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Updated 08/04/2017
noun: courage
  1. the ability to do something that frightens one.
    "she called on all her courage to face the ordeal"
    • strength in the face of pain or grief.
      "he fought his illness with great courage"
      synonyms:bravery, courageousness, pluck, pluckiness, valorfearlessness, intrepidity, nervedaringaudacityboldnessgrit, true grit, hardihoodheroismgallantryMore

All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it.  TED Fellow and Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.

A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Fireman (4:07)
Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero.

Dare to Disagree (12:56)
Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress.  She illustrates (sometimes counter-intuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

How the Worst Moments in our Lives make us Who we Are (20:23)
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.

How to make hard choices (14:41)
Here's a talk that could literally change your life.  Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?!  Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang.  She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

Interview with Sir Richard Branson: Live at 30,000 feet (29:47)
Richard Branson talks to TED's Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences — and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.

Listening to Shame (20:38)
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior.  Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on.  Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Looking Past Limits (19:17)                                                                                                              10/16/2016
Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.

Never, Ever Give Up (15:35)
In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming.  And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida — at age 64. Hear her story.

Should You Live for Your Resume ... or Your Eulogy (5:01)
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks (NBC News Correspondent) in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy.  (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.")  Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

The Beauty of being a Misfit (12:58) [LANGUAGE]
To those who feel like they don't belong: there is beauty in being a misfit.  Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, chare and the slow process of self-acceptance.  "Even at the moment of your failure, you are beautiful." she says.  "You don't know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That's your beauty."

The Paradox of Choice (19:37)                                                                                                      09/13/2016
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

The Power of Believing that YOU Can Improve (10:20)
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems.  In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve.  Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet?  A great introduction to this influential field.

The Puzzle of Motivation (18:32)
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

The Three "A"s of Awesome (17:33)
Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets.  In this heartfelt talk, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome.
This is What Happens When You Respond to Spam e-Mail (9:48)
Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.  NOTE:  It is still NOT RECOMMEND you respond to spam e-mails. 

Want to be happy?  Be grateful (14:30)
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindle-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar.  And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
We're all hiding something.  Let's find the courage to open up (9:22)
In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness.  It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.