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TYE 143: The woman who used my TED Talk as her ringtone

Jul 25, 2022
Shelli Varela, TED-Talk, female-firefighter, inspiring-women, inspiring-ringtone

This quick story was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. It’s a moment with a stranger where I truly realized how sharing your story can help others.


An aspiring young female firefighter had tracked me down and asked to meet for coffee. Throughout her training, she had been rewatching this TED Talk I did on becoming a female firefighter. 


The day we met in person, her phone rang. That moment, both our lives changed. 


There is somebody out there that needs your help. And something small you might take for granted has the power to impact others going through the exact same experiences you did.

In this episode, you’ll learn:


  • How to inspire others
  • How to motivate others as a leader
  • Why sharing your story is important
  • How to motivate yourself


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