Read more stories about
TED and TEDX Talks >>

MATR Sponsor:

MATR Supporters:

TED Talks - To raise brave girls, encourage adventure

December 2, 2017View for printing

My life changed when a friend taught me that even though we were adults, our personalities aren't locked in. It sounds obvious, but with some intention, we don't have to be the same people we were at age 16, or 21, or today -- we can grow, learn different skills, and alter our feelings. My life changed when I realized it could change, but it took me 25 years to see that this was possible. What Caroline Paul offers in her TED Talk is the idea that we can give children, particularly girls, a head start on the growth mindset by encouraging them to take risks.

Right off the bat, Paul says she had "absolutely no talents" as a teenager, and from that self-deprecating point she builds her theme of bravery and self-belief. As she gains the awe and appreciation of the audience, she makes a powerful case for why we should encourage girls to take risks, feel exhilaration and access their bravery from a young age. This inspirational and resonating talk is for anyone who ever skinned their knees, wiped out on their bike or swung higher and higher on the swingset -- or wishes they had. A grown-up version of a child like that is onstage, and it feels really good to see her in the spotlight. ... =d3135666a2
No reader comments so far. Be the first to comment by clicking the button below.

Reprinted under the Fair Use doctrine of international copyright law. Full copyright retained by the original publication. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

E-mail this page to a friend!