The Power of Yes

You know the feeling when you don’t think that you did something particularly well, and then realize that you actually rocked it? That was the feeling I got when I saw this video of a TEDx talk that Suzanne and I did earlier this year for TEDxKids@BC.

I had just come back from a two week holiday far, far away and was still feeling a bit unsettled and unsure of myself. Fortunately we had the benefit of the amazing speaking coach Janice Tomich, who worked with us on technique and boosted our confidence. Heck, she even came up with the idea for the name of our talk: The Power of Yes.

The audience was local grade 11 and 12 students, and so we each took a look at how our adolescent experiences led to our adult choices to become entrepreneurs and social change leaders. Not to give away the whole story (although if you have a spare 15 minutes to watch the video, you won’t be disappointed!), we trace how saying Yes to various opportunities and experiences paid off for us, even when it didn’t seem like the safest or easiest thing to do.

In the case of AFRIpads, saying Yes has never had a bigger payoff: today they employ more than 50 women and will supply over 100,000 girls with washable pad kits this year. In my opinion, we are given too much credit for their incredible success, however the fact remains that we trusted them with ideas and design that our lawyers (had we asked them 😉 would have insisted on making contracts for – which would surely have limited, if not completely crushed the whole idea.

So check it out and let us know what you think. What do you feel like saying Yes to?

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  • eva

    Really cool!  Thanks for sharing the inspiring video.  I wish I could be a part of something as positive and life changing as you two are.  Thank you for caring about our community, and our world.  

  • Jennifer

    That was a beautiful video! Very inspirational and motivating. There are so many big things that I would like to say Yes to, but I think I’m still too afraid. Baby steps – I’ll start with a few smaller yes’s. Getting my LunaPads has really been a huge YES for me towards a more natural healthy way of living. I feel like it has had a ripple effect.

    Thanks for Sharing!