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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!