Ask Yourself "Why"
We came across a great TED talk that we wanted to share with Youngzine readers.
Simon Sinek looks into what makes some people and companies wildly successful. He takes three well-known examples -- Apple computers; the Wright Brothers who invented the first flying machine; and Rev. Martin Luther King who was able to rally 250,000 people to show up at the Mall in Washington D.C at a time when there were no cell phones or social media.
And what Simon found was fascinating -- an important lesson for each of us in our lives.
In each case, it was not important what they did or how they did it. It was the WHY they did it and what they hoped to achieve.
The Wright brothers were not looking for fame, but were following a passion -- a passion, that drove others working with them on the flying machine to put in their best effort. Dr. King as we all know inspired people with the "I have a dream" speech. He did not have a plan for how to fix the issues (racial segregation) facing America; but he was appealing to people's inner conscience -- a sense of fairness that each of us believe in. It was the "why" that was important to them.
Simon's advice: Ask yourself why do you do what you do. What is it that makes you jump out of bed every morning and put your best effort. And when you know the WHY, everything else will follow.
This video is a tad long, but the first 10 minutes and the last three minutes are where Simon gives us the examples we mention. The talk made us look into why we started Youngzine. We hope it will be the guiding light in each of your lives as you grow into successful adults. Always ask yourself WHY.