Please Note: The views expressed are based on the author’s personal experience and thoughts. Advice should be taken with caution (or not at all) as it’s subjective to individual circumstances.
I am not a motivational speaker, a hippy or affiliated with any particular religion. I am just your average Joe student who stresses over exams, stays up late to finish assignments and worries about my vocational future. The next part may sound a bit ‘weird’ to some, but over the last few years I have begun to truly realise the marvel of life (without even taking any philosophy papers!).
Two weeks ago Chiasma hosted the much anticipated Synapse event at the University of Auckland Business School. Its hard to believe that it is over again for this year!
The ‘Overseas Experience’ (or OE) is a long-standing Kiwi tradition. Most people take it after graduating but you don’t have to wait that long to get some global perspective. You can do it while studying by going on a student exchange!
I recently attended the Kea Inspire 2015 event at AUT hosted by Kea- New Zealand’s global network connecting Kiwis here and overseas. The format of the talk is similar to Ted, except it was just over a few hours in the afternoon. Don’t be fooled though- there certainly wasn’t any shortage of inspiration for what Kiwis can achieve.
What exactly is ‘innovation’? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. On May 25th I attended “Finding the Future First”, a seminar hosted by Callaghan Innovation with guest speaker Larry Keeley, who shared his insights into innovation in today’s fast-paced world.
It’s tough being an average student. I would know because I am one. Always striving for that A grade boundary, only to just scrape into a B.
Why is it that a person would want to live forever? The concept is thought provoking even for the most simple mind. Reasons may vary between individuals from different walks of life, but what is it about immortality that thrills us and scientists alike?
What separates all the “Greats” of the world from everyone else? The golden circle theory explains there is one thing that Apple, Martin Luther King and so many other leaders of various fields do exclusively. If you also practice this manner in your own life it will assist in you being more satisfied and successful in this rapidly changing world.
Borne out of isolation, Kiwis were improvising and adapting limited resources to produce innovative solutions. This ‘make do, can do’ attitude embodies the tradition of kiwi ingenuity where New Zealanders refuse to be constrained by limited experience and resources, and believe in their ability to solve problems in ways that challenge the status quo – the ‘’Number 8 wire’’ mindset.