Books Can Change Your Life
Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.” ~Helen Exley
What happens when a dream you’ve held since childhood … doesn’t come true? Some will doggedly continue to carry the shattered pieces of their dream around, safely tucked away in their minds and hearts as a perpetual reminder that it’s best not to dream at all lest you risk suffering further heartache. Lisa Bu, chose to find a new dream and learned firsthand that books are not merely for entertainment … books can change your life.
Lisa Bu is a Content Distribution Manager at TED. In fall 2012, Lisa prepared a talk about her love of reading to share with fellow staffers at their annual retreat. Everyone has to get up and talk about something, either something about work or something interesting from their own lives – Lisa chose to talk about how books had changed her life. And the “quiet, funny and efficient Content Distribution Manager” brought down the house, with a story deemed simply too good not to share. Lisa is the first staffer ever to be invited to speak on the main stage at the TED Conference.
I have come to believe that “coming true” is not the only purpose of a dream. Its most important purpose is to get us in touch with where dreams come from, where passion comes from, where happiness comes from. Even a shattered dream can do that for you. ~Lisa Bu
Born and raised in Hunan, China, Lisa Bu has been with TED since 2011. Before that, she spent seven years as a talk show producer and a digital media content director at Wisconsin Public Radio. She’s also a computer programmer, with a PhD in journalism and an MBA in information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a BA in Chinese from Nanjing University in China.
How about you? Have there been any books in particular that have inspired your life? Do you ever read books to learn about other cultures or people? What’s your favorite genre – why?
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