Be wary of whose opinion you count (Brene Brown 99U Talk)

I listen to a fair amount of TED talks and other similar speaking type gigs. The last one that really hit home was David Foster Wallace’s amazing “This Is Water” commencement speech, and now this talk by Brene Brown struck another chord with me.

It goes in to how you should be careful of your critics, because not all opinions are valid. The talk was given at a conference for designers, but I think that in today’s knowledge world, it’s relevant to everyone.

This is Water. David Foster Wallace Commencement Speech

In this moving and inspirational talk, David Foster Wallace puts forward that the freedom awareness provides is the freedom to decide how to interpret your surroundings. The freedom not to be a slave to the default settings forced on us by what is around us.

This is water. I am learning.

David Foster Wallace Speech – This Is Water.

2005 graduating class of Kenyon College.