Learningz, September 9

September 9, 2013:

Happy Monday Zeople!

I know Mondays can be busy for a lot of you — so I wanted to share this IMPORTANT Ted Talk. Seriously, this one is well worth the watch.

Just the way we think about stress can make us healthier

http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend.html

If nothing, take away this piece of advice:
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Learningz, September 4

September 4, 2013:

This past weekend a woman named Diane Nyad did an astounding thing.

She became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without any aid.

Oh, and she’s 64. And she’s tried this feat four times before. Now, on her fifth try, she achieved her goal.

Her accomplishment is beyond amazing — but so is her drive to reach her dream.

You can see her give a TED talk here called “Dare to Dream: Dare to Dream: Diana Nyad at TEDxBerlin

And you can read about her amazing swim here: http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/9630873/espnw-mere-humans-take-away-diana-nyad-record-feat

“She freakin’ made it!”

Don’t give up on your dreams Zeople!

Love, no matter what

A recently post TED talk by author/journalist Andrew Solomon.

Wow.

“…many people were astonished and said, ‘but how can you decide to have children in the midst of studying everything that can go wrong?’ and I said, ‘I’m not studying everything that can go wrong, what I’m studying is how much love there can be even when everything appears to be going wrong.'”

http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_solomon_love_no_matter_what.html

 “I don’t accept subtractive models of love. Only additive ones.”

Zirtual LearningZ, May 9

Time for a Thursday TEDTalk? This one’s good & short, I promise!

Angela Lee Duckworth was a schoolteacher. She wanted to do some learning of her own and set out to find out what made certain people successful.

The answer was one word.

Grit

Grit, it turns out, she found was the secret to success across the board.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

So what is grit? Well she answers with a few descriptions….

Grit is….

– passion and perserverance for very long-term goals
– having stamina
– sticking with your future day in and day out
– living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint

Check it out!!

How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries

One of the best learning experiences I’ve had in 7.5 minutes — both for its rundown of history and in the idea that we can frame difficult scientific quandaries in basic ways and still come to some understanding. These men just happened to come to magnificent understandings.

Mythbuster’s Adam Savage leads this wonderful Ted-Ed talk….

It reminds me of what Elon Musk answered in his most recent TED talk. When asked how he keeps coming up with these innovative ideas (Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Solar City) he says that he thinks back to the basic laws and assumptions of things (he uses Phyiscs as an example) and just begins to rethink them from the ground up.

The instruments and things of modernity are wonderful, but some great discoveries come just from breaking out of the logic we’re told to use constantly.