The Five Phrases That Can Change Your Life: Adam Braun at TEDxColumbiaCollege

  • Опубликовано: 18 май 2013
  • Adam Braun is the Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit organization that
    has broken ground on more than 80 schools around the world and delivered over 3
    million educational hours in its first four years. PoP was founded with just $25 in October
    2008 using what Braun describes as a "for-purpose" approach to blending nonprofit
    idealism with for-profit business principles.
    Braun's passion for international education was ignited when he traveled to over fifty
    countries in his early twenties. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University,
    previously worked at Bain & Company, and was recently named to Wired's Smart List:
    50 People Who Will Change the World.
    This speech was given at TEDxColumbiaCollege in November of 2012, on the campus of Columbia University in the City of New York.
    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Комментарии • 371

  • Back Country Pastimes
    Back Country Pastimes 25 дней назад

    Now watch the ted talk “how to get what you want” it re-emphasises and goes deeper into the first quote about leaving your comfort zone, trust me. You can thank me later :)

  • Anna Maledon Children's Author
    Anna Maledon Children's Author Месяц назад

    Incredible project! I have my own plan now: I want to write a picture book and the profits from it will go to support his school building organization Pencils of Promise.

  • Thumb Print
    Thumb Print Месяц назад

    Fantastic project. Love those little girls sitting at their desks. Perhaps the next step is for the countries where the schools are being built to examine their education models - different models suit different countries? Advanced countries are experimenting with nature schools. What models of education might developing countries find most beneficial?

  • damngirl
    damngirl 2 месяца назад

    Give me a husband like him please god!

  • Zahid H Khan
    Zahid H Khan 2 месяца назад

    Challenge your assumptions

  • Senyum Fortune Arifa
    Senyum Fortune Arifa 2 месяца назад

    I am in the verge of lost becoz founded my non profit foundation but now, in the state of status quo. What Adam Braun does bring back the positive suggestion for me to keep going. Thanks for sharing Mr. Braun.

  • ana ML
    ana ML 2 месяца назад

    We need to become more like this guy. Awesome person.

  • Cookie Monster
    Cookie Monster 3 месяца назад

    They should have called it:
    'The Five Phrases that can change your life smeared out over twenty minutes so no one ever watches the entire video'

  • Phuong Truc
    Phuong Truc 4 месяца назад


  • Alma shatri
    Alma shatri 4 месяца назад

    This guy was so cute and handsome and I got to see only his profile for the entire video!! Bad camera work!

    ANWAR HUSSAIN 5 месяцев назад

    Kudos to You ! Ammmazzzing !!! Yes !! Education is The Key !!!!....& Children Our Future!! Thanks for Sharing & ' Giving Back ' !!

  • Anna Mather
    Anna Mather 5 месяцев назад

    Somehow I knew you were a fellow scorpio! Happy Almost Birthday!

  • Lynne Iarume
    Lynne Iarume 5 месяцев назад

    We hear the common phrase: everyone is born with a purpose in life. No matter where and how our lifes began, I believe in most cases, we shall end up doing what we were born to do. Thank you Adam for sharing your true purpose for living - we need more people like you!

  • jane smith
    jane smith 5 месяцев назад

    « I asked a kid what he wanted most of all the things in the world ... and he said a pencil » ... That’s the saddest thing I ever heard & it shows how much we are brainwashed by our circumstances...

  • Patricia Kelly
    Patricia Kelly 5 месяцев назад +1

    Well done. It’s so easy to get caught on a roundabout to no place. Working at jobs you hate and not realising that even if you have to work at thes jobs to survive, there has to be some time for you to get out of your comfort zone. It makes life worth living.

  • Water Ski Lake Austin
    Water Ski Lake Austin 5 месяцев назад

    Congratulations! Great job! Continue success!

  • Vanessa Duque
    Vanessa Duque 5 месяцев назад

    Great job Adam! Love what you’re doing

  • Agnieszka Jarmuła
    Agnieszka Jarmuła 6 месяцев назад

    You've certainly heard about libertarian schools. Without benches from the 19th century. Open creative education, where children also look in their eyes, not just on the back ....

  • Bulletproof Diamond WINSTAR
    Bulletproof Diamond WINSTAR 6 месяцев назад

    This is a really inspiring story and experience! I love traveling and hope to make an impact on the world too! I think non-profit orgs mean orgs that are not centered on profits which most businesses are. This is the precise reason why I'm interested in working in non-profits rather than businesses. They are centered on a purpose, but they happen to emphasize lack of profits more than for a purpose. I think he's kinda right that they should be called for-purpose orgs.

