Sometimes we all need a reminder to look for the signs and not to take life too seriously. This story is told by John Mink, a true life character you'll read much more about in Timothy Kurek's upcoming book (TBA this Summer). John and Tim lived together in a rooming house in Portland, and the two quickly bonded in the home they called The Trumbull Manor (a 5,700 square foot, four story shack of a mansion located in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland). We not only hope you enjoy this story, but we encourage you to ask yourself if you are really looking for all of the signs, and if you see them, to ask yourself if you are brave enough to go where they point you.
Preparing a TEDx talk is perhaps one of the most nerve-wracking experiences I have professionally faced. It isn’t difficult because I am insecure about my own story or experiences, but rather because the TED organization has accomplished something truly profound. TED has given speakers the ability to share their vision for the world in eighteen minutes and to change lives using cutting edge streaming video that is available to everyone with an Internet connection. As I prepare for my own talk I have been watching the many giants that have spoken before me, the large, red T and E and D displayed prominently behind them. I have learned many valuable lessons, consumed many fascinating facts, and seen that I am not alone with the nerves. But it is still humbling to know that I will be included in an event with so many powerful speakers, and in an organization that has done so much for humanity. It is also humbling to know that my talk will be available to so many. From Roku to Hulu, to YouTube and beyond, the global reach of TED is astounding and awe inspiring. It is enough to make any author/speaker shake in their boots. Fortunately I have learned that sometimes the most difficult things we can do are truly the most important and worthwhile, and as I move forward, less than two months away from this incredible opportunity, I am encouraged to know that with only eighteen minutes we can change the world.
The TEDx Rainier talk in the video below is a perfect example of the interesting and informative one is guaranteed when they tune in to watch. Rick Steves is an important figure in the Pacific Northwest and the world abroad. He is also a hero of several of us at DevAm, and his inspirational message has fueled us as we plan our own travel expedition. We hope you enjoy this feature presentation!
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