In this episode, Richard Wurman is often terrified! The Founder of the TED conferences, and author of 92 books, talks about his fear of facing obstacles, but how his curiosity almost always prevails and challenges him to find the lessons within the obstacles. We had a lively and entertaining conversation about the Dr. Seuss book and the lessons people should pull from it.
Highlights and Takeaways from Richard Wurman:
- Embracing terror and fear can be a motivating factor in moving forward in life, rather than trying to avoid it.
- Terror is a natural part of even simple actions such as walking, where the fear of losing balance is present. Dr. Seuss often talks about the concept of facing terror in a positive way.
- Excessive wealth can create a shift in how people are viewed and treated, independent of how they acquired their wealth.
- People have different definitions of basic words like “wealth” and “friendship;” we shouldn’t assume that everyone has the same understanding of these terms.
- People often lie unintentionally in conversations by using throwaway lines and meaningless conversation.
- The process of teaching and hearing yourself talk is a way to learn and improve your craft. We shouldn’t go into a conversation knowing what we’re going to say.
- I always seek to learn and understand new things rather than solely sharing what I already know.
- People often move forward without understanding, which is a mistake. Understanding is a step before action and explaining is a step before understanding.
- Interrupting a conversation to ask for clarification can be seen as rude, but it’s necessary to truly understand what is being said.
- Squeezing the last drop out of a lemon is a good metaphor for the effort needed to achieve something challenging.
- Comfort is NOT my friend! It makes me risk-averse and life-adverse; I would rather be uncomfortable and terrified than comfortable.
- I put great value on curiosity; it is essential for learning and growth.