Sometimes, circumstances in our life dramatically change and all our plans are broken in a few seconds. That’s what happened to Amy Purdy when she went into coma and was diagnosed with meningitis, with only 2 % chance of living, at the age of nineteen. Since she was a little girl, she always dreamed of being free but then she lost her two kidneys, the hearing in one ear and her two legs from her knees as a consequence of her illness. After the healing period at hospital, she felt desolated because she thought she was never going to travel around the world as she had always wanted.
Afterwards, she got depressed and stayed in bed for some months. However, she realised that she needed to reinvent herself and broke with the old Amy… At that moment she asked herself: If my life were a book and I were the author, How would I want the story to go? And with the power of her imagination she made a pair of artificial legs in which she won two World Gold Medals snowboarding.
Amy’s story is full of emotion and it’s a very huge overcoming lesson in which we can learn how we can achieve whatever we want. There are no obstacles if we use our creativity.
I hope you enjoy her lecture, as I have… It’s really inspiring… And if you want to know more about Amy’s biography, visit her website: www.amypurdy.com
The picture above gives a visual example of the past and present paths to achieve success in life, helping us to visualize how they have changed in the last fifty years. I am sure most of you are bored of hearing everyday news about macroeconomy and risk premiums but this NYT article titled The Dwindling Power of a College Degree – NYTimes.com spots how all these economy, technology and data affect our daily reality. It specially points out not only the relative importance of having a degree nowadays, but how politicians can decide what they want to promote for us in the near future, and it paints the process that has led us to the actual panorama. I find the article specially interesting and it confirms a personal intuition I already had.
To warm up the comments, and maybe some future post, I launch an open question further away from the agreement or disagreement with the perspective of the article, I would like to know what is your forward-looking approach to this global situation.
By the way, I’d like to share with you a nice discovery I made some days ago. Now it is easier to read The New York Times without constantly having to have a look at an external dictionary as they have included a direct tool to look up the meaning of words. The only thing you have to do is go over them with the mouse, select the word, and then you click on the question mark sign that appears next. A new window will pop-up, and there you will be able to check the meaning (not the translation). Try it out, and if you don´t know it yet, find out what sap means.