In June of 2016 I received a call from Helen, the woman responsible for TEDxUMD 2017. A mutual friend recommended me as a speaker, and Helen wanted to know if I would be interested in delivering a TEDxTalk on February 18, 2017.

“Absolutely,” I responded, “Delivering a TEDxTalk is on my bucket list.”

“Great! What’s your topic?” Helen asked.

Considering my background and expertise in leading across generations and revealing hidden talent, one might think I would have offered a related title.

Instead, the title that made its way off my lips on the phone that day rattled me to my core and left me feeling exposed and vulnerable in a profound and unnerving way. More than once, I could sense an intense desire to sabotage the opportunity or at the very least change the title.

As you might imagine, the difficulty of such an undertaking brought forth some of life’s greatest lessons, and I’m excited to share them with you throughout the weeks ahead—be on the lookout.

For today, please enjoy the speech that transformed my life and taught me how to surrender in the face of utter terror.

The Purpose of Pain—Using Rage To Heal

Here’s to your greatness,

Misti Burmeister

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