Staffan Ankardal Posted about 3 years ago Has a TED Talk ever influenced you? How? Well it has often made me think, but the biggest impact on my life so far is helping me get together with my wonderful girlfriend by helping me be braver. I had watched Brene Browns talk about the power of vulnerability. It wasn't exactly a new idea, but it was powerfully communicated. I was visiting my friend Callie in the States, and we had become closer during my visit. So riding in the car on the way to the airport I was writing a letter as a parting gift, but I decided to tell her how I felt about her. She is a wonderful, smart, funny and kind person who struggles in a poor part of America without wealthy parents to pay her way into college. It was as heartfelt as I get, and as I opened up so did she, and I am visiting again in two weeks, this time as her boyfriend. So thank you TED, this is only a small part of the greater wisdom I think I have earned from your talks.