6 Videos to Watch, Laugh, and Learn


We all need inspiration.  Taking a little break from my normal topics, I put together some of my favorite inspiring videos and my thoughts on each.  I hope you find something in them as well.  Watch, listen and I hope you can laugh a little, learn a bunch and feel better about this world.

You will note that all of these come from TED.  One of the greatest creations has been the TED, the first and greatest of the unconferences.  Their greatest decision was to take their talks and make them available to the world.  If you have not discovered their vault of some of the greatest speakers and talks, take some time off today and immerse yourself in them.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

Are you shackled by the fear of something?  If you create something or want to create anything you probably have spent some time in anxiety about your creations.  Can you do it?  Will it be accepted?  Creativity and suffering are not inextricably linked.  Watch Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) talk about her struggles and how she overcame them.

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

Struggling with spirituality and your relationship with your own God?  Julia definitely went through lots of those struggles as she endured through some gut-wrenching realities.  Get a good laugh and maybe some insight.

Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

Watch this video and get an extra ten years of life.  What a great lead in to a TED talk.  Jane McGonigal is one of my favorite speakers and her talk about how she used gamification to work through the debilitating results of a brain injury.  I hope she inspires you as well.

Maz Jobrani: A Saudi, an Indian and an Iranian walk into a Qatari bar …

Ever wondering how we can put aside all the differences in this world and get on to the business of making this world better?  Maz Jobrani has at least an answer for the relationships with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.  The answer is humor.  One of the greatest tools in your relationship toolbox should be some humor.  Find what is comfortable and go with it.  Maz is definitely on my list of people to see live one of these days.

Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive

I take for granted many things.  I never thought about driving until I heard Manal al-Sharif’s story from Saudi Arabia.  She face head on many traditionalists when she got behind the wheel and drove her brother’s car.  She also spent nine days in jail doing what she was licensed to do in other countries – drive.

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits

On her 17th birthday, she first discovered something her parents had kept from her since birth.  Without knowing that she had a disability, she just lived her life.  The power of belief and outlook on life gave her the tools to take a message of inclusion and accessibility across the world.  Also listen to her talk about how sometimes all we need to do is ask for help.

I hope on this day before the US celebrates its birth, I hope these videos find you happy and well.  Enjoy.

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