Yesterday, I listened to a podcast that my aunt recommended during walk to/from the beach. It’s a TED Radio Hour episode called Overcoming. The NPR TED Radio Hour groups a handful of TED Talks with a similar theme together. (Aside: I like TED Talks because they’re brief, vary in topic, and are consistently awesome.) Overcoming covers four different TED Talks from individuals who have conquered a weakness and turned it into strength.
Each of the four speakers (Temple Grandin, Shane Koycazan, Eleanor Longden, and Kakenya Ntaiya) is inspiring – the journey, courage, and strength shared in each story is beyond encouraging. The next time you have a few minutes (on a walk, in the car, on the couch), listen to what these four have to share.
Some of the many highlights…
“Pain is part of this life. It just is … We are meant to endure difficulty if for no other reason than it gives us a reference point that allows us to navigate to something better.” Shane Koycazan
“We don’t have to live our lives forever defined by the damaging things that have happened to us. We are unique. We are irreplaceable. What lies within us can never be truly colonized, contorted, or be taken away . The light never goes out.” Eleanor Longden
“Yes, you might be orphaned, disabled… It doesn’t matter your background. What matters is what you take from the opportunity you’re given – where you go with that.” Kakenya Ntaiya
“Be the first – because people will follow you. Be bold. Stand up. Be fearless. Be confident. Move out. As you change your world, you’re going to change your community, you’re going to change your country.” Kakenya Ntaiya