Ideas are the most powerful thing in the world. Every great change in human history started with a simple idea. That’s because ideas are like sparks, once they spread they can burn and transform our realities, our destiny, and our societies. That is why I love TED’s slogan so much: ideas worth spreading.

I ran into these 3 TED talks a few years ago, and they changed the way I think forever. That is why now I want to share them with you. I believe they can fill you with new ideas and hope; both very much needed in these times.

1. What Makes a Hero?

Ok, so this one is not technically a TED talk but a TED-ED lesson. It is based on Joseph Cambell’s book “The Hero With A Thousand Faces”, and it’s basically the story of how every hero from the ancient tales to modern cinema, go through a very similar journey. 

What I love about this theory is that we all love heroes because they remind us of ourselves. They start by being regular people until something takes them out of their comfort zone and changes their lives forever. I had never thought about that before, but this is my story, and yours too. We all are the heroes of our own lives, and we all get these calls to action, most commonly known as problems. So, what if instead of wishing to avoid life’s problems or wishing for them to go away, we started to think about them as a hero’s calling, and embraced the journey and the evolution that comes with them? 

2. Finding your Element

This one is also not a TED talk per se (maybe I should have thought about a different title for this post), but the sequel to the most popular one of all times. I felt compelled to share it though because it is probably the one that has impacted me the most. In many ways, it is the reason this blog even exists.

Here, Sir Ken Robinson, one of the world’s most renowned education specialists (and personal hero), describes how humans are like natural resources. We all have an innate “element”: something we are naturally good at and we also love doing. But in most cases, it is buried deep within us, underneath layers of cultural barriers and social prejudice. That is the reason why so many people go through life thinking they’re not good at anything.

I used to be one of those people. Afraid of not ever finding something I could be good at. Now, I have realized it is a matter of staying self aware but also open-minded. This talk showed me to pay attention to those activities that make me feel like “time flies”, and to nurture them because those are the things that bring me closer to my element. An idea definitely worth spreading. 

3. Want to Change the World? Start by Being Brave Enough to Care

How many times have you watched the news and felt absolutely powerless and hopeless? It has happened to me every single day ever since the Nicaraguan political crisis began back in April this year. The constant feeling that I MUST do something but the immediate hopelessness of knowing there is nothing I can do. But this is not true. There is ALWAYS something we can do. 

In this TED talk, author Cleo Wade reminded me that we only have two choices when dealing with the world’s greatest problems. We can either feel so incredibly overwhelmed and freeze; or we can take tiny little actions within our scope of influence.

I used to believe those tiny little actions were worthless, but this talk opened my eyes. I realized that the world would be an even worse place without that tiny improvement. And also, that the more little things I do, the more ideas I have about other tiny things. And the more I do, the more I feel like sharing that concept with those around me. So basically, we are like ants. If a lot of people does tiny little things, they will have to add up eventually. And that is how true change happens. So, be brave to care about the world’s greatest problems, because there is always a tiny little thing you can do to help.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that these ideas give you something to think about. Please leave me a comment below telling me which one resonates most to you. And by all means, feel free to share any of them so the spark keeps spreading. As always, thank you so much for being here and may the force be with you. Until next time!