"You cannot learn anything unless you make a mistake..so I tell my students when you make a mistake celebrate..and the way to celebrate is like this: how fascinating!!!"
"Our educational system is based on a downward spiral because there is no way to go from an A but down, so we should not be surprised if our kids look anxious"
"The new leader is first of all the one that can distinguish the downward spiral and then has the power to take people from there over here to radiating possibilities..anybody can do it...there is a key to the kingdom of possibilities...don't take yourself so damn seriously!"
Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. He is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He gave the opening Keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where on another occasion he was awarded the Crystal award for "outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations". In 2002 he was awarded the "Caring Citizen of the Humanities" Award by the International Council for Caring Communities at the United Nations.
This is an excellent presentation, truly inspiring.
-- watch his TED talk on music and passion (see previous post "The transformative power of classical music")