Finding your best self | Dean Karnazis | TEDxAcademy

  • Опубликовано: 30 ноя 2017
  • Karnazis was named by TIME magazine as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World." An internationally acclaimed ultramarathoner and endurance athlete, he has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. He talks about how we can find our best self.
    Karnazis was named by TIME magazine as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World." An internationally acclaimed ultramarathoner and endurance athlete, he has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. He talks about how we can find our best self. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Комментарии • 107

  • cgt2816
    cgt2816 3 часа назад +1

    Why is there a slow pan up his legs with the camera at 8:05?

  • Isaac Chay
    Isaac Chay 13 дней назад

    why is he wearing a jogging outfit now? does he wear those dangle shorts all the time?

  • CoVeReD iN bLoOd
    CoVeReD iN bLoOd 15 дней назад

    You Need Jesus. He wants to give you eternal Life in HEAVEN. Take IT. You Need to Take IT.

  • Herman Helmich
    Herman Helmich 18 дней назад

    More like a summary
    Not very insightfull

  • Julio __
    Julio __ 19 дней назад

    This guy is a legend in the running world hands down, I remember the first time I ever heard of him was in a documentary about a human that could run the longest distances without much effort, and after that I was fascinated with running. He inspired me to be better and I'm sure I wasn't the only one.

  • Navin Israni
    Navin Israni 26 дней назад

    This is such a weak talk. All that grandpa is doing is counting his achievements. And it's titled finding your best self!
    You can't put a tedtalk and not share any lessons in it. All that he shows is how he went from running an impromptu marathon to competing in the biggest, most challenging marathons. Which in a way justifies the title, he found his best self.
    But what do we have to learn from this? What's the point of a great story if it has no lessons in it?

  • Bienna Ursula
    Bienna Ursula Месяц назад

    Beautiful story.

  • Jose Mendoza
    Jose Mendoza Месяц назад

    Don’t hate he found himself let him have this if you really think about it he does teach you what the title says he just doesn’t explain it in the way other TED talk people do

  • Alfredo Hernández Lara
    Alfredo Hernández Lara Месяц назад

    Why is he wearing running clothes? Cheese, this is a great example of a guy who believes his truth after repeating it over and over again until self persuasion. Something like this L.A. vegan who repeats the same chatter on every video about him having to change his lifestyle after having to stop while climbing his home stairs due to soffocation. (Plus Oral fixation, jaja! )

  • Bernie Keene
    Bernie Keene Месяц назад

    TED should remove this talk!

  • Les Jackson
    Les Jackson Месяц назад

    Those who have read all his books and seen his previous talks will know that he states on many an occasion that he is uncomfortable in front of a crowd or audience, and it is always visible. He talks about himself as that is what people are there to see and hear, that is his forte and all he has achieved is his story, and his achievements are his examples of his best self via his performances. It is a story of inspiration to those who have the bottle and determination to try. To criticize him for allegedly bragging and telling of his best achievements is ridiculous. If he just shrugged of his achievements and didn't give them the credit they deserve he would come across as arrogant. He is talking about his best self, he found his best self achieving all he talks about here. That is an example of how it can be done. It is up to you to try and achieve your best. He cannot tell each individual how to better their self, we are all different, there is no one for all answer. The talk title is also likely predetermined by Ted ex talks themselves. The title on the screen in the background is 'Our best' 'Our self'.

  • Rosalie Rivera
    Rosalie Rivera Месяц назад +3

    Hmm...I couldn’t see that he was bragging- seemed very humble and genuine. Bravo to him and I think he’s awesome 👏🏼 👏🏼👏🏼I applaude you sir.

  • Race Of Knowledge
    Race Of Knowledge Месяц назад

    He is standing in a air conditioning hall thn y he is drinking regularly?
    Is he came here direct after completing a marathon

  • amblincork
    amblincork Месяц назад

    This is no the best version of Dean's story on RU-clip - some comments refer to his talk about being just bragging -so maybe people not so happy with this might find the other one youtube

  • Karlis Ansons
    Karlis Ansons Месяц назад +1

    very motivating and beautiful story

  • Melanie Wojak
    Melanie Wojak Месяц назад

    Books were inspiring but this just comes across as a big ego parade

  • Divyanshu Singh
    Divyanshu Singh Месяц назад

    How can these runner's make money?

  • Arthur Hau
    Arthur Hau Месяц назад +1

    Humans are wired to do physical work, not office work. If you only do office work and get the pay check you are doomed to be unhealthy and unhappy.

