I went to my first live TEDx event and it was fabulous. All the inspiration you get when you watch the talks online but you also get the comraderie of seeing these talks live with 200 other people.  Plus, you get to network with those people. They are potential friends, business partners and future collaborators.

My highlights from TEDx ConcordiaUPortland:

When you don’t know what to do, do something. Don’t just sit there and do nothing. It’s one small thing that will take you on a path to the next thing and then pretty soon you are that much closer to your BIG goal. All big goals should be broken down into smaller goals anyway. It helps make them more achievable. Dream big. Have adventures…it makes you smarter, stronger and more attractive.  — Tyler Tervooren

I should have taken a gap year! Something you don’t learn in school in the U.S., I feel. You learn that you should graduate high school, then you need to go to college or get a job. No one really helps you find yourself. That’s where a gap year can come in handy. You get to live a dream and explore the world, all while trying to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life. In case you don’t already know, you can’t absorb a culture from a book. You must go there to really experience it. Connecting with others in their culture is magical. It’s worth every cold shower and lizard on the wall. Trust. If you don’t, you’ll live in fear. — Rita Golden Gelman

If you make a lot of things, it makes it clear what matters. Making a lot of small things, really does add up to something big. You need to be determined to prove that voice in your head wrong. It’s not your job to judge your work, it’s your job to make the work. People never agree on the crap and the greatness. You should be more afraid of making nothing than making something bad. The collective is always better than the individual pieces or steps. — Jolie Guillebeau

Everyone has a disability in their life whether is’s temporary or permanent, noticeable or not. — Catherine J. H. Miller

Community is formed around a pint that is changing the world. — Ryan Saari started the first non-profit pub.

Treat others how you imagine they dream of being treated, including yourself (I don’t know about you but I need more practice on this one!). When you are hard on yourself, you are hard on others. That’s the Golden Rule 2.0 by Ryan Wines.

Know your true goal. Follow your passion. Begin with Balance. Entrepreneurship is just a tool to build the life you want. Don’t sacrifice balance for a big payoff. All you need is a teaspoon of passion to work on something. Don’t kill your biggest passions by turning them into a business. It will take the fun out of it. Build a relationship with work that suits your lifestyle. — Michelle Rowley

Far too often when we are trying to think of something creative we start looking at what others are doing and we don’t look to our own natural filter first. Take the golden moment and think abut your own expertise and originality. Stand up, move around, take a walk, take a shower. Your idea will come if you foster this creativity inside yourself. — Michael Curry

Love yourself first. Then love your neighbor. You can’t offer someone else a drink if your cup is empty. How about you exchange full cups? Respect each other. Treat yourself as you would treat a friend. Look in a mirror if you have to. — Saeeda Wright


If there is a local TEDx event in your community check it out. Other great events in Portland are Pioneer Nation and WDS. All great communities with amazing people!

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