Before somebody can make a change to their health and their happiness, their brain has already constructed a picture of reality in which change is possible or not. Basically, this predicts whether or not they’ll be able to make that change.
Some people see a world in which they’re only their genes and their environment; so they can watch a ton of TED Talks, they can read a ton of books, but they won’t actually incorporate any of those new changes into their lives…
A lot of frustration comes from us being irrationally optimistic about either the goal that we’re creating or the speed and the time it will take to get there. I have a great little cartoon that someone sent me on Twitter: A rhinoceros is on a treadmill, and it’s sweating and running as fast as it possibly can, and it’s looking up at this poster of this beautiful unicorn. So it’s trying to run as fast as it can to be a unicorn, and inherently it’s creating greater levels of frustration, because it’s not a unicorn, it’s a rhinoceros, and it should be the best rhinoceros that it can be.
It’s not necessarily the talks [that make a TEDx event important], but rather the thought process it stimulates and the conversations it starts.
That’s the real success to a TEDx event. Local speakers touch relevant issues in a local community. This stimulates local conversations and makes local people think. Is this not a catalyst to innovation and problem solving?
That, in my opinion, is why a TEDx event is so important.
“Lebanon can be difficult and, at times, violent. But we choose to be witnesses to the hidden heroes working here. Otherwise, we’d miss the greatest opportunity of all: to stand for something more than the sum of our parts.”—