Full transcript of Ingrid Vanderveldt’s TEDx Talk: The Art of Making Impossible, Possible at TEDxFiDiWomen Conference. This event occurred on December 1, 2011 in San Francisco.
Listen to the MP3 Audio here: The art of making impossible, possible: Ingrid Vanderveldt at TEDxFiDiWomen
I mean what a treat but also kind of scary to go after SARK and then TBird, they were amazing, thank you. Whoo!
Okay, so before I get into my presentation, what I’m really curious about, given that this is TEDx for Women: How many women out there think that women are key to our global sustainable future? Raise your hand. Whoo! I do too. That’s pretty much everybody in the room.
Okay. Well. Good news. For many, many years, I’ve built and sold a number of companies, and as they’ve mentioned I hosted a show at CNBC, and I’ve been fortunate to do a number of different things in my life and in my career that have been a lot of fun for me. And people have always asked, “Ingrid, how do you make the impossible possible, how do you do this?” And I’ve never felt like I really had a good answer because I thought, well, you just kind of do it. And after years of really kind of doing it, there really is an art and a science to it — an art and a science to making the impossible possible.
Today, we’re going to talk about the art, because I dare to say, that the science piece, which I’d love to talk about at some point as well, without the art, it really is almost impossible to make the impossible possible. And the reason that this is important now, is because the last company that I built and sold last summer, it was a green energy company. And when I was doing this company, last fall, I really stopped and said, “Universe, what is it that I need to do next? What do you need me to hear?” And I really clearly heard, “Ingrid, everything that you’ve been doing in your life to date has been leading up to where you’re going to go now.”
We need to create a global sustainable future. And the only way to do this is through a new set of eyes, and that’s the eyes of women. And what you’re called to do is to do everything in your power to empower a billion women by 2020. So, I knew that everything that I was doing then, from that point forward — and that was just a year ago — my business, my policy, my TV initiatives, everything needed to line up towards this vision.
But the other thing was, I realized that, well, that’s great, that the things I’m involved in all moved towards that vision. But what happens if I’m not actually doing my part to share my story, and reach out to other women, who are exactly like me and I’m exactly like them, and help them understand the power of possibility, the power of belief, and the power of turning the impossible into the possible.
The Power of Belief
So, I want to share with you three things today, and the first one talks about: The Power of Belief. When I was in the 4th grade, it was really interesting because the principal called my parents up, and called my parents for a meeting. And they said, “Hans and Joan,” my parents’ names, “Dr and Mrs Vandervaldt, your child,” at that time the language they used, I was failing out of school. And they said, “Your daughter is not only learning disabled, but we believe she’s retarded.” — is the language they used. I was retarded.