Six Words At TEDx: Marion Correctional Institution

“Bold introvert who hides on stage.” —Dan Royston

“Spiritual leader who likes Grumpy Cat.” —Chaplin Tim Smith

“Wanted mohawk, got a bald spot.” —Clifford Dale Rose, Jr.

“Progressive, I’ve come a long way.” —Deonta Bell

“Finding sunrise reflected in your eyes.” —Adam Wetterhan

“Freer, fairer, and less corrupt, please.” —Iggy

“Proper education always corrects errors emphatically.” —Demale Rogers-Bey

“I’m knee deep in the hoopla.” —Lee Seibenick-Schwartz

“Why doesn’t anyone else smell that?” —Rusty Tarbet

11 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life


These are some of my favorite TED talks of all-time, guaranteed to inspire. If you have some favorites of your own that are not listed here, you may add them in the comments below.

John Hunter - The World Peace Game

Marcin Jakubowski - Open Sourced Blueprints for Civilization

Hyenseo Lee - My Escape from North Korea

Simon Sinek - How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Brene Brown - The Power of Vulnerability

Amanda Palmer - The Art of Asking

Derek Sivers - How to Start a Movement

William Kamkwamba - How I Harnessed the Wind

Elizabeth Gilbert - Your Elusive Creative Genius

Myshkin Ingawale - A Blood Test Without Bleeding

Hans Rosling - Let My Dataset Change Your Mindset

This new book represents over six years’ worth of my life experiences, insights, and ideas on creating a better way of living for all of us: 

It’s All My Fault: How I Messed Up the World, and Why I Need Your Help to Fix It


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Do you know what people want more than anything? They want to be missed. They want to be missed the day they don’t show up. They want to be missed when they’re gone.

In another excellent episode of NPR’s TED Radio Hour, Seth Godin dispenses some of his signature wisdom in discussing what makes a great leader. (David Foster Wallace had similar ideas.)

Pair with Godin on vulnerability, creative courage, and how to dance with the fear.

as some of you have seen unfold on here, my book - “THE ART OF ASKING” - is officially DONE. inspired by my TED talk and also sort of a memoir, i’ve been doing almost nothing else since january…but after months of intense writing, editing, and reading aloud for the audiobook, it soon finds its way to you and i’ll embark on a little signing tour in support of it. i can’t wait for you to hopefully read (or listen).

it’s about…everything.

and it’s COMING OUT on NOVEMBER 11th (in hardcover, e-reader, and audiobook formats).

and HERE IS THE COVER. i think it’s beautiful.

if you wanna know how i ended up naked and getting my body painted by a bunch of LA artists (with allan amato shooting the whole thing), i wrote a blog about the MAKING OF the cover. it’s HERE on my site.

p.s. as mentioned, i will be doing a HUGE BOOK-SIGNING TOUR in the states this fall. i’ll announce dates alongside pre-order info for SIGNED copies, SOON via THE GOLDEN, HOLY MAILING LIST and my blog. if you don’t want to hold out for a written-on-by-me copy, pre-order info is up now at more soon. LOVE.

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Liked watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk last year? Then consider picking up a copy of We Should All Be Feminists. The longform essay, now published as an ebook original, was adapted from topics Adichie touched upon in her speech, among them the importance of being a feminist in the twenty-first century. You could also look back on Adichie’s Year in Reading piece.

Long-term, if you’re really trying to get the most out of people, you got to build people up not tear them down. And I think that’s something that I learned about not just myself but other people. That you’re really trying to get inside someone’s heart and soul and bind them to what it is you together are trying to accomplish.
—  On NPR’s TED Radio Hour, four-star general Stanley McChrystal considers the intricacies and essential humanity of great leadership. David Foster Wallace captured this best when he wrote“A leader’s real ‘authority’ is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily.”
"But the finale was realistic"

Getting a divorce is realistic. Divorcing because hotels don’t have wifi is not realistic.

Passing away from a disease is realistic. The husband and children of the deceased not batting an eye at her death is not realistic.

Having three children is realistic. A woman who has explicitly expressed not wanting more than two children having a third child is not realistic. Especially not if the same woman doesn’t even look happy with two. (She told Ted sometimes she regrets having Marvin and she did not look happy when she announced her pregnancy in Daisy)

Having a crush on a former flame is realistic. Stalking her for years on end and trying to get back with her after you both lost your significant others is not realistic.

Getting back with a former flame is realistic. When you both admit it won’t and will never work, it’s not realistic.

Not being able to have and not wanting children is realistic. Falling into the arms of your ex and raising his children is not realistic.

Maturing after having a baby is realistic. But when you’ve never wanted babies and the wife who has shown to change you hasn’t been able to make you mature this baby is not realistic.

Relapse after a divorce is realistic. Returning to the exact way you were in 2005 is not realistic.

See a pattern? C&C are trying to claim their ending is realistic without realizing the flaws they have when discussing their characters.