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Monday, December 30, 2013

Learn 100 TED Talks Lessons In 5 Minutes (2 of 3)

"One of the most effective ways to cure poverty in developing countries isn’t food, cattle, or anything else – it’s giving away cellphones.

You Can Easily Learn 100 TED Talks Lessons In 5 Minutes Which Most People Need 70 Hours

Before you make those New Year's resolutions, how about this for perspective!

The other week a friend watched 70 hours of TED talks; short, 18-minute talks given by inspirational leaders in the fields of Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED). He watched 296 talks in total, and he recently went through the list of what he watched, weeded out the crappy and boring talks, and created a list of the 100 best things he learned. Here is part 2 of our 3-part post showcasing 100 incredible things my friend learned watching 70 hours of TED talks last week!

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26. Don’t worry – texting isn’t ruining your understanding of the English language.

27. You’re not as rational as you think you are. One example: do you supersize your meal at McDonald’s even when you’re not hungry?

28. Three keys to success from Elon Musk: Work very hard, pay attention to negative feedback (especially when it comes from friends), and study physics to learn how to reason from first principles (instead of by analogy).

29. If you’re arguing with someone to win the argument, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.You should be arguing to learn.

30. Like it or not, your body language affects how other people think of you.

31. Great, committed sex combines two things: your need for security, and your need for surprise.

32. Being introverted isn’t a bad thing; it’s quite the opposite! Even though society often seems to value extraverts more, introverts should be celebrated just as much.

33. To save more money, commit to saving more money, tomorrow.

34. Living an awesome life means having a great attitude (seeing the good in things), seeing the wonder in the world around you, and being authentic.

35, 36, 37, 38, 39. 40, 41. There isn’t one secret to happiness, but there are a lot of small secrets that will move you in the right direction. Stay in the moment, and be mindful. Spend money on other people, rather than on yourself. Slow down. Take time to appreciate and see the good in what you have. Live a life that’s full of meaning in the short-and long-term. And change how you look at the past, present, and future.

42. Your memory is a lot faultier than you think. You frequently remember things that didn’t happen, and remember things differently than they actually happened. Plus, your memories can be manipulated.

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43. When it comes to classical music, no one is tone-deaf, and almost anyone can be calmed or inspired by classical music.

44. The people who design book covers actually put a ton of thought (and art) into their designs.

45. The biggest killer in America isn’t cancer, it’s obesity. 66% of the U.S. is obese, including a lot of children and teens, and 1 in 4 people in America dies of a preventable, food-related disease.

46. Schools kill creativity, and the education model we teach kids by is significantly outdated. School should nurture, not undermine creativity, which Ken Robinson argues that it does.

47. Students learn best when you make them stop and think, and bring classroom problems down to earth.

48. There is a large difference between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance, and just because you are loved doesn’t mean you are accepted.

49. People are powerful. They stand up to soldiers, show compassion when it seems impossible, and expose their vulnerability when it’s the most difficult.

50. Monkeys make the same stupid mistakes with money that people do, so our irrationality may just be rooted in our evolutionary history.

51. Depression (and other diseases) can strike anyone, anytime. Including a comic who has basically everything going for him.

52. North Korea is one of the most terrible and gruesome places to grow up. Citizens of the country frequently starve to death, are victim to military violence, and are shot if they try to escape.

53. Violence against women isn’t a “women’s issue”, it’s a man’s issue that’s rooted in the way men view women.

54. One of the most effective ways to cure poverty in developing countries isn’t food, cattle, or anything else – it’s giving away cellphones.

*TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.  More at

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