I love TED. I really do. Every year, there’s some great people with great ideas who give awesome talks. Benjamin Zander is no exception. Although the talk here is mostly about classical music, the underlying themes involve embracing new possibilities, new experiences, and new connections.
What can you take here and apply to WoW?
I picked out a few select quotes that and modified them slightly:
“Most of you have heard the story of two salesmen who went down to Africa in the early 1900s to find if there was any opportunity to sell shoes.”
Situation hopeless, stop. They don’t wear shoes, stop, one of them wrote.
The other wrote:
Glorious opportunity, they don’t have shoes yet, stop.
“Most of you have heard of the story of two Guild recruiters who were trying to attract Priests into their Guild and they managed to find one.”
Player hopeless, stop. No enchants or gems, stop, one of them wrote.
Glorious opportunity, he hasn’t properly optimized his gear yet and we can help him, stop.
Here’s another one:
You notice that there is not the slightest doubt in mind that this is going to work. It’s one of the chararacteristics of the leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming.
Imagine if Martin Luther King said “I have a dream!”, but of course I’m not sure if they’ll up to it.
“The conductor of an orchestra does not make a sound… He depends for his power on other people to make them powerful… I realized my job was to awaken possibility in other people.”
But enough, go check out the video above.
Some highlight reel posts: