How Many English Teachers Abroad Kill Their Options in Business and Finance

Hey what’s up I’m here to talk to you today more about guess what teaching
English overseas so I did this video last night where I
was talking about how thankfully certain teachers aren’t willing to do this or
won’t do this or whatever and you know I always get a little bit of backlash from
people and I expect that matter of fact I’ve always enjoyed a little bit of
controversy because I found that when I’m going against the grain that’s
usually when I’m making the right decision and I’m gonna make some money
or something’s good is gonna happen with me when I follow the crowd or I’ve just
kind of done what everybody else did you know that’s when I haven’t really had
that much success in my life or I’ve just you know the results were or
mediocre right so a lot of people will think that controversy is bad or doing
something against the grain is bad getting flak getting resistance is bad
actually for me it’s been a barometer of knowing when I’m doing something right
okay so what I’m trying to tell the young folks on here people just starting
out or whatever is expect to encounter resistance and don’t fight it embrace it
okay I mean I I really don’t care
you know if somebody disagrees with me or whatever awesome you know no matter
what there’s always gonna be oh here’s a cracked screen
you know maybe oh yeah he said he has three hundred and fifty dollar
headphones but maybe it’s just an empty case I mean you can literally poke holes
in anything Photoshop can do some amazing shit qualify who you get your
advice from okay but don’t always just automatically tune something out I want
to give you a message this is a mistake that I feel that a lot of people are
making okay so I hear it again and again especially from my American friends
American co-teachers or whatever I’m done with the US totally done have no
desire to ever go back I can’t even tell you how many people that are like I
haven’t filed a tax return in twenty years doesn’t matter cuz I’m never going
back IRS can suck it you know or whatever
they say I think that this is a huge mistake huge huge huge mistake I think
it is so important to have a credit history in your home country at least
keeps something on the line at least keep something out there okay my credit
right now is really good I am NOT the Dave Ramsey cut your credit card kind of
person for people that you know I have asked me and asked me about the real
estate like how was it possible I leveraged the shit out of everything if
you don’t know what leverage is that means you borrow bank money to amplify
the return that you get from the investment that you make
okay I can go into that in another video drop me a comment below if you want if
you want me to talk about leveraging investments okay so I took out a lot of
bank money I had the credit to do it because I have been very diligent about
doing my taxes I keep credit cards I pay them off consistently and I keep
everything going stateside even if I don’t I honestly probably will never
live there again at this point I have no desire to live there again but I know
for a fact that there are investments in my home country that I want to make I
don’t feel comfortable investing in places where I’m not a citizen I did the
video on the Dominican Republic I was planning on buying something down there
I don’t want to do it I have everything streamlined I have certain areas where I
invest and I work with local banks that are invested in the community that know
me at this point okay my grandfather you know I looked up to him tremendously
he was in real estate big-time and I remember one of the things that he told
me when I was a kid he said real power is not having you three four or five
hundred dollars to throw down and buy something he said real power is when you
can walk into a bank like I can walk into a bank and walk out with a hundred
thousand dollars just by moving a pin because that’s what my name is worth so
that got me thinking from an early age I remember asking the question to my
parents like you know I didn’t understand that cheques were attached to
a bank account I remember asking my mom you know how do you wow you just write a
check for whatever you want you know I little there were like little steps and
things that were you know that I worked through in my brain I didn’t understand
how a person could get a car like how did you have to save up to get
everything and then once I figured out you know how credit works
and how you can leverage certain investments and then I started to think
ma’am how come if I go to my banker and I say I want to buy borrow $100,000 to
buy a house they throw the money at me but if I go to the same banker and I say
I want to borrow $100,000 to buy stocks with it they would laugh me out of the
bank why is that you know and then I started working through these things in
my own head so building your credit and building these different things that
will allow you not necessarily you know to go back to your home country
but just to be able to make moves and have access to money and be able to
invest this is so incredibly important I don’t ever recommend anybody just say
you know what I’m not gonna you know have anything going back home because I
don’t plan on living there again I think it’s a mistake so that’s my piece of
advice for you today if you’re following the rules you shouldn’t be paying taxes
anyway if you’re doing it correctly unless you’re just making an absolute
shit ton of money which may become an option at some point for some of you
that’s it for today if you like this video please drop me a comment and like I hope you’re doing fantastic see you next time

