On smashing goals and changing the world

Local resident prepares for first TEDx presentation


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Steve Langston has travelled the world by bike and launched his own business, so when it comes to getting onstage for TEDx, Langston is cool as a cucumber.

The Westwood resident is one of the speakers you will hear at Winnipeg’s TEDx event on June 6. Throughout the years, Langston has gotten to know members of the TEDx board, and this year they have asked him to share his story.

Langston owns the video production company Dirty T-Shirt Productions, founded the Riding Mountain National Park Film Festival and has travelled thousands of miles around the world on his bicycle. On June 6, he’ll be speaking to audiences about setting and achieving goals.

Supplied photo Steve Langston, owner of Dirty T-Shirt Productions, will be one of the speakers at TEDx Winnipeg on June 6.

“I’m talking about goal smashing,” Langston said. “I’m looking to give people a little bit of insight into how I approach setting and achieving goals in an attempt to make the world a better place.”

Langston took management at the University of Lethbridge but when it comes to his passions, many things have been self-taught. Goal setting is a vital skill regardless of what you’re doing, he says, and he’s excited for the opportunity to share what he knows with an audience.

“It’s understanding that just because you want the world to be one way doesn’t mean it will be, and you can just be pissed off about it, or you can actually try to do something about it, whether large or small,” Langston said.

He said his interests in cycling and the film festival were borne out of environmentalism.

“Because I’m an environmentalist concerned about the state of the world, those are what I try to do to affect people,” Langston said.

He said the term “goal smashing” isn’t meant to make people feel they need to be reckless in their pursuits, but rather that smashing — or accomplishing — what they set out to do is a positive thing, and something to feel confident about.

“In my life and career… I mentor people about entrepreneurship and talk to them about what they want to achieve and I find that if people are better equipped and have more confidence and understanding on how to take on a big task, that they might be more willing to do so.”

Langston’s life is non-stop and he’s had the chance to do things that many people only dream about, but he hopes that through his talk, he can encourage people to take those first steps towards their own ambitions.

“Anyone can do these things, it’s just how you do it, just doing it,” he said. “When I look at the film festival that I did, in year one, it was a bit chaotic, I didn’t know what I was doing, I’d never done it before… but you just do it, you learn a whole bunch, and the next year it’s a lot easier.

“It comes down to, for me, having an understanding of my mortality and knowing that someday, you’re going to die and you probably want to have some fun in the meantime.”

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