Ryan Allred

Rexburg, ID, United States

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Ryan Allred
Posted 8 months ago
Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
Aren't the two connected? I would say that how successful we are is determined by how we define success. Our worlds are created by the way we put meaning or symbols on things that create our reality. So the way we choose to define success creates the reality we choose to live in and changes what is and what is not success.
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Ryan Allred
Posted 10 months ago
Are you happier while at the computer, or while taking a walk?
I am absolutely happier while I am out for a walk. While being at a computer, I can accomplish good things, they all feel very non-tangible to me. I prefer working with things that I can touch and see, the physical world. So I enjoy walking! It is for me a great opportunity to meditate.
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Ryan Allred
Posted over 2 years ago
Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God
I not only appreciate your comment, but I am impressed by it. I do not see why so many think that the learned ought to know better than to believe in a Superior Being when the opposite is quite true. Study the works of many famous scientists and you will see that the more they learned about this amazing world the more they knew it could not happen by accident. Forgive me for using the words of a less known prophet from Book of Mormon scripture but the Lord taught His children in the Americas that "When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not....But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God."
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Ryan Allred
Posted over 2 years ago
Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God
It is true that many Mormon beliefs seem mumbo-jumboish, but to those who have read both the Bible and the Book of Mormon it is evident that Biblical scripture is far more far-fetched than that found in the Book of Mormon. The "magic glasses" she referenced as stones are real, however you will not learn about them in the Book of Mormon as well as you do in the Bible. They are called the Urim and Thummim, stones used as means of translation by many of God's prophets in the Bible being first referenced in Exodus 28:30. You can study the works of well known biblical scholars from any faith to learn about them. All in all, there is going to be religious banter and I am alright with that, we do not claim to be the only ones with truth and I enjoy learning from those of other faiths. As a "Mormon," I recognize that we are not perfect, however, God is. We simply believe in a church that exhibits the same organization that existed in His primitive church including prophets, revelation, and all the miracles that existed then including the wonderful story of the Savior visiting God's children in the Americas before he returned to Heaven. Why is it so hard to believe that Christ would visit them as well as those in Jerusalem?
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Ryan Allred
Posted over 2 years ago
Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong
This is one of the better Ted talks in my opinion because it challenges our way of thinking and it literally applies to everyone. Why do we all feel the need to be right all of the time? My favorite high school teacher was one who knew that he as the teacher was not omnipotent. His supervisor once came into the classroom and pointed out a rather large mistake he had made, but because he was not controlled by the need to be right he recognized the problem and simply fixed it. He smiled and looked at me and after telling me it was not his first mistake assured me it would not be his last. Once we lose the fear of being wrong, a world of possibilities open up to us. We are no longer afraid to push our horizons and try something new so that our limitations melt away. Want to change the world? Dare to do something wrong!
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Ryan Allred
Posted over 2 years ago
Susan Cain: The power of introverts
I have found that I am an ambivert. I am extremely extroverted around introverts, and very much introverted among extroverts. It seems to me that there needs to be a balance in every society; neither one is bad in any way, I think we should encourage both sides.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
This talk was delivered in a very impressive way, making it fun and credible. Exercise, meditation, and gratitude can allow anyone in any situation to find joy. The nice thing about these three ideas is found in the simplicity of application. They each can be set as measurable goals simple enough to obtain. I might also add the challenge to those who are religious who already have accepted Shawn's challenge to record three things of Gratitude each day to also record daily one way in which you have seen the hand of the Lord evident in your life. Just as those who record gratitude find it easier to see the positive side of life, those who will record God's hand will see Him more clearly involved in day to day life. Religious or not, this "secret to better work" can easily enhance the quality of life.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days
The idea of making big things happen through little consistencies is a powerful thought. We often feel as if we have to work harder and shove more into our busy lives in order to accomplish anything remember-able. However, we need to learn that we will move faster, if we hurry less. -Oh, and I had the same effect when I went off sugar for a month!
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Posted over 2 years ago
Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate
The general concepts in this speech apply to us specifically as individuals. With the ease of offending someone in our "modern" world I find it hard to disagree with anyone without them deciding that I dislike them. It is alright to disagree, in fact I would encourage others to disagree with me in order to stretch both of our viewpoints. I am a high school religion teacher and encourage the open discussion of things we learn in class especially of those things the students may not understand or have a different view point on. Democratic debate has become a lost art and should be brought back in politics, religion, relationships, and all aspects of life.