Pico Iyer: The Art of Stillness

If you have ever been unsure whether something like stress management is for you, Pico Iyer explains very eloquently why giving yourself empty time to appreciate and reflect is utterly vital to living a meaningful life. Listen to him as he shares an incredible journey of discovering the space between moments and it’s amazing value.

Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Alain de Botton, talks about a number of issues and strengths with our modern society and how we define success and failure. In his talk he hits some very great nuggets of wisdom about our need to for compassion and non-judgment and also how we need to define our own success.

I really enjoyed this video because it touched on something I’ve wanted to share for years. We’re in a very success obsessed society that has a very narrow definition of success. We easily get lost in what society defines as success and we never define for ourselves what that happy life will look like. Don’t get lost in society’s rules and definitions when you’re the one who decides your life.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Why lunch ladies are heroes

Jarrett J. Krosoczka did something amazing. He wrote a graphic novel series that inspired children to thank lunch ladies all around the country. Watch and see how his work impacted people.

Sometimes the greatest thing you can give a person is gratitude. When you have a chance, take a moment to thank that person in the background, the person you never noticed but is always there for you.

Matthew O’Reilly: “Am I dying?” The honest answer.

An EMT shares his experience of seeing people in their final moments as they pass away, and the three major experiences everyone of them seems to have.

I thought this video was enlightening only in the sense that it reminds us what’s important. Our time is limited. How will you spend the time you have?

Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome

http://www.ted.com Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life’s simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that’s truly awesome.

Cameron Russel: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.

Originally I thought this was just going to be a talk about body image issues, but it goes much deeper than that. Cameron Russel really blows the lid on the modeling world and shows how difficult it is to wrestle with privilege.

One of the reasons I really enjoyed this talk was it was something I could relate with. In many ways I consider myself incredibly lucky and privileged, and trust me, it’s not a great feeling. While obviously I’d prefer to be privileged than not, it is something you wrestle with.

For myself, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wrestled with my own intelligence. I breezed though school and I almost never studied, and while that’s awesome, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Why do I get the easy road when others have to struggle? Over time, I have come to acceptance with the fact that life just deals people different cards. My only hope is that some day we can stack the deck to be a little more fair.

If you ever feel stuck, you may want to check this out.

Even if you don’t care at all about science, I think this is a video worth watching. Uri Alon shares how almost all scientists experience a feeling of being lost and trapped when they attempt research and what you can do when this feeling happens.

I am definitely no stranger to the cloud. Running a business with little prior experience, while also embracing the idea of simplicity, often means I’m exploring very uncharted territory. There are times I feel lost, stuck, and like I want to give up, but I always seem to remember that I’m doing big things and that this is my passion. When I remember that, I seem to bounce back and chase my dreams with more fervor than ever.


Do you ever single-task?

This video made me laugh, because even I fall victim to this sometimes. The internet is really good at making us jump around.

So, I don’t know if I’ll ever try Tabless Thursdays, but I think it’s important to stop every once in awhile. We’re so good at splitting our focus, but sometimes our brains need a break. Take a moment, maybe turn off the computer. You can go for a walk or even just sit. The important part is to just give yourself a break, let your mind stop being a hamster wheel and relax.

What’s on your mind?

Generally speaking, I’m pro-social media. I think it provides a level of connectivity we’ve never had access to before. People can actively pursue passions and maintain social connections while being continents away from each other.  This is especially valuable if you are socially isolated (such as being home-bound by a disability, or being in a people sparse area such as the country). That being said, social media does have it’s problems.

The flaw I see with social media is that it provides connectivity, but it’s also very easy to avoid vulnerability. On Facebook, you can present only the best sides of yourself, you can carefully edit, adjust, and preen every message and status update you share, and the very public nature of Facebook makes it only worse. Nobody wants to stand in front of a large group of people and share their insecurities.

This all leads to Facebook, being a very powerful resource for connectivity, but a weak resource for meaningful relationships. Deep, lasting relationships come from vulnerability. When somebody sees you at your most insecure moment and jumps up to support you, that’s when real friendship happens. Facebook, unfortunately makes it too easy to hide, so we lose chances for real connection.



Ze Frank: Are you human?

Awhile ago I posted a video before featuring Ze Frank. He’s an interesting and quirky guy, who often shows us how a little whimsy and creativity can do some cool things. This is another talk by him, in which he will determine if you are human.

The thing I liked about this video is that while it was also humorous, it reminded me of a simple fact. We are human. We tend to forget how much we all deeply feel and how we all do stupid things sometimes. Sometimes I feel we need to embrace the idea of being flawed creatures more and appreciate ourselves for it. Yeah, we all do stupid things, but what’s life if you can’t pick your nose once in awhile or mourn a death or write a passive aggressive text message? Being human is awesome, and sometimes you have to let go of being perfect.