Success, Then You Need to Improve Your Recovery"
When you study the lives of people who are the best in the world at what they do, you’ll notice one consistent theme: Recovery…
"The Most Unsexy, Under-Rated Secret Of Success — In Anything"
And how to lean on it when Covid-19 has messed with your future.
"The beauty and complexity of finding common ground"
How can we disagree with one another, respectfully and productively? In this thoughtful talk, team builder Matt Trombley reflects on “agonism” — the tendency to take a rigid stance on issues — and shares why finding aspects of agreement can be the first step in resolving conflict. “When you can find even the smallest bit of common ground with somebody, it allows you to understand the beautiful wonder and complexity and majesty of the other person,” he says.
"12 truths I learned from life and writing"
A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.
"Overcoming Procrastination: Why Mindfulness is The Key"
Nils Salzgeber begins “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a procrastinator…”
"How writing about difficult experiences can help you take back your power"
I’m interested in this idea of action — of the difference between seeing, which is the passive act of observing, and the actual act of bearing witness.
"A Brave and Startling Truth"
Astrophysicist Janna Levin reads Maya Angelou’s stunning humanist poem that flew to space, Inspired by Carl Sagan.
"The Real Key to Success is How You Navigate The Messy Middle: Lessons From Great Minds"
To make real progress, turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better and resilient.
"How language shapes the way we think"
There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language — from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian — that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. “The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is,” Boroditsky says. “Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000.”
"According to Steve Jobs, This One Thing Separates The Doers from The Dreamers"
No one is coming to save you
"To Truly Improve Yourself, Spend Time In This One Uncomfortable Space"
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” — Socrates.
We all want to discover and pursue our true passions in life. In a now-famous post by former palliative care nurse, Bronnie Ware, the number one regret of the dying was that they had not lived lives that were ultimately true to themselves.
"The silencing: learning to embrace “unknowing”"
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
― Rainer Maria Rilke
This is the beginning of knowing who you are…..
"Ikigai: The Most Misunderstood Secret to A Happy Life"
It’s nothing to do with money…
"How to Build Iron-Like Discipline Without Torturing Yourself"
Without discipline, you’ll always be a slave to temptations. Self-discipline is a character trait like every other. You can build it over time….
"3 Secrets of Resilient People"
Everyone experiences loss, but how do you cope with the tough moments that follow? Resilience researcher Lucy Hone shares three hard-won strategies for developing the capacity to brave adversity, overcome struggle and face whatever may come head-on with fortitude and grace.
"You’re More Powerful Than You Think"
To challenge those in power, use stories as a weapon. In a democracy, the power resides with the people. Here’s actionable advice on how you can get your share, from civics educator Eric Liu.
"4 Books That Will Help You Build a Life, Not Just a Career"
“If you want to learn more about yourself, and improve any or all areas of your life, these 4 books will help you do just that, I know, because that’s exactly what they did for me,” writes Betsy Ramser Jaime.
"The Best Recipe for a Meaningful Life"
As well as self reflection and courage, the four words we should all live by…
"Using science of resilience to strengthen Rotary clubs during COVID-19"
Resilience is the process of adapting in the face of adversity. When we experience a traumatic or stressful event, our brains activate a number of pathways to protect us.
"This Single Moment Saved the World from Nuclear Annihilation — and Tony Robbins Found Out What It Was"
By continuously practicing this technique, you can unlock a powerful moment in your own life.
"The Daily Habits of Great Minds: Lessons From Nietzsche, Kant, Tesla, Darwin, Einstein And Hemingway"
People with stable routines are generally more efficient, happier, healthier, and less stressful.
"The 8 Virtues Of Highly Admirable Everyday People"
For example, #7 They put themselves first, but not in the way you think…
"The Golden Rules of Effective Thinking: Lessons From Descartes And Darwin"
“Thinking is the handmaiden of organised knowledge,” begins Thomas Oppong.
"How Humility Will Make You the Greatest Person Ever"
Our culture places so much value on external accomplishments, appearance, and self-aggrandizement — all things that are ephemeral at best — that even a small display of this quiet virtue can make one feel like a drowning man coming up for air.
"Feel like you’re about to lose it? It could be a good time for a Meta-Moment"
When we’re overwhelmed by emotions, we’re usually not our best selves. We may blow up, say hurtful things or burst into tears. But what if we had a tool we could use to turn down the temperature at those times? Psychologist Marc Brackett has a helpful strategy.
"Here’s what your anger is telling you — and how you can talk back"
The last time you got peeved, ticked or just plain enraged, did you stop and listen to what your mind was telling you? Ryan Martin, psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, has spent his career doing just that. Turns out, the thoughts that we have in response to the first flare of anger are what can send us over the edge — or help us harness the emotion for good, Martin says.
"Reclaiming carpe diem: How do we really seize the day?"
The spirit of this centuries-old philosophy has been hijacked. It’s time to get back to its original meaning, says Roman Krznaric.
"How to manage your stress like an ER doctor"
How do doctors in the emergency room stay calm and focused amidst the chaos? Drawing on years of experience, ER doctor Darria Long shares a straightforward framework to help you take back control and feel less overwhelmed when life starts to get “crazy busy.”
"The profound power of an authentic apology"
Genuine apology goes beyond remorse, says legendary playwright Eve Ensler. In this frank, wrenching talk, she shares how she transformed her own experience of abuse into wisdom on what wrongdoers can do and say to truly repent — and offers a four-step roadmap to help begin the process. (This talk contains mature content.)
"How to deliver an authentic apology"
A simple framework for delivering a short, sincere “I’m sorry,” from criminal defense attorney Jahan Kalantar.
"An Ode to Living on Earth"
If you had to explain to a newborn what it means to be a human being living on Earth in the 21st century, what would you say? Visual artist Oliver Jeffers put his answer in a letter to his son, sharing pearls of wisdom on existence and the diversity of life. He offers observations of the “beautiful, fragile drama of human civilization” in this poetic talk paired with his original illustrations and animations.
"The right way to be introspective (yes, there’s a wrong way)"
Obsessive navel-gazing can be satisfying, but the problem is, it can also be damaging. Organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich suggests ways to escape the loop of rumination and learn how to move forward for real.
Marie Howe’s Ode to Stephen Hawking, Our Cosmic Belonging, and the Meaning of Home, in a Stunning Animated Short Film
"Talks to help you focus on what really matters"
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily dramas of life. These talks can help you step back, slow down and appreciate the bigger picture.
