All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
– Walt Disney
It’s no surprise that there are people who like learning and there are those that don’t. Infact, science has shown now that it requires a lot of mental energy in order to learn something new. It takes true concentration in order to listen, I mean really know how to listen, and be able to comprehend, digest the content, and be able to retain it. You can see why some people believe that getting up and going about their day doing their own thing is enough for them instead of the need to find time to have to sit down and learn something new.
For those that view learning as a pleasurable activity and crave it, there is a place you can go to listen to some of the greatest minds speak their mind and it all happens within the magical space of 18 minutes. If you want to know why only 18 minutes I encourage you to perform a search on it and see what you find. I didn’t include a link this time because it’s important to know how to find information on your own.
You always want to see what other great minds are doing, this helps you to see what trends, research, and businesses are being created by other entrepreneurs. You might have an idea to start a program that provides support to recent college grads, but after watching one of the TED videos you might learn that someone else is already doing that. You can either offer to join their team or compete against their by creating your own business model. The idea is you should always be curious to learn what other people are doing and how they went about making it come true.
The links below are all connected to one place with one purpose, to share an idea.
This is a partial list of some of the best TED talks ever given. Try to include at least one TED talk into your daily life and you will be all the better for it because it means that the knowledge you take away from their talk is put forth in the work you do in this world. You might not be an educator, like I am, but after listening to Sir Ken Robinson you’ve learned that schools kill creativity and that there is a need to balance the shortfall of schools. If you take away something from these videos it will only be to better the world and yourself.
Never Stop Learning
If you haven’t been watching the work that Morgan Spurlock has been doing on his CNN show, InsideMan, then you are missing out on some amazing work that he has found.
Check out the first season. Watch it with your family, take notes and see what cool things are out there that he shows you. You will be blown away at what he discovers.
If you have an account on Netflix just do a search for InsideMan (no space). If you don’t have an account, sign up for a 30 trail and watch all the stuff you want for free and then cancel.
The famous film maker, Ken Burns, went to a small town in Vermont and told the story of how one all-boys school uses the famous Gettysburg Address as a teaching tool for improving their education skills. Majority of the boys who attend Greenwood School all have some kind of learning disability. He explores the history of the address along with the context of how the boys learn the speech. In the end, in an almost contest like fashion, each boy is made to recite the speech word for word. What he discovers about the wonders of this speech and the boys will amaze you.
Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.