Ted Talk Tuesday – The playful wonderland behind great inventions

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.

 

Kick start your adventures: win our unique coffee blend!

There’s nothing like a freshly ground, steaming cup of coffee to jumpstart your day. From the distinct taste of a mocha to the wafting aroma from a strong espresso, coffee is the perfect pick me up. It’s guaranteed to get you motivated and ready to take on anything!

That’s why we’ve teamed up with independent coffee company Tugboat Brews to create a unique blend, just for all you intrepid Doers! Appropriately named ‘Rocket Fuel’, the intense dark brew is perfect to get you moving and help achieve your goals!

 

Why coffee is good for you..and your adventures!

It’s been proven that caffeine, when it enters your bloodstream, acts like fuel. It increases your adrenalin levels and not only increases your physical performance, but significantly boosts your morale and mood. It can even improve reaction times and short term brain functions, according to a paper by Nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton.  

Harvard Scientist Dr Frank Hu, who spent 20 years studying the effects of caffeine on the human body, also discovered that coffee drinkers live longer. You’re at less risk of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinsons, plus a decreased risk of diabetes and liver cancer. This means more time to create and achieve all those cool life goals!

 

Win your own motivational brew!

We’re so excited about our new blend, and helping you to kick start your adventures, that we’re launching a competition. We’re giving away 20, 200g packs of Rocket Fuel, and 20, 100g packs, absolutely free!

And for all you coffee on-the-go Doers, we’ve also got a couple of reusable cups to giveaway thanks to Stojo. Their collapsible, easy to carry cups are made from recyclable materials and are environmentally friendly. So you get to save the planet from all that unnecessary plastic, and take Rocket Fuel with you on all your adventures!

 

 

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Ted Talk Tuesday – What reality are you creating for yourself?

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.

 

 

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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