#34 of All the Things- Listening to Shame

Nobody wants to talk about things like shame but wouldn’t it nice to find the antidote to shame?  Wouldn’t it be refreshing to learn how to let shame go?  Brené Brown’s TED Talk Listening to Shame is a great place to start:


I learned a lot from this talk:

  • Vulnerability is not a weakness, it’s the birthplace of creativity, innovation and change.
  • When it comes to shame, we have to walk through it and find our way around.
  • The difference between guilt and shame.  “I did something bad” vs. “I am bad.”
  • Shame feels the same for men and women but it’s organized differently.  Women feel the need to “do it all, do it perfectly and never let them see you sweat.”  Men feel the need to “never be perceived as weak.”
  • Empathy is the answer.
  • Secrecy, silence, and judgment makes shame grow.

You can learn about Brene’s books and her powerful TED Talk on Vulnerability on #17 of All the Things.

Brené Brown  was also a guest on my favorite podcast, Magic Lessons.  You can check it out in #5 of All the Things.

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#31 of All the Things-To This Day


“We are the graduating class of we made it!” That statement gives me goose bumps and teary eyes when Shane Koyczan declares it in his TED Talk To This Day… For the Bullied and Beautiful.  It is funny, compelling, and emotional.  Shane speaks about his history, how he was taught to hide to save himself from a broken heart, and his search for the answer to the question “Who am I?”   Continue reading “#31 of All the Things-To This Day”

#4 of All the Things

100 Days of Rejection

A TED Talk by  Jia Jiang  15:31 minutes



Jia Jiang is very clever, introspective, and courageous. He gave a hilarious TED Talk, What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection that I truly enjoyed.  I laughed a lot and I was moved to tears multiple times.  
Jia tells the story of one horrible moment of rejection he had as a kid and about one inspiring moment he had as a teenager.  He spoke of the ongoing battle throughout his life of the two versions of himself. One that wanted to achieve great things, and the other that lived in fear. He decided to conquer fear and came up with a plan of action. He would ask strangers for strange and wonderful things.  Luckily for us, he made a video blog of his adventures and the things he learned from the experiences. Continue reading “#4 of All the Things”

#1 of All the Things- 3 A’s of Awesome

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The 3 A’s of Awesome

A TED Talk by  Neil Pasricha  17:33 minutes


The 3 A’s of Awesome is probably my favorite TED Talk! I figured it would make a perfect first blog post.  Neil Pasricha has a great sense of humor and is so genuinely moved by life that I felt an instant connection the first time I watched it.  He made me feel so much and made me laugh out loud which is always a bonus. Plus, his speech made me feel hopeful for a better tomorrow. I’ve watched this talk multiple times.  Neil is doing what I dream about doing, motivating others by writing and speaking.

After a nice and fairly normal childhood Neil suffered some great losses and he knew he was headed down a dark path. Needing to focus on the good things that life has to offer, he started a blog called 1000 Awesome Things. In this talk, he teaches us about the three things to focus on to help you live an awesome life; attitude, authenticity, and awareness.

Check it out for yourself.

 This is what I learned from The 3 A’s of Awesome:

  • To allow myself to grieve my losses and then keep looking for the good.
  • That I want to embrace my inner three-year-old.
  • That I’m going to strive to be the real me and to share my heart on this blog and hope that it helps others along the way.
  • That I want to be more like Neil’s dad. I’m going to share the wonders of the world with my children as we explore mangoes from Mexico and dates from Morocco and all of the other amazing things that cross our paths.

Here’s more to help you get your awesome fix:

Neil has written multiple books and he has another great TED talk under his belt which I will feature in a future blog post.

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