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We’re The Superhumans

We’re The Superhumans

A fantastic promo for the 2016 Rio Paralympics, packed with amazingly capable people who have overcome physical hardships that could crush one’s spirit, but instead inspired these folks to excel. Be sure to watch the in-depth profile videos too. (Accessible versions here).

Devin Williams: 10,000 Hours

Devin Williams: 10,000 Hours

An injury derailed Devin Williams’ dream of playing high level college hoops, and he ended up in an art university. End of story? Nope. A class assignment unlocked his eye for filmmaking and teaching. Now he’s a YouTube star who has positively impacted many lives.

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Fuel Your Hustle

Fuel Your Hustle

In this brief but brilliant promo clip for the new Chevy Cruze, spoken word artist Prince Ea offers up some flowing and inspiring prose about the internal mechanism that drives us to succeed, and how effort and motivation is more valuable than money and book smarts.

Roomba Wheelchair

Roomba Wheelchair

This feral kitten named Cassidy was born without rear paws, but thanks to the fine folks at TinyKittens, he’s doing quite well. After trying prosthetics and a wheelchair rig, Cassidy has a new conveyance that he loves best. He owes Shark Roomba Cat a debt of gratitude.

Jungle Pilots Are Superheroes

Jungle Pilots Are Superheroes

Inspired by Bill & Melinda Gates’ letter about superheroes, Destin of SmarterEveryDay met up with some of his idols. The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flies to remote locations to deliver medicine, food and other valuables to people in need.

Wheelchair Snowplow

Wheelchair Snowplow

Iraq war veteran Justin Anderson has faced serious hardships, including an amputated leg and a battle with brain cancer. But that hasn’t stopped him from helping others. Brian has modified his off-road wheelchair so he can plow the snow from his neighbors’ sidewalks.

Elevatours

Elevatours

Andrew Reams aka DieselDucy has Asperger syndrome. One of his fixations is elevators, and for the past eight years he’s been uploading “elevatours” on YouTube. Eventually, it became a way for him to reach out to other people with autism and help lift up their spirits.

For All the Good Times

For All the Good Times

Army veteran Ian Parkinson lost both of his legs while protecting our freedom. If that weren’t daunting enough, Ian loves skateboarding. After a long recovery, he has found his way back to the skate park once more, thanks to his astoundingly positive attitude. (Thanks Nick!)

Manchester’s Homeless Hotel

Manchester’s Homeless Hotel

Soccer legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville bought the former Manchester stock exchange building, intending to turn it into a hotel. When homeless people and activists moved in seeking shelter from the coming winter, Giggs and Neville allowed them to stay.

Hands Free

Hands Free

Mark Goffeney is a talented guitarist, especially when you consider that he plays using his feet. Born without arms, Mark’s disability made him an outcast in the ’80s rock scene. But that setback made him believe in sincerity and the power of music even more.

The Cyborg Drummer

The Cyborg Drummer

After a tragic accident, Jason Barnes had his hand and wrist amputated. As if that weren’t challenging enough, Jason plays the drums. But thanks to Gil Weinberg, and the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, he can play entirely new styles with his new robotic hand.

Kieran’s Hand

Kieran’s Hand

e-NABLE’s global community of volunteers is using 3D printing tech to provide custom-made prosthetic hands to children and adults in need, without the costs and other associated with traditional prosthetics. Read about Kieran’s Raptor Reloaded hand on Instructables.

Talented, But Homeless

Talented, But Homeless

Like most who find themselves homeless, there’s clearly more to the story of Donald Gould as he demonstrates his amazing musical talent on the streets of Sarasota, Florida. Show your support for Donald over on GoFundMe.

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Taking the First Step

Taking the First Step

Action and sports filmmaker Devin Supertramp takes a break from his usual antics to tell the stories of young amputees and the volunteer efforts of organizations like Ford and Mobility Mission to help them obtain prosthetics.

Robert De Niro NYU Tisch Speech

Robert De Niro NYU Tisch Speech

(PG-13 Language) De Niro’s commencement speech at NYU Tisch prepared 2015 grads for life as underdogs. You’ll start from the bottom… and you might be stuck there. On to the next one. Not the next milestone, but the next audition.

Original Gentleman: Hip Hop Dancing

Original Gentleman: Hip Hop Dancing

“Over the hill… and picking up speed.” That’s how 60-year-old UK expat and Bay Area resident Peter Barnes describes himself. Here he reinforces that statement, proving that age has nothing to do with a youthful spirit. More here.

A Snowboarder’s Tiny House

A Snowboarder’s Tiny House

Snowboarder Mike Basich has fully embraced the outdoor lifestyle, and now lives in a tiny 225 square foot organic structure he built from stone and wood in the middle of his 40-acre property. Naturally, there’s plenty of snow outside.

Ali’s Greatest Brag

Ali’s Greatest Brag

“I done handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail.” This classic podium speech from the great Muhammad Ali not only is one of the greatest all-time brags, but it truly makes us long for his unabashed ego and irrepressible personality.

805 Million Names

805 Million Names

Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović had the names of 50 people he never met tattooed on his body – each of whom are suffering from hunger. He hopes it will help raise awareness and support for the millions who are starving around the world.

Look, No Hands!

Look, No Hands!

Designer Michelle Vandy has had to minimize the use of her hands due to a repetitive strain injury, so being a highly creative individual, she came up with a unique way to interact with her computer – using her nose and an Apple Magic Trackpad.

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Touch the Sky

Touch the Sky

Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi lost both of his legs in a tragic accident, but that didn’t take away his passion for racing. Today, he’s an award-winning cyclist, has returned to racing cars, and has a better attitude than most people we know.

Becoming Sumo

Becoming Sumo

Hailing from Egypt, 22-year old Ōsunaarashi (“The Great Sandstorm”) is the first professional sumo wrestler to come from Africa. This clip is an excerpt from Salazar’s 30-min documentary. The entire film is on Red Bull TV.

Nico’s Story

Nico’s Story

Nico Calabria was born without his right leg or hip, but that didn’t stop him from playing soccer competitively. You’re dead inside if this ad for Powerade doesn’t give you the feels. Support Nico’s dream of playing World Cup soccer here.

Trail Therapy

Trail Therapy

In 1999, after his son committed suicide, Steve Fugate left his successful businesses and started walking across the United States. He’s doing it to remind other people and himself not to lose hope. Steve has walked over 34,000mi and counting.

Cowboy: As I Am

Cowboy: As I Am

Steven Millward was injured falling from a rodeo horse 20 years ago. He now relies on horse whisperer Grant Golliher to help manage his herd. But despite his physical setbacks, Steven is still a cowboy in the deepest recesses of his soul.

Sonny the 70-year-old Bodybuilder

Sonny the 70-year-old Bodybuilder

You’d never know from these muscles that the man in this video is 70-years-old. Sam “Sonny” Bright Jr. started working out religiously when he was 44 and stuck to it. Proof positive that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

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