Lately, I have been hooked on TED Talks! I love to find ones that are around 7 minutes (because I can sit still that long) and ones that are highly rated and have inspiring speakers. So naturally, I gravitate to Education, Passion for Creativity, Technology & Innovation. If you have not ever gone to YouTube and watched one, you need to. You can learn the story behind the story that you probably never imagined!
One problem. The more I watch these thought provoking talks, the more passionate and fired up I become. How is this a problem you wonder? Quite honestly, it fires me up to change the world. I feel it. I believe it. I want to make it happen, but then…I have no clue how little ole me can begin to do something with this fire. It has been said.. it is not what you know, but what you DO with this knowledge!
As I listened to Sean Aiken’s talk What Makes You Come Alive? my heart really connected with him.
The first, as a student. This was me. Growing up, I was a great student. I did exactly what was asked and memorized everything I needed to in order to make straight As. Then, I left college and started my first teaching job and thought, What?! This is NOT like all the classes I took. I have to think of this on my own!? I soon found out, many of us were in that same boat that first year.
The second, as a person wanting to make a difference. If you watch this segment, you will hear Sean talk about finding your passion. He created the One Week Job Project based on this desire to find his passion and really make a difference.
To sum up the main points that really stuck with me:
- It is about finding your gift and asking yourself what contribution do you want to make in the world.
- Share these gifts! This is when you feel truly alive!
- I enjoy my coworkers.
- My job is connected to my life’s work.
- I believe that I am making a difference.
Sean Akin ends with a quote from Charles Eisenstein that I love.
“It’s time. It’s time to create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”
Where I am not so sure he was not talking about education when he said this, I can’t help but think, isn’t this what we feel? We all know there are so many ways to make a difference in education, but even more so in a child’s life! It’s time. Now, more than ever, we can teach our children why their education is important. We can teach at such an early age how creativity, curiosity, reflection, individual thinking, determination, compassion, connectedness, and empathy are such important characteristics to have in life. We NEED these children to create a more beautiful world, and it is our job to give them these opportunities in school as they grow up.
This is my motto: Teach Your Children Well – Okay, maybe it is the title of a great song I love by Crosby Stills Nash & Young. 🙂 Still, so true.