Cara E. Yar Khan: The beautiful balance between courage and fear | TED

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After being diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that deteriorates muscle, Cara E. Yar Khan was told she’d have to limit her career ambitions and dial down her dreams. She ignored that advice and instead continued to pursue her biggest ambitions. In this powerful, moving talk, she shares her philosophy for working on the projects that matter to her most — while letting courage and fear coexist. Watch for heart-stopping, vertigo-inducing footage of a trip that shows her living her theory to the full.

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39 Comments

  1. Outlook matters so much! I face a great deal of pain and disability most days. I turn to humor, rely on the support of loved ones the when I can't muster my own courage. OUTLOOK matters. No one is effected the same. No one else has to brave your disabilities the way you do. I decide when I want to do something fun, that I know will cost me. Sometimes it goes as planned and we have fun. Other times, things go astray, now we are having an adventure, and I still have joy. Vacations are planned, adventures happen along the way, embrace them. Good bad and in between, embrace it, and you'll come out dandy.

  2. Wow, great talk thrilling journey and exuberant courage! And let's take a moment to acknowledge simply how expressive her face is…
    She doesn't use her hands much and doesn't move while narrating, it's all her face and her eyes doing the magic!!! It was all so perfect I could FEEL the emotions she wanted to convey.

  3. This is the most amazing person. I was privileged to meet her right around this time last year. She and her amazing hubby adopted a foster kitty I had taken in. I was so happy that she went with such a great family.

  4. God created you to being adventures keep walking from follow through to the success don't fear to commit mistakes or didn't reach to the top level of fame . The most important thing is that attempt alwsrs if you. Teach yourself I'm here for learning how to overcome the difficulties how I can overcome the overthinking easily

  5. What a beautiful soul!! Thank you so much for this talk and your service in my home country, Angola 🇦🇴❤️ We need more people who can touch lives like you do Mrs. Cara!!

  6. I wish she talked more about the support she was given through this journey. Because there was no way she would have made it without someone's help. It's easy to sit on a stage and talk about courage when you have people supporting you through your dreams. Brutally hard to do the same when you are on your on.