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If you could do one great thing, what would it be?

All limitations aside, if you could do one thing any great thing what would it be? The leave of greatness is to be define by you.

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    Aug 19 2013: I would have brought peace to my country Afghanistan
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      Aug 19 2013: Hello Rafi....nice to see you.....I wish for peace in your country and all of our world as well:>)
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      Aug 19 2013: YOU CAN Rafi YOU CAN
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    Aug 18 2013: eliminate lies from this world. (No lies)
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    Aug 17 2013: Help others find the pure beauty in themselves enough to turn patterns and habits of self-destruction into habits of self-creation. There's so much more unseen in a person and situation that there is seen, including ourselves. It's important to know that we can't see everything, and that perception is as malleable as perspective - what you believe literally shapes what you see, and vice versa. With that understanding, one can see himself through anything. We're capable of a lot more than we've been led to believe. I'd love nothing more than to see each person live to their full potential.
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      Aug 17 2013: i like your idea of helping people understand their values,and perhaps through this journey you may also gain sth unexpected like finding an extordinary yourself.haha.
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        Aug 18 2013: Thank you! That is definitely the case, in fact it was because I found something extraordinary in me that I am able to so easily see it in others now. Kind of a chicken/egg thing, but they definitely go hand in hand. Then yesterday, I stumbled upon a quote by Nelson Mandela that said, "our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." I can definitely attest to that. :)
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          Aug 19 2013: i appreciate it,brain.but can you explain more about mandela's words?any examples of that?

          you mentioned about something extraordinary in you,would you like to tell me about that?as a high school student,i am quite confused sometimes,for i been trying to find myself,you know,to be a real me.(i think right now i'm just 50percent me)hopefully i can become your first target ?:)

          i am gonna say one more thing.your concept happen to meet the old confucios idea of"taking care of all the old as if they were your own parents;taking care of all the children as if they were your own kids. however,yours is more focused on the help"discover the full potential"part.it's such an honour to talk with such wise and brilliant people like you.
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        Aug 19 2013: Yijiia and Brian,
        Here is the full quote Brian speaks of....

        "Our Greatest Fear
        It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
        Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
        Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
        It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
        We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
        talented and fabulous?

        Actually, who are you not to be?
        You are a child of God.
        Your playing small does not serve the world.
        There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
        people won't feel insecure around you.

        We were born to make manifest the glory of
        God that is within us.

        It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
        And as we let our own light shine,
        we unconsciously give other people
        permission to do the same.

        As we are liberated from our own fear,
        Our presence automatically liberates others.

        —Marianne Williamson

        [Often said to have been quoted in a speech by Nelson Mandela. The source is Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, Harper Collins, 1992. —Peter McLaughlin]
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          Aug 19 2013: And as we let our own light shine,
          we unconsciously give other people
          permission to do the same.

          thank you,colleen,i will keep those words in mind.
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          Aug 19 2013: Yes, thanks! When I searched it, I was confused by two different names coming up. I love that quote... Yijiia, I'd love to help you out however I can.

          As for what is extraordinary in me, it took about a year and a half of constantly digging into myself to really find it. The weird thing is, it wasn't anything new to me; as I like to put it, I'm still the same spasmodically enthusiastic 5 year old, I just have a lot more coordination and skill now. Basically, the "extraordinary" me that I uncovered is a person that leads an inpiring life that inspires others through music, words and humor.

          The main thing I found was trust and confidence. I used to be very private, would barely speak a word about anything, and it was always very vague, never direct to the point. I was deathly afraid of rejection, abandonment, being misunderstood or discredited, etc. As I learned to trust my intuition and nurture myself into a confident person, my world turned around entirely. Since that was the case, my biggest goal right now is to help others find what is essentially "them" and to build their confidence in that.

          If all of existence was viewed as a garden, and each thing (living or not) is a different flower in that garden, humans would be the only ones who could choose not to bloom. There's a chance that someone won't like your colors, feel threatened by them, even, threaten you because of them, make fun of them, etc. We are special in that we have free will, but with that comes only one real choice: to allow or deny the natural process coming through us. So even though it may be frightening to think that some people won't understand or accept the beauty of your partciular flower, bloom anyway.

          Thanks so much for the compliment and questions, here's my e-mail. Feel free to use it anytime. sivmia37@gmail.com
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      Aug 19 2013: I love the quote too Brian, and have posted it several times on TED:>) The first time I looked for it years ago, I was confused as well because I thought it was authored by Nelson Mandela, and he apparently used at least some of it in his inaugural speech, but apparently, it came from Marianne Williamson.

      You write..."As for what is extraordinary in me, it took about a year and a half of constantly digging into myself to really find it."

