The legendary Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii – a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and then a full-length marathon on hot, dry ground — with no breaks in between has become a bucket list goal for champion athletes. When Minda Dentler decided to take it on, she had bigger aspirations than just another medal around her neck. She tells the story of how she took on the race, and what it inspired her to do next.
Meet Ann Morgan, who set herself the challenge of reading a book from every single country in the world over the course of a year. After realising that the majority of her books were by English and American authors, she decided to explore beyond the English speaking world, reading translated works and uncovering foreign literary gems. Check out interactive maps of her reading journey here.
For Lewis Pugh, swimming the North Pole wasn’t enough. After vowing he would never take on another cold water dip, he found out about Lake Pumori, a lake at 5300m on Everest, and Lake Imja, a lake created by glacial melting. Lewis began a new radical journey to take them on, encompassing a new approach to swimming and climate change.
Meet Richard Browning, the guy who has made a flying suit that merges the body, the mind and technology. It brings all our science fiction and flying dreams to life! Learn about his invention, the creation process and watch Browning demo the suit.
We are big believers in lifelong learning its the best way to keep the brain active! But sometimes its a bit of a slog so how do you stay engaged to learn more? It turns out that there are some very simple tricks that we can use to keep us from burning out and keep us fresh for our next challenge.
Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning
Ramsey Musallam is a chemistry teacher from San Francisco. After a life-threatening illness changed his whole perspective he decided that there must be a better way to teach than just regurgitating facts. So he’s come up with 3 simple rules to help keep the brain engaged. These rules help spark communication, imagination and learning. In this funny and personal talk, he simply lays out these rules so we can all take advantage and become better learners.
Yes is a powerful word it can literally change your world. From marriage proposals to going on holiday, this little word certainly packs a lot of power! Sometimes though we can get stuck in a rut telling ourselves we are too busy to do anything but work. So how do we break the habit of saying no to every new opportunity that crosses our path? Well, there’s one simple thing we can do to combat this and its to say yes to everything!
Saying yes can really change everything
That’s exactly what Shonda Rhimes has done for an entire year! She’s no stranger to pressure being a showrunner for hits shows such as How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. In this talk, she tells us the power of saying yes and how it can change and improve your life!
Time is our greatest resource. But it’s something that all of us never seem to have enough of. We’re big believers that we tell our selves how busy we are and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. But how do we break that cycle?
There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most?
Laura Vanderkam is a time management expert and makes sure that she makes the most out of every single day. She shows us that we all overestimate how busy we actually are making us stressed and unhappy for no reason. One of her most surprising revelations is: we retroactively overestimate the amount of time spent stressing about work while underestimating our available downtime. So we spend the little time we have to enjoy ourselves worrying that we should be working more. This is something we believe all of us do and get ourselves stuck in a rut.
In this talk, she gives us useful and practical ways to make the most of the little time we have.
Dangerous things are around us at all times. You’re not even safe in your own home! Most accidents and deaths occur right there in your own house. But is danger something that should be avoided or have we become so safety conscience that we are not developing new skills? Even worse are we raising our kids to be afraid of the world around us?
“ Trying to figure out if the tinker kids are going to be able to get molten iron from magnetite sand“
Gever Tulley is the founder of the Tinkering School. This is a week long camp where kids learn how to use and build with power tools. This is the sort of thing that would make most helicopter parents panic! He’s interesting in teaching children new skills and learn problem solving. In this video he argues that without a little bit of danger kids can never learn new skills. Introducing them to things which maybe dangerous in a controlled environment helps them learn how to do things safely. With a list of things you should be letting your kids try it includes playing with fire and owning a pocket knife!
Why Bother? Its a feeling we can all relate to. Its that little gremlin feeling we get from time to time telling us what’s the point. Whenever you’re starting learning a new skill or any kind of self improvement its this feeling thats normally trying to get us to stop. But, some people go out in the world and do amazing things like maybe run a marathon for example. These can be hard difficult tasks that we could easily avoid, stuff we don’t have to do but feel we need to.
“Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is”
Ben Saunders is someone who does hard things. He’s an Arctic explorer and is the youngest person ever to ski solo to the North Pole. In this talk he tells us about the benefits of going finding adventure and what drives him to do it. He goes into how he turns ideas into action and how he stays motivated. This is great for anyone wanting to start a new challenge! Whatever that is. You don’t have to be throwing yourself out of a plane or running for miles on miles on miles. Why not check out our goals page for some more inspiration!
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!