Tara McCallan

Turn & Tune

TBOP2017 ⋅ 3:23 ⋅ Filmed May 12, 2017

Even if you’ve found your calling, the world is full of noise. And while much of this noise is worthwhile, interesting, and compelling, Tara McCallan warns that it can be a distraction. In this short clip, she explains her “Turn and Tune” philosophy that can help anyone on a personal or professional level maintain a respectful distance from the distractions in order to excel in a focused and targeted niche. If you’ve ever found yourself trying to do it all, or be all things to all people, this advice is for you.


To The Radio Station That Describes Weather As "Retarded"


The 3rd thing I want to talk about and we kind of talked about it on the panel, is turn and tune. And what that means is just turn off the noise and tune into your voice.

[00:12] I think in today's society, there's so much noise out there. there is so much stimulation, whether that's Netflix or social media. I mean, I'm clicking things like watching a man create a little mini Ukrainian Easter egg. There's so much stuff out there that watching or you're seeing. Every night I feel like I'm just filling my mind with all these things. You can ask 7 mins later what I just watched or what I just read and I probably couldn't even tell you. I'm interested at the time but I feel like we're putting so much noise into each other that we don't really get a clear path on what the voice is.

[00:59] I'll give you an example. The Down Syndrome community is super big and super vibrant and it's very celebratory there's so many elements to it. In one year's time, the Down Syndrome community does so many events. There's World Down Syndrome Day, there's World Down Syndrome Awareness Month, there's Paint Your Nails, there's Wear Crazy Socks, there's so much that they do within the community. The first few years of my little girl's life I did everything. I killed myself trying to write a blog every single day when it was Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I tried to do everything that you possibly could.

[01:42] At one point, a local radio station here in Kingston, used the word "retarded" to describe the weather. Our local Down Syndrome community was up in arms and numerous people contacted me. It was a big fight needed to be had. One family in particular, they were driving, and they had their son who had Down syndrome in the car and a few other siblings. The other siblings had never heard that word before and kept asking the parents what it meant. So there was a lot of outrage about it. Numerous people asked if I'd use my platform, Happy Soul Project, to approach the radio station. So I did and it went viral. The article went on to Huffington Post and everything became a really big deal.

[02:23] While I think that important, while I think the conservation needed to be said and while I'm glad the radio station apologized, it wasn't necessarily my fight to fight. It wasn't Happy Soul Project's message and I think I've learnt that along the way. I learnt to tune in and be true to what I want my message to be and not necessarily pick up everyone's sword just because it needs to be fought. I think that's a huge part in just turning off the noise and tuning into yourself.

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