Along with podcasts, I’ve started listening to TED talks in my car while driving to and from work. The simplest way I’ve found is to download the TED talks app from the Itunes App store and listen/watch them that way. The motto behind the TED conference/talks is “ideas worth spreading.” I’m all about motivation and inspiration and need both to keep me moving forward in the right direction and TED talks do just that. They are like inspiration on steroids! Most are relatively short, about 12-18 minutes each so I was able to listen to two the other morning that I can’t stop thinking about.
Surprising Lessons from 100 days of Rejection
The first talk I want to share I heard about through Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income’s interview with Noah Kagan here’s a link to that interview if you’re interested. The TED talk that Pat mentions is about rejection, yes rejection. 100 days of rejection as a matter of fact. If your like the majority of the population, we all fear rejection. It’s what keeps us frozen, holds us back for really going for it. Each time you get rejected it’s easy to take it as a personal attack that you’re not good enough. Jia Jiang who gave the TED talk decided the best way to get over the horrible pain of rejection was to keep going through the experience. Here’s an excerpt about the talk:
Chasing your dream requires you put everything out there and deal with the consequences. When aspiring entrepreneur Jia Jiang left corporate life to build his dream company, he had no idea it also meant facing crushing rejection. The best way to recover? 100 Days of Rejection Therapy. Halfway through now, it’s been an astonishing journey, and proof positive that we have no idea what is waiting on the other side of an audacious request.
It really is such a great story/talk. Hearing about heartfelt, genuine, caring people who freely give without question or wanting anything back in return is beautiful.
You Are Not Your Body: Janine Shepherd
The second TED talk was a recommendation on the same page after I watched 100 days of rejection. Let me just say that it wasn’t such a bright idea for me to watch this on the way to work without access to a box of tissues. All I can say is WOW…I want to be this woman’s friend.
If I start making excuses, I just start thinking of her inspiring story and first, I am brought to tears and second it gives me all the motivation I need while also feeling grateful.
We often define ourselves by things that are “outside” us: relationships, work, family — even our own bodies. But what would it mean to have your life dramatically altered and your body irrevocably damaged? Who would you be then? This talk explores the impact of loss on the human psyche and the universal quest to find meaning and fulfillment. It is only through the process of losing everything we thought we needed that we find who we truly are.
What did you think? Do you have a favorite TED talk?