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There is a ton of overlap in the advice out there, below is a sample of 21 TED talks I watched in 21 days, over 3 hours of content, but only 10 distinct takeaways I could see. In the past I summarized all the books and TED talks I could remember and came up with 5 fundamentals of 'why we do what we do', so I cross referenced them too. These ten mindset tips align with my 5 fundamentals of why we do what we do.(The fundamentals are covered on the website and on IGTV). I don't want people to stop giving TED talks and advice, but I want use to be more efficient at it, have a common base to work from rather than scattered ideas.
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1Think long term, and broad for better solutionsAri Wallach says:
1. Think beyond your death, Transgenerational
2. Think about multiple Futures,
3. Know your end goal, 'Telos Thinking' i.e. To what end?
Not only can you find better solutions, you can be less stressed about your own death knowing you are working towards something farther out than your end.
https://www.ted.com/talks/ari_wallach_3_ways_to_plan_for_the_very_long_term?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
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This aligns with my Fundamental #1 - we are contstanly making predictions to guide decision making, we make those based on past experiences. The further out and broader you push your predicitions the better you'll be long term.Jan Rader
1. A firefighter that saw a need for nursing skills on the job
2. Sought out new solutions with other organizations to adapt to drug related calls
3. Looked at the situation from the victims perspective, provided multiple levels of care
4. Experiment, with new things for victims and first responders with compassion fatigue
https://www.ted.com/talks/jan_rader_in_the_opioid_crisis_here_s_what_it_takes_to_save_a_life?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
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Steer the elephantElizabeth Lyle
1. "Don't rock the boat" is too short sighted, sets you up for failure to put off fixes
https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_lyle_how_to_break_bad_management_habits_before_they_reach_the_next_generation_of_leaders
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Chiki Sarkar
1. She looked broad to find new formats, new authors, new trends to react to
https://www.ted.com/talks/chiki_sarkar_how_india_s_smartphone_revolution_is_creating_a_new_generation_of_readers_and_writers
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Shohini Ghose
1. She's looking way out working in quantum computing
https://www.ted.com/talks/shohini_ghose_quantum_computing_explained_in_10_minutes/details
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Katharine Wilkinson
1. Looking at the best ways to stop climate change (gender equity)
https://www.ted.com/talks/katharine_wilkinson_how_empowering_women_and_girls_can_help_stop_global_warming/transcript
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Monique W. Morris
1. Don't do the easy thing and push the girls away, bring them closer, better long term
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Akash Manoj
1. He's asking us to flip health care because it is too short sighted
https://www.ted.com/talks/akash_manoj_a_life_saving_device_that_detects_silent_heart_attacks/transcript#t-470512
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Kaustav Dey
1. We need to stand up now for the future generations
https://www.ted.com/talks/kaustav_dey_how_fashion_helps_us_express_who_we_are_and_what_we_stand_for/transcript
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2Use emotion to drive you to better solutions, even if that is frustration or anger, use it as fuel rather than let it get you downJan Rader
1. Saw first responders getting frustrated at drug related calls, and didn't sit around waiting for others to fix it She took action.
https://www.ted.com/talks/jan_rader_in_the_opioid_crisis_here_s_what_it_takes_to_save_a_life?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
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This aligns with fundamental #4, emotions help us know what to pay attention to. You can use these emotions to give you enegy to keep pursuing goals. The trick is to direct the energy in a constructive way.Lýdia Machová
1. Find a way that is fun for you
https://www.ted.com/talks/lydia_machova_the_secrets_of_learning_a_new_language
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Steer the elephantChiki Sarkar
1. She loves books and wanted others to find the same love of books
https://www.ted.com/talks/chiki_sarkar_how_india_s_smartphone_revolution_is_creating_a_new_generation_of_readers_and_writers
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Katharine
1. lead with a 'broken-open' heart
https://www.ted.com/talks/katharine_wilkinson_how_empowering_women_and_girls_can_help_stop_global_warming/transcript
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Akash Manoj
1. His healthy grandfather's shocking death from a silent heart attack was his drive
https://www.ted.com/talks/akash_manoj_a_life_saving_device_that_detects_silent_heart_attacks/transcript#t-470512
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Cecile Richards
1. Be loud and proud about what you want
https://www.ted.com/talks/cecile_richards_the_political_progress_women_have_made_and_what_s_next/transcript
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Kaustav Dey
1. Dress how you feel
https://www.ted.com/talks/kaustav_dey_how_fashion_helps_us_express_who_we_are_and_what_we_stand_for/transcript
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3Acknowledge criticism (your own or from others), and use it to improve (that's a coach)Jan Rader
