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Curiosity Is My Compass | Silken Laumann | TEDxBrentwoodCollegeSchool

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Published on Aug 17, 2016

One of the key tools for survival is a compass. In life, curiosity can help us find our way to new opportunities, challenges and self discovery. Living in a fast paced, ever-changing world can feel exciting, creative and inspiring while also being unpredictable, daunting, and directionless. Curiosity helps connect interest with passion and can help us feel more capable of embracing opportunities and experiences. We learn to trust our instincts, take risks and ultimately survive in the storm of life.


Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a best-selling author and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete. Silken’s Olympic story is legendary and inspirational. As reigning world champion, Silken fought back from a devastating rowing accident, to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Silken is authentic and honest about her life journey. In her memoir, Unsinkable, Silken shines a spotlight on all the obstacles she has encountered—and overcome. Silken speaks candidly about her athletic success and triumph over physical adversity, but also the intense personal challenges of her past and the fierce determination she applies to living a bold, loving and successful life today.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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