I’ve been a fan of TED Talks for several years now … and this weekend the Hubs and I were fortunate enough to attend our first TEDx conference in Nashville, Tennessee!! My head and heart are still spinning with squee from the powerful experience. Some speakers had me crying in my seat. Had no idea I should’ve been packing tissues! Some talks went over my head; but, I’m more in love with TED now than ever. Can’t wait for the next opportunity to attend another conference. Luckily for all of us though, you don’t have to buy tickets to a TEDx event to access the wonder. TED is gloriously building a clearinghouse of knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — for free. You can go to their website, search their YouTube or Google away to find tons of ideas worth spreading.
It’s highly likely you’ve heard of TED and TEDx Talks. At least I hope you have, because … um … in a word … they’re “awesomesauce!” But, just in case you haven’t heard of them, I’m thrilled to introduce you to TED today.
Beginning with its first conference in 1984, TED began by combining the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design together on one stage (hence the name). Today, TED is a nonprofit and a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. TED and TEDx events are devoted to spreading ideas worth sharing.
In short, a TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-informed, powerful ideas in under 18 minutes via conferences around the world, all year long.
An Idea I Want to Share
While I’m still digesting everything I took in this weekend, I want to share with you one idea worth spreading about ADHD. It wasn’t shared on stage this weekend in Nashville, TN … but October of last year (the very same month I was diagnosed) a world away in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia (bordering Hungary and Austria) by a young woman who flew there from Los Angeles to share her story to the world.
And, if you are here reading my blog … I would assume you have at least a slight interest in ADHD or in someone who does. Whether you have ADHD or ADD yourself, if you are wondering if you have ADHD, if you know and love someone with ADHD, or even if you don’t yet realize that you most likely already know someone with ADHD … I whole-heartedly recommend THIS particular TED Talk below. The speaker is Jessica McCabe. She’s an amazing young woman who is putting it all out there to help and be helped, jumping in with both feet to make a difference. She has ADHD. And, spoiler alert, it’s a powerful talk. Gets me in the feels every single time I watch it.
Without further ado, Jessica’s story :
Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Story | Jessica McCabe | TEDxBratislava
I hope Jessica’s talk moved you. I hope you felt her heart like I did. And that you understand a little bit more what it might be to live with ADHD. If you want to hear more from Jessica, please check out her YouTube channel —> How To ADHD. It’s “awesomesauce,” too. Her videos glow with her cheerful, exuberant personality and are chock-full of useful, relevant info she’s carefully and dedicatedly researched and summarized making it accessible for the rest of us. It’s a literal toolbox for ADHDers.
Until next time, Brains (ADHDers) and Hearts (the people that love them) … may your week be filled with brilliant and passionate ideas!
If you have an ideas worth spreading that you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below!