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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

High-wire walker Philippe Petit inspires us to dream

From YouTube Even a death-defying magician has to start somewhere. High-wire artist Philippe Petit takes you on an intimate journey from his first card trick at age 6 to his tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.

Philppe Petit has become a hero of mine. He is a dreamer, and imagineer. Is a man who as a six-year-old boy, dreamed of being a magician. The idea of creating something from nothing and captivating audiences grabbed him by the heart somehow and by adolescence he was juggling clubs. At age 16 Philippe decided after witnessing it with his own eyes, that he was going to be a wire walker.

I admire Philippe Petit not because he is a magician, a juggler or a walker on a ominously thin cable while it is suspended hundreds of feet in the air. Rather, I admire Philippe Petit's intrepid will to inspire us to imagine greater things for ourselves whether those are works of entertainment, works of art, tinkerings of engineering or breakthroughs in medical science. It is people like Philippe Petit, the ones who do what we think is impossible that inspire us to do what we believe to be possible when others do not believe in us and in so doing, push us beyond our fears and allow us to discover our greatest capabilities!

Roll on with imagination!

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at

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