What I Learned at TEDxLSU Part Two

Saturday will be one week since the TEDxLSU event and I still can’t stop talking about it.  I find away to work a TED talk into every conversation.  At this point I know that I have gotten on some people nerves.  But I promised to blog about so here are five more things I learned:

6. Kenny Nguyen, entrepreneur, Big Fish Presentations, shared his thoughts on the benefits of saying “No”. No one really likes saying it but sometimes you have to choose to say this word.  When you say “No” to something you may be opening up to other opportunities that will allow you to grow.

7. Dr. Brian Dixon, Executive Director of the Mentorship Academy in Baton Rouge, talked about completing the impossible. According to him, anything you want to do is possible, he would know because he was in a terrible car accident where he shattered his hip.  Doctors told him that he would never walk again. Triathlons became his impossible.

8. Mary Stein, reminded us that the library is a free resource that we can tap into to breed our creativity.  Whatever you “geek” the library can help hone your passion and interest.  She also talked about how the library is rebranding itself to become a place where you want to hang out.

9. Tucker Barry spoke about amateurs.  People are driven by their motivation to do what they love.  They can be dismissed because of the lack of experience but when they are connected and invested the they can surprise you.

10. Dr. Jensen Moore, gave one of the most interesting talks about what happens to people’s digital profiles when they die.  Some people like the thought of keeping their loved ones Facebook profiles up after they past.  It is a way for people to still communicate with them and allow others to share their memories and grieve publically.

The inaugural TEDx event was inspiring and gave me hope that people in my community care and are bringing change. I am just counting down the days until the next TED event in Baton Rouge!