VV 22 Business English Vocabulary – Risk Management 1

You’re watching Video Vocab by Business English Pod dot com I’m this episode a video vocabulary the
first of a two-part series on vocabulary related to risk management in this
episode we’ll take a general look at risk
management in the business world the new all businesses have to deal with risk but successful businesses are the ones
that employees good risk management risks come in all shapes and sizes a risk could be a minor critical event any event that may or may not affect the
operations up the business or it could be va till it E in finance all markets or it could be something
major like the possibility of a natural disaster such as a flood along with corporate governance and
compliance risk management is an important part organizational planning and
decision-making companies me due diligence in these areas in order to
be successful of course different companies will think
everest differently some will accept much greater exposure
to risk than others in this case we say they
have a greater risk appetite this may be partially determined to how
much public scrutiny the corporation is subject to resource
companies for example may be watched very
carefully to manage risk well companies have to
learn to diagnose potential problems they use critical incident analysis to determine what types risks they face and how best to prevent or deal with
them in him now let’s look at the vocabulary
in more detail with some definitions and examples risk risk management risk is the idea that certain events or
situations can potentially bring losses to
accompany the losses could affect finances image operations or any other aspect of
business investments that involved a lot of a
risk often provide much larger returns who critical love it critical event a critical event is anything that
happens which is potentially damaging to our business aka love it could be a small is running
out of printer ink or as large as an industrial accident during a critical event a company’s
leaders need to clearly communicate their
response to all stakeholders volatility volatility till at: is the tendency to change for
better or worse suddenly or surprisingly a volatile investment such as investing
in a new tech companies start-up can be risky but also bring great
profits political levels have brought a lot of volatility
to the stock market natural disaster natural disaster a natural disaster is an event in nature
that causes destruction damage or social problems hurricanes
volcanic eruptions fires heat waves avalanches and routes are all
examples of natural disasters a natural disaster such as an earthquake
or flood conserve really impact a small country’s
economy 0 Vern its corporate governance corporate governance relates to how well
a company is managed when we talk about good corporate
governance we’re talking about responsible and transparent decision-making and
leadership good corporate governance is especially
important in times of economic instability compliance compliance following rules regulations in-laws is compliance verb form of compliance is comply and we
can say that a company complies with regulations our lawyers have reviewed the contract
to ensure that were in full compliance with industry regulations due diligence do diligence when we do all the sherri research and investigation before
making a decision for signing a contract we are performing
due diligence due diligence might show that people
were not honest about profits or potential problems before buying a business you must
perform due diligence on both the business and the seller exposure exposure to risk in risk management exposure is about how
much risk you face hi exposure operating in a politically
unstable country for example means you face a lot a brisk and a lot
of potential damage my financial advisor said my exposure to
risk was too great and recommended more
secure investments for risk appetite risk appetite the amount risk or level love exposure that a
company is willing to accept is its risk appetite people and
companies with a high risk appetite such as venture capitalists usually
anticipate great future profits the company experienced many crises
because its risk appetite was too high public scrutiny public scrutiny scrutiny is close examination or study public scrutiny therefore is when the
public looks closely at a person or company
especially to see whether their behavior is ethical or legal after scandals in companies such as in
Ron corporate accounting is subject to much greater public scrutiny diagnosis to diagnose a problem when we diagnose a problem we are trying
to find the cause I love or reasons for that problem just as doctors diagnose diseases in
business we may try to diagnose what is wrong
with the company an agreement a product or a situation as a consultant it’s my job to diagnose
potential problems with our clients business plans 0 critical incident analysis critical incident analysis critical incident analysis is a set of
techniques or methods that are used to to find and solve
problems in the company a process or a system critical incident analysis has provided
our company with the tools to deal with big problems
when they happen the new now it’s your turn to practice
some other words we’ve looked at in this episode you’ll hear a series of sentences with
the word replaced with the beat repeat the whole sentence including the
missing word for example if you hear investors with a
high risk should be prepared for possible losses you can say investors with high-risk appetite should be prepared
for possible losses will play the correct answer after each
question be ready let’s begin 0 before signing the merger agreement we
spent three months doing do answer before signing the merger
agreement we spent three months doing due
diligence an important part of good corporate is transparency answer an important part of good
corporate governance is transparency at the beginning have a critical people may panic answer at the beginning at a critical
event people may panic we are open to public because we have nothing to hide answer we are open to public scrutiny because we have nothing to hide the new that’s all for this episode a
video vocabulary come back next week for the second part
in this series in the meantime check out our website at
www dot video vocabulary TV to watch and download lots more videos on
business English vocabulary thanks for watching and see you again

