In your whole life, what job taught you the most?Mine was: at 16, when I was a waitress at a truck stop on the outskirts of a town with a pop. of 4000.A colleague who started the most established TED talk conference in the Midwest, asked me this question yesterday over breakfast. (We are planning something that is equal parts epic, scary & fun. And full of rational reasons why its not a good idea. #staytuned.) It was enlightening to talk with himabout where and how we learn our most valuable life lessons.The Motivating advice given to me over the years:.You are never getting out of this townYou cant get the SAT scores to get inYou wont get that jobArt directors cant writeHe isnt going to proposeYoure too old to have a babyYou arent gonna save that old shackYour book is not publishableYou shouldnt set your expectations too High..They will never let you do _________ (insert a million things here) If you do one thing today that can change your perspective on everything : watch the TED talk by Dr. Brene Brown – The power of vulnerabilityAbout:How to avoid regret.What happens when you dont listenWhy Cant. Never. Wont. No. are the most empowering words.#ListenToTheMustnts#makeNoSmallPlans @tedx_official Photo: @ms_shannypantsAnd much love to our forever-inspiration, Chicagoan Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein #shelsilverstein