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Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of Awesome at TEDxToronto (Full Transcript)

Neil Pasricha at TEDxToronto

Neil Pasricha is a Canadian author, entrepreneur, podcaster, and public speaker characterized by his advocacy of positivity and simple pleasures. He is best known for his The Book of Awesome series, and “The Happiness Equation” which are international bestsellers.

In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that’s truly awesome.

TRANSCRIPT:

Thank you very much.

I am absolutely thankful and grateful for this opportunity and I feel massively underqualified, and I’m looking forward to spending the next 18 minutes with you doing 3 things: I really want to tell you the Awesome story, I want to take you through the 3 As of Awesome, and I want to leave you with a closing thought.

So the Awesome story:

It begins about 40 years ago, when my mom and my dad came to Canada. My mom left Nairobi, Kenya. My dad left a small village outside of Amritsar, India. And they got here in the late 1960s. They settled in a shady suburb about an hour east of Toronto, and they settled into a new life.

They saw their first dentist, they ate their first hamburger, and they had their first kids. My sister and I grew up here, and we had quiet, happy childhoods. We had close family, good friends, a quiet street.

We grew up taking for granted a lot of the things that my parents couldn’t take for granted when they grew up – things like power always on in our houses, things like schools across the street and hospitals down the road and popsicles in the backyard.

We grew up, and we grew older. I went to high school. I graduated. I moved out of the house, I got a job, I found a girl, I settled down – and I realize it sounds like a bad sitcom or a Cat Stevens’ song – but life was pretty good.

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