1. Didn't ignore or omit the criticism but closed her talk with it, with a call to do better.
https://www.ted.com/talks/jan_rader_in_the_opioid_crisis_here_s_what_it_takes_to_save_a_life?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
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This is fundamental #1 and #2. #1, use criticism to adjust the rules of thumb you use to make your decisions. and #2 is related to your 'autopilot' working in the background, it wants to conserve energy, so it will use criticism to tell you to give up, you have to know the tricks of the 'autopilot' and come up with a way to overcome them or interpret them to know when to listen and not to listen.Elizabeth Lyle
1. She's all about coaching, and that is all about this
https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_lyle_how_to_break_bad_management_habits_before_they_reach_the_next_generation_of_leaders
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Train the elephant to not react aggressivlyAtul Gawande
1. Everyone that wants to get better needs a coach, you are not different. Everyone!
https://www.ted.com/talks/atul_gawande_want_to_get_great_at_something_get_a_coach#t-990195
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Lýdia Machová
1. Don't mind making mistakes
https://www.ted.com/talks/lydia_machova_the_secrets_of_learning_a_new_language
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Jia Jang
1. To overcome the boogeyman of rejection, practice getting rejected, seriously. So you can see it is not life threatening
https://www.ted.com/talks/jia_jiang_what_i_learned_from_100_days_of_rejection/transcript
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Chiki Sarkar
1. She was in the book industry, no one was buying, she got the message and acted
https://www.ted.com/talks/chiki_sarkar_how_india_s_smartphone_revolution_is_creating_a_new_generation_of_readers_and_writers
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4Start now, don't put off problems, never settle, have high standards, build it into your schedule/routine, take the hard way if you know it's the right wayElizabeth Lyle
1. Warren Buffet said, "The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they're too heavy to be broken." I couldn't agree more
https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_lyle_how_to_break_bad_management_habits_before_they_reach_the_next_generation_of_leaders
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This is fundamental #2 again, autopilot will come up with a reason to conserve energy, i.e. give up, so you need to know this is coming and have a way to overcome it. Just starting usually gives you the momentum to get over it.Lýdia Machová
1. Don't just hope you'll get to it, plan it, build it into your day/routines
https://www.ted.com/talks/lydia_machova_the_secrets_of_learning_a_new_language
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Steer the elephantJia Jang
1. It's like 'never settle', don't let a first rejection deter you. Don't Run, Ask Why, Acknowledge You Think it's a little crazy too
https://www.ted.com/talks/jia_jiang_what_i_learned_from_100_days_of_rejection/transcript
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Paula Williams
1. "When the going gets tough, you have to choose the road less traveled, the narrow path."
https://www.ted.com/talks/paula_stone_williams_and_jonathan_williams_the_story_of_a_parent_s_transition_and_a_son_s_redemption
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Chiki Sarkar
1. She quit her job and just went for it
https://www.ted.com/talks/chiki_sarkar_how_india_s_smartphone_revolution_is_creating_a_new_generation_of_readers_and_writers
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Monique W. Morris
1. Start the conversation about school policies, volunteer at the school
https://www.ted.com/talks/monique_w_morris_why_black_girls_are_targeted_for_punishment_at_school_and_how_to_change_that/transcript
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Akash Manoj
1. He was only 13, that didn't stop him from trying to solve something no one else had
https://www.ted.com/talks/akash_manoj_a_life_saving_device_that_detects_silent_heart_attacks/transcript#t-470512
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Cecile Richards
1. Don't wait for instructions
https://www.ted.com/talks/cecile_richards_the_political_progress_women_have_made_and_what_s_next/transcript
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5Don't reinvent the wheel, copy techniques from othersLýdia Machová
1. Utilize methods/apps already out there. Look at what others are using and try some out.
https://www.ted.com/talks/lydia_machova_the_secrets_of_learning_a_new_language
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Fundamental #1 again, learn from others experiences in order to help you make better decisions. It's also just an efficiency thing. However, don't let this hold you back from reinventing the wheel if you think there's room for improvement.Martin Danoesastro
1. Learn from others already succeeding, and learn from nature
https://www.ted.com/talks/martin_danoesastro_what_are_you_willing_to_give_up_to_change_the_way_we_work/transcript#t-779828
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Rule of thumbChiki Sarkar
1. Sometimes you have to reinvent the wheel, she reinvented the book because no one was reading books, but to do it she learned from others, and used the platform people were on.
