On July 25th I will have the honor of giving another TEDx talk!
This one will be in Fargo at the TEDxYouth@Fargo event, and the topic will be on “Building Your Own Justice League.”
You know how growing up you always hear “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know?”
Well… nobody ever teaches you how to know any of those people. To make matters worse, when you add bullying into the equation, it’s common for us to isolate ourselves away from social experiences.
You know how they say “you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with?” Well, nobody ever tells you who they are and how to meet them.
This issue hits close to home for me because growing up I was bullied a lot and that caused me to isolate myself away playing video games. At the age of 20 I quit playing video games and decided to go off on a journey to learn how to make friends and connect with people.
To learn how to surround myself by those who inspire me, instead of those who seem to have some weird mission to make my day miserable.
Currently up to 30% of Americans would be classified as “lonely” by the UCLA Loneliness Scale. Emotional isolation has been found to be as deadly as smoking. Seriously!
Anyways, I’m PSYCHED to share this personal story of mine to hopefully open the light for so many others I know are going through similar experiences.
Tickets here: http://bit.ly/tedxyouthfargo
Special thanks first to Andrew Hyde, George Morris and Erin Weed who first believed in me, and to Greg Tehven for helping with this next TEDxYouth@Fargo talk and of course my Mom because she always deserves a shoutout!