My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic

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  • 12/12/2013 को प्रकाशित
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    Just before his passing on January 10, 2014, Sam Berns was a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He is featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Life According to Sam, which premiered on HBO on October 21, 2013, 2 days before his 17th birthday.
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  • Zachary Cremen
    Zachary Cremen 2 साल पहले +4

    Can we talk about how good of a public speaker he was, especially at only 17? I know many adults who not be able to go in front of a crowd and speak with this much confidence.

  • David Dubchak

    The saddest realization for me was probably that he was definitely smart enough to know that he doesn’t have much time left, yet he went up on that stage and told millions of people about his dreams, which he knew he wouldn’t have enough time to achieve

  • T0MYA
    T0MYA  +1

    one of the most articulate and well spoken 17 year olds I've ever seen in my life. Rest in Peace Sam

  • Gular Aghayeva
    Gular Aghayeva 14 दिन पहले +151

    If you’re reading this, know that you are worthy of anything you desire. But you might have to let go of the past and release the huge accumulation of fear based beliefs and emotions you have picked up since childhood. Success isnt created by accident but by design. You have a creative mind and unlimited potential. Never forget it. Stay strong and be blessed.

  • pearlme
    pearlme  +749

    Come here for many times when I'm burnt out. His speech always be my reminder to not give up on my life even in the hardest situation. Love this amazing man.

  • Black Swan
    Black Swan  +812

    Behind this intelligent, brave and happy man stays his amazing mother and father first of all, who instilled in him his positive thinking and made him feel whole: special, accepted and loved. If he was born into some poor uneducated family, struggling to put bread on a table - we wouldn't even know about his existence. Big credit goes to his parents. With all that said, do not want to diminish Sam's efforts and how hard it was for him to overcome daily challenges of life. He is the most definite inspiration for all of us.

  • Natasha M.
    Natasha M. 6 साल पहले +1

    The amount of intelligence Sam possesed at the age of 17 is very inspiring. We need more people like Sam who possess the inteligence to change the world and who possess a heart of gold.

  • Mark B
    Mark B  +308

    Omg. I've recently been struggling with poor mental health and have been almost as low as you can go. Watching this has had a profound positive effect on me. What an incredible young man, and I hope you are at peace Sam. What a beautiful soul and how lucky his friends and family were to have him if only for a brief time. I will certainly return to this video to give me strength in the future, from the bottom of my heart thank you Sam. Also God bless all those that were close to him, especially his wonderful parents. I'm so happy I found this video

  • 𝕰
    𝕰  +248

    This young man was so intelligent, confident and well-spoken for his age. What a wonderful human-being. May he rest in peace.

  • Stinger
    Stinger  +207

    I don't think the fact he passed out a month later is depressing, of course the fact he left the world makes us sad, but by sending a message before he died makes me think his purpose on earth was somehow achieved through that, and I think it'll be more depressing to have spent a longer but less aware of happiness life than a short but truly enjoyed life like he (I hope) did.

  • Sheena Griffith

    "Being brave isn't supposed to be easy", simple but profound quote. What a wise and phenomenal speech for someone his age. Sorry to hear of his passing may he find rest.

  • Arash Hejazi

    You made it Sam, a lot of people watched this clips and you actually change their lives.

  • Ari6lle1nWonderl2nd
    Ari6lle1nWonderl2nd साल पहले +2

    Sam passed away not even a month after this was posted 😢. The fact that there are still new comments, likes, and views on this video daily, almost a decade after it was posted, shows just how meaningful and impactful he was to so many in his short time alive. What an amazing kid.

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  • Jmgood
    Jmgood 14 दिन पहले +5

    Wow I cant believe a 17 YEAR OLD has enough confidence to do this speech alot of people doesnt have enough confidence to do this,

  • Oran McAnaw

    The fact this man is younger than me and giving motivational speeches. Such a great influence, may he Rest In Peace ❤️🙏


    Sam passed away five weeks after this interview ... So heart breaking he left this earth before fulfilling his dreams ... But what an impression he made on us all a true inspiration and a fantastic person ... May u fly high with the angels my friend RIP

  • Ari Sky
    Ari Sky 12 घंटे पहले +1

    After 8 years and even if he is died he is still such a inspiring person

  • megan preston
    megan preston साल पहले +2

    Learning that he passed away shortly after this talk was posted was like a punch in the chest. What a pure soul we all would have loved to have known. What an inspiration you are, Sam.

  • Melissa Duffy

    He was told that he couldn't play the snare drum because he was only 53 pounds due to his disease. What he decided: "Nothing is going to stop me from playing the snare drum at half-time.' He found a 'solution' outside the limitations of the 'problem.' Working with an engineer to design a snare drum that fit his size. Way to go Sam! Also, his message: "Never miss a party" has gotten me off my couch and pity pot when I'm having (Not-COVID related health symptoms) to attend events and have a good time....not letting the 'symptoms' limit what I can do. YES to focusing on what I "can" do rather than bemoaning what I 'can't.' And YES to always finding something to 'look forward to. YES to acknowledging symptoms when they are present...Then, having a quality life and focusing on life that IS available and waiting to be enjoyed. BRAVO Sam!