But more and more, I’m spending most of my time reading books and watching TED talks.
It feels like the world is changing right before my eyes and I’m trying to find a way to share this with my peers.
And I’m searching for something different, something that would help me do that.
A month before graduation, I end up creating it and and unbeknownst to me at that time, I found what I would dedicate the rest of my 20s to…
Note: Writing about yourself is hard, especially in first-person. So tell me what you think? What else would you like to know? This is v1 🙂 Okay, back to the story…
April 4, 2010
McConomy Auditorium Carnegie Mellon University
Four months ago, I had agreed to start the CMU chapter of the TEDx program to bring the power of the TED conference to my college.
I had a simple goal: find people whose message inspired me and create a stage to share it with my friends.
Raghaha KK, an Indian artist who’s amazing talk about his 5 lives as an artist had just wowed the crowds at TED.
Chris Guillebeau who was on a quest to visit every country in the world (he completed it the year he turned 35).
Chase Jarvis who had risen to become one of the top lifestyle photographers in the world.
It wasn’t easy.
We were 10 college kids with no budget convincing big-name speakers.
Negotiating sponsorships with big-name companies. Building a team. Negotiating with venues. Things most of us had never done before…
But four grueling months and tons of effort later, the day came and we were able to pull off an amazing event (it’s still one of the things I’m most proud of creating).
After the event, people came up to thank us from all over. Like my friend who’s parents were watching and finally understood what he was trying to do (he later started a brewery in Pittsburgh).
I can still vividly remember at the end when we went to give our closing remarks. 400+ people, on their feet for what felt like 10 minutes …we’d clearly struck a nerve.
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Failure, Broke, Debt, Moving back in with parents
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