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If you can imagine it, you can do it

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Our brain is the starting point of our creation.

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November 15th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

What would you do if money was not an object in your life?

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Do in life whatever you are passionate to do!

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November 15th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Echoes of creation.

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Sometimes we get too enclosed in our little boxes. This movie allows us to change perspective of live.

There is no mediocrity in Nature.

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November 13th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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Follow your passion to succeed

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You probably have seen this video (more than 15 Million watches), but if not, please, remember that your passion is what drives you in live, both personally and professionally.

Enjoy!

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October 24th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

The power of self-learning: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles

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This TED video is about empowering the individual by knowledge.

Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online — giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks — they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn.

Shimon Schocken is a computer science professor and dedicated educator.

I completely agree with everything he says in this fantastic video, including his opinion about grades. Brilliant work! Congratulations Shimon, Noam and the rest of collaborators!

 

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October 4th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

“How to be a technology innovator – without an engineering degree or Asperger’s”

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Another incredible TED talk about the power of believing in ourselves and understanding that every single individual possesses a Genius Mind that can be unlocked. I truly believe so. And I very strongly support any example where we can demonstrate it to ourselves and eliminate doubt.

Published on: April 30, 2012 By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Meredith Perry is the founder and CEO of Wireless recharging startup uBeam. She is not an engineer by training or a expert. She knows how to use Google, and she knows how to think differently.

In her TEDxNashville talk “How to be a technology innovator – without an engineering degree or Asperger’s”, Meredith argues for non-experts to broach innovative solutions and learn new technology with the help of Google, Wikipedia and by consulting with college professors and such “experts”. She found that said “experts” often have contradictory and different opinions.

In her talk she says,

“But because I already learned not to trust one person’s opinion, I become immune to the naysayers.

For each technological hurdle deemed insurmountable by the experts, I would spend just a few hours thinking about the problem from a variety of sources. As Steve Jobs said, I had to think differently – so I found solutions based on the acoustics of musical instruments, based on other technologies, from authoritative sources such as Wikipedia and when I would present my progressto engineers, they say, yeah that could work. So I was able to solve problems when the Ph.D experts couldn’t with just a few hours of really simple research.

Every single argument why the technology couldn’t’t work has been indisputably wrong and for every objection that has been raised I have found a solution. This was another very important lesson for me to learn. Engineers are inherently linear thinkers and tend to take a very binary approach to solving problems.

When faced with a problem, they think can this work, can this not work. I think – how can I make this work? As a non expert I had an advantage because I could look at the problem from different angles because I just didn’t know what was possible. Being naive is sometimes a good thing. Because without constraints the world is literally your oyster…

My experience also made me wonder, how many game-changing brilliant ideas out there thought of by laypeople, teenagers, store clerks, paleobiologists have been squashed by experts that said it wouldn’t work? I know that if I weren’t as stubborn as I am I would have chucked this entire idea 8 months ago because I was told my idea wasn’t possible.

But by thinking differently, by thinking outside the box, by thinking around corners you can outthink the top thinkers. They say that the most revolutionary ideas in the world were considered crazy until the point where they became revolutionary.

Dream out loud, ask questions, take risks, never give up, keep pushing and believe in yourself even when no one else is.”

22 year old Meredith Perry was recently featured in Forbes “30 Under 30? for her energy startup uBeam.

How to unlock your full potential by losing your fear to fail

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In my opinion, loosing the fear to fail is one of the most important attitudes we need to adopt to unlock the genius mind that we all have.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” is the bottom line of this amazing talk by Regina Dugan, the director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, about people who do not decide their next step based on the fear to fail, but beside the fear to fail, they do it any way.

In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects — a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet — that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail.

I personally would dedicate more thoughts to the actual use of the results of the research.  She could not give a straight answer to that question to TED’s director Chris Anderson.

It is absolutely worthwhile to watch.