How the future of work is not “Jobs” | Rudy Karsan | TEDxCalgary

Translator: Michele Gianella
Reviewer: Elena Montrasio Can you freaking believe it? I’m on a TEDx stage; how cool is that? (Laughter) (Applause) And can you freaking believe it, we’re actually living
in the Golden Age of our species. I am in absolute awe of what we have done. If you and I were chatting
about ten years ago, and having a conversation,
and you told me that there would be a car
built in a software platform that I could summon with my smartphone
and could do zero to 60 in three seconds, travel 300 miles, have no gas,
run on electricity, park itself and fuel itself
with the hose in the garage? You think I’d believe you?
No freaking way. It’s called Tesla. If you and I were chatting
ten years ago and you told me that in this strife-ridden world of ours,
with all these people dying, that life expectancy
would climb by 50 per cent across the world, and 25 per cent
n the Western world, would I believe you? No. United Nations just showed
its latest release of data: Six years increase in life expectancy
over the last 12, globally, Three years in the Western world. If you told me ten years ago that a lot of cities in this world were getting 15 per cent of their food
through vertical farms that use 99 per cent less land
and 90 per cent less water? I wouldn’t believe you, but it’s true. If you told me more than ten years ago, that the United States Supreme Court would guarantee the right
of gay marriages? It would be freaking crazy,
we talk about the United States! And that the transgender people – I didn’t know what
the word “transgender” meant – would be fighting
for their own bathrooms? And the European Union was protecting
the rights of the Middle East refugees? Then I would say you’re certifiably crazy. We can regale each other
with stories like this for the next couple of hours: We are truly living
in the Golden Age of our species. And as we live and breathe
through this golden time, we are, as most humans,
want to go to the place of risk. And I’d argue that our number one
risk is the lack of meaningful work. Some would say it’s food:
I’d say no, vertical farming. There’s some who would say it’s water. I’d say no, nanotechnology
membranes turn sea water potable. And this is not in the future:
it’s currently happening in India with millions of litres
of fresh potable water being created on a daily basis. Some would say energy, I’d say no; solar energy has reached the one per cent
tipping point, and it’s accelerating. Solar cells have reduced the cost
by 99.7 per cent in the last six years, and it’s only beginning. Some would say
it’s global warming, and I say no; because there are already
multiple solutions to it, including microbes that can pull
carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, and create energy alongside it. It’s stuck in US Congress
and bioethical issues because it’s a life form. Or Georgetown University,
who’s come up with blocks, carbon blocks that we suck
out of the atmosphere and bury deep in. Lack of meaningful work,
I’d argue, is our number one risk. It is who we are as a people. It’s what makes you and me,
it’s our evolution. Meaningful work is a beautiful thing because it is individually defined
by each one of us, and what it means for each one of us. This is not a story about anything
other than you and me as individuals. We define what we mean by meaningful work. For some of us, it might be
an economic engine so we can play and we can grow
and learn and procreate; for others it might be
a yearning for significance; for others it might be
an ability to serve humanity. It is our choice, who we are. When I was telling you this story,
about me selling the company to IBM, that should have been my crowning moment:
the day the deal closed. It was the saddest day of my life. It took me months to recover. My 40-year-old friend, lover, wife,
best friend finally lost her temper at me. It took two-and-a-half months, and more than half those nights,
I fell asleep crying. It was hard: I had lost meaning. And that’s the major risk we have today, simply because jobs are being decimated at an accelerating pace. That’s the noise you hear in the US
in the presidential elections today. Somebody no less
than Stephen Hawkins said, “Artificial Intelligence is going to rip
the fabric of our society as we know it.” Between artificial intelligence,
machine learning, robotics, some of the stuff
you spend today watching: jobs are getting decimated. And they are not coming back. So what’s the solution? Before I get there, let’s describe
for a second who we are: We’re mammals, as we’ve learnt today. But we’re different from other mammals because we have this notion
of intelligence and conscience. We have the ability to dream,
and create these mental constructs. These mental constructs
is what makes us happy, it makes us who we are. Everything of importance in our life,
I’d argue, is a mental construct. Be it faith. Nation states are simply lines
in the sand, or on a map. Faith, religion – I would argue,
family is a mental construct. And so the two mental constructs I wish
to change and break today are as follows: The first one is, meaningful work has been with us
forever and will be with us forever. It’s not jobs. Jobs are simply a subset of work. The word “job” itself is less
than 400 years old, and did not come into our lexicon until the beginning of the Industrial
Revolution, about 250 years ago. Jobs create money for us. But when we lose a job, all we can do
is find another one in the same vertical, in a slightly adjacent field, or move to different vertical
and take our skills with us, or migrate. This country is rich
in its heritage of migrants creating the wealth
and the greatness of this nation, and the city is rooted in that. But jobs do not make work, necessarily. Work is something we create for ourselves. This paradigm shift has to change, because the people in society
are changing alongside it: look at the data. In the last 30 years in the United States, the working population, defined
between the ages of 22 and 60, increased by 240 per cent. The number of full-time jobs
increased by 180 per cent. Unemployment rate
still sits at 5 per cent. What’s the gap? It’s this whole category
of independent workers. People went out there
and created work for themselves. In the days of old, it would be
the temporary staff, the temporary secretary,
the day labourer. Today, it’s way more than that: it’s the entrepreneur;
it’s a professional athlete; it’s the entertainer; it is the academic professor
who creates literature and course curriculum,
makes over a million dollars a year. We create work for ourselves. That’s where our dreams are,
that’s where our aspirations are, that’s what our identity is,
that’s who we are as human beings. Let’s break that mental construct
that jobs equal work. No, jobs are a subset of work. People create work. Trudeau does not create jobs: He creates an environment
where work is created, and we go out there and seek
the jobs that somebody gives us. That’s the mental construct
we have to break. The second mental construct
we have to break is in two pieces:
it’s called entitlement. And part 2 of that is, forget it:
entitlement is here to stay. From the moment we were born we were entitled to suckle
at our mother’s breast that gave us life! Entitlement is who we are: As we have grown through society,
different programs have come in. When we were a junior species,
we relied on communities and families to provide for us when
we couldn’t provide for ourselves. Then we relied on the Government. We need to discard all forms
of social programs, and replace it with one: universal basic income. Which is the individual right
for every citizen to unconditionally get an income
from the state, on a regular basis. As a capitalist, as a business owner,
I demand that out of my leader. I am willing to pay higher taxes for that. Without it, we will destroy
the fabric of society as we know it today. Universal basic income is not about
increasing dependence; it’s about meeting the Maslow’s hierarchy
of needs at the lowest level. Universal basic income
is something we can afford. Universal basic income
will make us greater. Our greatest innovations weren’t from
the hungry, homeless people who didn’t have shelter: Our greatest innovations – whether it be the Internet,
that was done by the US Army; or the smartphone,
which got perfected by Apple, began by Blackberry, in Waterloo. These weren’t homeless
people that did this. They were people with jobs, who lived in a nice house
and drove wonderful cars. This notion that this entitlement
makes us smaller and weaker is absolutely untrue. And so you and me, together,
have to start this revolution. Which is, let’s think of work
to take us to our highest aspirations and bring us meaning. And let us demand from our leaders
this notion of universal basic income. It’s not new: Switzerland is currently
going through a referendum on it. The data that came out
of Manitoba, in the ’70s, had showed that minimal income created stronger cultural affirmation
in that community. It allowed less resource uses,
higher graduation rates, healthier people, lower crime rates. We have to change, we have to demand
that from our leaders, because our species’ wellbeing
in the Golden Age can move a lot further,
a lot farther, a lot further. Wherever our destiny takes us,
whether it is transhumanism, where the body fuses with
non-biological objects to make us greater, whether it is singularity,
or whether we traverse the stars, as I look into the future,
my hopes and dreams, and my prayers are that
may we find a way to find meaning
not only in our lives, but meaning in the Universe itself. Good luck, God bless you. (Applause)

