The Best Gift I Ever Survived

Stacey Kramer offers a moving, personal, 3-minute parable that shows how an unwanted experience -- frightening, traumatic, costly -- can turn out to be a priceless gift.   https://www.ted.com/talks/stacey_kramer_the_best_gift_i_ever_survived

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Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success. https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance

The Belief System “Mine’s Better Than Yours.” – Is It?

Whether one believes in a well known religious belief system, it may come from western, eastern or individualistic belief is not the point. The point is everyone has one. If they have none, then that is their belief system- to believe in nothing. All too often at yearly family gathering or business conferences there will … Continue reading The Belief System “Mine’s Better Than Yours.” – Is It?

To Complain or Not To Complain, That Is The Question

You met them all the time. They're in the supermarket aisle gobsmacked at the price of milk. They're at the petrol pump disgusted at the price per litre. They're in the bus shelter or staff room stating political view and what they would do if... Welcome to the world of "The Complainer" What would they … Continue reading To Complain or Not To Complain, That Is The Question

How to speak so that people want to listen

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful. https://www.ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_how_to_speak_so_that_people_want_to_listen

“Back in my day.” The old, grumpy complainers.

Everyday I met people in my job that complain. They fall into one demographic "old." Why do "old" and "complainers" go hand in hand in the same sentence? Let's break it down and look at psychology of old baby boomer complainers that won't go away and are stuck in their ways: The Psychology of Lev … Continue reading “Back in my day.” The old, grumpy complainers.

Reporting Crisis Via Texting

At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.   https://www.ted.com/talks/erik_hersman_on_reporting_crisis_via_texting

Toxic Relationships – Serving A Life Sentence

Toxic  adjective containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation Relationship noun the relation connecting or binding participants in a relationship Longevity does not equate to success. A married couple may celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, friends around them pass on congratulatory remarks and the marriage in public opinion is a … Continue reading Toxic Relationships – Serving A Life Sentence

Stand By Me (1986) “Truth From Twelve Year Old Minds.”

DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner RATING: 5/5 Stand By Me is a film that has been cast well, it strikes all the right notes comically, emotionally, and understands the story it wants to tell.  The film builds on nostalgic reflection as an adult writer thinks to his teenage years. The four stars at the beginning of their young … Continue reading Stand By Me (1986) “Truth From Twelve Year Old Minds.”

The Hidden Power Of Smiling

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this … Continue reading The Hidden Power Of Smiling