"10 Seconds of Courage"
Nadine Champion is a truly inspiring keynote speaker drawing on her experiences as a martial arts Sensei (teacher), author and entrepreneur. her authenticity shines through with her life changing 10 Seconds of Courage message – a powerful call to action challenging every person to “change their thinking” in order to succeed.
"10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation"
When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”
"14 Signs Of An Adaptable Person"
“The need for adaptability has never been greater than it is now. The ability for people, teams and organizations to adapt to changes in their environments, stay relevant and avoid obsolescence is the defining characteristic between success and failure, growth and stagnation, business and bankruptcy”… begins Jeff Boss.
"Adaptability is a must-have trait. Here’s how to spot it — and increase it"
Natalie Fratto begins: “Be honest with yourself: Are you someone who embraces it and evolves with it? Or, do you find tend to retreat and stick with what you know?” …
"Using our practical wisdom"
In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question “How do we do the right thing?” With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.
"Grit: the power of passion and perseverance"
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
"3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do"
How you respond after setbacks is what defines your character. Stacey Abrams was the first black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor — she lost that hotly contested race, but as she says: the only choice is to move forward. In an electrifying talk, she shares the lessons she learned from her campaign for governor of Georgia, some advice on how to change the world — and a few hints at her next steps. “Be aggressive about your ambition,” Abrams says.
"In uncertain times, think like a mother"
There’s a simple and powerful way to confront the world’s most pressing crises, says women’s rights activist Yifat Susskind: think like a mother. As she puts it: “When you think like a mother, you prioritize the needs of the many, not the whims of the few.” Follow along as she shares moving stories of people around the world who embody this mindset — and shows how it can also help you see beyond suffering and act to build a better world.
"The beauty of what we'll never know"
Almost 30 years ago, Pico Iyer took a trip to Japan, fell in love with the country and moved there. A keen observer of the human spirit, Iyer professes that he now feels he knows far less about Japan — or, indeed, about anything — than he thought he knew three decades ago. In this lyrical meditation on wisdom, Iyer expands on this curious insight about knowledge gained with age: that the more we know, the more we see how little we know.
"A sweet look at some of the small things that make our lives beautiful"
Artist Janne Willems has collected more than 11,000 drawings in 30 countries from strangers showing the moments we remember and treasure. What she’s learned is, no matter the country, most beautiful moments are about one of four things: love, friendship, nature and leisure time.
"The One Book That Will Change Your Life"
“And allow you to live by different rules,” begins Jessica Lynn.
"10 Top tips for keeping up morale"
“Many of us are having to manage more anxiety than normal, as well as drastic changes in our daily lives. There are two key principles which it is useful to bear in mind: Managing anxiety takes mental strength and energy, and, that the state of our morale affects the state of our immune system.” So begins Sarah Lewis…
"As you turned 40, what did you wish you had known when you were 30?"
Having navigated my 20′s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and so far some of my 60’s (without too much damage) I wish I’d known that:
"5 Life Lessons Told Over 5 Glasses of Wine from a 99-Year Old Filled With Regret"
“I wish I was more willing to forgive.”
"There's more to life than being happy"
Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? In this TED talk, happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.
"The One Question Happy People Ask Themselves Every Day"
“Life isn’t only about chasing your goals,” begins Michael Thompson.
"The Most Overlooked Skill of Successful People"
And how to develop it. A lovely, simple lesson on life from Maya Sayvanova.
"How to Have a Meaningful Life"
Why your second mountain is the answer, explains John Weiss, taking us through the lessons from David Brooks’s book “The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life.”
"3 Lessons on Decision Making from a Poker Champion"
Is it better to be lucky or good? Should we trust our gut feelings or rely on probabilities and careful analysis when making important decisions? In this quick talk, professional poker player Liv Boeree shares three strategies she’s learned from the game and how we can apply them to real life.
"How to be kinder to yourself"
People who have greater levels of self-compassion tend to be more motivated, less lazy, and more successful over time. But just as important, they like themselves, even when they fall short. Psychologist Susan David explains how you can cultivate this quality.
"You get to decide if you’re an inspiration or not"
Saying someone is “an inspiration” or “brave” might not be the compliment you think it is. Stella Young’s story brings to mind two TED Talks that on the surface could not be more different, but share a common thread.
"If you ever need lifting out of the mire, try this..."
The NASA astronauts of Apollo 13 as they flew behind our moon, before turning back towards the earth. a magical reminder of the precious beauty of our universe.
"Talks for when you wish you had time to read"
When you’re just too busy to curl up with a good book, these TED talks bring the beauty of literature in audio form.
"3 ways to measure your adaptability -- and how to improve it"
When venture investor Natalie Fratto is determining which start-up founder to support, she doesn’t just look for intelligence or charisma; she looks for adaptability. In this insightful talk, Fratto shares three ways to measure your “adaptability quotient” — and shows why your ability to respond to change really matters.
"7 Life Lessons from Tao"
The Tao Te Ching takes 20 minutes to read and 20 lifetimes to understand. This dog learned it in 1.
"You are not alone in your loneliness"
Being open and vulnerable with your loneliness, sadness and fear can help you find comfort and feel less alone, says writer and artist Jonny Sun. In an honest talk filled with his signature illustrations, Sun shares how telling stories about feeling like an outsider helped him tap into an unexpected community and find a tiny sliver of light in the darkness.
"Empathy is not Endorsement"
Digital creator Dylan Marron has racked up millions of views for projects like “Every Single Word” and “Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People” — but he’s found that the flip side of success online is internet hate. Over time, he’s developed an unexpected coping mechanism: calling the people who leave him insensitive comments and asking a simple question: “Why did you write that?” In a thoughtful talk about how we interact online, Marron explains how sometimes the most subversive thing you can do is actually speak with people you disagree with, not simply at them.
"Less stuff, more happiness"
Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.
"9 ways to practice self-care"
The importance of self-care:
Too busy to take care of yourself? These talks offer simple ways to stay healthy — both emotionally and physically.
"Why you should define your fears instead of your goals"
The hard choices — what we most fear doing, asking, saying — are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls “fear-setting.” Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.
"What reading slowly taught me about writing"
Reading slowly — with her finger running beneath the words, even when she was taught not to — has led Jacqueline Woodson to a life of writing books to be savored. In a lyrical talk, she invites us to slow down and appreciate stories that take us places we never thought we’d go and introduce us to people we never thought we’d meet. “Isn’t that what this is all about — finding a way, at the end of the day, to not feel alone in this world, and a way to feel like we’ve changed it before we leave?” she asks.
