TED 30×30

Updated 31 January 2015.

For the month of January, I decided to do a little challenge I called TED 30×30 – that is to say watching 30 TED Talks in 30 days.

This was partially inspired by my friend and colleague, Clemens Wan over @ See Lemons Live (go check him out – you won’t regret it!) but also by a desire to spur innovation in my own life.

I don’t desire to pretend that 30 days of TED Talks have made me a genius in 30 different topics, no, but rather, I wanted to:

  • Engage with at least one new thought or idea each day
  • (Ideally) remember that idea and link it to knowledge I already have
  • (Hope) that it triggered creativity and energy within me

I firmly believe that innovation happens when you look at a familiar thing through an unfamiliar lens. Touching, even briefly, new ideas on a regular basis is one way to adjust, millimeter by millimeter, the lens through which I see the world.

This is incredibly important.

So, what did I fill my mind with? In the first version of this post, I shared three standouts:

See the full list here, last updated 31 January 2015.

To end the month, I will give you three quotes that resonated with me and I hope will resonate with you:

  1. “Leadership is over-glorified…it [is] the first follower that [transforms] the lone nut into a leader… If you really care about starting a movement, have the courage to follow and show others how to follow.”
    Derek Sivers, How to start a movement
  2. “Meetings are just toxic, terrible, poisonous things… meetings aren’t work. Meetings are places to go to talk about things you’re supposed to be doing later…and they’re very, very expensive to the organization. Companies often think of a one-hour meeting as a one-hour meeting, but that’s not true, unless there’s only one person in that meeting. If there are 10 people in the meeting, it’s a 10-hour meeting.”
    Jason FriedWhy work doesn’t happen at work
  3. “People don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.”
    Simon Sinek, How great leaders inspire action

TED 30×30 – it was a great way to kick off 2015. I recommend you try – who knows, it may be just what you need to find that new idea or motivate you to do something new.


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