  • ryan lee
    ryan lee 7 месяцев назад

    All I hear is him him him and his life and adventures. What's the point of this guy?!?

    • Lake Natron
      Lake Natron 7 месяцев назад

      Maybe you need to improve your listening skills?

  • Adrian Alvero
    Adrian Alvero 8 месяцев назад +2

    Thanks Adam, such an inspiration!

  • Ahlem Kmar
    Ahlem Kmar 8 месяцев назад

    what are the 5 phrases

  • Mrm Trgt
    Mrm Trgt 8 месяцев назад +47

    The Five Phrases That Can Change Your Life:
    1- Get out of your comfort zone
    2- Challenge your assumptions
    3- Speak the language of the person you seek to become
    4- Make the little decision in your head and the big ones with your hearth
    5- How can you create the most positive impact on as many lives as possible?

    • Ray Gamma
      Ray Gamma 2 месяца назад

      You guys missed a great talk.

    • lamlinhstyle
      lamlinhstyle 3 месяца назад

      Thank you so much. I feel like i need this thing for all the ted talks 😂😂😂

    • Cookie Monster
      Cookie Monster 3 месяца назад

      Mrm Trgt, thanks for summing up the 5 frases.
      Saves me 20 minutes of valuable time.

    • Aleksandar Ruseski
      Aleksandar Ruseski 5 месяцев назад

      thank you

  • dhes Guevarra
    dhes Guevarra 9 месяцев назад +2

    You are a beautiful soul Adam. Kudos.

  • Anat Katz
    Anat Katz 9 месяцев назад +2


  • JulianaHereOnEarth
    JulianaHereOnEarth 9 месяцев назад +3

    Wow. It was so touching to me when Adam returned to Guatemala to thank Joel. Adam is an extraordinary person

  • Julie Olsen
    Julie Olsen 10 месяцев назад +2

    Love this!!!

  • Alva D.
    Alva D. 10 месяцев назад +2

    What a wonderful human being!🙏🏻

  • bikinggal1
    bikinggal1 10 месяцев назад +2

    You are an amazing human. Thank you!

  • wanda roberts
    wanda roberts 10 месяцев назад

    I am guessing .that your parents were in there 70 when you were-born?

  • wanda roberts
    wanda roberts 10 месяцев назад

    at what age was your mother and father as holistic survives. To my understanding that was more then 50 years age. ..exactly how old was your p[parents when it was over? Too me this is very important.

  • Hanine Sanae
    Hanine Sanae 10 месяцев назад

    Very inspiring, I wonder if it's possible to implant the project in Morocco?

  • MoMo Rosner
    MoMo Rosner 11 месяцев назад

    "Every person is a revolution being carried within a vessel" Powerful words

  • Judy Childs
    Judy Childs 11 месяцев назад

    That wave, is called "The hand of God"😊

  • Mỹ Châu Nguyễn
    Mỹ Châu Nguyễn 11 месяцев назад

    thank you a lot. It's really meaningful ! thank of you and other , the world will become better

  • Gabrielle Wallbridge
    Gabrielle Wallbridge Год назад +1

    You are truly inspirational..... Thank you..

  • Chris B
    Chris B Год назад

    Random vaguely positive shtick statement.

  • Jenny May
    Jenny May Год назад

    Amazing. Congratulations on what you have and will achieve.

  • Jay Em
    Jay Em Год назад

    Great inspiration! Great phrases. For -Purpose instead of non-profit. I love that shift! Thanks!

  • Darrin Flippo
    Darrin Flippo Год назад

    Genuine speech and thank you for sharing. Every person should always speak of their ideas and dreams because every being matters.

  • adam braun
    adam braun Год назад

    Good job bro

  • Toshio T
    Toshio T Год назад

    Get away from your comfort zone.

  • Sima Goel
    Sima Goel Год назад

    Love what you stand for and how you continue to impact the world by educating the children.

  • Petar xD
    Petar xD Год назад

    interesting points ,if anyone else wants to discover how do you cure tennis elbow try Renkarter Elbow Formula Report (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my friend got great results with it.

  • Manish Goyal
    Manish Goyal Год назад

    Adam, you are so inspiring.

