So this past weekend, I got the opportunity to go to my first TEDx Talk with my wife Kelly. She found the event and coordinated everything, so I basically had to just show up...Thanks Babe! Anyways, we've watched a lot of TED Talks over the years, finding them very fascinating, and they always seem to bring good perspectives to their topics. So we were both excited to attend this event. And it didn't disappoint!
The Theme of the event was called What If?, as all of the 20 Speakers talks seemed to be in line with this theme. I wanted to find 3 main takeaways from everyone who presented that day. And a few different concepts kept coming up in many of the Talks presented in different ways. I want to share with you the 3 Things that I found to be a reoccurring topic and some of the notes I had written down for each of these idea...
1.) We're All Connected
In this world, we share it with a lot of other people around us.
<We place judgement on others, but the judgement should keep us curious about others and their lives.
<We are connected by family and our family history.
<We are connected with others through our work and how we work together.
<We shouldn't always be looking for the next best person. Instead, get to know those in front of you. But don't be afraid to keep a little bit of mystery for others to learn about you and let people miss you a little bit.
<We're connected by different skill levels.
<Laughter to others is a gift.
<3D printers will be the next disruption of how we share our ideas with others.
<We can even save trees through human connection.
<And we should be open to others, smile at others, and always try to look for good in others!
2.) Beliefs Control Our Actions
Whatever we believe in our minds, is the perception of our own reality.
<When connecting with others, we react with emotions first.
<We should be curious about our own beliefs and fears and decide what thoughts that we want in our heads tomorrow.
<If we believe to feel better, we can work better.
<Discover our own perceptions of ourselves.
<We can change our own perceptions through hope, exercise, and a sense of belonging.
<Changing perception, means changing our outcomes.
<Don't have back up plans in our minds so we can only believe in one outcome.
<Beliefs are just our own opinions of ourselves and others.
<Action over ideas is what gets things accomplished.
<You can give your brain a pattern to fall asleep faster.
<Widening your horizon can open up more opportunities.
3.) We Can Write Our Own Stories
We don't have to accept a personal narrative that is either given to us by others or even ourselves. We have a choice to change that narrative if we want.
<We can achieve this by communicating better to others better.
<Learning the 5 Stages of Learning a New Skill (Newbie, Clumsy, Expert, Mastery, Genius) and how to progress through each phases.
<Create your own crucible to live by.
<We create our scripts that we want to live and then live our scripts.
<You can predetermine your wins.
<And don't be afraid of your Top Rope Moment where you can risk everything to fulfill your dreams!
Like I stated earlier, it was really a great event. It was refreshing and it gave you great energy to hear the speakers present. You can really tell how much work they put into it and how much it meant for them to be on stage. They weren't there just to entertain you, they were there to speak for themselves and get out their message out to the world. Which I found very encouraging and you can hear their passion as they spoke. There really wasn't any complaints about the speakers or the event as a whole. I will tell you this, when we left the event, the first thing we both said that we would want to attend it again next year. As guests or as speakers ;)
Below is a direct link to the event page if you'd like to see more specifics about the TEDx Youngstown Event!
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