"Spend less time being interesting and more time being interested in people and the world" - Shira

Reach For A Better Life

So I'm not going to just repost TED videos on my blog, but it's easy considering I can't help but be completely and utterly inspired by most of them. I would typically just tweet out links to these, but while Twitter is invaluable, things also tend to get lost as time passes. I find blogging it solidifies it as something that really struck me and deserves something more than a tweet.

Check out this 5-minute video from 1972 of Holocaust-survivor and then professor Viktor Frankl lecturing his students on the value of idealism to reach realism. He's passionate beyond belief and it's beautiful. I know this sounds cheesy, but his energy and feverish insights brought tears to my eyes.

Some powerful quotes:

"If you take man as he really is, you make him worse. But if we seem to be idealist in our overestimating, overrating man and looking at him that high... you know what happens? We promote him to what he really can be."

"If you don't recognize a young man's will for meaning, you make him worse, you make him dull, you make him frustrated, you still add and contribute to his frustration... there must be a spark, a search for meaning. Lets recognize this, lets presuppose it and then you will elicit it from him and make him become in principal what he is capable of becoming."