TED Talks on Self-Improvement

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Did you know that September is Self-Improvement Month? To help you participate in this celebration of betterment, the Edlandria Blog is sharing a few TED talks centered around the topic of self-improvement. TED stands for Technology, Education, and Design and the talks are given by innovative thinkers to inspire and spread new ideas.

5 Ways to Listen Better by Julian Treasure

In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you.

Never, ever give up by Diana Nyad

In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida -- at age 64. Hear her story.

Why your worst deeds don’t define you by Shaka Senghor

In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was, he says, "a drug dealer with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol." Jailed for second degree murder, that could very well have been the end of the story. But it wasn't. Instead, it was the beginning of a years-long journey to redemption, one with humbling and sobering lessons for us all.

How to build your creative confidence by David Kelley

Is your school or workplace divided between the "creatives" versus the practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create.

How do you find the motivation to work towards your personal goals? Share your ideas and experience with the rest of our Alexandria, VA apartment community in the comments. Happy Self-Improvement Month!