When I presented my TEDx talk last year on How Monastic Wisdom Can Improve Your Finances, I hoped it would reach a large audience and could help a lot of people. I'm thrilled to report that it reached 60,000 views this month.
Many folks are surprised to learn that monastic practices could help them sustainably grow their wealth and live a rich financial life, so I wasn't sure my topic would resonate with a large audience.
At first, there were just a few hundred views from friends, family, and anyone I could bug on social media. Slowly the view count climbed to a few thousand and stopped there for most of 2022.
Then in November, some wild card of internet search algorithms caused the views to spike to over 60k hits, and still growing. I'm unsure what's causing the surge, but needless to say, I'm thrilled!
The core theme of my TEDx is how monastic wisdom can help you build a happier and more robust financial life through the practices of contemplation, compassion, and action -- values that resonate with folks regardless of their spiritual tradition. It will also teach you how to stop being anxious or avoidant around money.
Doing a TEDx was one of my most stressful and high-stakes speaking engagements. You only get one shot at it, and if you make any mistakes, there is no way to fix them. It was indeed a labor of love.
Performance day was a nail-biter, made doubly difficult due to tight Covid restrictions. The live audience was limited to a small group, which made getting energy (or laughter) from the crowd challenging in a massive auditorium with extreme social distancing.
Despite these constraints, it was a wonderful experience, and I'm grateful for the surge in views and all the positive reactions.
If you have 18 minutes, I think you'll find it worth your time. It may help you become a little bit wealthy or have a healthier relationship with the money you have.
At the very least, I think you’ll get a few laughs!
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