Phil Mickelson on Winning and Dedication
Pay it forward Think of an idea to change the world and put it into action
Rocky Balboa Inspirational Scene
Highly Inspirational scene from the movie Rocky Balboa. I watch this any time the world is beating me up and I need to get back on top of my game. No matter what’s thrown at you, and life can throw a lot….you’ve got keep fighting through it!!!
Michael Kies takes inspiration from the life of Walt Disney
Michael Kies describes the aspects of Walt Disney’s life that serve as an inspiration to him. If you follow these inspirational steps you could have a more fulfilled life.
Sleep: The Forgotten Key to Health and Wellness
Explore measures that can be taken to not only live longer but also live better with Dr. Ellen Hughes who describes the need for sleep to achieve wellness and health. Series: “UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public” [6/2008] [Health and Medicine]
Speech by George Soros at the conference “Tackling hate speech: Living together online”
Budapest, 27 November 2012 – Speech by George Soros, Founder of the Open Society Foundations, at the conference “Tackling hate speech: Living together online” (Budapest, 27-28 November 2012), organised by the Council of Europe in partnership with the EEA and Norway Grants.
Raising charitable kids – Money Clip
Some people show their charitable sides at early ages. If that’s the case with your children, Reuters Wealth and Personal Finance Editor Chelsea Emery has pointers on how to teach them the best practices for charitable giving. (December 12, 2012)
Mario Fleurinck – 3d Printing
Robert Greene Mastery
Robert Greene tells us about the masters of history and states that he is baffled that there are no books on being a master, the highest state of intelligence that humans can achieve.
Upon researching for his book on mastery he made 3 discoveries. The Source of mastery, the process on how to get to that mastery and the high level creative intuition that comes from achieving the end goal of mastery.
He then goes on to tell of the story of Leonardo Di Vinci; his life, obsessions and amazing attention to detail on a scientific level that lead to him being one of, if not the greatest master that ever lived.
He then says that in life there are 3 stages of learning, you learn from your parents, then school and then the real world. What the real world has to teach is completely contradictory to the other two learning stages. In the real world you can be whatever you want to be.
Secondly he goes on to talk about the story of Charles Darwin as an example of an iconic apprenticeship and how at 26 years old during his visit to the Galapagos Islands the theory of evolution and natural selection dawned on him after being exposed to this intense variety of life and learning so much.
The point of an apprenticeship is to immerse yourself in an environment where you have the maximum opportunities to learn. He mentions that ‘Social Intelligence’ is one of the most important things because you could be the most knowledgeable person in your field but if you don’t know how to deal with people then forget it. The Apprenticeship stage is in your 20 where instead of perusing money and fame you should be acquiring the skillset that’s going to serve you well through life.
Finally, as an example of how even music can conform to this path to mastery, he tells the story of John Coltrane, the greatest Jazz artist who ever lived. To truly develop his own style he studied and mastered all other genres and techniques of Jazz so that he could combine that knowledge and express himself in a way that connected with so many people.
We have a romantic notion that creativity is free, spontaneous and natural but it requires knowledge. He talks of his notion of the ‘Creative Active’ where the brain reaches a point when it’s absorbed so much information that the it awakens naturally with creative energy and it starts associating and connecting things that have never been connected before. He concludes by saying your uniqueness is your gift to the world and if you don’t keep developing who you are and mastering your field you basically just end up imitating those that came before you.
Filmed on Wednesday 21st November 2012
ABOUT ROBERT GREENE:
Robert Greene is author of ‘The 48 Laws of Power‘, ‘The 33 Strategies of War‘, ‘The Art of Seduction‘ and, with 50 Cent, ‘The 50th Law‘. He has a degree in Classical Studies and has been an editor at Esquire and other magazines. He is also a playwright. He current lives in Los Angeles
ABOUT THE OXFORD UNION SOCIETY:
The Union is the world’s most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for 189 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe.
Human nature in 2013
What is cutting-edge research likely to reveal about our human nature in 2013? Steven Pinker, professor at Harvard University, gives his predictions in an interview with The Economist‘s Lane Greene at The Economist’s World in 2013 Festival on December 8th 2012.