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Thank Lord for the Presentation skills professor in college who first exposed us to a sea of knowledge, inspiration, motivation, entertainment and intellectual stimulation: TED. It is a non-profit organization driven to share ideas around the world with talks in over a 100 languages that now cover all topics-from business, technology, family life to art, music and much more.
Although each TED talk serves to uplift or enlighten the soul, we’ve picked 5 videos of the lot-all under 15 minutes. Get a hold of your ear-phones and immerse.

5. I got 99 problems … palsy is just one.

With poise and humor, Arab-American comedian Maysoon Zayid, who describes herself as “Shakira meets Muhammad Ali” shares her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled and shows us how, despite of her shortcomings, she lived her fathers mantra: you can, CAN.

4. The surprising habits of original thinkers.

“The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” claims Organizational psychologist Adam Grant.
If your new startup hasnt worked out or you have just not gotten there in life-then there is still hope: You may be an original thinker! In this insightful talk, Grant unleashes 3 surprising habits of original thinkers-including failure.

3. I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace.

“I am not my father”
Even though Zak Ebrahims father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, in his shocking and inspiring talk Zak reveals how he shunned the hate and dogma fed to him all his childhood and chose the path of peace.

2. How to live passionately no matter your age.
“We all feel younger than our real age, because the spirit never ages”
With wrinkles on her face, a young heart and an incredible take on life, the 71-year-old author, Isabel Allende, shares her resolution to live with passionate commitment by sharing moving stories of those that inspired her to do so.

1. How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes.

“What you’re paid to do, doesn’t define yourself”
If you were asked what your life purpose was, could you put in just 1-wholesome-sentence?
Producer, executive and distributor for over 25 movies and an avid supporter of performing arts, Adam Leipzig, enlightens us-and his audience- with a quick, meaningful and epiphany way to put together and respond to this commonly asked question with a personal elevator pitch-all in less than 5 minutes.

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