Stories are important. They show us the beauty around us, encourage us to look outside ourselves, and remind us of what it means to be human. One of my favorite ways to hear new stories is through watching TED talks. TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a nonprofit dedicated to "ideas worth spreading." At TED events, people are given a platform to share their experiences and ideas. Watching TED talks is an easy way to open your mind to new ideas and stories. Here's 10 of the Choctawk's favorite TED talks.
* Disclaimer: Although the views and language presented in these are not representative of the Choctawk or Mississippi College, we believe there is value to be found in every story. Diverse perspectives allow us to learn and better inform our view of the world.
1) The power of vulnerability // Brene Brown
2) The danger of a single story // Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3) Inside the mind of a master procrastinator // Tim Urban
4) The surprising habits of original thinkers // Adam Grant
5) The danger of silence // Clint Smith
6) Your elusive creative genius // Elizabeth Gilbert
7) Your body language shapes who you are // Amy Cuddy
8) "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful // Shane Koyczan
9) The happy secret to better work // Shawn Achor
10) 10 ways to have a better conversation // Celeste Headlee
Hopefully these talks inspire you to keep learning all you can about the big world around us. If you want more suggestions, here's a playlist of the 20 most-watched TED talks. Enjoy today, and be grateful for the stories of the people around you.
smoothie drinker, sweater wearer, TED enthusiast