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Phil Hansen gives the gift of TED

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GiveTED_BlogPhil-Hansen-at-TED20132Limitations, schimitations. At TED2013, Phil Hansen shared the story of how he thought his art career was over when he developed a severe hand tremor. Instead, by learning to “embrace the shake,” Hansen became a creative powerhouse, constantly coming up with new ways to transcend his limitation.

And so we wondered: what if we asked Phil Hansen to go holiday shopping with one big limit in place — that he could only gift people in his life with TED Talks rather than tangible items. Below, see the talks Hansen chose to give.

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a championRita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion
The Talk: Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion
For: All the art educators I’ve had the pleasure to work with
Why they’ll like it: “One of the hardest things for an art educator is to help their students overcome their fear of risk-taking. Rita gives great insight into the key ingredients in building a trusting relationship, which is a foundational piece for fostering creativity.”
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better workShawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
The Talk: Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
For: My intern, Joe Tin
Why he’ll like it: “I wish I had seen this talk at the beginning of my career, when I was Joe’s age. I think he will not only appreciate the hilarity of this talk, but also the invaluable wisdom that Shawn shares about journey versus destination, and putting happiness in front of success, literally.”
Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter whatAndrew Solomon: Love, no matter what
The Talk: Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what
For: My parents, Diane and Jerry Hansen
Why: “This talk reminds me of all the things I tried to find myself growing up — including dyeing my hair green, cutting the top off of my car, etc. And as someone living an authentic adult life, I want my folks to know how much I appreciate them always encouraging me to be me, through all the transitions of ‘me,’ and loving me, no matter what.”

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