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!

 

 

 

OW vs WOW – How the way you think affects your success

Why is it that some people seem to have all the luck? You know the type of person, where opportunities fall at their feet and things always go their way. And then there’s the people who just seem to get the worst luck, even if they’re really trying. Well, if you’ve also been pondering this phenomenon, you’ll be pleased to hear that we recently stumbled upon a theory that explains why some people have all the success and why some others don’t, even if they’ve had the same resources and opportunities.

(And when we’re talking about success here, we don’t mean in the “traditional” sense of being rich and powerful, we mean  success as in happiness that comes from achieving your dreams and goals, whatever shape they may take.)

 

Are you an OW brainer, or a WOW brainer?

According to Todd Herman, of the Peak Athlete, there are two types of mindset when it comes to success – OW and WOW –  and whichever one is dominant, will determine whether you are likely to be successful or not.

Now Todd know’s what he’s talking about. He’s been training professional athletes and entrepreneurs to create winning mindsets and improve their mental toughness for over 16 years.

OW brainers see things as hard. In the future, they see obstacles, struggle and pain. When they want to make a change, they think of all the ways something will hurt them instead of the positives that will come out of it. People with an OW mentality tend to be bored, stuck and very firmly rooted in their comfort zone. They’re a glass half empty kinda person.

So, if you were learning to ride a bike, and you tend towards an OW mindset, you’d probably be worried about falling off, getting hurt and making a fool of yourself. Maybe even to the extent that you wouldn’t even try.

Contrast that with WOW brainers, who are literally in awe of what’s going on around them. They see challenges as adventures and every hurdle or failure as a learning opportunity. They’re usually pretty confident people and definitely see the glass as half full.
If someone with a WOW mindset was learning to ride a bike, they would be really excited to get going. They’d see each fall or crash as something to learn from. And even when the stabilisers come off and they’re really wobbly, they remember that when they started, they couldn’t ride a bike at all.

 

Can you guess which one is more likely to succeed?

 

Now don’t panic if you feel like you’re leaning towards being a OW brainer – you aren’t exclusively one or the other, and you might be more inclined to be a certain way depending on the situation. Plus, your mindset isn’t fixed, you can totally shift it to make the likelihood of you achieving what you want go through the roof!

 

And the even better news? Go-do.it is perfectly set up to help you do that.

You see, my intrepid doer, some of the ways you can move towards a WOW brain have literally been baked in to the go-do.it way.
How? I hear you ask. Well…

 

1 – It gives you goals and a path to achieve them.

If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you expect to get there? You need a plan, with actionable steps, or you’re going to get overwhelmed and stay firmly in the OW camp.

 

It’s a well-touted fact that writing down or having a record of your goals makes you much more likely to achieve them. Even though the original 1953 Yale study was proven to be a myth, a 2012 study in California proved that by writing down your goals, you are more likely to achieve them.
So, simply by creating your goals on go-do.it, you’ll get yourself much further along the road than if you simply keep them in your head.

 

2 – It gives you accountability

The same study, found that if you then share your goals with a friend, you’re almost twice as likely to achieve them. And if you report back to your friends on your progress, that gives you another extra boost!
Fortunately sharing is an integral part of go-do.it. It’s really easy to hit share on your goals and tell your friends what you’re planning to do.

 

3 – You can see just how far you’ve come and celebrate success.

One of the most important parts of a WOW brain is that you recognise all of the hard work and achievement that’s got you to where you are now. And go-do.it means you’ll always be able to see just how many cool things you’ve achieved (and brag about it to your friends too!)

 

When work is busy, or you feel like you haven’t learnt anything new in forever, or you’re feeling a bit stuck or bored, it’s really easy to forget or underplay just how far you’ve come. Achievements fade in our memories over time which means your motivation can go south. Having a record of everything you’ve achieved so far can be the push you need to keep going.
And as an added bonus, it also reminds you to be thankful for all of your journey so far. And gratitude doesn’t just help you achieve your goals, it can dramatically improve both your mental and physical health.

