What TedTaught me.

Just came back from a TedxTalk hosted in the University of Leeds and feel privileged to have finally watched something that had often left me in awe and wonder during my daily commute. The topic, entitled “THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER” was on perspectives and the subjective,. I love that topic! Although I’m surprised to say that I got much more that I imagined. These talks often rattle my brain and affirm thoughts I have had much earlier in life. The speakers deliver their messages with such passion, confidence, and a visible belief that they are here to change the world. As bold as it sounds, the thought of “That could be me up there” whistled through my brain.

Something from each of these speakers resonated deep inside of me. The need to be great. To excel within a field. To fall deep and fully committed to something I love. But wait. I know where they’ve been. I’ve seen that same part of them, in me before. I recognize the overflowing confidence in knowing that you were born to do this. That an audience doesn’t phase you, because quite frankly you’re having the time of your life. In that moment, nothing really matters to you, except telling the world about your journey to mastery. Passionate and focused enough to brush away all doubt and fear. I need that. Or at least I need to reclaim that side of me.

Main Lessons learned?

a) Sherry Tuckle (in a video) entitled ‘Connected, but alone’ spoke about our generations reliance on technology to suffice our need for company and someone to listen. I’ve grown up in a generation where, being alone is not okay. I choke at the thought of being ‘left’, and I cower and yank up my pants like a little child when I am. My mother was right. I suppose I do need to learn how to be alone, otherwise it is all I will ever feel. I need to grow comfortable in it. To call it home once in a while so that it won’t feel so alien every time I set foot in it.

b) James & Omair, two former Leeds University students who studied medicine, developed an app called Synap enabling students to share revision notes. What they simply did was 1) Identified something that worked for them 2) Recognized that it worked for others 3) Shared it, and made it an online platform for people to exchange ideas. One of the things I wholeheartedly agreed on is when they said “Those who were masters in their field — einstein, leonardo, etc. They didn’t come become great because of their immense ability to memorise everything, but instead they took part in a deep, and meaningful engagement with their topic.” Couldn’t have said it any better myself. On that note, in line with my Disso aswell, I need to have deep, meaningful engagements with everything in that case!

c) This lesson happened to be learned during the 1 min thank you speech of the organiser -Rhys. Here I am, imagination is running wild, finally getting the chance to watch TedTalks live. Completely buzzing and feeling rather small in light of the event. And out steps a shy, stuttering, average, scruffy looking host who apparently organised the whole event. He couldn’t look the audience in the eye, he stumbled over his words and he almost knocked one of the props over…but aside from my judgmental eyes; He did it. He made it happen. All of this. And that brings me hope.

Later on they brought him out again to congratulate him for his efforts. They said, “It takes real courage and shows a real strength in character to be able to have an idea, and follow it through”. It dawned on me that all of these speakers were either from Leeds University, or affiliated with it. And I too. Maybe, just maybe. With and idea; and the courage to follow through, maybe I could be a part of that elite.

Now…What was it again that I’ve always wanted to do?