      You may find that as you continue to explore, there are more and more levels of discovery. Yijiia has picked out one of the best parts of that quote...

      "And as we let our own light shine,
      we unconsciously give other people
      permission to do the same."
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        Aug 19 2013: For sure. :) That was the part that stuck out by far the most to me, as well. I've noticed that happening in my life and those around me. It's a very surreal and amazing thing to watch.
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          Aug 20 2013: i should thank both of you,brian and colleen,you guys are real tutors.

          and brian,i've send you an email already.
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    Aug 13 2013: Raise my children to be loving, thoughtful of others, courageous, and focused on life-long learning. Everything else is frosting on the cake.
    • Aug 13 2013: There is indeed nothing greater, Fritzie. I share your wish!!!
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      Aug 15 2013: I totally respect your thought. This is absolutely natural to want to achieve these several things and more for our children and generations to follow. A natural greatness, maybe today it is LOST.
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    Aug 17 2013: It would be to foster interpersonal relationships, to help people develop intrapersonal communication so each and every single one of us could reach out to understand, empathy and help other people around us. And by doing so, I hope to bring people closer together.
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      Aug 17 2013: Amen! We're all in this together. :) Building people and communities benefits us all. There is no subsitute for trust. I fully support bringing people closer together. How are you going about it, and how may I help?
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        Aug 19 2013: My initial idea is to start with educating children. Teach them love themselves and others, help them to develop the ability to empathize with others. And as these children grow up, they help to spread the love and trust to other people around them. Good people will bring out the good in people.
        I know it will actually be much harder than it sounds. But this is my idea for now. How about you, what do you think might be the way?
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    Aug 14 2013: I’m a jack of all trades, and seek being a master at blending them.

    But how to blend gardening, divergent thinking, ancestry, carpentry, BBQing, graphics, spices, spiritual growth, and others into something productive, has eluded me so far.
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    Aug 14 2013: Do small things with great love:>)
  • Aug 14 2013: inspire at least one person everyday
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    Aug 14 2013: .

    To make people instinctively refuse invalid (harmful) happiness,
    which wastes about 90% of our resources.
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      Aug 14 2013: Yeah. That's my favorite response so far. To make people see past this happiness or that happiness and any happiness and find their one true HAPPINESS.
  • Aug 13 2013: Come up with a clean and renewable energy alternative.
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    Aug 19 2013: Buy children ice-cream and enjoy it with them. Only they appreciate a nice cold ice-cream :o)
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    Aug 19 2013: If it were me, it would have to be art and music related. I would construct a media school for inner-city youth. A small club where teenagers can come to create music, art, games, what-ever their heart desires. If we're to affect change, I believe we must start in our own backyard.
  • Aug 19 2013: Why just 1? Why limit yourself.
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      Aug 19 2013: Don’t be greedy, save some great things for the rest of us. ;)
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    Aug 19 2013: be a wise men that dare to change the world
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    Aug 18 2013: End selfishness.
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    Aug 18 2013: Become God. (No, Seriously). Would enable me to solve a lot of the world's problems, all in one move.
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      Aug 18 2013: Bernard, you certainly are taking a leap ahead! Last week you were working toward being a CEO of a large company, this week it's God! If you're going to do something great, no point in messing around with little stuff:>)
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        Aug 18 2013: When did I say I was "working toward being a CEO of a large company"? ;)
        (Nice to see you again!).
        Well, the question did say "All limitations aside". :P
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          Aug 18 2013: Bernard,
          I am so sorry.....I got you mixed up in my mind for a moment with James Zhang, who started this conversation, which is now closed...

          "James Zhang
          This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation

          I think I can become CEO of IBM
          Give me half a year."

          You are both insightful, enjoyable, intelligent young men, so my mix-up is perfectly understandable....at least to me!!! Always nice to cross paths with you Bernard:>)
  • Aug 16 2013: I would motivate the college students to participate in as many events as possible. In India, the students waste time unnecessarily by facebooking. I would bring their hidden talent out. !!!!
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    Aug 15 2013: Make the BEST song ever made!
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    Aug 15 2013: LOL, yesterday I misread the question “If you could do one great thing” as “If you could do one thing great”. I could say my reply was divergent-thinking, but the truth is that was a brain fart.

    Anyway, the one great thing I seek to do is to invent and create an electric power generator that uses gravity as its power/fuel. (Instead of wind or solar.) Than I release it to the free-world, on the honor system. (AI; people are free to build it, than I trust them to send me a % of their profits)
  • Aug 15 2013: This is a basic neuro linguistic programming question or nlp question the second part of which is Well what stops you?
    the answer to this part gives you your reasons or excuses for not doing it,the answers below seem to require someone else doing the changing,What can you do?i.e joyce could support one health centre or manishka could spend time with children explaining what an adventurous care free childhood is like,we have all seen what a big difference one person can make Let that person be you.
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      Aug 15 2013: Dear John Hudson,
      Are you aware of what you wrote?

