Real danger vs perceived danger and why you need to watch this TED Talk

Some of you might know that TED2014 is currently on in Vancouver. It is the 30th anniversary of the first TED conference, which means that I’m expecting some amazing things to come out of this one. Some of the most popular and powerful speakers are returning to give an update about what has happened since their TED Talks – people like Elizabeth Gilbert, Susan Cain and Simon Sinek, to name a few. If you look at the list of TED Talks I used you can see why I can’t wait to see what gets published on the site in coming weeks and months.

Anyway, they have already put up two amazing talks – well and interview with Edward Snowden and a TED Talk. The TED Talk is by Chris Hadfield, aka the Major Tom singing astronaut. It’s called What I learned from going blind in spaceย and it is an awesome talk.

I watched it about 4 hours ago, and at the time I thought it was great – he even closes with a little bit of Major Tom ๐Ÿ™‚ But I listened to it while doing other things, so it has taken a while for some of it to permeate to the other parts of my brain. Then the quote above was posted by TED onto Facebook and suddenly the idea exploded in there, and I realised just how universal a truth this is.

I’ll let it go through the rest of my brain for a bit longer before I go into full rant mode, what I will say is this – just how true is this to your life? What negative and destructive reactions are you going through to a danger you perceive, as opposed to the minor and insignificant danger that might actually exist?

My mind has been blown away with this simple rephrasing. Thank you Chris ๐Ÿ™‚

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