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I used to love TedTalks.
The Sir Ken Robinson and Barry Schwartz speeches literally blew my mind … and while there have been many others that have captivated and fascinated me, I’ve felt it’s slowly moved away from ideas that can change the World to being a publicity machine for people who are about to bring out a book.
Yes, that’s very unfair, but for some reason, it’s just lost me along the way.
And then I saw David Terry’s speech at TedX Portland.
I should admit I know David.
Actually, I should rephrase that, I adore David.
Not because he’s my offsider at W+K Portland – responsible for the planning that has helped drive some of the best work you’ll ever see anywhere in the World – but because he’s a wonderful man.
In a World where society calls someone ‘brave’ or ‘legendary’ just for kicking a ball or singing a song, Dave is someone who is actually deserving of both those accolades.
Not just because he’s smart, funny [in a very dry way] and as tough as fucking nails.
Not just because he was a roadie for Dolly Parton and Metallica.
Not just because he’s a loving father and husband to his family. [View ad at 1 min 2″]
Not just because he could beat the shit out of me with just a stare.
Not just because he say’s “mine” with the sort of force that could stop an army.
Not just because we share the same music tastes [except Queen. Sadly]
But because of this:
I know I’m biased … I know it’s not your typical ‘make the World better’ speech … but there’s stuff in there that can make a difference, not just to people in extreme situations like David, but anyone.
So now I love TedTalks again …
Sure, it might still have a pretentious streak running through it these days, but if it didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have this speech and without it, I feel I would have genuinely missed out on something beautiful, funny, valuable, legendary, moving, inspiring and brave.
As I told Dave recently, it might be his disease, but he’s my mate.
And I’m a better person for knowing him and hearing this.
Which is why I know he’ll win this in the end.
Because David is a fucking legend.
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