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Jade Hameister: My Journey to the North Pole and Beyond at TEDxMelbourne (Transcript)

Jade Hameister at TEDxMelbourne

Here is the full transcript of Jade Hameister’s TEDx Talk: My Journey to the North Pole and Beyond at TEDxMelbourne conference.

Jade Hameister – Teen adventurer

What if young women around the world were encouraged to be more rather than less? What if the focus shifted from how we appear to the possibilities of what we can do? As a young woman, I live in a world where I’m constantly bombarded with messages to be less, to eat less, to wear less, to be skinnier, to shrink my ambitions to fit in, to wait for my Prince Charming to come and save me, or to avoid activities that are for boys because I’m not strong enough or as tough. These messages fuel my fears and insecurities.

I am then left wondering all the time whether I’m good enough or whether I should just play it safe so I don’t end up making myself look silly. But imagine if all the young women in a particular country took one step forward in terms of the level of belief in their own possibilities. How much brighter would the future of that country be?

Now imagine if all the young women on this planet took that same step forward in their thinking as to what is possible for themselves, how much brighter would the future of our world be for everyone? That’s adventurous thinking. And by the way, it is so much more fun to try and be more rather than less.

In April this year, at the age of 14, I became the youngest person – male, or female – in history to have skied to the North Pole from anywhere outside the Last Degree. [Thank you] It was also the longest journey to the Pole by any woman on the planet in the last two years.

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