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TED Talks on Self-Improvement

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September is a great time to start fresh and look for ways to improve your life: with the transition to a new season and September being Self-Improvement Month, take the chance to look for ways to be your best self. Today The Verde at Greenbelt Station Blog is sharing a few TED talks on the topic of self-improvement to inspire you.

The Art of Self-Improvement: Doing What You Love Until It’s Done Right by Barton Gilley

Barton Gilley comes home from work each weekday and escapes into his own magical world of creation. Through character design, production and construction of animatronic sculptures, Barton creates his own fantastical creatures that make movie magic happen. In this whimsical talk, be transported into an animatronics sculptor’s mind as he shows off some of his favorite creations and learn how you always have time for something you love -- and to be a little mischievous about how to learn to get things done.

Why the Secret to Success is Setting the Right Goals by John Doerr

In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how we can get back on track with "Objectives and Key Results," or OKRs — a goal-setting system that's been employed by the likes of Google, Intel and Bono to set and execute on audacious goals. Learn more about how setting the right goals can mean the difference between success and failure -- and how we can use OKRs to hold our leaders and ourselves accountable.

Why You Should Make Useless Things by Simone Giertz

In this joyful, heartfelt talk featuring demos of her wonderfully wacky creations, Simone Giertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her inventions — designed to chop vegetables, cut hair, apply lipstick and more — rarely (if ever) succeed, and that's the point. "The true beauty of making useless things [is] this acknowledgment that you don't always know what the best answer is," Giertz says. "It turns off that voice in your head that tells you that you know exactly how the world works. Maybe a toothbrush helmet isn't the answer, but at least you're asking the question."

Share your inspiring self-improvement stories with the rest of our Greenbelt, MD apartment community by leaving a comment on this post. Happy Self-Improvement Month!