  • Andrijana Bilbija
    Andrijana Bilbija Год назад

    Wow, so inspiring. This makes me question everything.

  • Scott Brown
    Scott Brown Год назад

    Great job Adam, keep up the amazing work. Truly inspiring and gives me great hope for the future. Always lead with your heart... the universe will fill in the details.

  • S Amelie #
    S Amelie # Год назад

    What a great Story

  • Ana
    Ana Год назад

    Adam Braun -> Scooter Braun -> Justin Bieber

  • vsleboss cacakaka
    vsleboss cacakaka Год назад

    Before buying on gearbest, know that it's thieves.
    They do not repay,
    on google search for "Thieves Gearbest".

  • claud maximus
    claud maximus Год назад +1

    these exotic stories of taking a privaleged westener into poverty striken 3rd world neighbourhoods and implementing some improvements
    for what purpose?it seems a lot has got to do with his own ideals and satisfaction.What research did you do to think you can assist here in a positive way? what happens when the other people find out charity is given out in just a few areas and it creates conflict because it isnt available to them?
    sure we feel good when we think we are helping others,I would focus on the bigger picture

    • Thumb Print
      Thumb Print Месяц назад

      Claud, I understand your point but what would you do? Is it better then to build nothing, do nothing? What is your approach?

  • Jazzmin Earthling
    Jazzmin Earthling Год назад

    I remember the film BEFORE SUNSET talking about a pencil organisation just like that..

  • Davida Lawson
    Davida Lawson Год назад

    I Love This Video Because He Reveals Some Great Ideas About Life.

  • Sharon Kinsella
    Sharon Kinsella Год назад

    Adam, you're an inspiration!

  • WeirdWorld
    WeirdWorld Год назад +1

    where should one consider a child to likely starve in the usa or somewhere else

  • Eduardo Molina
    Eduardo Molina Год назад

    Traduzcan la conferencia porfa vor

  • Jonathan King
    Jonathan King Год назад +1

    mind crush

  • PariS HermeS
    PariS HermeS Год назад

    It's interesting how someone doesn't want to feel comfortable and doing so by going to a developing country. Can you imagine young people in the developing countries feeling uncomfortable, oppressed and with no opportunities? Think about it!

  • Selesitina Meni-Reti
    Selesitina Meni-Reti Год назад

    Very inspiring story..... and its amazing what we can do when we are truly passionate about our purpose.

  • Thea Rodriguez
    Thea Rodriguez Год назад

    Hyperbole: from a person still finding themselves, how-ever; brilliantly!...

  • adam braun
    adam braun Год назад +1

    His name sucks

  • RealestRealist
    RealestRealist Год назад

    Aw. The little girl almost made me cry and I don't even HAVE feelings any more. I cannot WAIT to have money again - I'ma do SO MUCH good. It'll be ridiculous!!!! Adams truly ARE awesome. Speak the language of the person you want to become. Profound would be an understatement. We are awesome . I am so sorry for what I have allowed to happen but I just know I will make another chance some way

  • RealestRealist
    RealestRealist Год назад

    The guy who asked that of you WE NEED MEN AND WOMEN LIKE HIM TO COME TO AMERICA is what we need

  • RealestRealist
    RealestRealist Год назад

    God help those poor children. When I have extreme wealth I will make some big changes. I want to help people like them and to harm bad people. It's the only thing I have to live for and I'm going to go ALL OUT on it

  • RealestRealist
    RealestRealist Год назад

    People named Adam sure tend to be interesting. What IS it about us, anyway? I loved the death feeling when I faced it. The overwhelming calm . . . never forget it . . death is wonderful

  • Willard Chi
    Willard Chi Год назад +2

    60 foot wave hits 600 foot ship. Next, he'll be telling us about the pothole his car hit.

  • Guy Calderon
    Guy Calderon Год назад

    nice job

  • Justin Dula
    Justin Dula Год назад

    That's pretty rad

  • Heat040
    Heat040 Год назад +1

    Jews love when u feel sorry for them xD Alot of bad things happened to our life to...

