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The Art Of Making Impossible Possible by Ingrid Vanderveldt at TEDxFiDiWomen

A TED Talk A Day, Day 18: A very concise talk in terms of points, but Ingrid Vanderveldt has a great energy and enthusiasm for stories that communicates how important these are to her.

  1. The “art” part is required to make impossible possible.
  2.  We have to understand and believe in the power of our possibility. When she was young and had learning difficulties, the school she was in called her “retarded”, but her parents believed in her and fought for her potential. Eventually, they found out that she was facing issues because she had hearing difficulties.
  3. We have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. When setting up her first company she was constantly trying to figure how she could break through with a workable idea, and this went on for months.
  4. Everything takes time. It is what creates the need for belief, and the need to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Suggested action steps: I will keep believing in what I am doing, and get used to the discomfort that comes with it.

15 things I wish I knew when I was 25

Sometimes we forget what we know is good and true, and instead fall into the trap of habit. So sometimes we need reminding.

I did this exercise for day 64 of Claudia Altucher’s Become an Idea Machine (which called for only 10 things!), and realised this was not a list to my younger self; it’s really a list to myself right now, so I wanted to keep it handy.

15 things I wish I knew when I was 25

  1. Brush it off. Yes, things didn’t work out the way you wanted. Now get up, decide what the fuck you want to do next, and go do it.
  2. Stop expecting people to be perfect. Including yourself.
  3. Stop wasting time on what doesn’t matter.
  4. Stop waiting for things to fall in place.
  5. Take care of your body. It will take time, so start learning now.
  6. Keep in touch with your friends.
  7. Have random fun. It will make you happy.
  8. Try things that seem difficult or “unlike” you.
  9. Take care of the ones you love.
  10. Don’t let your emotions get in the way of what’s important.
  11. Meditate.
  12. Listen to your gut. Explore the things your instincts tell you to.
  13. Following what you think you “should” do or what’s “safe” will only lead to pain.
  14. The only limitations are your thinking and your habits. You can change them.
  15. There is enough time in life. Stop wasting time thinking there isn’t.

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