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Kate Torgovnick May

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How has a TED Talk affected your life?

TED Talks are often inspiring, moving, and downright motivating. We want to know: has watching a specific TED Talk ever led to a big change in your life? If so, we'd love to hear your story!

Has a TED Talk inspired you to change career paths or go back to school? Has a talk ever lead you on a new journey? Has a TED Talk sparked a new idea for how you could think about your work, or ushered in a noticeable change in your community? Has a TED Talk ever lead to a new collaboration, or a new hobby? Share here.


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    Jan 30 2014: So interesting, Esteban. I wonder why the A group had some of the better designs? I always thought that emphasizing excellence in a team was the way to go, but is this study indicating that isn't so? I think your idea of a living process of team formation is extremely valid.
    • Jan 30 2014: From what I was told ... the A group had the better designs because they just tried many things out and learned from everything they did... seeing each creation as an additional contribution to success... they also played and experimented to see what would happen... to share a business experience I had a while back... I started a business based on one idea... some customer mentioned I should include X-product which I though was a terrible idea... still I decided to include X-poduct and see what happened... it became the best seller, the most profitable, easiest to make, and the list could go on and on... the one idea I had had originally - while good in principle- turned out in practice not to be economical valuable...

      BTW it seems that emphasizing excellence in a team leads to a focus on excellence and how to achieve it... rather than workability and just taking the steps that work and improve on it. I used to say that I like to work in order not to work, meaning I would rather invest a little extra effort that would facilitate incorporating changes... I would take the time to create a program to do it for me rather than just do it myself ... say include a routine that would alert me of a condition... or solve it with variables and then plug in the values...
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        • Feb 1 2014: Santokh

          I liked what you just stated and with your consent would like to 'appropriate' part of it (which I assume it would be ok)... in any event I consider worthwhile to highlight it ...
          Excellence is both a noun and a verb. It is a continuous process. It is not only a state of being but also a continuous process.

          Indeed... excellence involves a bit more than just itself... and is a thing, an action, an attitude, a way, the ends, the means , the in-betweens and a bit more. Simple to appreciate though a bit complicated to define... Blink - the art of thinking without thinking...

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