TED Talks is one of the innovative inventions in last twenty manage to enter the top entrepreneurial mission one can define as success. It is the essence of what good Internet use is all about. Briefly said, it is sharing good and creative ideas while inspiring and promoting the feeling of joy for the progress of men and women. That being said, no great invention can, and should, exist without some criticism. I personally heard comments that had implied the conferences as elitists, others that say it´s a waste of time of serious men and women, scientists and person of culture, and some speakers even complained about censuring their talks. Taking into account this criticism, one cannot argue with the hundreds of thousands of view for every recently-uploaded Talk or with the smile and awe most people immediately get when discussing the last TED Talk.
So, to celebrate the release of my TEDx Talk video I thought of scribing some words about this memorable and wonderful experience. As it seems, about three months ago I had the chance to participate in a TEDx event. I was one of eight speakers, all of us excited and nervous, no matter what was our background and experiences we lived.
The title of my talk is Trip to Awareness and New Trispective about Life. In it I shared experiences, as well as wonderful, exuberance, life filling events that made my life rich and interesting. Many adventures, of the kind that for years were left unspoken, were revealed on this TEDx stage, mentioning some travels I did and the subsequent thoughts I had. As it seems, after many travels and adventures in different countries experiencing and learning about cultures, languages and some of the similar preoccupations we share, I might have managed to reach few exciting conclusions. The Talk was an exciting event, and although I was asked for more journey anecdotes as well as experiences I acquired, I think I succeeded inserting some of the mindful conclusions I had and the unique and pragmatic theory about life (some of which can be found in my books).
I did not say it during the Talk but without any doubt, it is inspired from a book I published in 2012 called Trispectivism (from which part of the title and this very blog are derived). In it I elaborate the method of thought process that I used to arrive to that theory and, as mentioned, was pondering about the wonderful experiences I had in the many countries I have traveled and lived.
When I think about this TEDx experience, one particular thought comes to mind: The TEDx Paradox. It is the constant effort to balance between what one might see as egocentric blabber and a necessary explanation about oneself. How does one choose wisely what to say about the things he or she did, what is great, what is mediocre and what is common and might seem as over-reacting self consumed person? As an academic, I participate in conferences regularly for the last 5 years but this experience is quite different. Presenting your work in front of experts in the matter that will judge your academic or professional ability turned out to be quite different from presenting yourself in front of a large variety of curious people with different backgrounds that will judge you according to how you present yourself in public.
“Just look above the audience”, was the first of few good advices I received and gladly assimilated. Another one was to engage with the audience, this one I failed to follow. Yet my learning experience was more than those advices and seeing my limitations but also about fear, responsibility and doubts before, and while, the Talk.
But maybe the important conclusion for me is that the Talk initiated one of the most significant contemplation I did in recent years and that is the realization that in spite of my amazing experiences, I began to acknowledge how little I have actually done to make the world a better place. This introspective reasoning rearranged my priorities and now, at the age of 36 it´s time to try and give back no matter how little we might think any contribution one can make.
And to end this, nothing better than the words of TED founder in person:
And to end this, nothing better than the words of TED founder in person:
How to have courage?
“I’m afraid of what people are saying about me behind my back. I’m afraid that when I’m an old man I will be too sick to move and nobody will visit me. I want to practice courage. Courage is caring but not having to care. Helping but not forcing. Saying no without being afraid of consequences. Doing your best every moment but letting go of the results. Being loving with no expectation of love. You become what you practice.”
Like to Stay Up Late? Different Neural Structures Found in the Brains of Night Owls
“Night owls make up around 20% of the population, with about 10% of us being larks–preferring to sleep early and rise early. As night owls find it difficult to get to sleep early, they tend to carry large amounts of sleep debt. In other words, they’re exhausted all the time.As a result, they tend to be larger consumers of caffeine and other stimulants, in order to counteract their sleep debt.”
Your Reality Is a Reflection of What You Believe You Deserve
“At the time I wasn’t able to see that what I had chosen was a reflection of my low self-worth. I felt like dirt and lived in it. As I started to look at self-love, and practice affirmations, yoga, and meditations in nature, it was like a light went on, mostly unconsciously, until the day came when I consciously realized: I deserve better. (…) Once you are aware of this, you can change it. Once you can see that you are sabotaging yourself, you can choose to deepen your spiritual practices. This will energize you and increase your faith, helping you take action, which always leads to a more fulfilling reality.”
Ted’s best for the week
John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language!
Does texting mean the end of good writing skills? John McWhorter says that there’s much more to texting — linguistically and culturally — than it seems, and it’s all good news. The famous linguist thinks about language in relation to race, politics and our shared cultural history. We all keep hearing about how technology is destroying our culture, fatigue our mind and ruin our culture, we hear it in almost every getting together. This talk reminds us something important, every generation leaves a change in life and while we are alive can we really say that it is good or bad. Does it really the technology, that we so easily target as the source of all wrongdoing, is to be blamed. In this talk we become see a different perspective we might want to take into consideration.
“[Texting] is a whole new way of writing that young people are developing, which they’re using alongside their ordinary writing skills… It’s an expansion of their linguistic repertoire.”
Person of the week! Steve Jobs, Genius Of Modern Age
Steven Paul, aka Steve, Jobs (1955-2011), is widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields, transforming “one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies”.
“There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love, – says Jobs at the end of his speech at the Macworld Conference and Expo in January 2007, – ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will.”