Change Your Mindset and Achieve Anything | Colin O'Brady | TEDxPortland

  • Опубликовано: 11 июл 2017
  • In this epic Talk, Colin O'Brady, explains his journey back from a tragic burn accident only to ascend to the 7 tallest mountains and two poles on earth - in world record time.

    His idea is centered around mindfulness and how one can achieve anything no matter the circumstances.

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    Colin, a native of Portland, is a testament to mindfulness, setting audacious goals and achieving them despite overwhelming odds. Last year, Colin set two world records: He became the fastest person ever to complete both the Seven Summits (climbing the highest peak on every continent) and the Explorers Grand Slam (the Seven Summits + skiing to the last degree of the North and South Poles). He completed the challenges in 131 and 139 days, respectively. His nonprofit, Beyond 7/2, strives to inspire kids to lead active, healthy lives and pursue their biggest dreams.

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Комментарии • 744

  • Doktor Sledgehammer
    Doktor Sledgehammer 7 часов назад

    This dude likes cocks and story’s don’t see any burnings

  • Milla Cho
    Milla Cho 16 часов назад

    I’m about to begin my own business and this talk tells me a lot. I’m pretty nervous right now but all I need to do is to push my chair one step at a time and never give up. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  • Joshua Mayberry
    Joshua Mayberry 21 час назад

    The gist is take the first step, grow a pair and try.

  • Joshua Mayberry
    Joshua Mayberry 21 час назад

    should have been a drama teacher instead of giving a TED talk that gets to the point.

  • Arunabh Awasthi
    Arunabh Awasthi 2 дня назад

    Just can't put in words how much inspired i am feeling. Thanks Colin !! :)

  • C Connors
    C Connors 4 дня назад

    "No ones walked across Antarctica unassisted before?"
    "Hold my beer"

  • Enkhbat Baljnyam
    Enkhbat Baljnyam 8 дней назад

    Some people trying to kill themselves. Some people doing it opposite everyday.

  • C_ Farther
    C_ Farther 10 дней назад

    This is the second time to listen to this video. So inspiring.

  • Mehriban Ahmadova
    Mehriban Ahmadova 13 дней назад

    inspirational video! Thank you!

  • Bk Jackson
    Bk Jackson 13 дней назад

    Very nice. I don't aspire to climb high mountains, but this talk reinforces to me not to give up on my goal--being in my 50's, with shoulder joint issues, and everybody tells me to give up on my goal of being able to do a pull up (unassisted). But the bottom line is I won't be satisfied until I do. I think I'll just keep working on those baby steps and see what happens. 8-)

  • Anh Đức Trần
    Anh Đức Trần 15 дней назад

    Thanks for the speech!

  • Cameron McDonald
    Cameron McDonald 16 дней назад

    So inspiring, wow...

  • Kazu Tama
    Kazu Tama 18 дней назад

    too perfect. Like robot

  • Dominique Harris
    Dominique Harris 19 дней назад

    Bro that is amazing how he was able to accomplish the impossible

  • Martin Benes
    Martin Benes 20 дней назад

    Inspiring. Thanks bro

  • Dihelson Mendonca
    Dihelson Mendonca 21 день назад

    A crippled person can reach heavens, but a person with depression can´t reach anything.

  • Dihelson Mendonca
    Dihelson Mendonca 21 день назад +1

    Every man can do all that and more. There´s only one condition a person can´t do even the simpliest thing in life: If he or she got depression. Depression is the difference between being a Stephen Hawking on a chair, which could produce wonderful things to the world, or being a completely healthy person and despite all efforts, can´t produce the smallest of things ! If this man had depression, he could not have made anything !

  • Laur Ahmad
    Laur Ahmad 24 дня назад

    Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

  • Justyna Wawrzynek
    Justyna Wawrzynek 25 дней назад

    I was like, yeah ok, cool. And then he showed the stone. WTF people, if everybody took one stone from ME it would already shorter so maybe we will stop to be such an egoistic asses and not take from such unique places? geez. there is actually a law that forbids it. so...uncool and the whole story is shieeet to me now.

