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Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone: Yubing Zhang at TEDxStanford (Full Transcript)

Yubing Zhang

Here is the full text and summary of Yubing Zhang’s talk titled “Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone” at TEDxStanford conference.

TRANSCRIPT:

It’s a cold and foggy winter morning and I’m standing on the world’s tallest bungee platform. The platform I am standing on is so tiny that I have to stand on my toes and balance myself against the wind. The operator ties one end of the bungee cord to my ankle and throws a slack in the air. I can feel the weight of the rope on my ankles slowly dragging me down.

I look down; all the buildings and roads are buried in heavy fog. There is only one voice in my head: I can’t do this. So I turn around and tell them that I want to quit. And then I see a huge quote printed on the glass window right next to me: “Life Begins at The Edge of Your Comfort Zone”. I don’t know why but this short yet powerful sentence gives me the final push and before I realize it I walk straight back to the platform and jump off the world’s highest bungee platform.

During the 5 seconds of free fall, I remember thinking to myself: it’s not as scary as it looks, and that thought led to a whole new world. Every time I hear the voice of fear in my head, I can’t leave this job because I’m not going to find anything better, I’m scared of entering a new relationship because I don’t want to be hurt again. And even a minute ago before I walked onto the stage the voice was repeating in my head. Every time I hear that voice, I take a deep breath and tell myself: it’s never as scary as it looks.

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