"How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are"
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles. Says Andrew, “I tend to find the ecstasy hidden in the ordinary joys, because I did not expect those joys to be ordinary to me.”
"How to be more hopeful"
8 TED speakers show you how to nudge your mind toward the sunny side.
"How Adolf Hitler, Bernie Madoff and Amanda Knox show us 4 very human mistakes that we all make when meeting people"
Most of us want to believe we would have flagged Hitler and Madoff right away had we met them in person. But would we have? In a thought-provoking new book, writer Malcolm Gladwell argues that our inborn tendencies and biases skew our judgement and prevent us from spotting the evil among us.
"The power of protest"
Across history, protest has shaped societies in tremendous ways. These talks explore how movements catalyze monumental change.
"3 Tips to Boost Your Confidence"
When faced with a big challenge where potential failure seems to lurk at every corner, you’ve probably heard the advice, “Be more confident!” But where does confidence come from, and how can you get more of it? Here are three easy tips to boost your confidence.
"The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding"
With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.
"You’ll Need to Learn These Harsh Lessons Multiple Times Before You Will Experience a Breakthrough"
“They are not common lessons like you’d expect,” begins Tim Denning.
"10 Quotes by Confucius That Will Change Your Life Forever"
If applied, they can change your whole existence. A thoughtful piece by Sinem Günel.
"This is your brain on communication"
Neuroscientist Uri Hasson takes us inside his lab’s fascinating research — and our heads — to show the meeting of the minds that occurs every time we talk to each other.
"Why It’s Dangerous to Focus on “Finding Your Passion” and What You Should Do Instead"
“Find your passion” might be the worst advice ever, begins Ayodeji Awosika…
"How to build closer relationships"
Advice from 7 TED speakers on creating better connections.
"How to Build Mental Toughness in Your 20s (or 80s)"
A psychologist’s letter to his 22-year-old self.
"The Truth About CSR"
The authors of this article, V. Kasturi RanganLisa ChaseSohel Karim, begin: “Most companies have long practiced some form of corporate social and environmental responsibility with the broad goal, simply, of contributing to the well-being of the communities and society they affect and on which they depend. But there is increasing pressure to dress up CSR as a business discipline and demand that every initiative deliver business results. That is asking too much of CSR and distracts from what must be its main goal: to align a company’s social and environmental activities with its business purpose and values.”
"How to be a Better Human"
TED Ideas has published a series called “How to Be a Better Human,” containing a helpful pieces of advice from speakers in the TED community. Enjoy these pearls of wisdom:-)
"Talks to watch when every conceivable bad thing has just happened to you"
When it rains, it tends to pour. Here’s hoping that a break in the clouds is coming soon. Find solace in these comforting talks.
"How To Make Someone Feel Extraordinary By Saying Very Little"
“It’s three things,” begins Barry Davret.
"7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do"
You don’t “find your calling,” you fight for it — and other lessons from people who found their passion (sometimes late in life). So begins StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.
"4 simple exercises to strengthen your attention and reduce distractibility"
Our attention gets hijacked by everything from the stress in our lives to the ding of our phones. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha shows how we can cultivate the ability to focus on what really matters.
"5 ways to build lasting self-esteem"
Everyone is in favor of high self-esteem — but cultivating it can be surprisingly tough. Psychologist Guy Winch explains why — and describes smart ways we can help build ourselves up.
"My Failed Mission to Find God - and What I Found Instead"
Anjali Kumar went looking for God and ended up finding something else entirely. In a heart-full, funny talk about our shared humanity, she takes us on a spiritual pilgrimage to meet witches in New York, a shaman in Peru, an infamous “healer” in Brazil and others, sharing an important lesson: what binds us together is far stronger than what separates us, and our differences are not insurmountable.
"How to stand up to your inner critic"
We all contain an inner nitpicker, but we shouldn’t let it drag us down and drown out everything else. Psychologist Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson give advice on how to put it back in its place.
"Lessons From Ancient Philosophers That Can be Applied to Everyday Life"
In his usual kind and thoughtful style, Thomas Oppong brings to us wisdom from ancient philosophers that is as relevant to modern life as it was to ancient times.
"Why Creating More Kindness and Compassion Matters"
Dr Jenny Brockis gives us evidence that slowing down and noticing more is an important first step to creating more kindness and compassion.
"Reclaiming Friendship: A Visual Taxonomy of Platonic Relationships to Counter the Commodification of the Word “Friend”"
With her usual deep thought and compassion, Maria Popova explores: “Exploring the concentric circles of human connection through the lens of our ideal and real selves.”
"8 tips to help you become more resilient"
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay shares practical ways to overcome whatever life throws your way.
"The Ten Most Influential Books I’ve Read"
Delaney Jaye begins: “My non-fiction reading list that helped me pay off five-figure debt balances and believe in myself enough to start my own business.”
"Talks to watch when you don't know what to do with your life"
No need to panic: Take a deep breath, and power through your moments of doubt and burnout with the help of these talks.
"Feel like you don’t fit in? Here’s how to find where you truly belong"
Some fresh advice on identifying and searching for your own community, from business innovator Nilofer Merchant.
"How to Beat Stereotypes by Seeing People as Individuals"
We often judge people by their group membership—but research suggests other ways to see each other.
"How to stand up to your inner critic"
We all contain an inner nitpicker, but we shouldn’t let it drag us down and drown out everything else. Psychologist Rick Hanson gives advice on how to put it back in its place.
"The professional trait no career adviser ever mentions: generosity"
Your work immediately becomes more meaningful when you genuinely want to help your clients.
"Sorrow and Tragedy will Happen to Us All - 3 Strategies to Help You Cope"
Tough times are inevitable. Wellbeing and resilience expert Lucy Hone shares the three straightforward tactics that she used to get through her darkest days.
"This 500-Year-Old Piece of Advice Can Help You Solve Your Modern Problems"
“Can the wisdom of 17th-century philosopher René Descartes help you sort out your life?” asks Shaunta Grimes.
"Life Truths That Will Set You Free"
“As they have for me,” begins the writer of this wise advice.
"The Danger of Hiding Who You Are"
Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences. In front of an audience of her co-workers, she reflects on what it means to fear the judgment of others, and how it makes us judge ourselves.
"How to Survive Following Your Passions"
So, you’ve decided to pursue your dreams. Go you! It’ll be hard work, but well worth the effort. Throughout your quest, let these TED Talks reinvigorate your sense of purpose when times get tough.
