Why comfort will ruin your life | Bill Eckstrom | TEDxUniversityofNevada

  • Published: 31 January 2017
  • After documenting and researching over 50,000 coaching interactions in the workplace, Bill Eckstrom shares life-altering, personal and professional development ideas through the introduction of the “Growth Rings.” The rings illustrate how dangerous it can be to remain in a state of comfort and how being in discomfort is the only way to sustain growth. You’ll be amazed at the world-changing outcomes discomfort can have on your life and the lives of others.

    Bill Eckstrom is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, outdoorsman and father of three. With a passion deeply rooted in growth and development, Bill has always been fascinated by the role a coach has on the performance of individuals and teams. As a result, he founded the EcSell Institute whose sole focus is to educate, track and measure coaching effectiveness for leaders within organizations around the world. This has led to hundreds of keynotes, published articles and e-books created from the research and documentation of coaching interactions and outcomes. You can learn more about the EcSell Institute here: ecsellinstitute.com/

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

Comments • 1 394

  • gregis22422
    gregis22422  2 hours back

    That was beautiful 👍🏿

    • Fiddlesticks!
      Fiddlesticks!  3 days back

      I got an ad of solaire mattresses before the video, talk about irony

      • Isaac Ava
        Isaac Ava  4 days back

        @yestheory !!!

        • wymanbks
          wymanbks  5 days back

          Umm that's it??

          • Kathmandu N
            Kathmandu N  5 days back

            I'm watching this video in my comfortable SUV

            • * Shravaka
              * Shravaka  5 days back

              A spiritual Guru once put it this way... We only evolve Spiritually when we are in a space of "insecurity". Our sense of security will inhibit this process.
              Basically a simple validation of what Bill is sharing with us here. And yes, it may seem counterintuitive with our cultural conditionings, but once we learn this lesson experientially, we might then embody a new found "Wisdom" and purpose in life. 🙏. Thank you Bill, In Lak' ech

              • Merika Ramocan
                Merika Ramocan  5 days back

                *Comfort* ruined the west.

                • Joe O
                  Joe O  6 days back

                  I thought that was Rosa Parks.

                  • Alla
                    Alla  6 days back

                    Start by quitting any meds. Especially painkillers. You need to feel your body.

                    • Alex Stoian
                      Alex Stoian  6 days back

                      Amazing work.

                      • Gillian Yue
                        Gillian Yue  7 days back

                        Looked down at bowl of Mac and cheese

                        • lee david
                          lee david  1 weeks back

                          yeah I've never had comfort in my life and I have a 357 Magnum bullet wound in my face a 22 in my chest somewhere around that I don't know a couple dozen knife wounds in my arms head skull face again chest legs I have been beaten up with every object a man can be hit with and I'm only 29 if Comfort ruins your life please ruin mine I'm begging you

                          • scott sanger
                            scott sanger  1 weeks back

                            This is mans natural state...............chaos.

                            • Mansur Otaboev
                              Mansur Otaboev  1 weeks back

                              having read all the comments learned more than the video itself, sounds wierd right

                              • Every Day Discovery
                                Every Day Discovery  2 weeks back

                                And now we have Yes Theory.
                                *Seek Discomfort*

                                • Philippe Maron
                                  Philippe Maron  2 weeks back

                                  Tulsa Doom told Conan he was his benefactor: by killing his parents he gave Conan purpose and dedication.

                                  Not my style.

                                  • Davey Jones
                                    Davey Jones  2 weeks back

                                    That word didn't bring the thought of Government to my mind.
                                    What I immediately thought of was RELIGION!!

                                    • Daniel Najar
                                      Daniel Najar  2 weeks back

                                      Rosa Parks example he gave was great

                                      • vinu varsidh
                                        vinu varsidh  2 weeks back

                                        jan 7th 2008, i turned 9 on that day..

                                        • Chuck Stark
                                          Chuck Stark  2 weeks back

                                          My wife forces complexity on me every day.

                                          • zibtihaj
                                            zibtihaj  2 weeks back

                                            1:15 EXACTYYYYYYLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYY. just keep fighting the good fight, life - a sweet battle

                                            • Eddie Cat
                                              Eddie Cat  2 weeks back


                                              • beth bivens
                                                beth bivens  2 weeks back

                                                "Desperation is the raw material of drastic change"
                                                -William Burroughs

                                                • Peekle
                                                  Peekle  3 weeks back

                                                  Get fired ...tell others it was great...become a consultant...get rich!

                                                  • zoltan m
                                                    zoltan m  3 weeks back

                                                    Prentice Mulford revisited. Very nice!

