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Marcus Bullock’s New TED Talk Already Over 500k Views in Under a Week

The new TED Talk from Marcus Bullock—founder and CEO of Flikshop, a tech startup with heart and a personal history—has already surpassed the 500k mark, in less than a week of being live. Bullock’s dramatic, inspiring story takes audiences on his incredible journey from behind bars to venture-backed; a man who made good and is doing good.  

At the age of 15, he was sentenced to eight years in adult maximum security prison—for stealing a car. After serving his sentence, he got out and got busy creating Flikshop, an app that allows family members to connect with their incarcerated loved ones in an affordable, personal way. And it comes from a deeply personal place—if it hadn’t been for his mother sending him a letter every day he was behind bars, Bullock knows he could have totally lost contact with the outside world—and that’s a recipe for a difficult transition back into society. That’s a big part of what makes Flikshop so powerful—not only is it valuable for maintaining one-on-one connection, but it doubly serves an educational purpose by enabling non-profits to teach key transitional skills like applying for housing and jobs—before returning citizens are thrust back into society.


Now a rising star in the tech community, Bullock has been named one of John Legend’s Unlocked Futures business accelerators, and is a member of the Justice Policy Institute’s board of directors. He also serves as an advisor to the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, and his inspirational story has been covered by Forbes, CNN, Black Enterprise, and NPR.


In his hit TED Talk, Bullock shares his deeply personal experience of how those letters from his mother were his lifeline—and how, with his creation of Flikshop, Inc., he’s given that lifeline to hundreds of thousands of others. A charismatic, compelling speaker with infectious optimism, Bullock is truly beacon of resilience, and of how to use entrepreneurship for social change.


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4 Speakers Who Will Empower You to Change Your Patterns of Action (And Stick To It)

Motivate your employees. Reduce your carbon footprint. Run a marathon. January is the month we want to figure out how to do better—with our time, our colleagues, and our creative endeavours. These four keynote speakers will inspire you to set goals, work through slumps, and make positive change that really sticks.

Vijay Gupta On Healing Communities Through Music 


Vijay Gupta produces beautiful music with the LA Philharmonic—but he also founded and operates Street Symphony, an organization that brings music to the homeless, incarcerated, and mentally ill citizens of Los Angeles. Here, he discusses the power of music to literally rewire damaged brains—and how he uses this knowledge to bring music and healing to marginalized communities. 


Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine


Angela Duckworth & Katherine Milkman On Lasting Behavioral Change 


Angela Duckworth and Katherine Milkman want to change the way we live, one habit at a time. Duckworth, the world-renowned expert in grit, and Milkman, a research leader in self-control and choice-making, are creating tools that use data and technology to combat all social ills—including poverty, poor health, and education. 


Making Behavior Change Stick


Yvonne Camus On Not Giving Up 


On the first day of the 2000 Eco-Challenge in Borneo, Yvonne Camus wanted to quit, and nothing was going to stop her. After months of training, she was willing to quit once and for all. So, how did she finish? “Think about what you’re capable of,” she says. Often that’s enough to keep you going just a little bit longer.


Yvonne Camus: On Not Giving Up


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Continuous Effort: Motivational Speaker Yvonne Camus On Long-Term Success

“I really embrace the belief that almost anything is possible if you work hard enough at it, if you put enough effort into it,” motivational speaker Yvonne Camus says in one of her highly requested talks. “It's a relentless, endless commitment to hard work that we need to develop within ourselves.” This is a similar message to the one she presented at the Learning Solutions Conference and Expo last week. In her talk, Camus explored what it means to live a high performance life—and why it's so important that we overcome the challenges life throws at us.. As one of the most trusted speakers on teamwork and motivation—with talks that often receive standing ovations—Camus helps her audiences achieve their goals while also attaining sustained satisfaction with their lives as a whole.

At the Learning Solutions conference, Camus recounted her experience training for and completing in the Eco-Challenge (the world’s premier expedition racing championship). The grueling competition taught her strategies for overcoming life pressures and stress. In the talk, she related these lessons to her audience to show them how to realize the inherent potential in themselves, their co-workers, and in their organization as a whole. Drawing from her four pillars of success—nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and mindset—Camus delivered an uplifting and ambitious talk that highlighted the road to high performance living. While she admits there are many stressors that weigh down on us and make it difficult to keep striving for greatness—she says that those who don't succumb to them are the ones who see the greatest gains in life.

Motivational Speaker Yvonne Camus: Evaluate Yourself At Your Best

Motivational speaker Yvonne Camus says that it's OK to admit that you aren't going to be on your game 100 per cent of the time. She also says that it's important to be able to tell the difference between those times when you are succeeding and the times when you aren't. Why? Because too many of us criticize or analyze our performance when we are doing poorly—and it's much more effective to do so when we are doing well. “The most successful, happy people I meet are people who have the ability to evaluate themselves when they are at their best,” she says in a motivational speech. By taking note of what you are capable of when at your best, you will be more motivated and positive about what you are capable of doing overall. 

“I think if we're optimistic about our ability not only to repeat our best performance, but surpass it, we will always overcome that challenge of improvement, that gap between where we are and where we want to be,” she explains. It's easy to get discouraged and feel like you can't accomplish your goals after a bad day, she says. However, if you always think back to the day when you did your best, and you constantly strive to attain that performance again, you will feel more motivated and positive about the results you can achieve.

In the speech, she relates this idea to a real-world example of when she was training for a big race and felt overwhelmed during a particular workout. It was then, however, that she discovered the benefits of cutting herself some slack sometimes, and powered through her workout despite not feeling at her best. The important lesson, she says, is to not become discouraged—and to stay dedicated to your goals even during tough times. In her highly requested speeches (many of which receive standing ovations) Camus teaches audiences not just how to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, but how to surpass them and develop a zest for life that extends long after the challenge has been met.