Simple Challenge – Week 2

July 8, 2013 in Simple Living Weekly Challenges by Lorilee Lippincott

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Welcome to Simple Living Challenge Week 2 for January 2013.

Welcome to growth week – my favorite week of the month!

Simple Living is about taking out clutter from our physical and non-physical lives.

But why?

For empty space? 


So we can have abundant lives, full of things we love, and driven by purpose and passion.  And we can make room for these by cutting out stress, negative emotions, distractions, and useless busyness.

Because this is the goal we need to take determined action toward adding value to our lives.  Not only will it help us grow and encourage us to keep making space, it will also motivate us by helping us see the rewards.

Today I wanted to share with you some TED talks that I love.  These are a really simple ways to add growth to your life in 20 minutes or less.  Many are equivalent to summarizing a good non-fiction book into a 20 minute speech.  Less time, but just as much mental learning and new ideas to be inspired by.

Grab a fancy liquid or a treat and get comfortable.

Here are some of my favorite TED (s):

1.  Sir Ken Robinson: Schools Kill Creativity

This is probably my all time favorite talk because it is just as full of humor as it is brilliance.  I have watched it ….. quite a few times.  I read his book as well, and I can say that his talk is just as good as the book, but takes less time.

Here is the link.

2.  Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

This one blew me away with how it affects and relates to work and motivating people in general.  Really great talk!

Here is the link.

3.  Larry Smith: Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

This is a favorite of both my husband and I.  This is another one that has great ideas, but is also pretty funny.

Here is the link.

4. Dan Pallotta: The Way We Think About Charities Is Dead Wrong

I share this because I can’t quit figure it out.  I love charities and try to help them as much as possible and I don’t know what I think of Dan’s ideas.  They conflict with ways I have believed but they make sense.  If you are involved with charities you might enjoy listening to it as well.

Here is the link.

5. Todd Henry: Creativity Under Pressure

I love this talk.  I have linked it a few times on the blog but it is inspiring.

Here is the link.

6.  Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness

This talk made me think.  Dan also talks fast enough to give you a 40 minute speech in 20 :)

Here is the link.

There is 2 hours of learning fun.  This is one I have been trying to watch but the internet hasn’t been letting me because my speed is so slow.  If you get a chance to watch it, let me know what you think of it :)

7.  Amy Purdy: Living Beyond Limits

Here is the link.

There is a collection for you.

If you are looking for some more check out:

I am always looking for good talks (and sometimes my internet over in China can play video).  If you have a favorite, please share it in the comments.

Happy growing!