TEDxYouth@Anyang - Junho Seo - Ignite your 'special' possibility


Uploaded by TEDxYouth on 16.02.2011

Transcript:
Hello.
You can hear me well?
 
First, again, I welcome you to this TEDxYouth.
 
I was actually the second speaker,
but due to extenuating circumstances,
Mr.Yoo being late, I am the first speaker for today.
Compared to other talks, mine lacks a lot of content,
but I hope that all of you could find
something special in my talk today.
 
This is my favorite poem,
a piece by Robert Frost called "The Road Not Taken".
 
What I want to talk to you about today is in the poem, so here goes;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I?
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
 
It's a very short poem, and my favorite.
Today we will be talking about "Ignite your possibility."
But before we talk about possibilities,
what is the ultimate meaning of possibility?
What does "possibility" say to you?
That is success.
 
Your possibility speaks of success.
Then, what are the most common credentials of success?
 
Firstly, be over 180cms in height.
 
Not me, right?
 
Secondly, be accepted into a prestigious university.
More commonly known as SKY, the three top universities.
Next, be married to someone like Taehee Kim or Sangwoo Kwon, hot spouses.
 
Fourthly, work at a big corporation,
state-owned enterprise or in public administration.
Salary : couple hundred million won
These people are those we call "successful".
Ergo, we invest our possibilities for success.
But this sort of successful people are called...
do you know?
Mom's Friend's Son. (someone that your mom constantly compares you to)
We call these people successful.
But, well, I don't know.
A good job, a good university,
high salary... is this what we should be calling success?
 
All of you here at this TEDx are special.
You are interested in more ideas
and long for a special kind of success.
 
We must move beyond changing the world, to making the world.
 
Because, all of you present here today are special.
But how?
Beyond change... to making the world.
How do we do that?
Firstly, well I can't see this very well.
 
This is an old picture of me.
What's better? Me back then or now?
Reactions, people!
 
This is a photo taken at Jeju Island.
There is something I want to talk to you about in this picture.
 
Most of you here are teenagers.
I graduated from being a teenager and I'm twenty now.
 
I think, adolescence is a crucial period in life.
 
To start with, you can study,
and then, you can experience many things.
I urge you to experience as many things
as possible as a teenager.
The best experiences come from traveling.
 
Our brain has a habit of compressing,
or reducing the reactions that come from a repeated behavior.
It's one of the many functions that lets the brain live on.
This also means that the repetition of daily routines
reduces your brain to nothing.
So the best thing to avoid that is traveling.
Please, travel as much as possible as a teenager.
Experience a lot of things.
Go. Anywhere.
Steve Jobs once said,
 
you can't connect the dots looking forward;
you can only connect them looking backwards.
So you have to trust that the dots will
somehow connect in your future.
You have to trust in something ? your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
This approach has never let me down,
and it has made all the difference in my life.
 
Secondly.
Find something that makes you long for the sunrise
and makes you happy at sunset.
In other words, find your passion.
The successful have jobs in large corporations.
And of course, for some of you, corporations might be the right job.
but for the rest of us, it may not be.
By molding ourselves to the conventional "success" model,
we cannot make we world we want.
You all have something that makes you wait for the sunrise.
 
For me, it was computers when I was a child.
Once, a Windows reinstall showed an error
and I stayed up all night doing it again.
Now my interests are somewhat different, but like me,
you all have your passions.
I hope you find that.
 
Now, look at this person.
College dropout,
fired from the company he himself founded,
salary : 1 dollar.
This person is Steve Jobs.
 
This person was fired in his own company.
Apple, famous for the iPhone.
Jobs had the passion to change the world.
 
Changing the world through computers.
That was his passion.
So he endured through any hard times,
 
including being fired his own company.
In the end, he came back to Apple, and is a prominent stockholder of Disney.
Apple is now the second biggest company on the stock market.
That passion to change the world.
This passion actually did change the world.
You can too.
There is this saying.
If you follow money, no money follows you.
A saying repeated over and over again by our elders.
People trying to make money, to get money in their hands
will never catch money because they follow it.
But, then, how?
Ladies and gentlemen.
Success should not be your goal.
Success should be the byproduct.
Success should be a byproduct of the effort you make to change and make the world.
Don't have your only goal as success.
Think of it as the byproduct.
But, then again, how?
Success. Good. Byproduct. Easier said than done.
But experience? Passion? I don't know.
Can we make ourselves successful through these things?
 
I don't know.
I don't think so.
All of you, try finding what you can do now.
Think of it as investment.
You do know what investment is, right?
Find something that is low input but is high profit.
You just all need to go to Seoul.
 
No matter where you are, abroad or in Korea.
Go to Seoul, in the interest of your investments.
 
You can do a lot of things right now,
Korean SATs, daydreaming, reading, writing and so on.
Teenagers here, you might be worried right now about getting into university.
But you can even use the road to university too.
We need to make a new world.
But as I said before, passion and experience alone doesn't quite make it.
Move your passion to what you can do right now.
Use this passion as a tool, as investment to make your future.
Investment as a means. A means to reshape your world.
Ladies and gentlemen, High SAT scores. Great.
It's hard to make the top percentiles.
But this should not be your goal.
Your goal should be to change and make your world.
Use your talents as a means to acheive that goal.
The topic today is "Ignite your possibility."
 
But what I want to talk about is "Ignite your special possibility."
 
All of you are special.
Special because you are interested in TED, and interested in diverse ideas.
You need to ignite not the possibility for conventional success but a more special possibility.
Next, I have a favorite ad to show you.
Before it was poetry.
This is an old ad for Apple.
One that Steve Jobs made when he returned to Apple.
My message today is embodied in the ad.
The ad is English of course. But don't worry, it's all subtitled.
Okay, then let's have a look.
 
Ah, a holdup in the equipment, I see.
Let's wait until we get the sound up.
I'm actually from Busan.
So my speech is fast, and I have an accent, don't I?
My little brother, it's been 5, 6 years since we moved here,
and he adjusted to Seoul right away.
Well not for me. I was sort of known for my accent.
Friends wanted me to say things, and the teachers remembered me.
Well thanks to that, I never praticed the Seoul accent so .. well.
I still sound sort of like Busan.
 
Please understand if you have difficulties hearing my accent.
Let's see the video if you're all ready.
 
Here¡¯s to the crazy ones.
 
The misfits.
 
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
 
The round pegs in the square holes.
 
The ones who see things differently.
 
They¡¯re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
 
You can quote them,
disagree with them,
glorify or vilify them.
 
About the only thing you can¡¯t do is ignore them.
 
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
 
And while some may see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
 
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world,
 
are the ones who do.
 
Let's see that again.
 
Here¡¯s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
 
The round pegs in the square holes.
 
The ones who see things differently.
 
They¡¯re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
 
You can quote them,
disagree with them,
glorify or vilify them.
 
About the only thing you can¡¯t do is ignore them.
 
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
 
And while some may see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
 
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world,
 
are the ones who do.
 
In your efforts, others might call you crazy one.
But those crazy ones, you special people,
will lead the world.
Think different.
Be successful differently.
Ignite your special possibility.
That's all for today.
Thank you.