Do Share Inspire is a collection of blog posts from Kylie Dunn’s self-designed My Year of TED project and some of the subsequent adventures. It shares a surprisingly honest story of taking inspirational ideas from TED Talks to create practical activities – which Kylie used to regain control of her life.
“I like to call myself a recovering judgemental, perfectionist control freak – I won’t tell you when I last relapsed.”
With two failed marriages and a couple of career changes under her belt, Kylie was still striving to appear perfect – making it easy for her internal critic to harshly judge every mistake and failure.
A few months after her 39th birthday, Kylie started a self-designed project called My Year of TED. It was her attempt to regain control of her life through 21 TED-inspired 30-day activities. Kylie didn’t realise it at the time, but she was setting out on her own Yellow Brick Road to find the wisdom to understand herself, the compassion to reconnect, the courage to change, and a way home.
Do Share Inspire is a collection of blog posts from that year and some of the subsequent adventures. It shares a surprisingly honest story of taking inspirational ideas from TED Talks to create practical activities which unravelled her life and reshaped it via a rollercoaster journey of amazing insights, painful realisations, significant changes and eventually, greater happiness.
The ground-breaking program Kylie designed fused the universal wisdom of TED’s ideas into a pathway that led her to rediscover her authentic self, change her life and, finally, take ownership of what she wanted.
Along the way, she learned:
– you never know what you’re capable of until you try
– action is not only powerful, it is vital (“There’s no point in being inspired if you never do anything with it”)
– being open about your imperfections is important
– you are allowed to change your life to be whatever you want it to be.
These days Kylie lives so far outside her comfort zone that she feels it no longer exists – at times she doesn’t recognise herself in the new life she has created. Now a TEDx speaker, trainer, consultant and published author, Kylie focuses on trying to help other people rediscover their authenticity, understand their own courage, and become better decision makers.
About the Author
Born in Wollongong, NSW, the middle child of a working class family, Kylie never knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. The result was living a life based on other people’s expectations – resulting in two failed marriages and a number of largely unfulfilling careers. That all changed after making the tree change to Tasmania with her wonderful partner Derek.
In her 40th year, Kylie decided to turn angst into action. In November 2011, inspired by literally hundreds of TED talks sharing a wide range of ideas, Kylie launched herself onto the often rocky ride she dubbed My Year of TED.
Now a TEDx speaker, trainer, consultant and published author, Kylie focuses on trying to help other people rediscover their authenticity, understand their own courage, and become better decision makers.
She does this with the loving support of her partner Derek and their beloved crazy dog Lily; in the comfort of the house they built together Tasmania’s Huon Valley.