Ira Glass on Storytelling
“For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.”
Jamie reminded us of this incredible video at our last ODK meeting when we were discussing the vulnerability (and value!) in being a beginner. It was definitely a timely conversation as I start embracing my first steps into higher education student affairs!
Simon Sinek: Start with Why
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”
I first watched this TED talk in the midst of my last formal sorority recruitment, and we revisited it during our first ODK meeting of the semester. As a Delta Gamma, I’m so lucky to be a part of something that fosters high ideals of friendship, promotes educational and cultural interests, creates social responsibility, develops the finest qualities of character, and just so happens to be a sorority. As a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, I love that we challenge the status quo and seek to improve the student experience at UGA through cultivating traditions and creating new initiatives… and incidentally, we’re an honors society.
Disney: I Am a Princess
“I am brave sometimes. I am scared sometimes. Sometimes I am brave, even when I’m scared.”
Disney has lots of room for more inclusive representation of what it means to be a girl today, but this is a cute celebration of the work they’ve accomplished so far. Still crossing my fingers for (waiting for my chance to write) a Latina princess!
Sir Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms
“The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak, when you’re present in the current moment, when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing, when you are fully alive.”
Sir Ken Robinson now has one of the most watched TED talks of all time, but I love this animated, abbreviated version which helps explain why we need to re-evaluate education worldwide.
Meg Jay: Why Thirty Is Not the New Twenty
“80% of life’s most defining moments take place before age 35.”
I just started reading Meg Jay’s book on twentysomethings with the ODKats this semester and already am so in love with it! She covers everything from identity capital to weak ties to “unthought knowns” to how we portray our lives on Facebook with both anecdotal and scientific evidence.
Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work
“If happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there.”
(My all-time favorite TED Talk.)