George Brown College – Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT)

Brown College offers a range of workplace communication
courses that are intended to help newcomers orient themselves
to the Canadian workplace. They are offered to people who
have a wealth of background and experience from
their home countries; many of whom have lots of
technical and other skills. What they don’t have is
experience using those skills in English in the
Canadian workplace. So the purpose of these courses
is really to help orient people both to the expectations and the
norms of communication in the Canadian workplace and
particularly to focus on soft skills which are
used in the workplace. JUDE TU: I’m still a
newcomer to Canada. Like I immigrate
here for three years. So I was looking for a good
program for me to expand my networking also even I work in
Canada work environment for a while I still find I have a
large gap how to communicate correctly or properly in
the local environment; especially in the finance
and accounting industry. MAGGIE LEE: I been working for
the company almost three years and I was an international
student before so this was my first job ever in Canada; work
in a Canadian environment. And I– a lot of things very
sensitive that I wasn’t very sure. Not only we are learning about
what’s the– what the Canadian business environment is
different but as well we are practicing about like,
talking about ourselves. And also the interview skills as
well as a networking skills and kind of things. So I thought that that’s very
valuable for internationally trained professionals in Canada. JUDE TU: One of the best thing
about George Brown College is that it has a perfect location. So our program is specific
designed for the people who work in the finance and
accounting industry. We all know that most of the
big companies in Toronto they located in
downtown Toronto. George Brown College,
the biggest college, have a campus in downtown
Toronto so I don’t need travel too much in the public
transportation to come here after work. MOHAMMAD SAMIMIPOUR: I think
George Brown College can help to everybody who is
looking for a good job. Who– who are really interested
to find their way in Canada. I really and highly recommend
to everybody are interested to improve their knowledge, English
language and so many skills here to attend to this course and
should be benefit to everybody. ALEX IRWIN: We really feel that
George Brown is an ideal place for immigrants to come to
acquire the skills and expertise that they need to– to enter
the workforce and to thrive in Canada. [music]