                                                    • Emily Stoll
                                                      Emily Stoll  3 weeks back

                                                      So I understand his point about his daughter needing to learn to accept discomfort as a growing method, but children can easily misinterpret that, especially if they don't have a good emotional foundation set by authority figures in their lives. For example, it won't work to provide discomfort to make a child grow if that child has to deal with abuse at home. Of course, he was probably implying that, because it should be obvious to American society by now, but it could cause her to reject discomfort as a growth method in the future because of her bad experience with it in the past.

                                                      • Daniel Patrick Young
                                                        Daniel Patrick Young  3 weeks back

                                                        EXCELLENT!!! Thank You VERY MUCH!!!

                                                        • alvie bagaskara
                                                          alvie bagaskara  3 weeks back

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                                                          • Kabelo Gift Kgang
                                                            Kabelo Gift Kgang  4 weeks back

                                                            1.7K people wants to be comfortable

                                                            • JIN
                                                              JIN  4 weeks back


                                                              • Nelson
                                                                Nelson  4 weeks back

                                                                What dictates a stem cell's fate is its environment. Niche!

                                                                • Lost Serendipity
                                                                  Lost Serendipity  1 months back

                                                                  Discomfort ruins my mind

                                                                  • sunsetlights100
                                                                    sunsetlights100  1 months back

                                                                    Another take yin and yang or Comfort & creative chaos. Plan for success.... As the old saying goes fail to prepare prepare to fail. Burn a new path within e, using structures

                                                                    • modather matin
                                                                      modather matin  1 months back

                                                                      Over thinking makes u laZy

                                                                      • Very Healthy Person
                                                                        Very Healthy Person  1 months back

                                                                        Living in The UK, is already a complexity.

                                                                        • paul mitchell
                                                                          paul mitchell  1 months back

                                                                          A wise person balances routine and the unpredictable.Deep poverty causes discomfort but not the means to escape.

                                                                          • Jabali Mohamed
                                                                            Jabali Mohamed  1 months back

                                                                            Am watching this in my uncomfortable bed

                                                                            • wulphstein
                                                                              wulphstein  1 months back


                                                                              • Jacob Sælø
                                                                                Jacob Sælø  1 months back

                                                                                Comfort and discomfort needs to come in oscillation.

                                                                                • Magda Draganova
                                                                                  Magda Draganova  1 months back

                                                                                  Happiness must be over success.I don't get the idea that success will make you any happy.

                                                                                  • Andre Diaz Gonzalez
                                                                                    Andre Diaz Gonzalez  1 months back

                                                                                    I'm living in comfort and still growing in many ways. I think life just comes to different perspectives, maybe some people find it hard to grow without having some discomfort, therefore your statement doesn't apply to everyone.

                                                                                    • Joselyn Ha
                                                                                      Joselyn Ha  1 months back

                                                                                      discomfort = growth

                                                                                      • Radiculously Rawthentic
                                                                                        Radiculously Rawthentic  1 months back

                                                                                        Yes! 🙌🏼 It’s in our discomfort we find our true comfort through personal growth and evolution! If we all just stayed “within the lines of order,” we’d wither away into nothingness!

                                                                                        • Nikita Baje
                                                                                          Nikita Baje  1 months back

                                                                                          Когда человек из Беверли Хиллз говорит человеку из Челябинска выйти из зоны комфорта.

                                                                                          • Richard Lopez
                                                                                            Richard Lopez  1 months back

                                                                                            Somebody get this plane out of the sky.

                                                                                            • Moses Matsepane
                                                                                              Moses Matsepane  1 months back

                                                                                              Nassim Taleb details this even better in his books. :) Good to see someone who gets it from a different perspective. :)

                                                                                              • Rahul Makhija
                                                                                                Rahul Makhija  1 months back

                                                                                                Cool. I'll check it out as well

                                                                                              • Moses Matsepane
                                                                                                Moses Matsepane  1 months back

                                                                                                +Rahul Makhija I like the entire series, but my favourite is AntiFragile.

                                                                                              • Rahul Makhija
                                                                                                Rahul Makhija  1 months back

                                                                                                Which book did you like?

                                                                                            • tox xo
                                                                                              tox xo  1 months back

                                                                                              9.11 yeah

                                                                                              • Freddy Valdez
                                                                                                Freddy Valdez  1 months back

                                                                                                Very valid points. I think he should have mentioned the importance of creating and sustaining order for the growth you made from being in discomfort. As in solidifying and integrating that growth into your daily life until it becomes stagnant and then it would be time for another dose of discomfort :)