  • derFuchs
    derFuchs Год назад +2

    follow ur heart or make the big descissions with ur heart and the small ones with ur brain.... u should allways reflect on decissions the more people involved the more u should reflect and question urself the situation and the expected value of each path the desiccion might lead to for ur own and for all involved in the biggest context u can think of that involves logic and ratinal thinking on the one hand and emotions on the other!! u should never ever decide only upon emotion u might get a positive livechanging result but wath if not ...... reflecting and questioning big descissions dosent meant to not follwo ur heart it just means think about it to the fullest of ur abilitys involving ur emotions and ur antizipation of the future!!! small descissions should as well be more often reflected upon cause they tend to be way to often based on intuition. in my point of few this is ssomething nobody should ever say or teach it leads to ignorance and small to big scale egoism while thinking about and questioning the things and sitiuations people and and and + urself to the fullest of ur abilitys and emotions will lead more often oto a better path and might most likey be the better path itself.... not critizising ur live story just the fllow ur heart and big desiccion making!! this worked for u amazingly fine because u are selfreflecting! so it was a thought through emotion driven desiccion!

  • G-Raff Asaurus
    G-Raff Asaurus Год назад

    This is such an inspiring TED talk!! Thx a lot Adam for sharing your heart with us all :) ! This is the second time I have watched this (needing more inspiration to follow my dream, which is similar to yours).

  • Cheryl Davies
    Cheryl Davies Год назад +4

    Challenge your assumptions so you can find your truth. I over came depression, anxiety, suicidal attempts over 10
    Times and took strong meds for 4 years. I am enlightened and I want to help others by sharing my story and how I over came fear to best the mental illness and got off the meds and now I am free from it all!!

    • sini tripathi
      sini tripathi Год назад

      true . Fear is not real .

    • Cheryl Davies
      Cheryl Davies Год назад +2

      operation.eight you can totally do this. I can help. That's all I want to do. You have no idea. I was medicated on antii anxiety medication for so long that my own body had lost the ability to Fight off any type of anxiety at all. I stopped those meds 3 years ago and the first 9 months I woke up every day in Panick and Tears and I wanted to die. I kept going to the hospital and it took 8 months for me to meet a psychiatrist that was able to explain to me that although they could Medicate me and detox me for one week it was going to take at least 2 months for my body to gain any kind of strength or balance and for the Panics and anxiety to go away. Luckily he prescribed me a non narcotic called Nuerton at a very high dose like 800mlbgs 3 times a day and since I had never taken it this medication which fights pain thru your nerves had my Just cloudy and mellow enough to get thru thru the months while my body leaned to produce endorphins and dopamine and seratonin again and I was able to be free of anxeity once and for all. I swear to God I have not had an attack in 3 years. There is once key element that causes ANXIETY that is not produced because of chemicals and medication and that is FEAR. And here is the Good News. FEAR IS NOT REAL AND IT IS JUST A FEELING THAT WILL PASS thru the Conscious mind. And since it enters our Subconscious that gives us the Ability to Fight it through the many tools out there to distract or dismantle Anxiety. The BeSt one is Called MINDFULLNESS. Embrace the Anxiety? FIGURE OUT WHAT FEAR IS CAUSING IT. THEN MAKE THAT FEAR BECOME COMPLETE BULLSHIT AND TAKE AWAY ITS POWER. ALSO FIND SOMEONE OR SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU LAUGh. JOY AND Depression or Anxiety cannot exist in the same space.
      Find something in nature to focus on. And totally allow all your senses to focus on this thing and stay in the Present and the moment and I promise you that eventually you will calm your mind Enough that it won't even remember why it felt fear or anxiety.
      I am def going to start a blog. I know I can help people. I made a Facebook page. Friend me. cheryl Lynne Davies and the group is called Overcoming mental illness
      I would love for us to become friends and you can help me also by giving me the strength and ideas you have on how I can make you tube videos and stuff and possibly Turn my passion for helping others into a realIty, NAMASTE

    • operation.eight
      operation.eight Год назад +1

      Maybe you could share your story and strength through creating RU-clip videos. Other people's videos have helped us? Why not our turn now to help others? That's what I want to do (still struggling with the anxiety most of all right now though, holding me back majorly). I am so very happy to hear you're on a better and healthier journey every day!! That really helps me focus on achieving and maintaining a positive mindset and believe in the possibilities to keep pushing forward. Keep on being good to you and surrounding yourself with positive people. And congrats for getting off the meds!!! Way to go!!!

  • BlushGush
    BlushGush Год назад

    u would be lying if you couldn't feel every lady's ovaries exploding the moment he said he melted after showing the video of the 3 little girls.

  • Brad Benjamin
    Brad Benjamin Год назад

    Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  • Nathanael Hogan
    Nathanael Hogan Год назад

    Hopefully the local authorities are prepared to maintain at least some of the schools, including providing teachers....

