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Rasmus Myrsoe

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With all the smart things we learn fred TED talks, does it ever make you wonder that...

I've seen countless TED Talks and more than once having been left with a feeling of "I must do something productive and creative" afterwards, only to never act on it.

Why is that. Is it because I can't replicate what I see or learn in the talks? Is it lack of easy acces to a local community with the same passions? What is it?

What happens afterwards when you watch a TED Talk?

Topics: procrastination
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  • Dec 24 2013: Access to resources in order to act in what you care most about. To act for a bigger change you have to start small. Volunteer, speak up, protest if you feel you must on an issue dear to your heart. If you work in any industry try to make a difference in that industry that you see is detrimental to man kind such as - if you have influence of education change your teaching methods be the rebel who will teach because she/ he wants a better more aware future. If you run a business find ways to make it more environmentally friendly be aware of the resources you use. If you work in a hospital, mental health use trust, the knowledge of that people with mental illnesses have crossed such extreme barriers to speak up for themselves and use what you learn to empower the patients you work with. If you work in retail, do some research about the company you work for, do they really help the great scheme of things? Most importantly remember I feel the same way so thank you for posting this.
  • Dec 30 2013: Their 15 minute moment in the lime light was built with success upon failures and if given more time I am positive that more depth could be shone and therefore the difficulties that stood in their way. I also believe that some people have stronger passions then others and it is just their gift to humanity, yours may lie else where. Don't fret, remember it is a 15 min capsule of time that has taken years to build.
  • Dec 30 2013: I read a really fascinating article today about goals vs processes in terms of effectively getting results and the trap of relying on inspiration and motivation in developing processes and habits in line with our goals. Inspiration fizzles. Determination doesn't. So after a TED talk, ask yourself what you actually can DO about whatever you just heard and then commit to spending at least 5 minutes a day learning more, writing about it, working on it, etc. Some days you'll do more, but always do the 5 minutes. That way it becomes part of your life and habitual thinking. But before you do any of that, critically examine your inspiration and ask yourself if committing to give it your time and energy is really important to you, or if you're just excited about a new idea and happy it exists. Both are good, but only one requires action.
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    Dec 28 2013: What happens afterwards when you watch a TED Talk?

    I mostly come to TED to learn something. Through TED I could learn all sorts new things I wouldn't access otherwise, because they are distant topic for me, new invention, or I just hadn't been trying harder. So after watching a TED Talk, I mostly feel enriched, that I've learned something new, as if I just gained extra ammunition in life - somewhat. Hopefully, I'd been using those knowledge in everything I do in life.

    I think we all contribute in a different way. We can't all be inventors, doctors, architects, etc. A musician, a statesman, even a scavenger contribute to society in their own unique way. I think the best way to contribute is to use your gift and talent - whatever that may be - to improve the way we're living. And the scale is different for each of us -- some people have a wider outreach that passes national borders, some of us have the outreach across one company, some within one family. But it all starts with one person: our self :)
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    Dec 25 2013: Ramus what you are experiencing is good for your mind. Our minds are unfathomable, they love being exercised and challenged constantly and I do mean constantly (24/7). Even at night while you are asleep the mind is playing catch-up on all the problems you presented it with while you were awake. It is organizing the information, solving problems and preparing the conscience part of of your mind for the next day. It is a beautiful thing.

