TED Talks on Disability

TED Talks have become increasingly popular as more people discover the powerful messages behind these videos. They started as a collection of educational, business, and scientific videos on a variety of subject matter. Professionals, experts, and passionate people would create a video with their message and post to the site. 


TED Talks have gone viral.  Now you can find talks on many different subject matters, including those about living with disabilities. Some of these talks are made to show people with disabilities that they can achieve anything, while others are realistic and “in your face” talks about how to live with a disability and how our disabilities do not have to govern your life. 


Three Takeaway Points from TED Talks About Disabilities and Success 


1. It Is All About How You Look at Life 


You can spend your entire life feeling as if you will never achieve your goals because of your disability. Whether you were born with that disability or acquired it through sickness or injury, you can make life work out the way that you want it to.  But you have to be positive. No one is saying that you cannot get upset about the difficulties that a disability can present in different situations. In fact, getting a little angry about these things helps bring about changes for the better for everyone. What most of these TED Talks say is Be positive about who you are and feel good about what you want to accomplish. When you feel this way, you can make things work out. 


2. It Is All About How You Let Others Look at You 


Having someone feel sorry for you because of your disability is just an awful feeling. It makes you feel self-conscious about who you are and everything that you have achieved in spite of your disability. While some people may want others to feel pity for them, it is always a better choice to have people see you for what you are – a great human being! If you are not going to let your differences set you apart and stop enjoying life, then you must make sure that no one else sets you apart or prevents your enjoyment as well. 


3. It Is All About Taking A Few Risks 


It is much easier to say “I can’t” than “I can” or “I will try.” To live life to the fullest despite any restrictions, you must be willing to take a few risks to make things happen. This theory applies to everyone, not just those who have a disability. 


If you would like to experience some of the best TED Talks available concerning disabilities and how they impact your life, click here. You will be truly amazed and inspired by what these magnificent people have achieved and are planning to do in the future. 


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