https://www.ted.com/talks/chiki_sarkar_how_india_s_smartphone_revolution_is_creating_a_new_generation_of_readers_and_writers
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6Try to be aware of your biases, (try to ask same questions of all candidates)Dana Kanze
1. We all have biases, keep an eye out for them, try to know them and manage them. In decision making you may not only be being unfair, you may be overlooking good decisions based on faulty biases
https://www.ted.com/talks/dana_kanze_the_real_reason_female_entrepreneurs_get_less_funding
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This is Fundamental #5, your autopilot is coming up with rules of thumb all the time, mental shortcuts, biases. You need them to get through the day, but they are made at random, you need to do some evaluating of these and adjust them, or do things to counter the ones that are very hard to overcome.Karissa Sanbonmatsu
1. Be accepting of others
https://www.ted.com/talks/karissa_sanbonmatsu_the_biology_of_gender_from_dna_to_the_brain/transcript#t-751046
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Know/steer your elephantLera Boroditsky
1. The language you speak has a huge impact on you, and you probably don't realize it
https://www.ted.com/talks/lera_boroditsky_how_language_shapes_the_way_we_think/transcript
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Monique W. Morris
1. Hidden bias, we tend to see black girls as older than they are, expect too much
https://www.ted.com/talks/monique_w_morris_why_black_girls_are_targeted_for_punishment_at_school_and_how_to_change_that/transcript
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Kaustav Dey
1. Assess the biases around what people wear
https://www.ted.com/talks/kaustav_dey_how_fashion_helps_us_express_who_we_are_and_what_we_stand_for/transcript
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7Be willing to give up something, to try something newMartin Danoesastro
1. Be willing to give up old ways
https://www.ted.com/talks/martin_danoesastro_what_are_you_willing_to_give_up_to_change_the_way_we_work/transcript#t-779828
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I think this falls under #2, you have an autopilot part of your brain, it likes to keep things similar and safe to keep you alive. Sometimes it'll talk you out of new things, or you won't even consider somethings that are too different. You sometimes have to overcome this to try something new.Chiki Sarkar
1. She abandoned her great job to try a new book for a new smartphone age
https://www.ted.com/talks/chiki_sarkar_how_india_s_smartphone_revolution_is_creating_a_new_generation_of_readers_and_writers
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example of others, non-obviousShohini Ghose
1. She's giving up everything we know about computers for quantum computers
https://www.ted.com/talks/shohini_ghose_quantum_computing_explained_in_10_minutes/details
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Monique W. Morris
1. Be willing to give up old rules and policies, no more suspensions for bad attitudes
https://www.ted.com/talks/monique_w_morris_why_black_girls_are_targeted_for_punishment_at_school_and_how_to_change_that/transcript
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Kaustav Dey
1. You may not be the person others want you to be, that's ok
https://www.ted.com/talks/kaustav_dey_how_fashion_helps_us_express_who_we_are_and_what_we_stand_for/transcript
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8More autonomy results in more engagementMartin Danoesastro
1. Give staff more autonomy to be able to respond faster, check in daily
https://www.ted.com/talks/martin_danoesastro_what_are_you_willing_to_give_up_to_change_the_way_we_work/transcript#t-779828
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This might be Fundamental #3, we are drawn to the promise of reward more than the reward itself. Without autonomy it's like we're not even playing the game and we can shut down. Think of a slot machine, we love the promise of the jackpot, but how fun is it if someone else is telling us which machines to go to and when to play and not play. That would be pretty weird.Chiki Sarkar
1. She lets her readers try to be the writers as well
https://www.ted.com/talks/chiki_sarkar_how_india_s_smartphone_revolution_is_creating_a_new_generation_of_readers_and_writers
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9Collaborate, team up on big goals, ask for helpKatharine Wilkinson
1. Collaborate like an ecosystem on global warming
https://www.ted.com/talks/katharine_wilkinson_how_empowering_women_and_girls_can_help_stop_global_warming/transcript
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This just seems like an efficiency thing, maybe not covered by the fundamentals of why we do what we do.Casey Gerald
1. Form an army of the least of these, with the faith that from the naked crust of all we are, we can build a better world
https://www.ted.com/talks/casey_gerald_embrace_the_strange_magic_of_your_true_self/transcript#t-1011904
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Akash Manoj
1. He was 13, asked for help, ... solved silent heart attacks!
https://www.ted.com/talks/akash_manoj_a_life_saving_device_that_detects_silent_heart_attacks/transcript#t-470512
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Cecile Richards
1. One of us can be ignored, two of us can be dismissed, but together, we're a movement, and we're unstoppable.
https://www.ted.com/talks/cecile_richards_the_political_progress_women_have_made_and_what_s_next/transcript
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Kaustav Dey
1. We all need to do this, to support each other, to tip the scales
https://www.ted.com/talks/kaustav_dey_how_fashion_helps_us_express_who_we_are_and_what_we_stand_for/transcript
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10Do not become someone you're not just to please othersCasey Gerald
1. He saw a sign in a "Stasi prison in Berlin, on a sign that read, "He who adapts can live tolerably.""
https://www.ted.com/talks/casey_gerald_embrace_the_strange_magic_of_your_true_self/transcript
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Fundamental #2, your autopilot might lead you to making 'safe' decisions which will keep you alive, but living a life you don't really enjoy. So to do this you'll have to be aware of your autopilots tricks. This is also #1, think longer term. Doing what others want may be good short term but not long term.Kaustav Dey
1. 100% what he is saying, be you, embrace your authentic self
https://www.ted.com/talks/kaustav_dey_how_fashion_helps_us_express_who_we_are_and_what_we_stand_for/transcript
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11Appreciate what you have, you may be overlooking amazing assets that you don't even realize you have because everyone around you has them, but not everyone around the country or around the worldKaustav Dey
1. Some people can't even wear jeans without getting death threats
https://www.ted.com/talks/kaustav_dey_how_fashion_helps_us_express_who_we_are_and_what_we_stand_for/transcript
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#2 It takes effort to look beyond your immediate surroundings, your autopilot may be getting you down trying to get you to conserve energy, tell you you're not good enough, you need to know these tricks to overcome them
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