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From: Judy C.
Sent on: Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:42 PM



Good evening! I hope that everyone is fairing well. This week's TShake's highlight features Heather Swinney. In her own words, Heather says,

" TED talks are my guilty pleasure. Anything science fascinates me. I am a student, mother, and entrepreneur. I have a children's clothing company , and am currently working on degree in Microbiology." 

To elaborate a bit further on Heather, she is working towards her degree in Microbiology, and will be studying for the MCAT soon to enter into medical school. One of her favorite TED talks was given by Simon Sinek on "How great leaders inspire action." Which___ segue ways me into the TED video on Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement speech, which I avoided watching until today.

By now the "reach for the stars, and achieve the impossible", is almost a cliche (at least in my emails it is). However, Jobs' speech stirred something within me. He talks about looking into the past and not into the future to connect the dots of our life. To understand that somethings, no matter how bleak it may look at that moment, may be the greatest thing that could have happened to you. Jobs tells the students that although they may be the wave of the future, that soon they will be of the past, and so shall life. He gives a haunting insight into his own mortality, and reveals that everyday he lives as though it will be his last, and asking questions like, "Is this the legacy that I want to leave behind?". What was most inspiring for me was when he urged the crowd to live each day as though it will be their last... because it may very well be true. Whether it is work or relationships, he tells them to have the courage to do what they love, and do it with passion. Combat photographer, Veronique de Viguerie says it best in her HBO documentary on the war in Sudan,

"I would rather live a short life doing everything that I love, than to live a long life full of redundant repetition." 

What has your life been like thus far?






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