Find a way

A few months ago I started watching Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. It’s one of the few American programmes available online that doesn’t get blocked for non-American residents.

The latest guest was Diana Nyad, the swimmer that successfully swam from Cuba to Florida last month without the help of a shark cage or wetsuit.

Oh. My. Gosh… wow! Yes, her swim is impressive but she’s one of the most powerful speakers I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. She talks the talk and walks the walk.

Diana Nyad

If you want to see what I’m talking about, watch these three videos in this order:

The first is her talk at TedMed in 2011 after she’d failed her second attempt, at 60 years old. The most powerful moment is when she says that she will do it. And she did.

Not that we all have to go and accomplish such huge feats, but there’s such a huge difference in saying I will rather than I’ll try.  As Diana tells Oprah, her best mantra while swimming is “find a way”.

  • Diana Nyad at TedMed 2011 – video link
  • Diana Nyad on Super Soul Sunday – Part I
  • Diana Nyad on Super Soul Sunday – Part II