Yesterday I came across two wonderful TED talks which were very similar in nature even though they came to me through different sources. Are you familiar with TED? “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).” The videos are thought provoking and the perfect length for today’s short attention span.
The two videos that I came across yesterday had the same theme: do not set limitations for yourself.
The first video features Maysoon Zayid and it’s entitled “I got 99 problems…and palsy is just one.” I don’t want to even tell you what it’s about because she is so HYSTERICAL in her delivery. Let’s just say that Zayid’s cerebral palsy, her Pakistani background, and her Muslim upbringing ain’t holdin’ this lady back from pursuing her acting dreams or any of her other ambitious endeavors. Please watch to the very end when she dedicates her speech, because I just found it so heartwarming.
The second TED talk I came across is written in blog form (for some reason I could not find the video link). It’s called “Misdeeds Do Not Define You” about Shaka Senghor. This is a man who spent 20 years behind bars for murder, 7 of those years in solitary confinement. He is now an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, a BMe award recipient, an author, a speaker, an influential force in Detroit. How did a murderer go from being so angry to being so positively influential? He stopped blaming others. He took a look deep down inside and he KNEW in his heart that this was not who he was at his core. I give him so much credit for turning his life around. He is not letting his history define who he is today. He could so easily be angry. He could so easily blame his upbringing and circumstances. He could so easily go back to his old ways. But, he doesn’t. He consciously chooses a different path every day.
Are you setting limitations for yourself without even realizing it? If you are not happy in your current situation, are you able to change your story? I believe the answer is always yes. We always have choices. BUT, it takes a conscious effort. Hopefully these videos provide a little inspiration.