For my TED speaker I actually found one ofmy longer skateboard hero’s, in RodneyMullen. He’s probably one of the mostinnovative skateboarders ever. And theonly reason I say that is because heinvented most of the tricks that are usedtoday. He invented the Ollie, The Kickﬂip,and the 360 Flip. These tricks are still usedby every skateboarder in the World!
Mullen maintainedthe audience’sattention bycontinuouslyrelating his worldto the public. Usingtopics thattranscendskateboarding it’sself.
Rodney Mullen captured hisaudience by showing them a peakinto his world. He showed videofootage of a variety of differenttricks he has done in differenceplaces. Captivating the audiencewith his brand of Creativity.
Mullen’s presentation wasvery good in my opinion.But I was a skateboarderfor years, and he wasalways one of my favorites.So my opinion could be alittle bias. Ha-ha. I’d givehim a 4 though. Mullen’sdelivery I felt was more theexceptional because youcould feel how passionatehe still is about his art. Hiscreative WORLD.SKATEBOARDING.
Rodney was given a lot early in his life, alot like myself. Had a lot then the worldaround you changes and your left withnothing. I learned that it’s all about thejourney, the ride. Not about what youhave accomplished, or what you havegained. Even more so, creativity is key. Isall about being innovative and recreatingyourself. Always on top of your game, notbecause of what you will be rewarded.But because you love what you are doing!
TOne huge comparative that I sawbetween all the videos was creation is pure. Something that we all have the ability to be good at. But we have tosay with it, and not just grow out of it like an adolescent phase. Rodney Mullen is one of the greatest in his business, EVER. And you can still seehow child-like he still is, at the age of 46. Which is great, statistically speaking we are more curious and have more creative potential aschildren. So why not strive to be just a little more like a kid. ext
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