Voices that Inspire

A collection of some of my favorite TED Talks, Vimeo/YouTube movies, podcasts and speakers putting out their stories, thoughts and beliefs to inspire others in a positive way.  

As with the quotes, I’ll occasionally update this page as I uncover more lovely content, so check back here for updates!

Green Renaissance: Brief and deeply moving glimpses into everyday lives and ideas that draw us closer to the simply beauty of what it is to be alive and to breathe and live with purpose and intention. Please explore their vast library, and consider giving to their Patreon. Here are several of my favorites, but there are truly too many to list!

The Joy of Surfing in Ice-Cold Water- Chris Burkard: Striking images and a beautiful message from this surf photographer. “Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit.” This TED talk inspires us all to explore beyond the mundane and acknowledge the preciousness of every little moment.

Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile- Chris Conley: From TED.com Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.

Michael Rennie- Necessity inspiring invention: Michael Rennie is a dear friend of mine, and has inspired much of my beliefs in the necessity and power of integrating heart in the corporate environment.

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly: Be Passionate.  Be Courageous.  Be Your Best: From TED.com- After Rep. Gabby Giffords was wounded by a would-be assassin’s bullet in January 2011, she and her husband, Mark Kelly, a NASA astronaut, retired US Navy captain and combat veteran, have become known around the world for their story of hope and resilience.

Meant to Be: From the Perennial Plate– Johan Reyneke is a South African farmer and biodynamic wine maker, but first and foremost he is a surfer

35: By Arc’teryx- Every year we get a little older. How you choose to celebrate is up to you. Take the birthday challenge. Writer Brendan Leonard delivers a dedication to the joys — both big and small — of the climbing life. What are your 35?

Yosemite HD II: By Project Yosemite– An amazing collection of time lapses that give Yosemite a voice of her own

What if Money Was No Object: By Alan Watts- Do what you love and the money will come

A Successful Life: By Fitz Cahall on the Dirtbag Diaries- Success. What is it? How does each of us define it in our lives?

Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight: By TED.com- Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story

Slomo: By – NYTimes.com- Dr. John Kitchin quit a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He calls himself “Slomo.”

Adam Baker: Sell Your Crap.  Pay Your Debt. Do What You Love.: By TEDxAsheville- In 2008, after the birth of his first child, Baker and his wife decided to sell everything they owned, pay off their consumer debt, and spend a year traveling abroad as a family.

Scott Dinsmore: How to Find and Do Work You Love: By TEDxGoldenGatePark- Scott Dinsmore’s mission is to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing.

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