Increasing employment and skills for Papua New Guinea’s Youth

It’s exciting because every day I come I
see young people and I’m also excited to to pass on some important skills that
will make them become good people. My name is Lorzah Kanah. My name is Jonathan
Douglas My name is Norman Akeari. Before I was with the Urban Youth Project I was on the streets. I was doing some small markets. I joined the urban youth because
I was unemployed at a time. And when this project came around I grabbed it as an opportunity. They’ve been allocated the various
job stations. They are doing a bit of everything. Planting plants, raking and also
operating machines. I believe learned a lot within the park itself. Some of them had never operated machines. Now they are operating. Some of them never knew
plants. Now we have actually identified the names of plants and actually getting them to plant the plants into the ground into the park. It involves looking at the young people especially those are marginalised, unemployed. give giving them a hope and a future. I’m very proud of Urban Youth. They helped me a lot. Giving me a second chance so that I can work to earn money and then look
after my parents and my kids. Buy them food, help them to go to school with lunch money. Money to buy their uniforms and shoes. Yes. They’re very happy, they are very proud Because I think I am the one in here supporting the family right now. There is no one working. I am the only one working. It is my greatest, earnest desire and hope that the people that I’m rubbing shoulders with is able to find employment after this training program and then go on to spread the news become a living testimony to
other people that this is what Urban Youth has done for me so that people can see Urban Youth in a positive way and come and participate in this program to change the way they live.

ITW: Filling Out the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet—The Work of Byron Katie ®

Let’s fill in a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet. Statement number one: In this situation, time, and location who angers, confuses, or disappoints you, and why? Okay, what situation? I invite you to close your eyes and contemplate a situation where you were very angry or hurt or even slightly angry and hurt. So, identify that situation now and notice who you were angry with. Who was making you so angry or hurt you? And now locate, identify why… Why were you angry with that person? For example, 36 years ago comes to my mind. I’m standing in the kitchen with Paul. I’m so angry. I’m so hurt. He’s not listening to me. He had four massive heart attacks. I’m trying to save his life. I caught him smoking and he’s lying to me. I can see it so clearly. So, what was I thinking and believing at the time? Okay. I’m angry with Paul. Why was I angry? Ah… he lied to me. It just made me furious as I consider it now. I’m angry with Paul because he lied to me. So, identify yours and fill in statement number one on the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet. So, statement number two on the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet: In this situation… your situation at that time, place, and location how did you want that person to change? What do you want them to do? What did I want from Paul? We’re standing in the kitchen. Let’s see… what did I want from him? I wanted him to hear me. 36 years ago how did I want Paul to change in THAT moment? What did I want him to say or do or be? I want Paul to get honest. I want him to apologize to me. I want him to admit that he lied to me. So, fill in statement number two. What were you thinking and believing in that situation, time, and location? When you’ve completed statement number two, move to statement number three on the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet. And in that same situation, what advice would you offer that person? So with your eyes closed… really, really get still. Notice. Look at that person at that time and what advice would you offer them? For example: I see Paul so clearly, That image of him. 36 years ago as we’re standing in the kitchen and he’s not listening to me. Paul should hear me. He should thank me for trying to help him. Paul should apologize to me. So, fill in that statement with your advice to that person. So the next question on the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet. Statement number four: In order for you to be happy in that situation… –and notice, in order for YOU to be happy in that situation– what did you need that person to say, feel, do? And then fill in statement number four. Statement number five: What do you think of that person in this situation? Notice your thoughts, the thoughts that you were thinking about that person at that time, in that moment, in that place, and write them down in statement number five. Paul is arrogant. Paul is cold. He’s uncaring. What were your thoughts? The thoughts you were thinking in your situation? Notice… and put them on paper. Statement number six. What is it in or about your situation at that time and that place that you don’t ever want to experience again? So fill in statement number six on your Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet. So, that’s how to fill in a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet. Filling in a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet, it takes stillness… it takes quiet… it takes introspection. This work is meditation. So, welcome to the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet.

Office Vocabulary

File cabinet Desk Stapler Staples Hole punch Thumbtack Binder clip Pushpin Paper clip Plastic paper clip Rubber bands Glue stick Scotch tape Tape Water cooler Water bottle Clock White board Bulletin board Copier Desk organizer Note Calendar Meeting Clipboard Carbon paper Briefcase Projector Calculator Folder Waste basket

jobs and occupations in English (with examples) – Profession vs Professional – Vocabulary about jobs

