Me and my angry friend | أنا وصديقي الغاضب | Dr. Abdulaziz Alrajhi | TEDxKingSaudUniversity

Me and my angry friend | أنا وصديقي الغاضب | Dr. Abdulaziz Alrajhi | TEDxKingSaudUniversity

Aziz's Story

  • Aziz spent his early years in Rome due to his father's military service and developed a strong affection for the city.
  • He lost his mother at a young age and was raised by his aunts while his father was frequently away.
  • A significant event during his middle school years shaped his character when he was struck by his teacher, leading to a lasting impact on his view of authority figures.
  • Despite his strict upbringing, Aziz struggled to accept that life is not always black and white until he made a mistake he never thought he would, causing him to change his perspective.
  • An email presentation about life lessons had a profound impact on Aziz, helping him understand that everyone sees things from their own point of view.

Personal Growth and Mindset

  • The speaker used to have high expectations and would get angry when things didn't meet his standards, causing stress and frustration.
  • He changed his mindset to accept that things won't always be perfect and that there's no point in getting angry over small inconveniences.
  • When someone wrongs you, there are three options: retaliate, let it go, or write about it.
  • Retaliating can lead to increased stress and negative emotions, while letting it go can be difficult but is important for emotional well-being.
  • Holding onto anger only harms the person who is angry, not the person who caused the anger.
  • It's important to accept life as it is and not have unrealistic expectations.

Career Advice

  • The speaker emphasizes the importance of having clear goals and aspirations when choosing a career.
  • Don't make career choices based solely on social influences or peer pressure.
  • Find enjoyment and passion in your work for both financial success and positive recognition.
  • Be self-aware and recognize when a job or career path is not a good fit, and make changes if necessary.
  • Pursue your true passions and interests, even if it means deviating from societal expectations or traditional career paths.

Friendships and Relationships

  • Friends can have a strong influence on individuals, sometimes more than family members.
  • Be mindful of who you seek advice from and consider the limitations of your friends' experiences compared to the wisdom of your elders.
  • True friends are those who stand by you through thick and thin, like family members.
  • Friends may not always be there for you, but your family will always be there to support you.
  • Be mindful of the dynamics in friendships, as friends may find it difficult to accept your successes.

Social Media and Its Impact

  • Social media can be overwhelming, but it's important to be aware of its impact on relationships and mental well-being.
  • Focusing too much on capturing and sharing experiences on social media can lead to missing out on the actual enjoyment of those experiences.
  • Social media can compromise our privacy as our online activities and personal information can be easily accessible and stored indefinitely.
  • We may unconsciously adopt values and principles from social media influencers, not all of whom may have positive or reliable values.
  • Constantly comparing our lives to the seemingly perfect lives portrayed on social media can lead to feelings of inadequacy and dissatisfaction.

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