  • April Le
    April Le Год назад

    Thank you for your story. It is inspiring to me.!!!!
    I really admire your work when I see the lovely girls from Việt Nam.
    Once again, thank you!!!!!

  • Lilit Manukyan
    Lilit Manukyan Год назад

    Very inspiring:)))) 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • John Seipp
    John Seipp Год назад

    Great! Thanks for doing this meaningful work! I'm inspired and will be making a donation soon. I've traveled to many poor countries and have personally seen the very sad plight of so many poor children. Now I can help them through supporting your organization.

  • kraftymomma1979
    kraftymomma1979 Год назад


  • eternal712004
    eternal712004 Год назад

    Such an inspiring story--children's education. Yes, it is their birth right to get educated.

  • jananni123456789
    jananni123456789 Год назад +5

    Ha, rich boy wants to struggle XD

    • Jeanette Nouch
      Jeanette Nouch Год назад +1

      jananni123456789 At least he is doing something.

  • Joan Kamm
    Joan Kamm Год назад +3

    Dear Adam, In hope that you get your massive ego under control before your first breakdown. Mgt. consulting was your first job? How does a lowly B.S. give you any management skills? You've missed spending your time in the trenches where you learn humility. Funds for your travels? Bet your friends/relatives can't stand your pompous hero's journey travelogues. "I knew it was not my time." I need some Pepto-bismo.

    • Abhi Raj
      Abhi Raj Год назад

      Joan Kamm you need some self esteem.not many of us even think about taking that road.

  • Paulina gonzales
    Paulina gonzales Год назад

    GOD bless you more

  • Fardosa farah
    Fardosa farah Год назад

    They surely do scare thats why I am afraid to face them

  • Eddy Mbatia
    Eddy Mbatia Год назад


    DAISY IASO 2 года назад

    Wow amazing

  • Sharmeen Batool
    Sharmeen Batool 2 года назад

    you are such a motivational speaker. we are really proud of you :-) love from Canada :-)

  • Sarah Averyt Real Estate
    Sarah Averyt Real Estate 2 года назад +3

    Empowering, uplifting & inspiring. Born to manifest! Thank you

    SHANE MINNESOTA 2 года назад +1

    This guy is a crony! Think about. money,money,money. Nonprofit... lol.

    SHANE MINNESOTA 2 года назад +1

    Sorry to poke holes in your story, but if you look closely at 4:30, then again at 4:58, you will see that it's not the same ship. At 4:30,
    there is a view from much higher up looking down and you can see an
    open guardrail around the perimeter of the deck with a mast secured with
    angled braces. At 4:58
    it's a different ship with a solid guardrail, the vantage point is much
    closer, and a different assembly on the bow. I hate to see this
    because it makes me start to question the accuracy of the rest of the

  • Judith Boucher
    Judith Boucher 2 года назад

    What a great testimonial...this guy is so inspiring...

  • Krystal Anderson
    Krystal Anderson 2 года назад

    this one is SO SO SO great!!!!!!!!!

  • evelyn amaralgarcia
    evelyn amaralgarcia 2 года назад

    you are great!!!

  • Symbat Nazarbaeva
    Symbat Nazarbaeva 2 года назад

    You are my new hero! thank you for making world better place! stay healthy and keep going

  • Martha
    Martha 2 года назад

    Really amazing. There is just a little thing that bothers me about all of this: why is a person from other country doing the work that the governments of those countries should be doing?. I am very grateful with this young man and very angry against the Corrupt governments of third world countries.

  • Paul Pedari
    Paul Pedari 2 года назад

    Adam, you're really amazing guy, your speech was really inspiring , thanks

  • Aditi Deodhar
    Aditi Deodhar 2 года назад

    Wonderful, inspiring video. I checked the website of "Pencils of Promise". too good, the purpose and the work put in to bring into reality. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  • i egar
    i egar 2 года назад +2

    I admire you sooooo much and I'm so glad you found your passion early on life, you rock!!!!

  • Art Lego
    Art Lego 2 года назад +2

    I don't think he had to worry too much about financial support.

  • G-Raff Asaurus
    G-Raff Asaurus 2 года назад

    Thanks so much Adam!!!
    Very inspiring talk, and for me, the part where you met the 3 girls in Laos was almost identical to an experience I had in Cambodia and stirred within me again a big part of my life purpose, which is similar to yours :)