Would you risk declaring to a total stranger three TED resolutions?
I met a TEDster on the street. It was the last day of TED and Roger Ebert had just proved, unequivocally, that it is up to each of us to live - live the best life we can with what we are given while all the time figuring out ways about how we can make it better. Anyway, this TEDster and I struck up a conversation and he asked me how I enjoyed this year. And in that moment I realized how exhausted and energized I feel when I am at TED, how many ideas flow, how many people I cross paths with and then how when I get back to the "real" world it that fades - the ideas, the energy, the passion. Life as I know it takes over. So, in a moment of pure lunacy I asked this total stranger if he would commit to me and I could commit to him to a set of resolutions - TED resolutions - that we would declare to each other, to friends, to the world. Why? Everyone needs a little nudge, some encouragement, and friends to stay on the path. We would check in, work together to keep each other on the path to at the very least trying to keep the TED passion alive between now and next year. Crazy? Maybe. Risky? Possibly. Exhilarating? Definitely. So with that, here are my 3 TED resolutions from TED 2011 The Rediscovery of Wonder, inspired by the people of TED, the ideas that drive them and the passion with which they live life every day.
1. Create a mentoring program
2. Write a book about living
3. Dare to be wrong once a day
What are yours?
And remember, no one said it was going to be easy but honestly, would you really want it to be?
Talks that inspired these resolutions from TED 2011- David Brooks, Wadah Khanfar, Bill Gates, Paul Nicklen, Amina Az-Zubair, Sarah Kay, Stanely McChrystal, Kathryn Schulz, John Hunter, Anthony Atala, Felisa Wolfe-Simon
Closing Statement from Lydia Loizides
On the eve of TED 2012, I am writing to let everyone know about the status of my resolutions. I never saw or heard from the TEDster that helped ignite this journey but I want to thank you for the spark.
1. Create a mentoring program - I never created a mentoring program because I realized that I had never been mentored myself so how could I create without experiencing? So, I have spent the year as a Mentee. It has been amazing and I feel now that I can move ahead and pay this experience forward.
2. Write a book about living - Nope. I chose instead to write a book with my 9 year old son. We made the entire book - bound the paper, wrote the words, made the cover, drew the art. It sits in our living room on a shelf by itself - amazing.
3. Dare to be wrong once a day. Done. If you haven't tried it - you should. You have no idea what you are missing.