I'm a longtime #tedtalk fan, and last year, I had the great opportunity to attend #tedxportland . There were so many inspiring talks, I promised myself I would make it a point to attend every year. Last weekend I made good on the promise, and enjoyed every single minute. As someone who chose surgery as a profession, clearly, I'm not meant to sit in a seat in a lecture hall for more than, say, 20 minutes at a time. Just joking. Okay...an hour...on a good day. So #tedxpdx must be something special if I'll choose the sunniest day, in Portland, in April to hang out in a dark auditorium for about 8 hours.
Just two weeks prior to the 2018 TEDx Portland, I challenged myself to do something that scared me. I had heard about the TEDx Portland Ideas Booth, a little red telephone-looking booth in the Oregon Historical Society, where anyone can give a 90-second pitch on Ideas Worth Sharing (insert TED talk sound effect here), with the winner having the change to present at TEDx. On a whim, on the LAST DAY, in the LAST HOUR of the Ideas Booth, I picked up my kid from school, went in the booth with a last minute 90-second spiel, put my child at my feet and put it all out there.
I'm not sure what terrified me more...the idea of making an audition video or the chance that theoretically I could get chosen. I talked myself into the idea that there's no way in hell I'd have a chance, so there's nothing to lose - why not. And no, I was not selected but some AMAZING people were...and there's some amount of relief in the fact that I wasn't selected. But, imagine my surprise when sitting in the TEDx talks, this highlight reel came up and I find that I'm actually a part of it. No, I didn't do a TED talk, and perhaps my psyche wasn't ready for that yet, but damn...this means I came close. EEEEEK in all caps. I guess this just goes to show you, you never know what could be possible if you ask yourself "Why not?". And remember that sometimes, it might be your spouse, friend, colleague, mother/father/son/daughter that has self-doubt in their head...and that it's your job to say "Why not?". #nancyyenshipleymd #inspiration #pdxshouldersurgeon #challengeyourself https://youtu.be/pw2Tpwf0vIs