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We've pulled together five of the most-watched TED talks from this year as voted by you, our loyal TEDWeekends audience. On the surface, they seem so different. But each speaker is an outsider spreading a common idea -- the best way to find courage in this world is to embrace your own, unique voice.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBy speaking our truths, in coming out narratives or in any other difficult conversation, we're loving ourselves just a little more, and ensuring our own survival and happiness for another day.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI agree that as a therapist, there are good reasons for some separation. But do we need to take it as far as we have, and continue to? Can we be more authentic, as Ash Beckham encourages us to be? Can't health care providers and therapists be more themselves?
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgEventually I worked up enough courage to come out to my older brother Chuck, who lived seven hundred miles away. I sat on the floor of my basement apartment bedroom and dialed his number, each time hanging up before the first ring. On the fourth try I let the call complete.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgComing out of my closet enabled me to honestly share my grief journey with others and to gain inspiration from their experiences. And I gained a new perspective on life and death.
ash beckham tedIn this incredibly moving talk, waitress-turned-equal-rights-advocate Ash Beckham shares a story about how a little girl's innocence stopped her in her tracks. See what this profound encounter reveals about finding the courage to be yourself and to say the things you never thought you could say.