Updated: August 9, 2008
Stephen Hawking is one of the most respected physicists of our time. He is best known for his works on quantum gravity and black holes.
I’ve read his bestselling book, A Brief History of Time, during college, and later on read his biography, and I can’t help but be inspired with this man’s commitment and passion for his work.
What makes him really amazing is that during most of his scientific career, he has been disabled by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). This is a type of motor neuron disease which makes a person lose neuromuscular control.
The illness has progressed over the years, slowly paralyzing his body. And yet, his disability never stopped him from doing academic research, giving scientific talks and more importantly, pursuing his dreams.
I’d like to now share a short video from TED Talks last February 2008. It features space exploration enthusiast, Peter Diamandis, as he narrates the story of how Stephen Hawking realized one of his biggest dreams. I hope you find inspiration from it and make you believe that you are never too old to dream.
Don’t let life’s difficulties and obstacles stop you from pursuing your passion. This is the only way to live. It is the true fountain of youth. As former US president, Bill Clinton, once said, “When our memories outweigh our dreams, [then] we have grown old.”
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. If you want to watch more videos from TED Talks, you can check out other posts in the Inspirations and Motivations category of this blog or simply visit the TED website.
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