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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.

BE LIKE A THREE-YEAR-OLD
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?)

I DIDN’T KNOW THAT UNTIL NOW
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.

PITS HAPPEN
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 30 2012: I've discovered that to find out who i really am i needed to go back to my earliest memories. What was it that i looked at with wonder. What did i play with? What tv shows did i like? Then as an adult, what always caught my attention? What pictures did i find myself day dreaming at? These questions helped me to realize that we don't really change. We are born a certain person & all we need to do is discover & develop that person. This is the true path to happiness.
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      Jun 1 2012: Jessica, good stuff. I think we all start to listen to the other "voices" that tell us who we are, or who we should be, and recapturing ourselves can be difficult but transforming. So, tell us more of your story. At least your favorite TV show!

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