The 3 A’s of Awesome

One of the blogs I try to read every day is Neil Pasricha’s 1000 Awesome Things, and I’ve also read the book that grew from the blog’s success.  If you aren’t familiar with the blog/book of Awesome, let me just say that if you ever need to be reminded not to take the little things for granted (and don’t we all need that, from time to time?) Neil’s the person to look to – but in a best-guy-friend-how-cool-is-this kind of way.

Because 1000 Awesome Things has been all kinds of successful in the last couple of years, Neil (btw – I don’t know the guy, but he doesn’t seem like the kind to want people to call him “Mr. Pasricha”) has won all sorts of awards and given motivational speeches all over the place, including a talk as part of the uber-cool TED community.

The theme of Neil’s TEDxToronto talk was “The Three A’s of Awesome,” and his point was simple: life is short, we’re lucky to be alive, and if we just take the time to look for it, we can find extraordinary beauty and joy in all sorts of ordinary places.  The three A’s – the three things Neil says we need to appreciate life’s awesomeness – are a sense of awareness of the world around us, the ability to be our authentic selves, and the right attitude.  (Hmm…sounds like some great teachers I know…)


Neil’s TED talk is below.  It inspires me.  Let me know what you think.



As an added bonus, here is a music video inspired by 1000 Awesome Things that makes me sing and smile, all at the same time.



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7 responses to “The 3 A’s of Awesome

  1. I had never heard of the 1000 Awesome Things, and will now subscribe. I love it! Thanks for the share.

  2. Hi Suzanne,

    I didn’t have the chance to finish the TED video last night when I commented, (more like, I had to get my two munchkins to bed), so I couldn’t respond fully. Now, I’m off on a date with my hubby, but I wanted to take a moment to respond to your, “Let me know what you think.” I fully believe attitude and outlook is something that is proactive, you can choose how to respond; awareness — the type where you don’t take for granted the wonders around you; and, being authentic — respectfully saying what you really think — is key.

    The 3 A’s remind me a lot of what John Maxwell talks about and what’s in my fundamental beliefs. Do you read any of Maxwell’s leadership books?

    The 1000 Awesome Things is so easy to identify with. Thanks!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this. Watching this video has been one of the highlights of my day.

    I like your style. I’m off to look around your blog now…

  5. Suzanne, thanks for introducing so many of us to the 1000 Awesome Things. It is very inspiring. In the video, I especially liked his explanation of authenticity using Rosey Grier as an example. Oh, if only we could all be authentic, what a delightful world it would be. I like your About page too.
    Thanks, Denise

    • Thanks, Denise – I’m glad 1000 Awesome Things has been interesting to some people. It’s one of those sites/concepts that really resonates with me because I think you’re right – if we could all be a little more authentic and a little better at accepting ourselves and the world around us I believe we would all be a little healthier and happier. I appreciate your comments!

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