"The 3 Secrets of the World’s Most Emotionally Intelligent Leaders"
“Knowing thyself is just the beginning,” begins Christopher D. Connors.
"Talks to Help You Focus on What Really Matters"
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily dramas of life. These talks can help you step back, slow down and appreciate the bigger picture.
"The 3 Traits of Highly Resilient People"
are acceptance, purpose, and flexibility, suggests Nick Wignall.
"How changing your story can change your life"
Stories help you make sense of your life — but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In this actionable TED talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free from the stories you’ve been telling yourself by becoming your own editor and rewriting your narrative from a different point of view.
"How we experience awe and why it matters"
The profound changes that are possible when approaching other people from not knowing
Neuroscientist Beau Lotto conducted an ambitious study with Cirque du Soleil on the emotion of awe and its psychological and behavioral benefits. In this talk and live performance, he shares some of their findings — and stands back as Cirque du Soleil dancers create their own awe-inducing spectacle.
"From Good Intentions to Maximising Your Impact"
Ad hoc projects for “giving back” might make you feel great, but are you realising your full potential?
A good question, thoughtfully explored by Jasjit Singh.
"How to make hard choices"
Here’s a TED talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that’s because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.
"Feeling alone in the world?"
Every human on the planet has experienced moments of loneliness and aloneness. Sometimes, these feelings may blow through us as quickly as a passing squall, but other times, they linger like a fog that we can’t quite see our way out of. No matter where you are in life and no matter what your particular kind of blue, please know that you’ve got company. Here are 6 talks that your friends at TED have picked for you.
"Secrets to understanding life"
From work and happiness, to love and success (and everything else in between), these TED talks offer insights on some of life’s biggest secrets.
"If You Want to Be Rich, Be Thoughtful...and Kind"
“There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” — Scott Adams.
So begins Michael Thompson. It’s easy to be kind…
"Materialized Meaning: The Biggest Problem in the Modern World"
Zat Rana explores these questions “Can humans live without an overarching narrative to guide their lives? Can society survive without the binding glue of God and morality as one?” and finds his answer…
"What Hope Really Means"
Maria Popova shares a lovely reflection on the meaning of hope. To begin:
_Hope… is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.
"How to Bounce Back if You Feel Like You’re Falling Behind in Life"
Ayodeji Awosika shares how he shifted his life from quitting to seizing windows of opportunity.
"Talks for when you feel like you’re not enough"
No one can decide your self-worth. Let these TED talks serve as a gentle reminder that you are enough.
"Your Perceived Weakness Is Actually Greatness in Disguise"
Illustrated through the misunderstood act of stuttering, by Tim Denning.
"An Ode to Listening"
An Illustrated Ode to Attentiveness and the Art of Listening as a Wellspring of Self-Understanding, Empathy for Others, and Reverence for the Loveliness of Life.
A sweet serenade to our shared belonging by Maria Popova.
"Measuring what makes life worthwhile"
Chip Conley takes us through part of his business success story with humble honesty, telling us of that he learned from a maid and a king and how he sees that transforming our businesses. It transformed his!
"The Only 4 Pieces of Advice I’d Tell My Younger Self"
Michael Thompson has a short list of advice for his younger self, including “Kindness is the fastest way to change the world.”
"How to revive your belief in democracy"
Civic evangelist Eric Liu? shares a powerful way to rekindle the spirit of citizenship and the belief that democracy still works. Join him for a trip to “Civic Saturday” and learn more about how making civic engagement a weekly habit can help build communities based on shared values and a path to belonging.
"Three ideas. Three thoughts. Or not."
Hannah Gadsby’s groundbreaking special “Nanette” broke comedy. In a talk about truth and purpose, she shares three ideas and three contradictions. Or not.
Prepare to be inspired.
"How to let altruism be your guide"
What is altruism? Put simply, it’s the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.
"Protect your downtime: why recovery is the key to resilience"
Aytekin Tank extends a delicious invitation: What can something as simple as water teach us about resilience? Be like water. Read to to find out how easy this is, and how important for our well being.
"How to Disagree Productively and Find Common Ground"
An enlightening talk by Julia Dhar on this respectful and surprisingly easy-to-reach space.
"I Think This Is What Life Should Be About"
Timeless reflections on the things that matter from John P. Weiss. A lovely read:-)
"Leo Tolstoy on Kindness and the Measure of Love"
“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”
Another lovely article by Maria Popova.
"Six Enablers of Emergent Learning"
Creating the conditions to foster emergent learning in organizations.
Sahana Chattopadhyay begins:
Why emergent learning? As I wrote in my earlier article: Intended learning happens from a place of knowing and against a set of specific goals. Emergent learning happens from a place of reflection and sensemaking.
In today’s technology-facilitated and boundaryless world, emergent learning takes place at the intersection of ongoing human experience and tacit knowledge, technology, collaboration, complex and novel challenges, and conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. I believe holding space for emergent learning is one of the pre-conditions for creating a thrivable and anti-fragile organization, one which flourishes in the face of change and disruption by leaning into the emerging future.
Read on, and you will discover that reflection and systems thinking are integral to life in our VUCA world, both for individuals and especially for organisations.
"5 Habits of Highly Mindful People"
“Mindfulness is so much more than meditation,” begins Melody Wilding.
"How to (Truly) Become a Good Person"
Another lovely thought from Ayodeji Awosika)
Great life advice for the moment after you throw your mortarboard in the air. Some gems from the TED team:-)
"Sorry to bother you, but do you say “sorry” too much? What to say instead"
When we needlessly apologize, we end up making ourselves small and diminish what we’re trying to express, says sociologist Maja Jovanovic.
This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from someone in the TED community. To see all the posts, go here.
"Ways To Be More Likable By Saying Very Little"
“Kindness is just as memorable as confidence,” suggests Michael Thompson. A lovely read:-)
"How Organizations Create Intrinsic Value"
Reading Time: 5 minutes
Gideon Rosenblatt begins: “Value creation is the essence of business. Value is what attracts and keeps customers. Value is what attracts and retains employees. It’s also what attracts and maintains relationships with investors, suppliers, distributors and the wide range of other stakeholders who are critical to the firm’s long-term success.”
"No makes way for yes?"
Pip Brennan reflects on the No Train…
"25 TED Talks that will change how you see the world"
These are some of the TED Talks that had you looking at the world differently by the time the credits rolled (in no specific order).
