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How Everyone Can Make Their Dreams Reality: Tom Oliver (Transcript)

Full text of innovation guru Tom Oliver’s talk: How Everyone Can Make Their Dreams Reality at TEDxMonteCarlo conference.

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Tom Oliver – Innovation guru

When I was about five years old, I started to become a heavy stutterer. And it was so bad that I would sometimes sit in class and not a word came out.

Now let me share with you how I solved it… that lasted until I was about… well 17-18 years old. When I was 16, I got a scholarship to go to U.S. boarding school. I was actually born and raised in Germany.

When I went to the U.S., something special happened. At that boarding school, I had to do sports every afternoon. And that was not the case in Germany.

So suddenly after about a year or two, I started to notice the stuttering went away completely. Why was that? I had been hyperactive all my life, but nobody had realized it. Not my parents, not my friends, not the teachers at school.

And I realized that I had to be one with my energy. And nowadays, my assistant schedules an hour and a half of sports every day wherever I am on the planet. You see me painting around here already. The hardest thing actually for me today is to stay inside this little red dot.

But after that, I got hooked. I wanted to know if I can solve that, what else can I do? What else can anyone do, no matter who they are, no matter where they are, no matter their race, origin, education, background or talent?

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