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Fonkou Djoendia

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What are 5 things you have learned that has completely changed your life?

I am still a kid, And I love asking questions, cause I believe that the best way to learn is through asking questions. And I love the TED community, its full of amazing individuals. So, What are 5 things you have learned that has completely changed your life?

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    Jun 22 2012: What a great question, Fonkou! You may be young, but you're obviously a lot wiser than some of us are much later in life : ) Here are 5 things that I've learned that have definitely changed my own life:

    1. Start every day by taking a moment to think about something or someone I am thankful for.

    2. Simplify.

    3. Learn the power of "no".

    4. Live life on purpose.

    5. Ask lots of questions.

    I'm going to tuck a note below, sharing a bit about why each of these things has become so important to me, and how I practice them.

    Thank you for asking this question, Fonkou! It gave me the opportunity to sit down and really think about what's important to me, and also to find some wonderful things that other people have shared with you here. What a wonderful thread.

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    1. Start every day by taking a moment to think about something or someone I am thankful for. If it's a person, take 5 minutes to send a simple email or make a phone call to tell them I was just thinking about them and why. Gratitude sets the tone of the rest of my day. Acting on it returns an abundance of unexpected (re)connections in my life.

    2. Simplify. I've spent years thinking that more was better. I was wrong. I'm about to turn 50 and realize that throwing things out and only keeping the things that truly mean something to me lets me really love being in my personal spaces again. I look around and actually see things, instead of just clutter, and what I see is attached to a memory, or inspires a desire to do something meaningful. It frees me up to act on and enjoy the people and things that I most want in my life.

    (I'll tuck a bit about the last 3 points into another note since this one is full.)

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