What I Learned At TEDx Jackson

I watched Ruth Chang‘s TED Talk on How To Make Hard Choices a little more than a year ago and I’ve been hooked to them ever since.

TED is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread ideas in the form of short “talks.” It began as a conference in 1984 for Technology, Entertainment and Design but now covers a myriad of topics. TEDx events are independently organized specifically for their respective communities.

Yesterday (November 12, 2015) at the Jackson Convention Complex, TEDx Jackson commenced with the theme “Liftoff.” Speakers shared ideas for propelling Jackson, Mississippi and the world to new heights. I missed last year’s event so there was no way that this one would pass me by.

My notes from TEDx Jackson

My notes from TEDx Jackson

I made it to Session 4 – “Accelerate and Ascend” and had an opportunity to watch talks by Dr. Scott Milroy, Brad Franklin, John Bielenberg, Marshall Ramsey and Ezra Brown. Their segments gave me so much to think about and take with me as I continue to pursue ideas of my own.

Here’s some of what I learned from these speakers:

  • To break the status quo, you must go against what our normal culture and behaviors are. You must “think wrong.” This includes being bold, getting outside of your normal environment, letting go of habitual patterns, making stuff, betting small and moving fast.
  • To beat procrastination, give times to your deadlines instead of just listing tasks that need to be done on your to-do list.
  • Using your talent leads to more talent because you’ll discover things that you never knew that you could do.
  • There is no such thing as security.
  • Capture what you’ve learned and move (act on it).
  • Fear kills your creativity.

You’ll be able to catch videos of the talks on the TEDx Jackson website ( once they’ve been uploaded. (At the time of this post they have not been.)

I really enjoyed the event and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to attend and network with other movers and shakers in the city.

For more on TEDx Jackson, click here.

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