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.
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!
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.