  • Yorik Vatral
    Yorik Vatral Месяц назад

    I don't think people can't stop drinking water for 16 minutes period.)

  • Road Glide
    Road Glide 2 месяца назад +1

    No running up to that point and able to run 30 miles. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

  • Flynn Crean
    Flynn Crean 2 месяца назад +1

    Didn’t learn anything

  • william dowling
    william dowling 2 месяца назад +2

    Greeks invented running? I think all that running has damaged your brain.. humans have been running since before we were humans... hundreds of thousands or millions of years.

    • hel1nas
      hel1nas 17 дней назад

      I guess you are missing an event called Olympic games... Since 776BC that first Olympics started the Running was Athletic sport in the Ancient Greece! Yes Greeks invented the running as official sport in Olympics and the Olympics itself that is why is the first country still enters in Olympics as honor to Greece. Before you comment Read

    • Owl Thrasher
      Owl Thrasher 2 месяца назад +1

      They invented the marathon. Yeah, that's what he should have said.

  • Below Average Cyclist
    Below Average Cyclist 2 месяца назад

    Greeks: We invented running!
    Kenyans and Ethiopians: But we perfected it and no Greek will even beat us.
    Rest of the World: Sounds about right.

    • Sol Seeker
      Sol Seeker 2 месяца назад

      If the greeks invented running, the Hindu invented breathing.

  • Look Away
    Look Away 2 месяца назад

    Great sense of humor

  • Alexander Fuchs
    Alexander Fuchs 3 месяца назад +1

    He’s mentally ill...

    • Alexander Fuchs
      Alexander Fuchs 17 дней назад

      hel1nas not as far as endurance but certainly on other plains...

    • hel1nas
      hel1nas 17 дней назад

      Obviously you surpass him by far...

  • Matt Wernecke
    Matt Wernecke 3 месяца назад

    I can
    tap that for hours....Lol

    • cgt2816
      cgt2816 3 часа назад


  • Matt Wernecke
    Matt Wernecke 3 месяца назад

    I can run 25 miles, and during that time, I have designed new food recipes, or products.

  • Matt Wernecke
    Matt Wernecke 3 месяца назад

    My body is fine now.
    I did not have insurance.
    I am a runner!
    I am.starting over!

  • Matt Wernecke
    Matt Wernecke 3 месяца назад +1

    I have been a long distance trail runner for a long time.
    I only run on trails.
    I only run in the woods.
    My longest run was The Stump Jump, in Tennessee.
    The most, that I have run is 85 miles in 1 week.
    I took a day off in 2012., day before Christmas.
    The next day was catastrophic.
    My body, punished me for taking a day off!
    I blew out my left ankle, then my left groin, then my right quad muscle, after 4 weeks..

    • Jeffrey Brignac
      Jeffrey Brignac 11 дней назад

      Is this supposed to be impressive? I've seen some dedicated High School XC runners get close to 85 miles a week training for a 5k. And I know for a fact many Collegiate runners run 85+ miles a week training for 8k and 10k. If you are implying that you have been running consecutively and only took a day off for Christmas eve then your body is not "punishing" you for taking a day off. Your body was "punishing" you for not taking enough days off. Distance runners need at least a day off per or at least bi-weekly or else injuries, such as yours, will be likely to occur. And I do not understand how you can have 3 injuries such as those due to running/taking that one day off, when only one of those injuries would have not allowed you to run for several weeks after.

  • Łukasz S.kyWalker
    Łukasz S.kyWalker 3 месяца назад


  • archangul
    archangul 3 месяца назад +2

    Was there a cue sign to applause i was missing?

    • cgt2816
      cgt2816 3 часа назад


    ROHIT KOHOK 3 месяца назад

    EXCEPTIONALLY EXCEPTIONAL ........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lyellbro1
    lyellbro1 3 месяца назад +1

    If he can do it so can I

  • bipin Acharya
    bipin Acharya 3 месяца назад

    So what is the lesson????

  • mogbaba
    mogbaba 3 месяца назад +1

    Come here to Norway and we also say : Oh, you are fantastic!
    I am impressed by his achievement but I am astonished how self center he is!

  • Nathan Coll
    Nathan Coll 3 месяца назад +15

    Seems like an ego boost rather than a talk to help other people find their best self. Should be renamed; 'I want to do a TED talk to raise awareness about myself and massage my ego'. Misleading title. The message is inspiring to push limits, but delivery is too centred on the speaker unfortunately.

