Jeff Pimentel - One theme...endless ideas
All of the 20+ speakers invited to speak at this years TEDxYouth@HumboldtBay have at
least a rough outline for their talk, which is built around a single theme “Imagine –>
Ignite”. Soon all speakers will meet for a 1st rehearsal and share the details of their
talk. Three nights ago I had a NIGHTMARE…
It was November 17th, 2013 and I was at the Arcata Theatre Lounge (better known as
the TEDxYouth@HumboldtBay Event). It was go time…just 5 speakers before my 9
minute slot. My concept was clear…adrenaline rushed through me as anticipation for
this event had began weeks before. The first speaker began speaking and I
thought…”What the hell is going on here? I can’t believe what I am hearing…was this
1st speaker serious?”
Ok reader…hold that thought…
We each have our own adventure that we call life. Despite the number of books and
YouTube videos of formula driven self help “secrets” we must know that each of us is
about to embark on our own adventure regardless of what others may teach us to do.
Even if you subscribe to Anthony Robbins YouTube channel and watch every video,
read the books of your favorite thought leaders that claim to teach “How they did it” you
will never be able to reproduce their exact result.
As I look at my adventure that is 34 years strong now I remember moments in my life
where I attempted to follow another’s adventure…I tried to copy their words, actions,
business ventures and ideas. Guess what the result was…I FAILED MISERABLY! I
had abandoned my unique adventure…unfortunately for me Sir Richard Branson didn’t
have any open seats on his next Virgin Galactic flight.
So how does a conference with 20+ speakers built on one theme have 20+ different
talks on 20+ different concepts/ideas? 20+ unique adventures!
When I woke up three nights ago I was relieved.