Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happiness: giving away what you want the most

As this still secretively a TED relay channel, it's time for another inspirational story from my favorite source. I stumbled upon this talk by Eve Ensler, the author of the Vagina Monologues. The play never really appealed to me; I guess I thought it would be about trashy women discussing their sex life. Well, after watching this, I would like to see the play. Eve has managed to use the monologues as an outlet for stories of abuse and as a start for happy tales. Through her V-day movement, a global movement to stop violence against women, she has saved many women's lives. My favorite quote: "Happiness exist in action, it exists in telling the truth and saying what your truth is and it exists in giving away what you want the most".

Monday, June 22, 2009

Scaling caring

As I realize that not all inspirational stories have to come from TED, I feature a short lecture by Gary Vaynerchuk - of whom I first heard here. He was still young when he took over his dad's wine business. After making huge profits, he became restless and decided to start an online wine channel - Wine Library TV. It's a major success. 

Here, he talks about how he "hustles" to do what he wants to do and succeed in life. He spends most of his time responding people that comment on his Wine Library TV episodes and ask him questions about wine and entrepreneurship. His drive is the fact that he cares about other people. Not surprisingly, he states that caring IS scaleable and that good can beat bad. Just now I realize that this is something I too have always believed. If you do good, you cannot loose. No way.


Well, he also made me realize how cool it is that I have followers (here, on my other blogs, twitter) - so THANK YOU, dear followers of this blog. You are very much appreciated!