  • Anceli Peguero
    Anceli Peguero 26 дней назад

    Beautiful talk loved it!
    Story Telling at its best, no doubt, great story, UNTIL "The Put On Your Boots Again To Achieve A Second Record Was A Surprise That He Did Not Know About" -
    THAT second goal was pre-planned, why make it look like it was not planned? Why not mention the sponsorship from Nike wasn't it? The tough training days? and how to manage a life (Job maybe? Finances to pay for trainers and special training to prepare? The cost of that goal?)
    WHY TED talkers leave MOST OF THE TIME the financial aspects, sponsorships and the real process of how things happen? - Many watch this thinking that he took a step to a chair - Joged daily and BAM!! he was ready to compete. The real TALK is in sharing what where the life scenarios to make things happen, and Ted Talkers leave it out and tell a tale from tragedy to magic....oh well, I enjoyed anyway.

  • Hannah Nunnally
    Hannah Nunnally 28 дней назад

    No sound?!

  • muthukumaranl
    muthukumaranl 28 дней назад +1

    Just sharing the lines he said..may be useful for others,
    "Achievement is not for the select few, its simply for those who never quit, its for those who set goals, its for those who put the most steps in front of the others, its for those who can overcome the greatest obstacle of all, their

    mind. So set a goal, take the first steps & when your steps get you there, push further and when you feel like giving up, put your boots back on, let go of fear & watch as your rocks stack up to the summit of your own Mt. Everest. - Colin O'Brady"

  • muthukumaranl
    muthukumaranl 28 дней назад +1

    Its important to note that two things here,
    1. He does not attempt to equate achievement to any one thing or what he did. He is just using his example. It also does not mean achievement is something that nobody has ever done before or something cool that needs to be shown to others in a social media feed to impress. On the contrary, Its personal, its definition is what one defines for oneself which can include the ones mentioned earlier aswell.
    2. Taking the approach he outlines, even if it means failing in achieving the goal in the end for various reasons not in one's control, does not make it wrong or that the process may not be beneficial or profoundly positive. Sometimes the journey may end up being as satisfying or more satisfying than the destination itself in the end.

  • Dan Mimis
    Dan Mimis 28 дней назад

    nope, we DO NOT "have full control" ... I basically hate motivational talks (although I was actually impressed by some of them): too many of them are made by con artists for a fee or by dudes (like in this case) who were LUCKY enough to achieve something major (while beating the odds, which always tends to bring tears in grandmas' eyes) and maybe are naive enough to believe that anybody (or most of the sheeple) can be **that** LUCKY. Keyword: LUCKY (and now think of how many Jackpot winners in the Lottery you personally know ..)

  • christie hobbs
    christie hobbs 29 дней назад

    I know that a positive mindset with the I can I Am attitude is unstoppable and surrounding myself with like-minded people is much more success I joined in a community of people who strive to help each other, And I love having these people to talk to

  • Caroline Barea
    Caroline Barea 29 дней назад

    One of the best TEDxTalks I've ever seen! 👏👏👏

  • Sk Asadul king
    Sk Asadul king Месяц назад

    What a great inspiring story it is!!!!

  • Mellie Mel
    Mellie Mel Месяц назад

    Bro, I think Jenna is trying to kill you.

  • Brayan Garcia
    Brayan Garcia Месяц назад

    The most great speech. I like this video, I'm listening your words and Imagine achieve my goals. If you believe in yourself, you can achievement anything.

  • Ash _
    Ash _ Месяц назад

    My god the cringe. Good on you for bouncing back but you’re unbearable as a speaker.

  • Swagoto Roy
    Swagoto Roy Месяц назад +1

    Wow.....impossible is always always tests us, the idea is to take short successful steps towards a larger goal.....never say die! This talk is awesome!👍

  • abdullaahi Barre
    abdullaahi Barre Месяц назад

    I rather not achieve if it can kill me. It’s called suicide.

  • Felix Mak
    Felix Mak Месяц назад

    I am glad you have survived but seriously man! What a mum!

  • Rusty B.
    Rusty B. Месяц назад

    Someone will beat that record in the future, when international travel is faster... Dang!

  • Travis Shosted
    Travis Shosted Месяц назад

    A mother's love!

  • Travis Shosted
    Travis Shosted Месяц назад

    I'm looking forward to this!

  • C2h5mgi
    C2h5mgi Месяц назад

    He must belong to a very rich family!

  • Jonathan Ryals
    Jonathan Ryals Месяц назад

    Ok, step 1: get horribly injured. I'm on it.

