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Chris Anderson

Curator, TED


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Has a TED Talk ever influenced you? How?

We get beautiful feedback on how much people appreciate watching TED Talks. But as well as learning, has a talk ever actually changed your (or someone else's) behavior? Or led to something intriguing? I'm curious to get some stories about how an idea can have impact... big or small, significant or just funny. I may share a couple of the best at TED2011 next week.

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Closing Statement from Chris Anderson

Many thanks to all who answered. I found a lot of these responses really moving. My take away is that perhaps the biggest single impact of TED Talks is in expanding peoples' sense of possibility and thereby motivating them to get up and realize their potential.

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  • Feb 24 2011: TED talks are amazing and I share them often. One of the most life changing ones was from Randy Pausch on achieving your childhood dreams. He really made me realize that we need to hold onto what motivates and energizes us because these are the things that we were designed to do in life. Randy's TED talk encouraged me to make my own dreams real. Now I'm working with gifted adults around the world to help them find and live their life passions. Thanks!

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