    • Elerie
      Elerie Месяц назад

      but you gotta admit, what he's accomplished is really tough

  • Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson 3 месяца назад +23

    RU-clip David Goggins if you want to really find your best life.
    You're welcome.

  • Jack Jack
    Jack Jack 3 месяца назад

    Runnings for gays

  • JJ
    JJ 4 месяца назад

    "I beat P.Diddy" (cue raucous applause)

  • lagaman11
    lagaman11 4 месяца назад +1

    Dean Karnazis was my inspiration to run my first marathon and my first ultra, and he continues to inspire me. That being said, if he wants to name the world's toughest, he needs to check out the Barkley, IMHO.

    • Tuesdays Runner
      Tuesdays Runner 3 месяца назад

      Barkley is pretty far. He can do the Baldy Marathons 100. The Southern California Barkley. And he can run to the start from his home in SF the night before...then run back after he finishes it...

  • jonasatia
    jonasatia 4 месяца назад +20

    I don't get the people who say "this guy is just bragging" for me this is pure motivation.

  • Rich Moog
    Rich Moog 4 месяца назад +24

    I'm a big fan of TED ... but ... this wasn't as per the title. As much as this guy has achieved great things, where were the words of inspiration or the story ... or anything other than inflation of the self? Is it me or were there purposeful pauses for validation via applause?

    • Carlos M
      Carlos M 15 дней назад +1

      He did pause, but I think, it was to give time to the translators to interpret. He was speaking to a Greek speaking audience and if he would not have paused, he would have been speaking over their laughter, as they reacted to his comments a few seconds late.

    • amblincork
      amblincork Месяц назад

      It rather depends on how you interpret the story - that said, this isnt the best version of Dean's story and perhaps may not give the best impression of his career

    • Christos Alexiou
      Christos Alexiou 3 месяца назад +3

      Rich Moog you have to dig deep into yourself to find true motivation. Listen to Konstantinos' story, relate and then act. Don't expect others to give you inspirational quotes.

  • drukjohn1982
    drukjohn1982 4 месяца назад +4

    I'm an ultra runner, but all these marathon and ultra marathons talks I've ever seen on Ted X are terrible, they just talk about them self and their achievements. No substance. Once again I've learned nothing!

  • joel witherspoon
    joel witherspoon 4 месяца назад +2

    what is the lesson in this speech....don't do ultra activities because you become dull, and an uninspiring narcissist

    • amblincork
      amblincork Месяц назад

      He has done a better video of his running career elsewhere on video that has a more human and warmer feeling to it and will be more inspiring to those interested in running especially endurance running - perhaps he was a bit nervous or had over rehearsed a set speech or limited time was a factor

    • Titus Thankachan
      Titus Thankachan 3 месяца назад +1

      The lesson is his return to his passion.

  • Air-Grip Biker
    Air-Grip Biker 4 месяца назад +1

    "He talks about how we can find our best self."
    bro are u high? or just broke and trying to cheat in views for the youtube money lol.
    I thought he does a little intro then gets to the point but none of the latter. Don't waste your time people.

  • MultiMtbrider
    MultiMtbrider 4 месяца назад +4

    Finding your Best??? A fairer description would have been. "My Adventures from Night Club to Professional Ultra Marathoner" At least the revised working title would have changed ones expectations of what they were about to listen too and in process would have made him seem less arrogant.

  • Juan Miguel
    Juan Miguel 4 месяца назад +10

    Amazing achievements but the talk consisted on him bragging about every race he has competed at haha.. completely wrong title, that’s for sure

    • amblincork
      amblincork Месяц назад

      He has an other version of his running career on youtube which is better and seems less like someone that is merely talking about doing this and that

  • J K
    J K 4 месяца назад +1

    Cool talk by Richard Simmons

  • iRunDutchie
    iRunDutchie 4 месяца назад +6

    Dean Karnazes book 'Ultra Marathon Man ' is the reason Started running in Jan 2012. But man, this talk was such a big Ego Trip it made me feel uncomfortable watching it. Change your message Dean, repeating the same thing over and over and over again get's boring.

    • hel1nas
      hel1nas 17 дней назад

      if you run 50 marathons in 50 consecutives days be modest and don't blow your trumpet, and don't tell to any one...