 

Learn more about OW and WOW mindsets.

If you want to dig deeper into the theory, watch this fantastic interview with Todd and Marie Forleo. They look at the science behind what happens in your brain and your body when you’re forming new habits and give you five ways to help move from an OW to a WOW mindset.
You can also read more about how your mindset shapes your life on Brainpickings.

 

What’s next?

Whichever way you lean, go-do.it will help you on your journey. We’ll be your own personal cheerleader to help you make goals, create a plan, connect with other people doing cool stuff and show you just how far you’ve come.

 

So, if you’re an OW brainer, join us and we’ll help you literally go from OW to WOW!

 

And if you’re already leaning towards a WOW mentality, sign up, share your adventures with the world and help keep your momentum going!
What are you waiting for – join us today!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – Extreme Challenge

Have you or would you ever undertake an extreme challenge. Something so difficult that you’re not even sure if you can do it. Other people think you’re crazy for even trying.
Well Sean Conway is the man to look to if you ever think of trying something hard. The best way to describe him would be as an endurance adventurer. He’s done some pretty impressive things he’s swam the length of Great Britain and climbed Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin. With a resume like that you know he’s going to have a few stories to tell.

“His never-give-up attitude in the face of extreme challenge has captured the imagination of many”

Sean now gives talks about his experiences, what motivates him and how to overcome tough times. Something he had first hand experience of after he was ran over by a truck in America. He suffered a fractured spine and was lucky to recover fully. This didn’t dampen his spirit of adventure completing the worlds longest triathlon around the UK pretty soon afterwards.

Sean is a inspiring speaker who shows us that whatever we face we can still move forwards.

 

Science Sunday – 3 Reasons Why Nuclear Energy Is Terrible!

Following on from last we we thought we would take a look at why Nuclear power is TERRIBLE. When Nuclear power first came about people thought that it was going to be the solution to so many problems. They even used to paint clock faces with nuclear material so they would glow in the dark. This obviously caused some problems.

This energy source does have many of these problems. From cancer causing nastys to the major problem of what to do with leftover materials.

Next week we will look at the other side of this argument.

 

 

 

 

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Lessons vs YouTube – which is better?

Isn’t YouTube amazing? You can learn pretty much anything you want just by watching a video. Literally anything, from yoga, knitting or mandarin, to tattooing, unicycling or beatboxing.

In fact, YouTube is the world’s second biggest search engine. There’s so much you can learn on there, it’s a wonder that anyone actually takes lessons any more.

But that got us thinking – is YouTube the best way to learn something new? Is it any better to take lessons instead of learning for free on the internet, at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home?

Let’s consider the evidence…

YouTube is a one-way street

The biggest downside to learning on YouTube is that it’s only one-way communication – which means you won’t get any feedback. And effective feedback is the best possible hack to learning there is. It builds confidence, self-awareness and your enthusiasm for learning. [1]

It makes sense when you think about it – you can think you’re doing something right but how do you actually know? – When someone else, who knows what they’re doing,  gives you feedback. There’s just no way of knowing if you’re watching a video.
Plus you can ask questions, so if something doesn’t make sense, you don’t have to just muddle through through.

Practice makes permanent

We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect, but that’s not strictly true. Practice actually makes permanent – repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again helps things stick in your memory and become automatic. Which is great if you’re doing it right – but if you’re doing it wrong, it will be a lot harder to correct after many hours of practice. Taking a lesson means the likelihood of you doing something wrong, and then cementing it in your memory with practice, is a lot less.

You’ll probably learn faster in a lesson

if you’ve got a limited amount of time, like a holiday or a trip booked that you want to get ready for.

