If I’m being honest, I don’t watch TED talks as much as I should (because I really enjoy them!) but when I do I’ll blast out loads in one day.
TED Talks To Inspire Your Life
There are topics on pretty much everything you could even think of, and whilst I stick to similar themes it is good to just find something random and listen. With so much choice, you could be lost to TED for hours.
These are three that I discovered in the past week, and they’re similar, yet each give us something different to think about.
Inside The Mind of a Master Procrastinator – Tim Urban
“Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done.”
Okay this one spoke to me on real levels. Completely.
We all procrastinate at some point in life. Tim Urban talks about the things we put off and it just might give you that little push you need. It started off quite humorous, and I could totally relate with putting off assignments and the like.
And then he hits you with the big one. And it gets you.
Procrastinating on life. Wanting all these things, having all these dreams, but not really being able to move forward. How deadlines impact our motivation. I can relate in that I’m comfortable right now. I’m not completely happy with where I’m at, but I’m struggling to actually get anywhere because I’m used to ‘this’… Yeah. Worth a listen for sure!
Try Something New For 30 Days – Matt Cutts
“Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.”
I liked this one because it just makes sense. So much research suggests that it takes around 21 days to create a habit, so really doing something for 30 days has got to help right? It’s not about aiming to do something really difficult every day for 30 days. Use it to take small steps each day, and by the end of it you’ll be a lot further on than you were to begin with.
One small change to your day can make a big difference.
A little more extreme, but I did complete a 100 days of yoga challenge in 2015, and just doing a different yoga pose each day made me set aside a little time and really think about something. It was great! You can choose absolutely anything to try and do on a daily streak though.
To Raise Brave Girls, Encourage Adventure – Caroline Paul
“Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up – and grow up to be brave women. Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer Caroline Paul.”
And I saved the best for last. Oh yes.
All you girls out there… How often have you been told to be careful growing up? Warned off doing something deemed risk-worthy, that maybe your brothers or boys at school weren’t? It seems to be more accepted that boys will play rough, they will climb trees or do the more risky sports. They’ll get cuts and bruises. ‘Boys will be boys’.
Caroline Paul questions all this. ‘Risky play’ is important for all children, no matter the gender. Teach girls bravery. To learn to have courage about doing scary things, and not to fear them. Teach them resilience and give them confidence. Basically to stop cautioning girls when you wouldn’t caution a boy for doing the same thing.
It seems obvious, but it happens a lot.
And these sort of experiences can give valuable life skills that will take them onto adulthood and be more confident in themselves. I found this talk SUPER inspiring, and if I have little girls in the future, this is how I want to raise them. Caroline Paul is boss.