Ted Talk Tuesday – All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

Do you practice being mindful? Are you even sure you know what that means? Well ask yourself this simple question… When was the last time you spent ten minutes doing absolutely nothing.

Not checking your phone.

Not watching TV.

Not even thinking.

While we’ve been taught that we should always keep ourselves busy and on the go. The devil makes work for idle hands after all! Sometimes the best thing we can do for our mental health is to take a little break and smell the flowers.

Thats what mediation is, time for our brains to take a break and get a little bit of mental space. Andy Puddicombe is the man behind Headspace. This is a mobile app that aims to make its users a little more mindful and encourages us to take a little time out.  Taking just 10 minutes a day can help refresh your brain and appreciate the present moment. Instead of worrying about whats going to come later!

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – The Woman Who Rowed into a hurricane

How do you define bravery? Sometimes it’s facing up to the impossible like a hurricane. Impossible odds create incredible people. Dawn Landes tells us about her hero.

Tori Murden McClure was a woman with a goal. A goal much larger than most people even dream to take on. Her aim was to row the atlantic single handedly. She faced some of the worst conditions on the planet to reach her goal.

Landes imagines the mindset of a woman alone in the midst of the vast ocean with a hurricane on the horizon.

Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes tells us her story through a mixture of video and song she lays out the tale of a intrepid woman facing incredible problems.

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – How We found the Giant Squid

There’s not many tall tales bigger than the giant squid. Maritime legends of enormous beasts large enough to drag boats and any foolhardy souls stupid enough to tangle them down to the depths of the oceans. For many years it was thought that the giant squid was nothing more than a legend.

But all around the world reports would come in of sightings and even very rarely massive specimens would wash up. Baffling locals and exciting scientists. But there was never one caught on film.

Humankind has been looking for the giant squid (Architeuthis) since we first started taking pictures underwater.

Enter Edith Widder a biologist with just one mission. To hunt and film these elusive creatures. And in 2012 she was the first person to ever film one of these incredible animals. In this talk she tells us what it takes to achieve this amazing feat. From the technology to the good old hard work this shows us what can be done with a bit of determination.

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – Sophie Radcliffe – Achieve Your Extraordinary

What makes a person achieve their extraordinary? What gives them that push to make the amazing happen and hit their goals? Sophie Radcliffe is someone who knows a thing or two about doing the incredible.

Sophie has ran, swam and cycled her way around the planet. Each of these adventures have lead her down a path that has not only seen her achieve her goals but grow and expand them. She has gone from working the 9-5 grind that so many of us find ourselves in to becoming a ambassador for adventure. She’s become an adventurer, writer, athlete and model.  Working alongside the UK government she has helped drive change for women in sport. Helping change peoples lives and increasing opportunities. She has taken the steps to not only change her own life but improve the lives of others around her.

This is a truly inspiring talk for anyone finding themselves stuck in a rut and looking for that next big change!

Follow Sophie on her next adventure here.

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – The playful wonderland behind great inventions

Inventions, they surround us. Virtually everything you use during a day was once an idea in someones head. From the button you use to do up your jeans to the device you’re currently reading this on. These were once just a spark in someones imagination. But how does these ideas come about? What does it take for someone to someone to hit upon that one great idea that changes everything.

Necessity is the mother of inventions, right? Well, not always.

Steven Johnson shows us that necessity is not always the mother of invention. Sometimes its just people having fun and creating something just for the hell of it. When people are having fun and being creative great things can happen.

Johnson is one of the leading minds on science and innovation. He even has his own show on PBS called How we got to now and has written a number of books including The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map. This is a great talk for anyone wanting to become inspired and try and find that one great idea.

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – What reality are you creating for yourself?

Reality what is it really? Does everyone perceive the same planet as you do or is it just a story we tell ourselves based on our experiences? Isaac Lidsky tells us that it’s something we create in our own mind each and everyday. With this idea in mind he says that we can change how we can the world by changing our opinions toward it. This can lead to a totally different way to live our lives.

 

Reality isn’t something you perceive; it’s something you create in your mind.

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – To raise brave girls, encourage adventure

How does someone become brave? There’s only one way we know and that’s to get into situations where you feel a little scared. A little fear is a great thing. It can get you to take that leap or run just that little bit faster.

Caroline Paul thinks that the best education you can give a child is to get outdoors and go do some stuff. I have to say we tend to agree! Adventure builds character getting outdoors is good for soul. The two really go hand in hand.

Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women.

Caroline is a definitely a brave woman! In her resume she has firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer. Which is pretty impressive to say the least! Her talk out lines the core ideas behind her book The Gutsy Girl. Maybe it will inspire you to raise you kids a little bit differently!

 

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – What I learned from 100 days of rejection

Rejection. Its the sort of thing that most people try and avoid. Whether its something big or small it always hurts. But is there something we can learn from it? They do say whatever doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.

Jia Jiang is a man who has experienced more rejection than most of us. Instead of shrinking away from it he actively sought it out and created an interesting experiment. Could he find situations where he could be turned down for 100 days. Thats a bold undertaking. Not only would he have create the situation but also make sure that he would be refused. The goal was never to succeed, quite the opposite. The only way this experiment would work is if he was rejected, rejected and they rejected again for 100 days!

Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings

 

From asking to lend money to free food he finds many ways to get rejected. This is a great talk for anybody who is afraid to not get what they want! It shows us that sometimes rejection is not the worst thing in the world!

 

 

 

 

Science Sunday – 3 Reasons Why Nuclear Energy Is Awesome!

In the final part in our Nuclear series we take a look at all the good this power source can do. This video tells us loud and proud nuclear power is awesome!

From cleaner energy to powerful generators. There really did seem a time where this type of energy seemed it would solve all our problems. Could the same be said again? Could nuclear power be the power of the future or should it be banished to the past and never be used again?

 

 

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Ted Talk Tuesday – How to practice effectively for anything

There’s only one way to get better at anything in life and that’s with practice. But how do you do this effectively?

This talk gives us tips and shows use how to make the most out of our training. The lessons this videos teaches can be used for just about any skill. From running to yoga to learning a musical instrument if you don’t take the time to work on your skills you will never see any improvement.

 

“Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement”

 

Annie Bosler and Don Greene not only show us how to improve our skills but how these improvements actually effect our brains. As our regular readers know we are big believers in learning new skills. Taking the time to make our practice as effective as possible will only help us improve! The quicker we improve the better we feel about ourselves and what we are doing.