TEDcember Day 01 – Try something new for 30 days

One my video site I have just completed Vlomo. Vlomo is one of the many “every day in November” challenges, along with NaNoWriMo, NabloPoMo, Movember and so on.

The end of November can be a bit of a let-down, though. One way or another the challenge is over.

While discussing this with a colleague recently, we hit on the idea of watching one of the TED talk videos each day in December, and blogging about it. This is a great idea both for learning and for getting back into the practice of reflective blogging.

I have decided to label this challenge “TEDcember”, and I will be using this tag in tweets and blog posts. Feel free to join in!

So, with all that in mind, Steve chose Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days as a first talk to watch, and then blogged about it. I was already running a little behind, so (on the premise that it is an appropriate starting point I watched the same one.

Guess what. This is my blog about it.

The talk was obviously motivating. After all I’m sitting here trying something new for 30 days, just as suggested. Two bits of the talk struck me particularly strongly, though. The first was the way that the speaker was happy to admit that his NaNoWriMo novel was rubbish, but that the process of producing it was valuable. This is something which I have found again and again during vlomo. The second stand-out point was the aggregate value of multiple such challenges. It’s so easy to concentrate on one challenge at a time and miss the big picture. The very act of continuing to take on month-long challenges, especially ones which are outside a normal “comfort zone” develops confidence and a sense of worth, even for the challenges which don’t work out.

And that’s the real reason why I felt compelled to roll off Vlomo and into TEDcember. To keep up the momentum of personal development. Let’s see how we get on…

One Comment

  1. Hi Frank,

    What an excellent idea! I hope you stick at it. I find the TED talk videos a bit of a mixed bag, so I’m looking forward to seeing your take on them.

    All the best,

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