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100th VIDEO: SPEAKING AT TEDxHouston – Day 100

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Published on Nov 30, 2015

Watch the full talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dbNR...

The idea of giving a TED talk as my 100th fear was something I thought about the moment the project went viral and I realized the power I had to inspire others. But to tell you the truth, I also thought that it was kind of a long shot and that I was maybe dreaming too big too soon. Nevertheless, I included it in the list as a possibility for my final fear. My husband loved the idea and decided to start doing what he does best: making things happen. So he researched all the upcoming TEDx events and their organizers. When we saw that TEDx Houston was just weeks away, we knew we had to get into that one (plus, they’re one of the best). So I contacted the organizer and shared my project with him. He replied right away expressing how much he loved what I was doing, but unfortunately they were only looking for speakers that had some sort of connection with Houston (which I didn’t).

At that moment I felt defeated, but I had two options: A) thanking him for replying back and settle with his answer or B) keep pushing. I asked myself: what's the worst that could happen and went with “B”. I wrote a huge email listing all the reasons why they should accept me to speak at their event; I went all out. A week later I received an invitation to speak at TEDxHouston 2015. For the first time in my life I experienced what happy tears feel like. I was crying not only because my project had made it to TEDx, but also because I followed my heart and didn't take "no" as an answer. This showed me the importance of believing in ourselves and fight for what we want.

The rest is history! I prepared myself as best as I could with the best people around me. I met with the best behavioral psychologist, my SVA professor Dr. Tom Guarriello, who helped me better understand my fears and how to structure the presentation. I met with branding expert and founder of the Master program in Branding at the School of Visual Arts, Debbie Millman, who added some kick-ass “Debbie drama” to my presentation and helped me with the delivery of the speech. My friend, Maria Silva, helped me design the "stack" slides and I also couldn’t have done it without the help of all my amazing friends who listened to my presentation over and over again until it was perfect, giving me so valuable feedback. I practiced tirelessly, while showering, cooking, cleaning, on the subway, in my sleep! I practiced so much I bet my walls know the entire script…well, at least my husband for sure does.

On Thursday, October 15th (my 4th anniversary with my husband) we traveled to Houston, and that Sunday I stood in front of 460 people including my parents, my brother, my husband, my in-laws to talk about my project: 100 Days Without Fear.

I couldn’t have thought of a better way to end my journey. A journey that started as a way to become a braver person myself but unexpectedly inspired millions along the way. A journey that changed my approach to life, my career and my aspirations as a human being. A journey that will not end up here; I will keep going, keep growing, dream even bigger and inspire more and more people to join this fearless movement.

A thousand times THANK YOU for being there for me, for your support and continuous motivation, for your amazing ideas and for sharing your fears and dreams with me.
Now, it's your turn to start. See you on my next video :)

Special thanks to the TEDxHouston team for putting this amazing event together and letting me be part of it!!! And to my brother Daniel Poler for recording and editing this amazing video!!!!! Check out his work www.danielpoler.com

And don't forget to join the *fearless* community on my blog www.100dayswithoutfear.com

If you'd like me to speak at your next event contact me: 100dayswithoutfear@gmail.com

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