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John Shaw

Owner & Certified Business Coach, FocalPoint Business Coaching

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TEDxSDSU - What Have You Discovered? [And what have you done about it?]

Last week I had the pleasure of attending TEDxSDSU and giving a “TED Talk”. I can’t wait until 2.0 with my fellow TEDites. TEDians. TEDsters. People who like TED.

Fifteen speakers and performers told their unique stories, in their own unique ways, about the event’s theme: “What Have You Discovered?”. Ideas were bouncing off the walls like the Starbucks tasting staff, but without their bad breath. Afterward, I realized that in addition to the “official” theme, there were several other common threads that wound through each “TED Talk” and song.

Several speakers mentioned how young children interact with the world. As children, we don’t pay much attention to the “voices” that we listen to later in life - the voices of peers, or probabilities, or pessimism. A passel of possibilities still hold promise. (Nice alliteration, huh?)

We are usually attracted to people who agree with us and have the same interests, but other perspectives stretch us, confirm us, and, sometimes, change us.

For many, including me, it was a huge lift to hear how others have gone through a “dark night of the soul” and not only survived, but thrived, when morning came.

The TEDxSDSU team asked us to answer the question, “What Have You Discovered?”. We were a cooperative group, so that theme informed every talk and song. It was fascinating to hear the stories of discovery, and to encounter the other common themes that appeared, perhaps by coincidence, perhaps by grand design, but definitely by common experience.

For my talk, I took up the TED mantra, Ideas Worth Spreading, and suggested that yes, ideas are worth spreading, but great ideas are worth doing.

What's yours idea? And what are you doing about it? What step are you taking - today?


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    May 20 2012: Thank you John Shaw for opening this wonderful topic & giving me the opportunity to talk about my idea: www.thanknest.com

    I have learnt in my life how important it is to be thankful & appreciative of others. There have been times in my life when someone has helped me, supported me, inspired me, or touched my life... but I had never got around to thanking them. I came to realise that if I never made the time to say thanks, they would never know they had touched my life.

    So I started to develop a website where I could say thanks (www.thanknest.com), and I could offer a place for others to spread thanks too. I wanted to showcase the good actions of everyday people, where they could be appreciated, and they could then go on to spread thanks of their own.

    I began creating this website in 2010, and in February 2012 I went public with it.

    I developed thanknest.com with the psychological behaviour management strategy of "Praise in Public" in mind. When you say it in public for the world to see, you allow them to feel good about themselves, you give them power, and you allow them to feel truly valued. This also allows others to see the good in people, and to think about them with praise too. The world deserves to see the good in people. And what's more, the person being thanked deserves to know that they are appreciated.

    What I have discovered since going public, is that people who are appreciated on thanknest with a sincere & specific thanks feel compelled to connect with the person who is thanking them, in real life. They say things like "let's get together", "let's catch up", & "let's get coffee". Ths is because people want to spend more time, and in particular more of their real life time, with people who truly value them. It creates a web of connectedness between people, giving people the opportunity to form more meaningful bonds with others.

    Today, I'm sharing my idea on TedConversations & sharing it with the world.

    Dr Linda Hamilton
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      May 20 2012: The only appropriate response to this good work, Doctor, is to say ...

      THANK YOU!

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