    "What happens afterwards when you watch a TED Talk?" For me as I am watching a talk my mind is making mental notes of interest and trying to gain a sense of the overall message they are trying to present.
    You should also note that before the talk I always read their bio, profile, websites and any references they leave and often search the internet for more information so I can have a sense of where they got their information. It helps to know if they are just passing on information they know very little or nothing about (basically what the government and colleges keep passing on as their "facts"). Or have they had actual real world experience which would substantiate their talk.
    "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."- Albert Einstein
    After the talk is finished, if I am satisfied I get the point of the talk, I have several choices. If I decide to comment but the subject is not to familiar I have a lot of extra studying to do on the internet before. If I am familiar with the subject then I may offer my opinion if I think it may help and sometimes that results in debates over information which also helps me solidify my background information.
    At this stage in my life I have only two goals: 1) Help the human race back onto a plant based diet and 2) Bring responsibility back as the #1 principle of the human race.
    I mention that because everything else I learn I bring to bear upon accomplishing those two goals.
  • Dec 23 2013: I think you asked amazing question, Rasmus.
    My answer is: I think that a lot of people that act to make a diffrence in this world, confronted in their private life again and again with some problem. For example, if someone "wake up in the morning" and find out that she is a woman in a world full of man and women 50-50%. Nevertheless, she see again and again the lack of equality in this world. It makes her SAD. and ANGRY about this situation.
    I think this is the key here.
    If you want to make a difference in this world, you must search in soul first: Is there a thing that worth fighting for?
    The second thing that must come combined with the "thing that irritates me", as an individual , is the question: Are other people suffer from the same thing?
    If the answer is YES, other people suffer from the same thing - you've got a GOAL.
    Now, all you have to to is to think how to achieve this GOAL, even if it sounds crazy!
    To achieve crazy goals, you must first do a research and see how organizations, companives, movements etc took THEIR idea, which its FRAME is similar to yours- and realized it.
    For example, if the big, carzy idea of yours is building an army or unit that will stop terrorists from hurting your people in Denmark, do a very good research about the Mafia or other organized non professional half-army groups and how they started. Until you become a "PhD" in this particular field.
    All you have left is to take all the info you've got and divide it to sub-topics, antil you got in your hands the first step you need to do.
    "Live long and prosper"
    Avichay
  • Dec 23 2013: You can send a hyperlink of the talk which inspired you, to others and at least talk about it with them afterwards. That's a good start.
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    Dec 22 2013: Hi Fritzie, and thank you for your reply.

    In regards to your statement about biting of a smaller piece, I think that's exactly the crux of the matter: I don't think it's in any way conscious or not, whether you choose to participate, organize a TED event or anything else like that. Big bites and small bites alike.

    My belief is that most people feel inspired after watching a TED talk, but somehow revert back to a state of, I guess you could call it mental homeostasis afterwards, and therefore don't act or initiate change (in some way or other), despite them feeling that what they saw is obvious and they should back it and "do something".

    I think it's the same mechanism that lets us be inspirered and ready for change at 1AM or 2AM in the morning when we lie in bed and contemplate the small and big things in life. Those thoughts never seem to materialize into anything come the sun.

    So I should maybe re-phrase my question to "How can we get better at overcoming our mental homeostasis? And how can we instill motivation and excitement?"
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      Dec 23 2013: You might start by considering that many- possibly most- of us DO act or change in some ways in response to compelling ideas. If you tend to get stuck in one position, convincing yourself that it is somehow human nature or what people typically do may be a bit of an excuse for a hesitancy that is holding YOU up from doing what YOU would like to be doing.

      If you share some of the ideas you would like to act on but which you have thus far avoided pursuing out of fear or inertia or whatever, people here might be able to help you connect to others you could join with if it is an area that requires a team.
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    Dec 22 2013: There is a difference between contributing to an effort you hear described, changing the way you live your daily life, and emulating a TED speaker. Many people likely make changes in their daily lives or how they do their work based on what they hear in TED talks. Somewhat fewer probably start to participate in local initiatives related to the talks. Fewer still launch initiatives such as those the TED speakers do.

    Some people are held back by believing that only the last sort of response is worthwhile- replicating a person's grand initiative.

    If you don't tend to act, maybe you need to "bite off a smaller piece." Which talks most inspire you to do something?
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    Dec 22 2013: Well, you say you watch a TED talk and then feel you must do something creative and productive. Are you perhaps undervaluing yourself? Wouldn't you say you currently do something creative and/or productive? What would it be?

    I tend to think that a good first step towards doing something creative is to assess yourself as you currently are.

    How old are you, Rasmus? Possibly many of the TED speakers are older than you and have had more time and experience to develop their ideas.

    If you wish to reply click the word "reply" in red in the upper right corner of my reply, that way I'll get an email you replied.