3 things I learned at TEDxTeen

Nothing inspires me more than creativity and new ideas.

Fact.

Creative thinking sends my curiosity into overdrive and puts me into one of those awesome states of focused motivation.  I guess you could say if I were a cat, this would be my catnip.  Yeah, I said it.  It’s therefore unsurprising that I spend most of my free time pouring over TED videos on Youtube.  Like millions of other fans, I regularly watch TED conferences as I truly love companies that celebrate ingenuity and I think they should be celebrated in return.  I watch their videos for guidance, inspiration and information, simply because I want to be a better person in as many ways as possible.  I’d like to think that TED talks help me become more empathetic, more informed and more ambitious.

However, even though I’m clearly a superfan, I’d never managed to get that precious invitation to a TEDx conference before.  I always knew I would get there one day but I just didn’t know when . . . well it turns out that day would be June 24th 2017.  The latest TEDxTeen event, managed by We Are Family Foundation, would be taking place at the indigo in London’s O2 Arena.  After successfully gaining a place, with over 200 other people, I proceeded to fangirl for about a week, calmed myself down and then prepared myself for an extra special day.  Thankfully, it didn’t let me down and I left the O2 feeling elated, inspired, motiva– just . . . all the feelings!  If you want to see what I got up to on the day then check out my vlog here.

It was a jam packed event as TEDxTeen surrounded us with interesting speakers which was wonderful to experience.  I left the O2 Arena overwhelmed with all the things I’d learnt that day.  However, of all the things I picked up, 3 bits of advice stuck in my head as I made my way home.

1. Keep practising – During the breaks, some of us got the opportunity to chat to some industry powerhouses.  This was our opportunity to get advice from key influencers and this gem came from Denzyl Feigelson, the CEO of Platoon and Music Synergist for Apple.  To put it simply, he’s one of the biggest movers and shakers of the music and technology industries.  It was wonderful to meet Denzyl and he gave us some great advice but his tip to keep practising really stuck with me.  Practice teaches discipline and patience but the act of learning also drives our curiosity.  When we stop learning, we put a halt on our curiosity and all of these elements are key to success.

2. The idea is everything – This wonderful piece of advice came from the equally wonderful Kiran Sharma, the CEO of Kikit Entertainment and former global manager of Prince.  If that isn’t a cool CV, I don’t know what is!  Our group discussed the rise of entrepreneurs and, as an entrepreneur herself, she knows how to establish a business and her key advice for us was that the idea is absolutely everything.  Although running a business can often demand both artistic and business skillsets, she swears that everything you need to know about running a business can be picked up along the way. However, if you don’t have a concrete idea, then it’ll be harder for your business to fly.  The idea must be the most important factor.

3. Great things can happen with courage – Overall, the best thing I learnt from TEDxTeen was how wonderful things can happen when you step out of your comfort zone.  We’ve all heard those cliche life lessons about taking risks and sometimes that’s easier said than done.  However, at TEDxTeen I learnt that those leaps of faith, however big or small, were essential to the success of each speaker.  It may sound cliche but this message is overused for a reason, in order to progress it’s essential that we make bold choices.  Yes, creativity take courage but that courage can also help us fly. However, big or small, bold moves can change the world.

As I said in my video, I felt incredibly lucky and humbled to have had this experience.  I want to thank TEDxTeen, We Are Family Foundation and their many other partners for a brilliant day.  Go and check out the TED website or Youtube channel to hear some awesome talks and I’ll see you soon!

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