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.
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!
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.