Here is the full text and summary of author Richard Greene’s talk: The 7 secrets of the greatest speakers in history at TEDxOrangeCoast conference.
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It’s 1903 and this extraordinary guy named Teddy Roosevelt is standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon. And at that time people wanted to create hotels and spas and turn the Grand Canyon in 1903 into a profit-making Disneyland of the environment.
And he stood and said no and he created a tipping point for the environmental movement and for the world. He said:
“Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.”
The world would have been a different place today without those words, those tipping point words from President Theodore Roosevelt.
Fast forward. His fifth cousin President Franklin Roosevelt, 30 years later, 1933 in the midst of a huge crisis, the Great Depression of America, said a few words to create a tipping point towards healing for the United States.
“First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” – President Franklin Roosevelt
The world would have been a different place without those words at that time from that man.