The Man Who Stole My TED Talk!

8 02 2011

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Plain and simple.

This man dived into the recesses of my mind, stole my thoughts, strung them together eloquently, and delivered it as a product of his own creation.

An act of thievery of epic proportions if I e’er saw one!

But in all honesty, Nigel Marsh does a phenomenal job in presenting an idea that I always thought would be at the top of my list of potential topics if I was ever to present a TED talk.

His talk is about redefining success in our society, and his suggestion (as well as mine) is that true success should be defined not in terms of money or being the “best” at one thing, but by how well one lives our life in terms of true balance: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, mental, physical, work, life, family, passions, etc.

Being at UBC, specifically being involved with the Student Development Office, really opened my eyes to what balance is, what it means to me, and how I can strive to achieve that.  It’s the reason why I took part in a musical even with med school and research.  It’s the reason why I’m going to start taking dance (contemporary, jazz, ballet) lessons for the first time in my life and pick up yoga again.  It’s the reason why I keep making myself go to the gym three times a week no matter what else (sickness, fatigue, deadlines) might be going on in my life.  It’s the reason why I make time to write this blog, read the news, go to counselling, why I love being with my friends, talking with my family, meeting new people, spending time pursuing new initiatives I have never tried before.

Balance for me, at least at this stage of my life, is often tied to experimenting with new projects and programs, figuring out what it is that I do and do not want as part of my regular routine in the future.  Funnily enough, though, too regular of a routine makes me feel out of balance.  I think this stems from the belief that to do something well, I have to put in my all, but spending so much time on one goal means that I am undoubtedly neglecting other ones.  I guess this constant fear of being off-balance feeds my desire and need to constantly be changing what the current focus of my life is.

Striving for balance keeps me sane, and it’s my pursuit of what I believe is success, which at the end of the day is just doing things that make me happy.

Anyway, I’ll keep this short, because I think Nigel pretty much sums it up in his short video, and I think it is definitely worth a listen!

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