Welcome, to a new video lesson with Mr. Vocabulary. ‘Edison Dominguez’
Today, we’re talking about occupations, some synonyms for you are; Jobs, Professions,
Careers, Employment,. LET’S GET STARTED… Salesclerk, Salesclerk, I assist customers
with their concerns at the store. Journalist, Journalist or Reporter, I report
the news and the weather forecast. Nurse, Nurse, I look after sick people and
elder. Carpenter, Carpenter, I make wooden furniture,
wood is my favorite material. Secretary, Secretary, I type letters on my
PC and make (attend) phone calls. D-D-D-D-D DJ, DJ, I mix people’s favorite
music on the radio or clubs. Actor, Actor, ‘Sexy’ Actress, Actress, We
act on movies and series for entertainment Baker, Baker, I bake bread and delicious cakes
‘yummy’. Cashier, Cashier, ‘chen-chen’, I accept cash,
checks, and credit cards. Firefighter, firefighters, or… fireman,
or fireman, this is a hot and dangerous job. Pilot, Pilot, I
can take you anywhere in the world, ‘and she is my partner, she is a… Flight attendant (Air Steward), Flight attendant
‘isn’t she beautiful, I ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers, ‘yes she is
beautiful, she went to the…. Hairdresser, Hairdresser, I do people’s hair
to make them look much better. GRAMMAR POINTS,
Let’s take a look at the difference between Professional and Profession, ‘remember’ Teacher
is the professional and Teaching is the profession, NOW, Listen and repeat,
Journalist, Journalism Nurse, Nursing,
Architect, Architecture, Accountant, Accounting,
System Engineer, System Engineering, Actor, Acting,
Remember, Professional is the person who executes the action, the profession is the area or
field. Thank you so much for watching, DO NOT FORGET
TO SUBSCRIBE, for more Awesome videos by… MR. VOCABULARY.

Off Balance On Purpose: The Future of Engagement and Work-Life Balance: Dan Thurmon at TEDxPSU

