Originally posted on Thought Catalog:
Travel is transformational. It changes who you are to your very core. Out there on the road, without any baggage, you encounter life in a way that’s not always possible when you are working all the time. I know I’m biased since I write about travel but my experience meeting others has shown me that travel changes you for the better. It brings out the best version of you possible. Here are ten ways travel will better your life and why you should start planning your next trip away:
You become more social
It’s sink or swim on the road. You either get better at making friends or you end up alone. You learn to make friends out of strangers and get more comfortable approaching new people. You get better at the small talk. When I first started traveling, I was an introvert and uncomfortable talking to strangers. Now, I…
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I just watched the amazing TedTalk by Benjamin Zander on “The transformative power of classical music”, and it really touched my heart.
In this highly emotional and powerful TedTalk Benjamin Zander gives a phenomenal presentation full of energy and passion sharing his devotion for classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
His choice to play one of Chopin’s pieces on the piano to get people to open their minds and embrace classical music is just wonderful!
TedTalk inspiration! Ask yourself the question: What is the work you can’t not do?
In this talk Scott Dinsmore shares his mission to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing. He is a career change strategist whose demoralising experience at a Fortune 500 job launched his quest to understand why 80% of adults hate the work they do, and more importantly, to identify what the other 20% were doing differently. Scott’s research led to experiences with thousands of employees and entrepreneurs from 158 countries. Scott distilled the results down to his Passionate Work Framework – three surprisingly simple practices for finding and doing work you love, that all happen to be completely within our control. He makes his career tools available free to the public through his community at http://LiveYourLegend.net
TedTalk time! Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: She says that contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade.
Meg hopes to motivate a generation of twenty-somethings who have repeatedly been told they have plenty of time to figure out their lives. On the contrary, Jay sites statistics about career growth, relationship development and reproductive capabilities that all emphasize the importance of our 20s as a formative period that sets the trajectory for the rest of our lives.
In this provocative talk, Meg says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
Time to watch another TEDTalk. Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things — from alien abductions to dowsing rods — boils down to two of the brain’s most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are and how they get us into trouble.
Another very interesting TEDTalk worth watching! Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’, contemplates on the impossible expectations that society imposes on artists and creative geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius that we connect with throughout our lives.
Wow…this is a must watch! Absolutely relevant to where I am in my life right now.
Brene Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathise, belong, love. Here she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
“Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness…but it appears that it is also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.”
Brené explores the uncomfortable feeling of vulnerability, and how those who dare to be vulnerable are generally happier and feel more deserving of love.
Be what you want to be!
Edwyn “Eddie” Huang shares his experience of growing up as an outcast and getting the confidence to self-identify without opposing to the dominant culture.
“I decided to strip my life from everything that dominant culture put my way and I realised that the world really is everything I want it to be and that I can be anyone I want [...I don't have to be anything...] I am what I am, and you can either like it or love it, you know!”
This is an incredibly emotional and insightful talk from Jill Bolte Taylor, a woman dedicated to researching the human brain as it relates to schizophrenia and severe mental illnesses.
Jill starts by talking about the two hemispheres of the human brain and how each process information differently (presenting a real human brain as an example). She than continues to share her story of one day realising she was having a stroke and her profound experience of the left hemisphere of her brain being impaired and how it led her to feel the sensation that Buddhists call “oneness with the universe”.
“Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story. Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.”
Today I would like to start a new habit. My intend is to expose myself to one inspirational TEDTalk video daily and share this with you.
For those of you who are not familiar with TEDTalks yet, it is a digital on-demand video archive of the best talks and performances from the international TED Conferences staged all around the world. TED stages events that bring people together with the mission to share and spread innovative, non-conforming and convention-breaking ideas across the globe.
A daily dose of boundary defying thoughts and ideas hopefully leads to a cause set in motion. The idea is to regularly be exposed to “outside the box” thinking that stimulates inspiration and will hopefully motivate decisions and actions that have a positive impact on how we live our lives, as well as provide food for thought on how we can contribute to and share our blessings with people around us and society as a whole.