      "...the answers below seem to require someone else doing the changing, What can you do...joyce could support one health centre or manishka could spend time with children explaining....."

      Rather than telling others what they can be doing, how about, as you say...Let that person be you?

      If you John Hudson, could do one great thing, what would it be?
      • Aug 19 2013: Hi Colleen, i wrote so many answers to this and deleted them because i don't have an answer,in my job as a hypnotherapist i try to help one person at a time,i would set up a mooc to teach nlp entrapeneurship and basic electronics,but i don't have the skill set,i am learning to program so it can be a future possibility.What i wrote was my first comment to this site thank you for your kind reply
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          Aug 19 2013: I realized it was your first comment on TED John....I looked at your profile, which I often do before responding:>)

          Looks like you found an answer after all.....good job...."set up a mooc to teach nlp entrapeneurship and basic electronics".

          It's ok if you do not yet have the skill set, because the facilitator of this discussion tells us to put "All limitations aside":>)
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      Aug 16 2013: I'd also add in a few questions between the first and second: Are you doing it in part or wholly?

      What steps have you taken toward this? what's the next step you COULD take?

      No to the above? THEN... what's stopping you?
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    Aug 14 2013: What would I do?

    Alter the brains of every single human being on Earth; to act in love and consider others before thyself. I'd inject their veins with compassion, stir empathy in their plasma. I would put soft tenderness onto their skin, and sweet moisture on their lips. I would blow a lazy summer breeze in their breath, and a happy smile in their eyes. And after all this is done, I would whisper that little truth we've forgotten so long ago- that we are one, all beings, and we are love.

    And with that, I would change the world for the better!

    Yet, I plan to do that anyway ;)
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      Aug 15 2013: You know, Gandhi said something like, "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." I bet it would be nice to go around on a mission from whoever insisting that other people change, but I'm willing to bet that real change, real greatness, comes from looking inwards and asking oneself, "What can I do to make the world a better place?"
  • Aug 14 2013: I would make all men and women in the world equal, both legally and socially. Everyone, men and women, would consider the two sexes as completely equal in every way, and respect people, or not, without gender being a consideration. I think the consequences would be amazing and wonderful. I would love to live in such a world. I suspect that many of our other problems would be quickly solved.
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    Aug 14 2013: I would visit each and every human being on planet earth in their dreams.As they slept, I would whisper a truth we have sadly forgotten. We are all one in the same and when we hurt another, we are hurting ourselves. I would then whisper a warning. when you inflict a wrong doing on another, be it an immoral and/or unethical act, you too will experience the pain you have created. Before I left them to their sleep would whisper, you shall begin each and every day with these words; I greet this day with love in my heart.
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    Aug 14 2013: Create and manufacture a med that will kill all forms of cancer, giving it away for free to all in need.
  • Aug 20 2013: I always wanted to be a good singer but my voice is not so good...so if I could do one thing I want to be a good singer giving a live performance...
  • Aug 19 2013: Eradicate all sorts of "blind beliefs" to turn human mind ever open and curious.
  • Aug 19 2013: I think I would try to live for a whole year as a handicapped, poor, unemployed person in the most difficult to live in city or place in the World. Great change comes with great self knowledge, revelation and experience!
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    Aug 19 2013: Put an end to terrorism, wars, hostility and the need to be the one in control of the World! We talk about Peace, but little is really done to bringing total harmony and co-exist among ourselves.

    Start by taking all the perpetrators of violent crimes out of our prisons and give them on a one-way trip to any one of those small islands out in the Pacific Ocean and let them fend for themselves. No roof over their heads, no free meals, just their own ingenuity, if any. Let them rely on each other or kill each other!

    If anyone thinks this is in-humane, just ask some of the victims their opinions.
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    Aug 19 2013: I believe all humans are created noble, and I live by the Nine Noble Virtues. The one great thing I wish I could do is to have the all world believe all humans are created noble, and live by the Nine Noble Virtues
    Courage, Fidelity, Discipline, Hospitality, Self-Reliance, Industriousness, Perseverance and
    Truth* (* with truth being something you seek to discover, have the courage to see and accept, as well as something you teach and say. )

    Personally I’d be happy if more people were seeking Self-Reliance, for when too many people lack Self-Reliance it kills freedom for all.
  • Aug 19 2013: No one is better than anyone! Equality and respect!