"Sustainability and the Five Archetypes of Boardroom Behaviour"
N. Craig Smith proposes that, when it comes to “walking the talk” of sustainability, the type of board directors matters.
"The Biggest Career Mistake You Can Make (Avoid This At All Costs)"
Ayodeji Awosika shares his story, as a lesson in how to make good life decisions when this might seem otherwise. He begins “I can proudly say I’ve accomplished many of my dreams — from writing two books to speaking on stage in front of 1,000 people. To a large degree, I owe the success I’m experiencing right now to a job I had as a manager of a video store making $10/hr.”
"Big Decision Ahead? Don’t Confuse Difficulty With Urgency"
Thomas Oppong tells us that “A good life is the result of good decisions,” then goes on to tell us why.
"You Are Who You Think You Are: How Your Identity Shapes Your Life"
Writer Ayodeji Awosika suggests that “The words you put after ‘I am’ determine the quality of your life.”
"A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success"
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
"Why being respectful to your coworkers is good for business"
Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being respectful to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this 15-minute science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can boost your professional success — and your company’s bottom line.
"Preventing Busyness from Becoming Burnout"
Author Brigid Schulte is working with organisations with this goal: “
If workers see they can work more effectively and have a healthier work-life balance, perhaps instead of praising people who brag about being super busy and working all the time, they’ll begin to think: If workers aren’t getting their most important work done, are on the verge of burnout, and have little time for life, what needs to change at this organisation?”
"Mom Captures Powerful Photos Of Her Fearless Daughters To Show That 'Strong Is The New Pretty'"
I loved this story about Kate Parker, and her photos of her 2 daughters as they grew up without judgement of themselves. They are not being brought up to please others. That can only be a good thing!
"Making Kindness a Core Tenet of Your Company"
Bill Taylor shares: “… a recent column in the Washington Post reminded me of a truth that is even easier to overlook: Just as bad behaviour tends to spread, so too does good behaviour. Kindness, it turns out, is contagious.”
"The New Kindness of Leadership"
The days of the tough-as-nails boss that’s, well, a jerk, are on the way out! People are starting to realise that even if jerks may get great results on paper, they’re costing their company so much more in the damage they to do the culture and employee morale. Who wants to do business with a jerk? Who wants to do their best work for a jerk? Nobody! It’s time to start realising that niceness and kindness doesn’t mean weakness and that leaders who embrace kindness will see a big improvement in all facets of the workplace.
So begins Sonia McDonald in this most timely article.
"How to Get Better at the Things You Care About"
Working hard but not improving? You’re not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that’s work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you’re moving forward.
Learning and reflection are just as important as doing!
"Do Kind People Make More Money?"
From Greater Good Magazine, a new study offers more evidence that selfishness may be self-defeating.
With thanks to Alicia Curtis for sharing:-)
"Why the Nicest People Are the Strongest Inside"
Tiffany Sun shares her story about staying nice despite the terrible times that life brought her way, and finding her resilience. A lovely read.
"How Mindfulness Actually Works, and Why It Can Change Your Life"
Zat Ratna explores Gary Weber’s research and practice of mindfulness, and offers this suggestion: “Mindfulness isn’t an instant cure for life’s ills, but it can give you a tool to better deal with them.”
"How to be Kind to Yourself: Stop Chasing Self-Confidence"
Gustavo Razzetti shares some loving and helpful insights into our relationships with ourselves, exploring the idea that “The enemy lies within.”
"3 Big Problems to Fix in 2019 to Promote Long-Term Stability"
In this post by John McArthur on the United Nations Foundation blog, he begins:
“2018 will go down in the record books as one of seemingly incessant geopolitical acrimony. For many policymakers, the imminent turn of the calendar offers brief respite – a moment to clear one’s head and take stock of the most salient challenges on the horizon.
What core problems need to be solved amid fast-shifting strategic alliances and the cacophony of public debates? Ultimately, most societies are grappling with a common triple task, even if local manifestations differ.”
"Why I'm Into Meditation"
Bill Gates finds meditation a helpful tool, “now that I’m married, have three children, and have a broader set of professional and personal interests, it’s a great tool for improving my focus.”
Quinn Norton begins with “The essay took four years to write.”
"This Is The Unexpected Power of Sadness"
John Weiss suggests that to feel sad is to connect with the breadth of our humanity. It’s part of life.
"A Year That Matters"
Through honest and generous sharing of his own life journey, Umair Haque offers us a way to review our own year in the same spirit.
"When Being ‘Nice’ Hurts You More Than It Helps"
Annie Zelm begins this thoughtful article with “A lot of people have described me as ‘nice.’ It never used to bother me, until I started to notice it wasn’t always a compliment.” She goes on to explore the vast difference between being nice and being kind.
"Wins for the World: When International Cooperation Works"
Reading the news can be depressing, but that doesn’t mean global progress isn’t happening. Even though it doesn’t often make the headlines, the international community is coming together to act on some of our major challenges – and it’s working.
"I Left My Cushy Job to Study Depression. Here’s What I Learned."
“The self-loathing that often strikes in adolescence can fuel our inner critics,” begins Elitsa Dermendzhiyska.
"Why It’s Up to Us (to Create A Better Future)"
Umair Haque outlines three principles for reimagining organizations and leadership.
"Aristotle’s Philosophy of Friendship Still Matters Today"
“So many of our relationships are accidental. Here’s how to develop friendships that matter,” begins Zat Rana.
"3 Things the Dying Taught Me About Living Well"
“Contemplating one’s own death can be challenging and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. The lessons I’ve learned from the dying have helped me appreciate life more. It’s helped change my perspective on what’s important and what’s not. It’s helped me to make better decisions,” suggests Farhang Babkayee.
"The Overwhelmed Person’s Guide to Activism"
How to fight back when you have very little fight in you.
"Why we need to do nothing"
“It’s the curse of our generation. I feel like I need to fill every last minute of my day with productive activity, or I go into a death spiral of shame for not maximizing my output, which I’ve of course tied to my self-worth.“
So begins Ana Dean.
“Integrity is the soil that man stands upon that is a solid foundation for one’s inner being…“
So begins Anna Rozwadowska.
"How To Make Progress When You Are Terrified"
Deb Knobelman has 4 down-to-earth strategies to move you toward your goals when you are frozen.
"How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy"
Darius Forum begins this helpful piece with the observation: “Improving productivity has been a pursuit of the modern human being from the start of civilization. Somehow, we believe that productivity is something that became important after the industrial revolution. We assume that, because we live busy lives, we need to optimize our time — especially in the 21st century. That’s not true.”
