The Power of Why

If you listen to many business gurus, or if you haven taken any online courses for growing a business, you have probably heard the command, “Know Your Why.”

There are many reasons why knowing the purpose behind everything that drives you in business and and life but Simon Sinek, in his TED talk,  explains the importance of “the why” in a succinct and powerful way. So, if you haven’t seen this video yet, watch it now. I promise you, it will be some of the best 18 minutes you have ever spent.

 

The Lost Art of Letter-writing

Oh, my. I came across this TED video yesterday and as soon as I watched it, I knew I had to share it with you.

This short video made my cry. You see, in this video, Lakshmi Pratury talks about the letters her father for her before he passed away. Besides my compassion for her loss, her words touched me because they brought back some memories.

As someone who loves to write (no surprise there!), I used to write a lot of letters. Of course, those were the days before email, instant messages, and Twitter. In particular, I would write to one of my cousins almost weekly and I looked forward to her response. Then, when I spent time discerning a religious vocation (that may be a surprise to you!), I wrote my parents and family once a month and my friends a little less frequently. I tell you, I cherished the letters I received from my mom! They somehow got lost over the years, but I wish so much that I still had them. (Even today, I still insist on sending physical Christmas cards!)

This video reminds me that the need for the physical is important. Emails and the digital world is great (and I will never give them up), but there is something special getting a letter that someone took the time to write, fold and send through the snail mail. It sure beats bills and adverts!

Lakshmi Pratury wants to start an old fashioned letter-writing revolution. She plans to write for her son, and I think it is a great idea. So, I’m in. How about you? You in?

How to Write a Great Story

My latest obsession is Ted Talks. There are so many inspiring, challenging, and interesting topics discussed in video form. There are talks that I completely disagree with and make me mad and there are ones that I relate to on such a personal level. The ones that make me mad are my favorite because they are the ones that make me ponder and help me to grow as a person.

How to Write a Great Story

However, my second favorite videos are the ones that teach. That is exactly what happened when I listed to the talk given by Andrew Stanton entitled “The Clues to a Great Story.” If you don’t know, Andrew Stanton is the writer of such films as “WALL-E” and “Toy Story.”

The talk was given in 2012 but it is just as relevant now as it was then. His best advice? Work backward to the beginning.

I encourage you to watch his talk here. Or, if you prefer the transcript, you can read it here. (Be warned, there is some coarse language in this talk.)

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