[ Applause ]>>Dan Thurmon: Today let’s talk about balance, from a little bit of a different perspective. [ Silence ] [ Applause ] You should see it from this side. Life balance is a concept that is intriguing and desirable, and also completely unrealistic. I mean even now look up here, and you’ll see I’m not balanced. I’m constantly making adjustments and corrections to protect myself on this precarious platform, and after all this work, after all this effort, I haven’t really gone anywhere. I’m still in the same place. You see folks, we’re engaged in the art, the process of balancing throughout our life, which is making those adjustments, making decisions, making corrections over time, responding to opportunities and challenges. But balance is something you never attain, and yet you’ve been told that this is the ultimate goal, the ultimate purpose, to achieve life, balance. I Googled life balance this morning, and there were 367 million results. Think of that. 367 million ideas or observations or opinions on how you can attain the unattainable. And so we beat ourselves up in pursuit of this idea of balance, thinking that if we work hard enough, or smart enough, or long enough, that we can get to this moment where it all evens out. And I’m here to tell you it isn’t going to happen. You will never achieve perfect balance. And along the way, we beat ourselves up with the guilt, and we restrict our opportunities. And the pursuit of balance I think actually is a negative impact on our lives. So I want to liberate you from that today with a new philosophy, a new approach. And I encourage you not to live your lives on balance, but rather off balance on purpose, off balance on purpose. Because off balance is your reality. That’s a good thing. You have to be off balance in order to learn, in order to grow, in order to love or serve others, or improve yourself in any meaningful way. The question is are you off balance in response to your world, or are you off balance on purpose, deliberate, intentional, and connected to a sense of meaning, purpose, mission, that you bring to what you do every single day? I mean that’s what causes change for yourself, for your family, your community for your world. Purpose. The greatest organizations, and the most effective individuals are those that have learned to harness the power of purpose, and leverage that for amazing results. And in that respect, while that handstand is a model for remaining and maintaining at the status quo, and our off balance on purpose change transformation would be more like a backflip, you know, launching yourself into uncertainty when you can’t even necessarily see where you’re going with energy, with commitment, and with drive. Yeah. [ Applause ] Well thank you. This may surprise you, but when I first learned to — when I was 11 years old and I was exploring these ideas, I was what they called a hyperactive kid. [Laughter] No, I’m totally serious. [Laughter] And it was at that age I found purpose in an unlikely place. It was at the King Richard’s Renaissance Faire in Bristol, Wisconsin, when I watched a juggler. I saw his act 6 times in a row, this guy was amazing. His name’s Mike von Drusca [phonetic]. And after the last show of the day he had noticed I had been there, and he said kid, would you like to learn to juggle? Sometimes we find purpose, you see, when others take an interest in us, and give us an opportunity to grow. I wanted to succeed as much for his belief in me as for my own benefit. And when I engaged the process, I loved it. I remember that moment when it finally clicked in with 3 balls, and felt amazing. But almost immediately a new question came to mind. What was that? Of course, well how do I do 4? I am obviously so ready. [Laughter] So I got the 4th ball, and I tried it, but I tried it the same way I knew how to do 3. They collided, they hit the ground, it was a disaster. And I went back to my mentor frustrated the next weekend, and I said Mike, what’s going on? He said Dan listen, when you add the 4th ball, you need to learn a new pattern. You see throughout life we engage patterns, patterns of thinking, patterns of action, patterns of interaction with others. We experiment. We find what works, and then we protect it, we defend it against everything else. And you know what? If we want to grow beyond our abilities, we have to transcend our current patterns. What Mike showed me is that when the balls cross with 3 balls, it’s not the same with 4. With even numbers you hold them a little longer. There’s actually 2 on that side, 2 on this side. Basic — the basic patterns with even numbers do not cross your body, of course unless you’re doing some kind of fancy tricks or maneuvers. But the basic patterns stay on the same side. And when he showed me that, just like you I went oh, that’s really cool. [Laughter] And I went home armed with this new knowledge, and I tried it again, and this time it still didn’t work. Now I hadn’t practiced it enough to make it my own, I hadn’t worked hard enough, and dropped enough, and picked up those drops to confirm my commitment. But a funny thing happened, is I continued to struggle, as I continued to put forth the effort with 4, I started to notice something unexpected. My 3 ball juggling was getting really, really good. Truth is I never really got the hang of 4 until I tried 5. [Laughter] If you think what you’re doing now is difficult, it’s time to try something harder. You must be off balance in order to learn. Now 5 balls goes back to a crossing pattern, check it out. So instead of having 1 in the air at all times, there’s 3 in the air at all times. But what jugglers know, and what neuroscientists understand about the human mind is that we don’t truly multitask. We can’t do it all at once, we handle one thing at a time quickly, and perform what’s called the quick switch between our thoughts and our objectives. For example, when one of these balls is out of my hand, it’s also out of my way. Yeah, it’s out of my control, it’s doing its own thing. I need to disengage that one, and engage a new target above my other hand. And the key is this, no matter how much is going on, 5 balls or 7, there’s still space between the throws and catches, space between your throws and catches, your thoughts and your actions, right, or what you were doing and what you are doing next, or what you hear and how you choose to respond. And it’s in those spaces that we reclaim control of our lives. You know? It’s not about increasing your pace, because life speeds right up with you. Ironically, by slowing down even a little, you begin to notice those spaces, those opportunities, and they expand for you. Here’s the 5-ball pattern, and as you look up here and you see the 5 balls in the air, what I want to know from all of you is, can you see that pattern? Can you see what it looks like? Can you imagine? Can you? Yeah? Some of you, not too many though. So you know what? This is TED. We need to employ some TED red, and some technology. Lights please. [Laughter] Oh yeah. [Laughter] Now can you see the pattern?>>Yes.