  • أحــلام دريــدي
    أحــلام دريــدي Месяц назад

    Very inspirational, thank you.

  • Selyna Bogino
    Selyna Bogino Месяц назад

    The power of having amazing women beside you..!

  • prakash Bansode
    prakash Bansode Месяц назад

    colin hats off! and congrats for completion of Antarctica solo 1600 km Trip💐👍

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  • Angry Spork
    Angry Spork Месяц назад

    Opens a whole new avenue to the phrase, "I got a rock".

  • Zahid H Khan
    Zahid H Khan Месяц назад

    Amazing words and vibes.

  • Uncle Terry
    Uncle Terry Месяц назад

    700th comment

  • Марина Маринина
    Марина Маринина Месяц назад

    thank you!!

  • Gerald Williams
    Gerald Williams Месяц назад

    What kind of jackass downvotes this?

  • Solar Plexus
    Solar Plexus Месяц назад

    Im crying. Thankyou collin for the kind words.

  • Jim Paar
    Jim Paar 2 месяца назад +1

    This is so flipping TRUE, anyone can do this. Get your mind right and you can do anything like make $100k a month over and over again. People, success is 80% mind, 20% physical. Forget the 9 to 5, this what society tells you have to do but you don’t.Stop listening to this messed up world. Quit serving this f’d up society, the government controls the education system, college is a scam, health like flu shots, and so much more. Take control today, let me give you some tips

  • Tam Truong
    Tam Truong 2 месяца назад

    great talk!

  • Deyla Ouaguenouni MWR Lifestyle
    Deyla Ouaguenouni MWR Lifestyle 2 месяца назад

    Nothing is impossible! People who fail are people who give up. Great speech!

  • darluthier
    darluthier 2 месяца назад

    Every single one of these American speakers have exactly the same monologue. Please change the theatrical tone, guys! Listen to the British speakers for a bit of inspiration... It’s not a movie you’re orating...

  • Jon Bulack
    Jon Bulack 2 месяца назад

    Such a great speech!

  • Deep Society Beats
    Deep Society Beats 2 месяца назад +1

    My achievment is to set my mind not to want to achieve anything cause im happy like this

  • Guts Graphic
    Guts Graphic 2 месяца назад

    man, you are great! thank you for the inspiration!

  • Robin Akau
    Robin Akau 2 месяца назад

    What an inspiring TedTalk. Where one dream is achieved, a thousand more are possible

  • Gokul Grolier
    Gokul Grolier 2 месяца назад

    I can not find the reason for those eight hundred dislikes..

  • Himani Rk
    Himani Rk 2 месяца назад


  • Eneghe-Taziba Joseph
    Eneghe-Taziba Joseph 2 месяца назад +1

    That was the best motivation speech ever

  • Students Can I Help You?
    Students Can I Help You? 3 месяца назад

    Genius Storytelling. Truely life changing speech. Thank you TED. 🙏

    ARUN KUMAR 3 месяца назад

    Really it was amazing.u inspired lots of people in that I'm also one.
    Thank you my friend....

  • にゃあエイリアンMeowAlien
    にゃあエイリアンMeowAlien 3 месяца назад +1

    A good mom and a good wife will made a man able to achieve anything

    DENNIS MCCRARY 3 месяца назад

    Never, never, never quit - Winston Churchill.

  • Pauli Kauppila
    Pauli Kauppila 3 месяца назад

    Great, inspiring talk!

  • Alex
    Alex 3 месяца назад

    This is so inspiring. Thank you Colin!!!

  • Avinash kumar
    Avinash kumar 3 месяца назад

    Were you also clapping while watching this ted talk?

  • Anita Arabadzhieva
    Anita Arabadzhieva 3 месяца назад

    Wow! So far this TED talk is one of my favorites!!!

  • lobster
    lobster 3 месяца назад

    Lesson of the day:
    Listen to your mom

  • Dayra Rivera
    Dayra Rivera 3 месяца назад

    Love his attitude and message, will share with my son who needs hope today....Thanks!!

  • Nyssa Tang
    Nyssa Tang 3 месяца назад

    There is a chinese TV show named 我是演说家 I am the Speaker, them contestant shall watch TED talk and take up their games to a next level. This is what i call SPEECH.

  • Dennis E. Sebastian
    Dennis E. Sebastian 3 месяца назад

    Thank you Colin! You have renewed my belief in myself.

