Posts Tagged ‘TED talk’

I watched a TED talk by Roger Ebert a few days ago.  It made me cry.  I only vaguely knew of his story, and I had never seen him at the height (or was it the height?) of his career as a movie critic… when he was part of Siskel and Ebert.  I didn’t watch them, but it was hard not to know of their thumbs up and down rating system.

For someone to put themselves out there is such a public way…mouth literally hanging open, is incredibly moving.  There he is with what looks like a perpetual goofy smile on his face talking about incredibly hard things and looking unflinchingly into the audience.  He calls it like it is and shares his pain and struggle.  I can imagine an overpowering desire to disappear, to hide, but he holds on to the voice he lost.  (Click here to watch and hear his talk.  I encourage you to check it out… even for a few minutes.)

Everyone has their particular circumstances.  Their particular challenges, handicaps, and weaknesses, alongside their strengths, gifts and  successes.  It’s what we do of all these things that make up who we are.  I am moved and inspired by this man, Roger Ebert’s, strength and will and vulnerability and sense of humor.  May we all live our lives with the grace and humility he has found and shared.


A friend just sent me a link to a talk by Ken Robinson about creativity.  (To listen, click  here.)  The gist of it is that he believes that schools kill creativity.  This is of particular interest to me now because we are embarking on the process of looking for a high school for my older son in San Francisco.    (Many people  have told me this is worse than applying for university.)  There are academic schools, science schools, arts schools, schools with grades and schools without, and everything in between.  There is a flurry of panic in the air as parents (and students, but they don’t seem as panicked) start this process.  I do not want to panic or get sucked into the hype around each school.  But it’s hard.  And I think that’s maybe because of the way I was educated and taught to think about education.

And that leads me to how this talk feels relevant to coaching.  Ken Robinson’s talk is a strong reminder of how schooling has shaped each of us.  Whether we see it or not, school plays a big part of teaching us how to be in the world.  And, I agree with Robinson, that in most cases, it kills creativity, or at least causes serious damage.  And not just creativity in the arts, but creativity in creating a life we really want to live.  Doing what comes naturally to us, even if it seems strange to most everyone else.

I think I’ll listen to this talk now and again over the next months to remind myself there is a different and creative way to view this process of finding the “right” high school for my son.

How do you think the way you were educated plays into how you live your life today?