>>Dan Thurmon: Yeah. Some say it looks like the wings of a butterfly. I see an infinity sign reflecting your infinite potential. While our patterns are constantly changing and growing, it’s the patterns that engage us, and drive us forward. Lights please. Yeah? [ Applause ] So why do I tell you this? Well here’s why. Because a moment ago you just saw a 5-sphere pattern in the air. I want to talk about your 5 spheres of success, your life. Check out the screen. You see, this model will serve you personally, but also professionally as you lead others, as you try to understand what matters most. Your work, the first sphere, your relationships, your health, your spiritual growth, and your personal interests, the things you just love to do. These are your 5 spheres of success. First there’s your work, right, your professional pursuits and commitments, working on school, working ultimately toward a career, whether you’re an entrepreneur and you’re starting your own business, or you’re looking for the right organization that really feels purposeful to you. How can we lead others, and work to become the best at our chosen profession? Well, we have to reconcile our family, our relationships, our friends, the people we care about, people we care for. And you know what balance books tell you? Protect your time, compartmentalize your life so that they don’t overlap, so that there’s not too much time in each area. Ridiculous, right? ‘Cause there’s not enough time to do that, and they’re constantly intersecting where it matters most, in your thinking, in your decisions. How about this sphere, your health? That’s how you fuel your pattern, right? What do you put in your body? How do you move your body? How do you rest your body so that you have the energy to move forward with purpose through life? Health-related goals are vitally important. And you know what? Not only do we hope to improve ourselves physically, but also spiritually. And while this means different things to different people, depending on your own beliefs, your practices, your spiritual principles, some it means just getting active, getting involved in community outreach or philanthropy. Well the key is if you want to live a life on purpose, you need to know what that is and live in congruence with your spiritual purpose, and seek to know something larger than you. The fifth sphere is this one here, mentioned it earlier, your personal interests, your hobbies, your joys, your passions, the things you just love because they make you you. They make you unique. These are the 5 spheres. And as you can see, they’re always interacting in this model. I want you to remember this, I want you think about this. Because the pattern that’s created by the way they move together is an infinity sign, reflecting your infinite potential. You never, you know, reach your full capacity to learn, you never reach your full potential, because you can always know more in each of these areas. And there’s an infinite way that you can define your life. For each one of us, we can live a life that’s extraordinary and unique, and full of passion, and service to others. But yet if you were to freeze frame it at any one moment, like this, it doesn’t look balanced at all. You know, there’s some things in your hands, other things totally out of your reach, and, you know, that’s okay, because it’s still connected, connected to you, it’s your pattern. And more importantly, they’re connected to one another, and this is the key. This is what I believe, is if we construct our life from the inside out with these life lines, like this, if I were to draw a life line from work to relationships, that implies the question well, how do you connect those? What would that look like? We work to provide for the people we care about, we go back to our relationships to get this juice to bring back into work, and in the flow of life there’s times when it makes sense and it’s close together, and other times it’s totally stressed to the limit. Like for me in my life, as a professional speaker and author I’m on the road a lot. I have two kids, my son Eddie is 14, my daughter Maggie is 10. So there’s a lot of time that I’m away. But throughout their life we’ve strengthened that life line by bringing them with us, you know, on different experiences, by talking about my clients and my audiences, what I’m learning along the way. And see when I bring them along on a trip, and involve them in the show in some way, they’re growing, and they’re connected. And also that way all their travel, clothing, and food is tax deductible. [Laughter] So how can you, or how can your organization find ways to capitalize on this, to incorporate family into this concept of work, right, so that it becomes a purposeful pursuit? In total there are 10 life lines. How about your work and your health? Does your work support your desire to be healthy, or challenge it in some way? And if so, what are you going to do about that? Hey, the greatest organizations understand the power of wellness, the power of fitness initiatives and challenges. How about work and spiritual growth, right? Are you practicing your spiritual principles in the context of going to school, or going to your job? ‘Cause that’s what it’s all about. And also bringing that corporate philosophy to philanthropy. Interests, working at a career that interests you, right? Or bringing your personal interest into the workplace. Relationships, the share your desire to be healthy, grow spiritually, and you share interests with the people you care about too. You see, it’s all connected. You can get healthy, you can grow spiritually while you do things you love to do. This is why I go mountain unicycling as my workout routine. It’s a great workout, trust me. And I do it with my buddy Bobby Coggin [phonetic], so we’ve got a friendship component too. When life’s in the moment, and in motion like this, hey, the shapes and forms are constantly changing, but a connected life pattern will help you sustain those twists and detours as you move through life. It really will. And so you look for those opportunities, those options which are in your hand, the possibilities are truly infinite. And again, the greatest organizations that get ranked among the best places to work are those that look at this, and say how can we create an environment where people don’t feel like they are choosing between life and work. It’s not either or, it’s all of the above. To take this to another level, I have my son Eddie with me today, how are you doing, son? Tax deductible. Stand here buddy. Alright. We’re going to go up another notch to the top. Now when I — thank you. When I first tried one of these, I learned a lot about balance, extremely critically. First of all I tried it like this, I thought I’d be closer to the ground, just to be careful. But what I realized is if you focus on the ground, that’s where you go, immediately. [Laughter] The only way to feel a sense of control in an off balance environment in which you live is to elevate your focus, to elevate your vision, to be able to look farther than others are willing to go. And then you tell me, what’s my first move to go forward? What’s the first thing I have to do? What was it?>>Lean.>>Dan Thurmon: Lean forward, right? Off balance –>>On purpose.>>Dan Thurmon: — on purpose. What you do on a 6-foot unicycle is you lean forward, you start falling toward your face, and then you chase your body with the unicycle, so hopefully you don’t get to your face. [Laughter] It’s scary, alright? It makes you a little uncomfortable. But here’s the deal. If you limit yourself to what’s comfortable, you deny yourself what’s possible. If you’re unwilling to lean into the uncertainty, if you’re apprehensive about change and growth, you may start going backward. Or maybe I’ll just stay where I am, because I’m already successful, I’m already good. I don’t want to get too good too quickly. They couldn’t handle me out there. [Laughter] This is called idling, idling, right? ‘Cause you’re not standing still, you’re going forward and backward, forward and backward to protect yourself. We want to lean forward into those changes, accept those new risks and responsibilities. Come on out here, Eddie. Accepting risks and responsibilities, even though they may be daunting, these are very real folks. I have just upped my stakes. And what I’m telling you is I’ve upped my stakes, so up yours. [Laughter] Up your stakes. Up your purpose, because you need purpose to engage in something you perceive to be a little bit risky, a little bit of a stretch. Here the goal isn’t just to make a catch, but more specifically to catch the handle. [Laughter] They’re all unique. This one has double blades, and this one’s heavy. You know what, my friends? I think we all can reach beyond our current levels of excellence. But in order to do that, you don’t have to be balanced, you don’t protect yourself against those opportunities, you embrace them. Embrace uncertainty with clear objectives, with clear targets, realizing it’s just one thing at a time, just one moment. So be present where you are. And yet you need to let go of the idea of balance, and grab onto living off balance on purpose. [ Silence ] [ Applause ]>>Dan Thurmon: Thanks a lot. Yeah. [ Applause ]