TED Talk Tuesday: How to use a paper towel


If you didn’t already know, CatPrint cares about the environment, and we do our best to reduce the waste we use everyday. One of the major things that we use in our daily lives is the paper towel! In this TED Talk, Joe Smith talks about a neat trick that we can all do to reduce the amount of paper towels that we use after we wash our hands. Ultimately, that saves everyone money!

Joe Smith is an activist who lives in Oregon. He formerly served as the chair for the Oregon Democratic Party and District Attorney for Umatilla County. He is a definitely a proponent for the reduced use of paper towels!

TED Talk Tuesday: Success, failure, and the drive to keep creating by Elizabeth Gilbert

Who doesn’t want to be successful? But what would happen if you already reach success, and but your definition of success isn’t the way you imagined it to be? Sometimes people who become successful can even be disoriented by success, almost as bad as failure can be! What does Elizabeth Gilbert mean? Watch this TED Talk if you need some motivation to keep going even after all of this hard work!

Elizabeth Gilbert is the world-famous known memoir author of Eat, Pray, Love which was adapted into a movie starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert. She has been a journalist for a variety of magazines such as GQ, Allure, and The New York Times. You can view the previously chosen TED Talk here, where she talks about finding your creative genius!

TED Talk Tuesday: Success is a continuous journey by Richard St. John

Unless your goal is to fail (which CatPrint really doesn’t think anyone has that goal!), the general feeling is that everyone wants to be successful! But why is it that there are many people that do reach what people generally term as “success” and then fail? Could it be the mindset that changes after reaching “success”? Or maybe the motivation that originally drove them to success is no longer there? Find out in this four minute TED Talk to set yourself apart from others who get too comfortable in their zone!

Who is Richard St. John?

Richard St. John is an author and marketer. His lectures and talks are mainly driven to help other people with becoming successful. He is the author of The 8 Traits Successful People have in Common: 8 to Be Great. You can visit his website here: http://www.richardstjohn.com. We also previously featured him on our CatPrint blog for his other TED Talk: 8 Secrets to Success.

TED Talk Tuesday: How to succeed? Get more sleep! by Arianna Huffington

Max Sleeping

Max demonstrating the importance of sleep

CatPrinters are often envious of watching our office dogs sleep all day during work (after a few hours of playing, of course). Most people don’t get enough sleep, or at least a good amount of sleep that would make them the most efficient and productive throughout their day. In this short, less than five minutes TED Talk, Arianna Huffington advocates for more sleep and less bragging about sleep deficiency!

Who is Arianna Huffington?

Her last name may sound familiar to you if you read a lot of news articles. She is actually the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post! You can learn more about her on huffingtonpost.com!

TED Talk Tuesday: Why we do what we do by Tony Robbins

If you have completed a goal that has taken a lot of time and energy out of you, then you know that there is something that drives you to do it! There is something drives you internally, something that motivates you to do what you set out to do. Determination, motivation, and perseverance — they all have something in common. What motivates you to write that blog article? What drives you to complete that art piece that you have been working on for months? Watch this TED Talk by Tony Robbins, where he goes deeper into all of the forces that drive our motivation.

Tony Robbins is a life coach; he helps other people reach their full potential. He has worked with a wide range of people, from competitive athletes to CEOs. He believes that when people can achieve their full potential, people will make further positive impacts on the world.

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TED Talk Tuesday: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes by Andy Puddicombe

We all know that everyone is always so busy with creating and designing something new.

In a fast paced world, 10 minutes is worth a lot. Everyone is so busy with trying to keep up with what they need to do. We never just actually stop.

Don’t you feel like you need to take a break sometimes from all the noise and electronics? In this less than 10 minute TED Talk, Andy Puddicombe talks about the importance and science behind meditation.

Who is Andy Puddicombe?
Andy Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk who is a writer for The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and co-founder of Headspace. He believes in meditation for a healthier mind, body, and lifestyle, and that is what Headspace tries to help you to find 10 minutes to do. If you are not someone who meditates on a daily basis, the app teaches you how to do it!

TED Talk Tuesday: The visual magic of comics by Scott McCloud

With the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International only a little bit over a month away, it is only fitting that we recommend this TED Talk to you!

In this TED Talk, Scott McCloud talks about the interesting things regarding the illustrations in comics. He digs deep into not only the technical terms, but also in the way that humans perceive things.

Why do we see images and interpret them the way we do?

Find out more in this TED Talk!

Who is Scott McCloud?

Scott McCloud is actually a comic artist himself! He wrote the book titled Understanding Comics, which is a comic book about comics and has been translated in over 13 languages. He coined the term “infinite canvas”, which is one of the main terms that he describes comics. He is definitely a favorite of many celebrity comic artists. If you are going to the San Diego Comic Con International this year, Scott McCloud will be there!

TED Talk Tuesday: Try something new for 30 days by Matt Cutts

Most of us have probably heard of things called 30 day challenges, where the challenge is to do something everyday for 30 days. It might be to take a photo of yourself or wake up one minute earlier everyday.

In this talk, Matt Cutts talks about how 30 days is just enough time to add or remove a habit from your life. He suggests that you should try something that you’ve always wanted to do and add it to your routine and see how it feels. His reasoning is that 30 days will pass by anyway, so why not do something useful with it?

Who is Matt Cutts?

Matt Cutts might sound like a familiar name to you. He is an engineer at Google who specializes in Search Engine Optimization, better known as SEO. He helps webmasters fix their websites so that they are search engine friendly and is very much against link spam.

Learn more about Matt Cutts:


Twitter: http://twitter.com/mattcutts

TED Talk Tuesday: 8 Secrets to Success by Richard St. John

Everyone wants to become successful, but do you know what are the traits that lead people to become successful? Do you know the habits that people have to develop in order to reach their definition of success?

In this 3 minute TED Talk, Richard St. John explains what he narrows down to are the 8 secrets to success. He interviewed 500 TED speakers over the span of 7 years in order to create this 3 minute slideshow!

Who is Richard St. John?

Richard St. John is an author and marketer. He is the author of The 8 Traits Successful People have in Common: 8 to Be Great. You can visit his website here: http://www.richardstjohn.com.

TED Talk Tuesday: Everything is a remix by Kirby Ferguson

Kirby Ferguson - Everything's A Remix

Kirby Ferguson – Everything’s A Remix

Why should you watch this video?

Have you ever looked at a design and thought… “Hmmm… I think I’ve seen this before.” Well maybe you have, but in a different form. After all, creativity is often inspired by a design that already exists!

In this TED Talk, Kirby Ferguson explains that many things involving creativity is a remix. Whether it is songs being written or technological design, the creative process involves taking old ideas and creating new things out of the old.

Who is Kirby Ferguson?

Kirby Ferguson describes himself as a Filmmaker and a Remixer. He created the four-part video series called Everything is a Remix which you can find on his website here. You can also find him on Twitter.

Kirby Ferguson pushes for the idea that those who do not intentionally copy something should have protection, the same way that a copyright protects original works.