    • Andre Holloway
      Andre Holloway Месяц назад

      UT by CCTV

  • cicirunner
    cicirunner 4 месяца назад +116

    Finding your best self? This is just all about him bragging what he has done in his life

    • hel1nas
      hel1nas 17 дней назад

      cicirunner he can brag like you can but if you choose not that's your problem not his.... even if you will never accomplish what he did

    • Edward Jones
      Edward Jones Месяц назад +1

      His message is..find your passion and try and live it... push your limits...etc...he inspires loads...

    • Frankie North
      Frankie North Месяц назад +1

      Johnny GoGo No athletic accomplishments??
      I suggest you do a bit of research old chap.
      Silly boy

    • amblincork
      amblincork Месяц назад

      He has very substantial accomplishments in running - though if people are not interested in long distance running they may not be aware of him

  • Fadil Chosovich
    Fadil Chosovich 4 месяца назад +9

    How do I find my best self?

    • Anthonygamer 9512
      Anthonygamer 9512 Месяц назад

      Tell your self “Who Am I?” “What Am I Capable Of?”

  • TheKauaiboyz51
    TheKauaiboyz51 4 месяца назад +20

    respect to this guy but he is a little arrogant. 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states is incredible. but ironman cowboy did 50 ironman distances in 50 states in 50 days. if you dont know what an ironman is, its a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a full 26.2 marathon. imagine doing that 50 days in a row 😲

    • Jonathan Ström
      Jonathan Ström 2 месяца назад

      TheKauaiboyz51 And Dean ran 350 miles without stopping :) or 560 kilometers

    • Tuesdays Runner
      Tuesdays Runner 3 месяца назад +1

      Yeah, both are impressive accomplishments. But Ironcowboy also used IV fluids. I think Dean did not. And comparatively speaking, Dean probably had better relative "race times" statistically speaking, but he also was only doing a marathon, not swimming and biking too.

    • Das Tier
      Das Tier 3 месяца назад

      TheKauaiboyz51 never heard of her

    QOTSA IS GOD 4 месяца назад +25

    I admire what this guy does but he's so arrogant in comparison to other ultarunners.

    • Tuesdays Runner
      Tuesdays Runner 3 месяца назад

      could be his Greek culture. Many Greeks brag about themselves...

    • kingdaleclarke
      kingdaleclarke 3 месяца назад +4

      Andrew Ryder agreed.I read Deans first or second book and he brags about himself,his physique.He just brags constantly and expects people to be in awe when all he does is run.Thats it and at the speed of a turtle.His achievements will always be impressive but he could do with toning it down a little bit.I have never heard him give others credit.

    • 5ure 5ure
      5ure 5ure 4 месяца назад +3

      Ahh you dicks you cannot find anything to complain other than the fact that he tells about his achievements

    • Andrew Ryder
      Andrew Ryder 4 месяца назад +8

      I completely agree. I just finished his book, "Confessions of an all night runner". It should have been inspiring, but it was pretty awful. I thought he must be the most self-absorbed- and probably insecure- person on the planet. At least it was a fast read, because it was so predictable- I suffer more than anyone, I work harder, I achieve more, I suffer more, I work harder, I achieve more etc. etc. His success and physical power is undeniable- but he's not the person I'd want to represent runners.

  • Michaela Leach
    Michaela Leach 4 месяца назад +2

    Hey TEDx... you spelled his name wrong.

  • link2derek
    link2derek 4 месяца назад +1

    It's spelled Karnazes, with an "e." Get it right, people.

    • DJ Floofyface
      DJ Floofyface 4 месяца назад

      no time for spell checking...

    • DJ Floofyface
      DJ Floofyface 4 месяца назад

      Yeah it's kinda pathetic. Ted talks used to be about quality content, now it's just about quantity.

  • linkyfrisco
    linkyfrisco 4 месяца назад +1

    Drama: Can I ask you a question?
    Guy With Big Calves: Yeah, what?
    Drama: Are those real, or are they implants?
    Guy With Big Calves: What?
    Drama: Your calves, bro.
    Guy With Big Calves: What? Are you joking?
    Drama: Okay, keep it to yourself. But if you tell me they're real, I ain't buyin it.

  • Nisaros
    Nisaros 4 месяца назад

    Very inspirational, μπραβο!

  • Mayolo Salgado
    Mayolo Salgado 5 месяцев назад

    Powerful man!

  • Delusional
    Delusional Год назад +6

    This is a nice speech.