Dan Meyer is passionate about inspiring people to do the impossible, cut through fear, and change the world. Dan is Director of Interlink Resources, a humanitarian aid company that works with orphans in Kazakhstan. Dan is also a 39x world record holder and leading expert in the world's oldest and most dangerous art -- Sword Swallowing -- president of the Sword Swallowers Association International, Finalist on America's Got Talent, and winner of the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine for medical research on sword swallowing and its side effects. In the surprise TED talk that got a standing ovation at TEDxMaastricht, Dan takes the audience on a journey from extreme fears to extreme feats, wimp to world record holder, outcast to outlier, loser to Ig Nobel Prize winner, coward to courageous, and quitter to Finalist on America's Got Talent. Dan describes his struggles with fear, bullying and social anxiety disorder and his quest to overcome the limitations of the human body to perform superhuman feats and do the impossible to change the world. Dan's talk is authentic, touching, funny, entertaining, inspirational, jaw-dropping, and head-spinning, and creates an impact on audiences who never expect what they're going to experience.
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