"Does Suffering Make Life Worthwhile?"
Find the answer in this thoughtful piece by Tom Stevenson:-)
"Aphorisms on Kindness from The Book of Life"
In theory, we all love kindness of course, but in practice, a kind person sounds like something we would try to be only once every other more arduous and more rewarding alternative had failed. Learning to be kind means acknowledging how boring kindness can (unfairly) sound.
So begins this truly lovely piece about kindness.
With deep thanks to Jo McNeilly for sharing this:-)
"You Don’t Need a Goal, You Need a Theme"
“Happiness is rarely a result of what you accomplish,” suggests Niklas Göke.
"How To Become The Best Version Of Yourself"
Pursuing meaning is the true path to success. In this article, the author gives us the four pillars of meaning, providing a new way to look at finding meaning in your life and help you to become the best version of yourself.
"Random Acts of Kindness Foundation"
Our mission is to change schools, the workplace, families and society through kindness. We work toward that goal by creating free content that promotes kindness toward others & teaches important kindness skills to kids.
"The Three Principles of Wise Power"
“If you know how to harness the power of your mind, heart and soul, you will be wiser in the face of surprises and disruption,” proposes Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance and Sustainability at INSEAD, Marc Le Menestrel.
"Economics and the Great Divide"
Systems change is the ultimate pathway to the next economy we are striving to build.
Enjoy these suggestions for making change happen by Kendall Clifton-Short.
"The Last Person on Earth"
A mother, Melissa Fay Greene, considers her son’s final thoughts and a type of suicide we don’t fully understand.
"Love Is a Verb, Not a Noun"
A lesson from my parents has become the foundation of my marriage, says author Teresa Colón.
"Why The Giving Tree Makes You Cry"
Like many parents before me, I sob whenever I read this book to my kid, says author, Anthony Ford.
"The BEST Family Tradition EVER"
Creating a mindful, sacred family: a lovely story from Renee Tarantowski.
"Should We Choose Humility Over Heroism?"
The Myth of Heroism, and Why It’s Bad For Us: Umair Haque shares his kind and compassionate view.
"Choose the One that Thrills Your Heart"
Jack Preston King suggests that, to discover your destiny, take this advice from a Greek god:
"The Difference That Open-minded People Possess"
Zat Rana proposes that Your peripheral awareness is a light that attracts the darkness of what has yet to illuminate you. But for you to see it that way, you have to help it out when it provides the signal. You have to look for the pleasant in the unpleasant.
Enjoy this lovely reflection on being open to your world.
"How to Build Closer Relationships"
Thoughtful and very relevant advice from 7 TED speakers on creating better connections.
“Why don’t I feel closer to my parent/sibling/friend/co-worker?”
It’s a question that many of us have pondered at some point, and it usually comes out of our desire to feel more connected to the real VIPs in our life: that is, the people we care about, the people we share DNA with and/or the people we spend a lot of time with. There are a number of reasons — such as timing, competing commitments, differences of opinion, geography — why emotional distance can creep into the most important bonds. Here’s advice from seven TED speakers to help bridge some of them. Warning to the emotionally squeamish: Yes, we’re entering touchy-feely territory. But we can promise that none of these tips will hurt, and they could even make your relationships stronger.
"Charging what you're worth: Lessons from a vacuum cleaner"
About Mark Lambert and his vacuum cleaner called Derek: a critical lesson from an unlikely source.
"Delivering Kindness to Your Customers"
This link takes you to a page of newsletters written by Yurek Leon of Terrific Trading. All refreshing reading, including many ways to bring kindness into your customer relationships.
"Killing the ethic of killing"
Ginny begins this thoughtful blog post:
Death. We know it as an inevitability. There’s no elixir, to date, which grants us immortality. Death cannot be denied to all things that live. Hunger, senescence and biological weakness are the undeniable ways of this world.
That we humans, as part of nature, take life away from other beings is not always a wrongdoing. Peace on Earth is never going to be do-able when ecological violence and pain exist innately within the evolution of how life acquires energy; largely by the consumption of others.
More, we humans cause death by accident, neglect or ignorance. We might accidentally step on an ant, or a dandelion growing in a crack in the pavement. We might buy clothing from a retailer who sources stock from a place where river life is killed by dye run-off. We might choose to take our own life. We may even help others to end theirs…..
"Self reflection and journaling for leadership"
A lovely invitation to the timeless and most helpful practice.
"How To Recover When The World Breaks You"
We all break. The key is to become strong in the broken places.
"The Moment When You'll Finally Change"
My take on this is to be conscious of the moment when it becomes harder to resist change than to embrace the opportunity, but Kris puts it very well here:
"Why Leadership Requires Mental Resilience"
Seth encourages us to keep our internal smile especially in the tough times!
"Holding Space: the high art of leadership"
Nick Udall introduces us to the leaders needed for today and the future: Evocative leaders. They love life. They see problems as opportunities. When they hear no, they think yes. It is never about them, but it’s about the bigger endeavour they are passionate about, and the difference it will make. This is a special kind of leadership, as it doesn’t rely on hierarchical position, or command and control.
"The Science of Happiness in Four Simple Work Habits"
One happiness researcher believes we’re all capable of becoming happier in our jobs. It just takes a little bit of deliberate practice.
"The Good News: You are in Charge of Your Own Happiness:-)"
Message from Mo Gawdat: happiness is greater than or equal to events of our lives minus our expectations.
"Naomi Klein: How Shocking Events can Spark Positive Change"
World events are pretty shocking right now. Journalist and activist Naomi Klein studies how governments take advantage of chaotic events to push societies backward, but in this talk Klein takes the opposite tack. She asks: What if we used today’s shocks to push us to create the society we really want? “The shocking events that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world for the better,” Klein says. “But first we need to picture the world that we’re fighting for.”
"Suggestions for having a good day"
Lovely images and music along with suggestions for you to reflect on.
"Grief is Just Love with No Place to Go by Kathy Parker"
Grief is not a road we walk, or a journey we take. It is not a process that can be defined by stages we are told we must feel – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. It is not a textbook diagram, or a framework we must comply to. It isn’t a task we must complete. We don’t push through it, we don’t move into it and out of it, we don’t follow a linear progression until we reach the other side of it…
"The psychology of your future self"
Over the next ten years, how much do you think your values, personality and preferences will change?