  • Михаил Туровец
    Михаил Туровец 3 месяца назад

    Thank you! The most inspiring TED talk I've ever heard

  • Stan Farshtei
    Stan Farshtei 3 месяца назад

    Do it step by step 'till you make it!!!!

  • Stan Farshtei
    Stan Farshtei 3 месяца назад

    This dude is cool!!

  • deeb zabeeda
    deeb zabeeda 4 месяца назад

    you will be more impressive if you show your burnscars in one of your beatiful adventure picturs at the end of the presentation. the bandage and the happy mother face can be explaned as a decoration of your very comprehensive presentation.

  • Jamie Gowan
    Jamie Gowan 4 месяца назад

    He looks stoned.

  • Tarik Ahmed
    Tarik Ahmed 4 месяца назад

    wow just wow!

  • Joy Dot
    Joy Dot 4 месяца назад

    ... there was a cat, of course there was a cat. in the US he'd have been billed for it (:

  • Sami
    Sami 4 месяца назад

    I dont know why i dont like this guy, i belive that he`s honest, i belive that he`s all the things he say he is and done them. But i dont know, hes like a clasic movie character... can someone explain?

  • bhaskar raju
    bhaskar raju 4 месяца назад

    This video would be the most really feasible thing that everyone can face in a right manner.

  • the true news trump bad
    the true news trump bad 4 месяца назад

    Yeeee haaaaa Amen

  • Leon
    Leon 4 месяца назад

    A bit too much of American dramatizing but still a quite OK talk

  • Нигяр Агаммедова
    Нигяр Агаммедова 4 месяца назад

    Excellent story! So motivating! 👍🏻

  • Tina Pak
    Tina Pak 4 месяца назад


  • Gua Mentoring
    Gua Mentoring 4 месяца назад

    why such moving and inspiring stories don't circulate on newspapers ???

  • Gua Mentoring
    Gua Mentoring 4 месяца назад

    I cried... thank you

  • Rajesh VV
    Rajesh VV 4 месяца назад

    One of the most important and Inspiring TEDx talk.

  • Jordan Peralta
    Jordan Peralta 4 месяца назад


  • Asit Debata
    Asit Debata 4 месяца назад

    Congratulations on your Immense achievement. Thank you for sharing such an amazingly inspirational story with us.

  • GreatScott
    GreatScott 4 месяца назад

    It is really nice seeing the younger generations achieving goals and setting new ones. I have the attitude of "Just Do it"!. Focusing my mind on doing those things other people only dream of doing. In short, you can do anything you put your mind to. Have a Great Life! is after all, the only one you have.

  • Daniel L
    Daniel L 4 месяца назад

    I wish I had a mom like that.

  • Naresh Yadav
    Naresh Yadav 4 месяца назад

    Colin's story inspired me to go further on my journey.

  • Rey Thomas M. Leopando
    Rey Thomas M. Leopando 4 месяца назад

    of course it would evaporate its boiling, thats mpemba effect, but try throwing cold water

  • Mỹ Linh
    Mỹ Linh 5 месяцев назад

    Amazing ! Thank you a lot

  • prabhat yadav
    prabhat yadav 5 месяцев назад +1

    just stop screwing yourself over and over again . and you be successful.

  • Hina Khan
    Hina Khan 5 месяцев назад

    Superb man.... You are a great speaker and filled immense energy in me..... Thumbs up

  • Sudip Anand
    Sudip Anand 5 месяцев назад

    Incremental progress is Unstoppable!! - jordan Peterson

  • R Vijayakumar
    R Vijayakumar 5 месяцев назад

    All speeches were really good and inspiring keep doing this

  • anushka agrawal
    anushka agrawal 5 месяцев назад

    I just don't get it how people have even disliked this video.
    This story just makes me realise... i mean whenever i used to think of people who have achieved great things i used to just feel like are they even human.
    It is so difficult to believe these stories.
    When i actually closed my eyes for a few seconds i could maybe a little bit imagine how it felt when the legs got burnt. And i was already scared in 2s.
    Like he said u may read thousands of books but you cannot be fully prepared for when u actually face the situation.

  • Kaustav Dey
    Kaustav Dey 5 месяцев назад

    Man I wish I had parents like that but thats completely fair for me maybe one day I will share my story with Tedx