Ted Coiné lacks patience for people who aren’t curious, job opportunities that don’t materialize quickly, and life situations that are broken and need fixing.
One thing Ted does have patience for is TED talks.
“I personally love TED talks. I will go on the TED website and search out someone whose talk I’ve heard about or listen to the TED radio hour. It’s a great way to learn,” Ted said.
And Ted is thrilled to be a speaker at TEDxNavesink: Accelerators on April 11. So, it’s intriguing that someone like Ted, who admittedly lacks patience, would want to tackle that very topic in his TEDxNavesink talk: “The Power of Impatience.”
Ted said, “I think this trait of impatience gets a bad rap. Impatience alone is a just temper tantrum. Impatience with perseverance has moved mountains. Impatience plus perseverance plus a good cause…now you’ve got magic!”
Ted’s talk will explore historical figures, like Teddy Roosevelt, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who had that magic combination of the traits of impatience, perseverance and a cause, and used them to make a significant impact on society and the way we live. Whether it’s fighting the status quo, or persevering when things feel overwhelming, Ted hopes to spark the audience and get their impatience working to make our world better.
Impatience has also been a force of acceleration in Ted’s own life. Nearly every adult in Ted’s family has been a teacher at some point in their careers. After a brief stint in sales, Ted became an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, but he didn’t stop there. When he saw that the owner of the language school where he worked had no ambition to grow the business, Ted recognized that he had to move on. Demonstrating patience by waiting for a career opportunity just wasn’t going to work.
So, what did Ted do? He started his own language school.
That first entrepreneurial and highly successful move foreshadowed what was to come in Ted’s career. As Ted put it, “Like hermit crabs we are taking our careers on our backs.” Resumes are passé, according to Ted, who has been blogging since 2006. “If you want to know my opinion about something I can’t lie to you. In the social age there is no hiding. If you have no social profiles whatsoever that alone is a little odd,” said Ted.
Many careers stall out when opportunity fails to knock. Ted’s success materializes because he doesn’t patiently wait for that knock—he finds it.
Since those early teaching days, Ted has become a serial business founder and CEO. He is Chief Marketing Officer of Meddle.it, the next generation content marketing tool for organizations and individuals. He is among Inc.’s Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts, and Forbes’ Top 10 Social Media Influencers. His latest book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive, is about leading in the Social Age. Ted was recently interviewed by former TEDxNavesink Speaker Robyn Stratton-Berkessel, and you can hear him discuss his book and ideas on Robyn’s podcast, Positivity Strategist: A Word Gone Social, with Ted Coiné.
Like most TED speakers, Ted hopes his TEDxNavesink talk will reach a wide audience and make an impact. “I’d like to make people think in a new way. And If I can add a stone on the scale of the better side of their lives, I will be gratified,” Ted said.
But beyond his TEDx talk and recent book, Ted has an even bigger way to measure success. As Ted said with a laugh, “My mom helped copyedit my book, she enjoyed it, and she still has no idea what I do for a living. But, if she sees me on Jon Stewart then I’ll have made it.”
So, Jon, if you’re reading this blog, Ted Coiné is impatiently waiting for your call!
Want to learn how you can turn impatience on its head? Hear more of what Ted has to say at the 2015 TEDxNavesink conference April 11 at Monmouth University. Tickets are on sale now and you can get them here!
Jamie Sussel Turner is a first-time TEDxNavesink volunteer and serving as the content coordinator and blog editor. Jamie is an author, speaker, professional coach and former school principal. She works with business owners and executives who are stressed because work has taken over their lives. She helps them become clear and confident leaders who build dedicated teams so their businesses are more successful and they have more of a life. Jamie recently published her first book: Less Stress Business: A Guide for Hiring, Coaching and Leading Great Employees. She is a certified Social and Emotional Intelligence coach and a Fierce Conversations Certified Facilitator. Jamie is the President-Elect of ICF-NJ (International Coaching Federation of New Jersey).