If I Can… | Chris Koch | TEDxBinghamtonUniversity by TEDx Talks   2 years ago

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Every day may not be great, but there’s something great in every day. There are times when one bit of bad news or a little bad luck can seemingly ruin our day and so it spirals down into a horrible one. Inversely, some good news or a positive exchange with someone can turn the tides on a bad day so your mood shifts and you end up having a fantastic one. For me, when I let in that little bit of positivity and allow it to grow and build, it makes the fact that I was born without arms and legs absolutely moot.

Chris Koch was born in the small farming and ranching community of Nanton in Alberta, Canada. Despite being born without arms and legs, it’s an understatement to say that he has lived a full and active life. Growing up, he helped on the family farm and participated in sports including baseball, soccer and snowboarding. In recent years, Koch has shared his story around the world, spreading his message of “If I Can…” encouraging others to make the most out of life regardless of their situation. He constantly seeks out new adventures and challenges, conveying his message by example. He has traveled the globe extensively, often solo, crossing off bucket-list items including bungee-jumping and swimming with sharks. Koch has also embarked on several fundraising challenges that include climbing all 1,776 stairs of the CN Tower and completing the Calgary Marathon. The best part is, there is much more to come.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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