It turns out that they are likely to change more than you think. When reflecting on our past, we realize that throughout our life we have significantly changed. But when thinking of the future, we tend to greatly underestimate how much we will continue to evolve. In his fascinating seven-minute TED Talk, “The psychology of your future self,” Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert shares powerful research revealing this consistent miscalculation.
"My Stroke of Insight"
One of the most extraordinary gifts of the human brain is the ability to think about how it thinks — to observe itself in action. Rarely has any brain been in a better position to do this than the one belonging to neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor. On December 10, 1996, Taylor experienced a massive cerebral hemorrhage, and in her classic TED Talk, “My stroke of insight,” she shares what it was like from the inside.
Although we spend most of our time in our left brains Taylor encourages us to live more in our right brains, which is where her consciousness shifted during her stroke. She describes it as a place of beauty and peace and connectedness, where the boundary between the self and the universe dissolves. It is only here that we discover our strength and wisdom.
"Choose Wisely Who You Learn From"
Adam Smith has some wise words to share in this article. He begins with: Life is made up of many choices, and I think it is important to remember the need to choose wisely as to whom you allow to speak into your life.
"Eight Ways to Unlock the Power of Community"
It’s about being open to the needs of the community, not just my needs!
"The Art of Stillness"
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.
"The Conversational Nature of Reality"
Internationally acclaimed poet David Whyte is an Associate Fellow at Templeton College and Said Business School at the University of Oxford, David works with many European, American and international companies, using poetry and thoughtful commentary to illustrate how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement.
In his talk, David encourages us to remain open to know the dialogue with our surroundings inform and inspire our ideas.
"How The Power Of Kindness Impacts Your Life And Others"
Tony Fahkry encourages us to be kind anyway. Lovely article.
"How To Stop Letting Others Dictate Your Worth"
It’s far better (and more resilient) when doing good work is sufficient. In other words, the less attached we are to outcomes the better.
Ryan Holiday gives us valuable insight into one of the major struggles to becoming happy with ourselves.
"10 Habits That Change Boys Into Men"
This article’s focus is on helping the struggling and confused young man. Indeed, many young men have taken the adverse cues of society as an excuse to evade responsibility and never really grow up.
If you are a young man and you’re struggling, you are not alone. This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. If applied, these habits will radically set you apart from the decaying norm.
"Lessons from the longest study on human development"
For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It’s the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it’s produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Reviewing this remarkable research, science journalist Helen Pearson shares some important findings and simple truths about life and good parenting.
"What Fear Can Teach Us"
In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.
"The Better You Know Yourself the More Resilient You Will Be"
Adapting to change requires self knowledge.
"The Paradox of Belonging"
This is a challenging paradox. Those who flourish in our community don’t need to be here.
"Secrets of the Most Resilient People"
Being able to bounce back from devastation may seem like a superpower, but there are several things you can do to prepare in advance.
"Don't Lose Yourself in Kindness"
There is kindness, and there is kindness. This story finds the sweet place between. Enjoy!
"Why Listening to the People You Hate Will Make You Smarter"
This listening touches a personal chord, and is not easy, but it’s crucial for true resilience.
"What Employees Get Out Of Giving Back"
It seems that for the programs to work the employees have to believe in it. Enjoy the read!
"The 2 Minutes It Takes to Read This Will Help You Overcome Any Obstacle"
You were lied to, of course, when you started your journey.
You were made to believe it would be easy.
It is not easy.
It is not easy to start a business or write a book. It is not easy to grow a following or implement working solution. It is not easy to find an asset worth $1 and apply your unique idea to make it worth $5. It is not even easy to become very good at one activity.
Please read on…
"The Ultimate Survival Guide to Not Fitting In"
Todd Brison begins: I’m good at not fitting in. I do it all the time. But humans need to belong, so I do these things to make people think I’m a normal human being.
"How do we get sustainability that can survive bad leadership?"
Mallen Baker proposes that “We will have to remove once and for all the belief that a CEO has a duty only to maximise returns to shareholders.”
"The ocean crisis: hope in troubled waters"
In an interview with mongabay.com, Safina discuses the many perils facing marine life; the recent ocean spill in the Gulf (which his next book will tackle); his views on capitalism, consumption, and religion; and how widening our circle of compassion to include all life could save the world.
"Shaping Business for the Future"
“We need a new paradigm for business” says Fiona Brooks.
"The Future of Leadership"
“Class of 2013: The Future of Leadership” by Deepak Chopra is his commencement address to: President Margaret Drugovich, Trustees of Hartwick College, Guests, Parents and Students of the 2013 Graduating Class at Hartwick College.
"Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?"
This article from the World Economic Forum introduces a simple possibility for a meaningful life. Please enjoy.
"The Dark Side of Resilience"
“… could too much resilience be a bad thing, just like too much muscle mass can be a bad thing — i.e., putting a strain on the heart? Large-scale scientific studies suggest that even adaptive competencies become maladaptive if taken to the extreme.”
"Take a 120-Second Break to Boost Your Happiness"
Outside Magazine, 6 April 2016.
At some point during your work day, productivity starts to lag, and you need a break. We get it, and that’s why our ongoing Weekly Escape series transports you from your desk to an incredible place in two minutes or less. This week we go to the Drakensberg Escarpment of South Africa with photographer Alex Nail, who captured this footage while on a 9-day unsupported hike through this unbelievable wilderness. Boasting colossal cliffs, jagged ridges, and the world’s second highest waterfall, Tugela, the beauty of the escarpment will get you through the day. You can follow Nail on Facebook here.
"How to Develop a Passion for Compassion"
No other skill is more vital for a life well-lived.
"Why Grief is a Teacher"
A powerful short piece about opening up to the life lessons at the centre of grief.
"Ten Tips from Ghandi on Changing the World"
Be guided by the infinite wisdom of this revered teacher, from the UPLIFT Weekly.
"A Better World Starts With You!"
From Kim Forrester, here are 4 ways to consciously choose and amplify kindness. It seems easy but does take courage.
"Life Lessons from a Mother"
Erin Sullivan shares her journey with her mother, including what she said at her mothers’ funeral. Some brave and true life lessons for all of us here.
"What dream has you?"
Prince Ea suggests that we look at dreams the wrong way round. The question is “what dream has you?” Enjoy.
"9 Mantras that Changed My Life Forever"
Todd Brison shares his life growing mantras, demonstrating that it does matter what we say to ourselves in our heads. Self talk matters!
"13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful"
The fascinating thing about this list is that there is not one “thing” on it. It’s all about our values and priorities and being our best selves.