You’re much more likely to actually go to a lesson

We can all be a bit lazy, and when life gets in the way, it’s much easier to cancel on a YouTube video than an actual human being. It won’t be disappointed and it won’t cost you anything!
Having a set time and someone expecting you means you’re much more likely to actually learn what you want instead of putting it off for when you have more time/work is less hectic/ you’ve watched the new series of Stranger Things.

It’s much more fun doing it with someone else

(Get that thought out of your mind, we meant learning!) But seriously, who’s going to laugh at with you when you royally screw something up, like bashing into something (a wall/the floor/your face) or saying the wrong thing. Learning can be hard, but it feels much less so when someone is there sharing the experience with you. Plus who’s going to tell you you’re doing a great job, or cheer when you totally nail something?

 

YouTube probably isn’t a good idea for dangerous pursuits

Skydiving, base jumping, tattooing, slacklining more than a few feet up – anything likely to cause permanent damage/serious injury/death, you should probably see an expert first rather than just buy some kit and watch a few videos online!

 

And what about those times when YouTube really is your best bet?

 

YouTube is free

Depending on what you want to learn, paying for lessons can be really expensive, especially over time. This means YouTube is also great for if you want to try something without committing to a full course (but do see the point above about dangerous activities!)

Choose when and where to learn

The other bonus is that you can learn at your own pace, and do it wherever you want, wifi or 4G permitting of course. Sometimes there aren’t any classes nearby, or you just can’t make the times the class is on.  And if you want to practice Spanish at 4am when you can’t sleep, or learn a trick for your brand new skateboard on Christmas Day – YouTube is perfect!

Learn from some of the world’s leading experts

Getting a real-life lesson from a world number one is probably pretty unrealistic, but on YouTube you can get a lesson from some of the best teachers in the world, including tennis tips from Novak Djokovic and guitar lessons from Slash from Guns n Roses!
So, which way is best for you? If you want to save your pennies or can’t find or get to a lesson, YouTube isn’t a bad place to start, but if you’re in a hurry to learn, or don’t want to learn by trial and error, lessons are definitely the most efficient way to go.

What do you want to learn? Check out our goals page if you need some inspiration, and then get your goals list started today!

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – My mind-shifting Everest swim

Lake Imja in the Himalayas is actually on Mount Everest. It is a newly created lake that has formed from melting glaciers. At a breath taking altitude of 5300 m this is one of the highest and coldest bodies of water on earth. After his ice cold water dip in the North Pole Lewis Pugh had vowed to never cold water swim again. But after hearing about this new challenge he decided to give it a try once more.

What he learned about not only him self but the effects that climate change is having on our world is fascinating.

“Lewis has displayed remarkable determination, professionalism and single-mindedness in pursuit of his goals.” He’s just back from swimming in a meltwater lake on the slopes of Mount Everest.

This isn’t his first adventure like this by any means. In 2008 he kayaked across the Atlantic Ocean. He did this to raise awareness about the thinning ice fields. His goal is to show us how the planet is changing and make us realise the true danger of climate change.

Once he completed this swim he was awarded the record for the highest recorded swim ever. He even managed to complete this amazing feat in freezing cold temperatures in only 23 minutes. Once finished he said “Glaciers are not just ice: they are a lifeline, they provide water to 2 billion people, and we need to protect them,” .

 

 

Science Sunday – Nuclear Energy Explained: How does it work?

Have you ever been in an argument about nuclear power? We’re not sure that we have but it is an interesting subject to look at. Nuclear power has changed the world around us in a number of enormous ways. But, as interesting as it is that’s not to say it’s not controversial. With one side of the argument saying it’s a viable cleaner alternative to coal. The other side tells us about radioactive waste adds to the damage we do to the planet (with no mention of superpowers).

But how does Nuclear Energy actually work?

That is the simple aim of this video to make things a little bit clearer. When 10% of all our electricity (and 0% of super powers) comes from this type of energy it’s good to know at least a little bit about how it functions.

So from Light water reactors to Uranium 235 you’re bound to learn something new

 

 

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