"Why is Kindness Good for You?"
Enjoy this article from the Ripple Kindness Project
"The Penguin and the Fisherman"
Kindness is as kindness does! Enjoy this story.
"Peace Science Digest"
The Peace Science Digest provides analysis and access to the top research in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.
Published monthly, we aim to provide a mutually beneficial link between the field’s academic community and its practitioners, the media, public policy-makers and other possible beneficiaries.
"If Everyone Cared"
With thanks to the group Nickelback, we can understand how different our world would be if everyone cared.
And thanks to Tony Manso who told me about this video.
"Millennials: How We can Help Them!"
Simon SInek has some insightful and helpful advice for what is really needed for this wonderful generation to grow strong and resilient in themselves. It begins with relationships.
"New Ways to Protect the World’s Last Wild Places"
Despite the devastation that humans have wrought on our planet, many people are working to shift back the devastation with impressive results. This article from the Pew Charitable Trusts tells how.
"Living Planet Report 2016"
There is despair, but there is also hope here. “Transitioning towards an adaptive and resilient food system that provides nutritional food for all within the boundaries of a single planet is a daunting but essential goal.”
Reading this report, there are good things happening…
"What Great Listeners Actually Do"
Jack ZengerJoseph Folkman analyzed data describing the behavior of 3,492 participants in a development program designed to help managers become better coaches. They found some surprising conclusions, along with some qualities they expected to hear.
"Talks to help you focus on what really matters"
From praising slowness to what really matters at the end of life, these talks will help you slow down and reflect.
"Inspiration for Earth Day"
“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” – Wendell Berry
Enjoy these reflections whenever you need to reconnect with Earth.
"Talks to Help You Focus on What Really Matters"
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily dramas of life. These talks can help you step back, slow down and appreciate the bigger picture.
"The Dream We Haven't Dared to Dream"
What are your dreams? Better yet, what are your broken dreams? Dan Pallotta dreams of a time when we are as excited, curious and scientific about the development of our humanity as we are about the development of our technology. “What we fear most is that we will be denied the opportunity to fulfill our true potential,” Pallotta says. “Imagine living in a world where we simply recognize that deep, existential fear in one another — and love one another boldly because we know that to be human is to live with that fear.”
"Alliance Magazine: for Philanthropy and Social Investment Worldwide"
Since 1998 Alliance magazine has been the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide providing news and analysis of what’s happening in the sector right across the world.
"A Most Resilient Grandmother!"
Margaret Watroba tells her amazing story of moving from Poland as a young person and making a whole life in Australia. AND she has climbed Mount Everest!!!
"Need some time out? A Different Sound from Nature"
Birds on the wire: Song inspired by feathered flock strikes a chord with listeners.
"How the Teddy Bear Taught Us Compassion"
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear — and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called “teddy bears.” Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species’ chance of survival — and the natural world at large.
"Boatlift of 9/11"
We certainly were busy watching the news right after 9/11, but never saw this. BOATLIFT OF 9/11.
In the 10 years since this happened, this is the first time I’ve ever seen this video. I don’t even remember seeing/hearing about this evacuation on the news! And the fact it was all done in 9 hours.
This is an interesting video well worth watching. The man at the end (same man at the beginning) has some great words to live by for all of us.
"Be the Peace! It begins in your own heart"
The 2014 United Nation’s Global Peace Day linked hundreds of cities around the world.
"Looking for Inspiration? Enjoy "Women of Hope" video"
Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s call to action, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone,” Morley composed this song. She sings it at TEDxWomen in her gorgeous, warm voice. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)
"A Question: What If Everyone Cared?"
Please be inspired by this 4-minute video of fellow Earth citizens who cared enough to change their world. You never know it might help you to make steps to protect what you care about:-)
"Money and Happiness!"
Recent research shows that there is a limit to how much money buys happiness
"Are You Looking for a Smile?"
Turn the sound on, sit back and enjoy. This is such a feel good video; one of the best videos you might ever be privileged to view.
There ARE happy people out there. Not everyone is fighting and killing. This will make you smile. And, everyone can use a smile once in a while.
"Trust and the Fall of Public Relations by Robert Phillips"
Trust, Robert argues, is both complex and fragile – the result of an atomised and activist society, where power and influence are asymmetrical. Trust is possible – but there isn’t a simple formula to build it, nor a silver bullet to restore it. Leaders must think and behave differently if their own leadership, companies and/or brands are to be trusted.
"What a Wonderful World"
A delightful visual message from David Attenborough
"Compassion and Happiness"
Compassion plays a central role in sustainable happiness. John F. Schumaker finds that happiness is elusive but obtainable.
"Kindness is The Pale Blue Dot"
This short film, from the Sagan Series, explores the possibility that we can be kind to our planet because it’s the only home will have in the universe.
"A New Kind of Self-Awareness"
This film explores implication of seeing earth from space.
"Survival of the Nicest"
A new theory of evolution based on the human species learning to survive and thrive through building collaborative environments.
"The Positivity Blog"
Happiness & Awesome Tips that Work in Real Life
"A Leader's Kind Heart Is Good For Business"
What’s the secret to Shari Arison’s success? Spreading kindness, in the workplace and the world.
"The Slow Movement"
The Slow Movement aims to address the issue of ‘time poverty’ and poor health through making connections.
If we think about the following trends. Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in the world today. People are turning to organic food in droves. Schools are in turmoil.
How slow can you go? Home schooling is becoming commonplace. People are downshifting. The Slow Food movement is gaining popularity with 811 convivia worldwide.
"Words of Peace Global"
“Words of Peace Global (WOPG) is an international charitable foundation which promotes Prem Rawat s message of peace by making it available to audiences around the world through Live Events, Webcasts, LifeStreams, Broadcasts, and a variety of other communication channels. We invite you to explore this site, where you can find a variety of materials, including videos, articles, news, and more.”
"Free Hugs Campaign"
One person’s vision to spread Kindness as a way of Life…
"In Search of Courage"
The core message of this thoughtful article from “Fast Company.com” is that courage is the enforcing virtue, the one that makes possible all the other virtues common to exceptional leaders: honesty, integrity, confidence, compassion, and humility. In short, leaders who lack courage aren’t leaders.
"Bruce Mau Design: An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth"
Written in 1998, the Incomplete Manifesto is an articulation of statements exemplifying Bruce Maus beliefs, strategies and motivations. Collectively, they are how Bruce Mau and his team approach every project. They may be of use to you in your life journey.