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Mr. Overton

Mr. Overton

National Geographic introduces us to Richard Overton, America’s oldest living World War II veteran. The 109 year-old drinks whiskey, smokes cigars, and can still walk, talk, and has a valid driver’s license. He’s sharp as a tack, and could teach all of us a thing or two about life.

The Crash Survivor

The Crash Survivor

(PG-13: Language) In 2012, Doug Wright was in a crash which left him seriously injured. PLGRM explores the impact it had on his marriage, and his contact with Clyde Rowley, the man who caused the accident. Despite his hardships, Doug’s attitude is surprisingly positive.

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Stop Wasting Time

Stop Wasting Time

“Good things do NOT come to those who wait, so don’t leave it to fate, your life deserves to be great…” Spoken word artist Gary Turk’s reminds us that every moment we put off doing what we’ve thought about doing is a moment we could be achieving something rewarding.

Climbing without Limbs

Climbing without Limbs

If you’re looking for a source of inspiration, look no further than Kyle Maynard, a man who not only has climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua, but did it as a quadruple-amputee, and without the use of prosthetics. Wow. Just wow.

Tasting Sight

Tasting Sight

A moving short documentary about Andy, a man who lost his vision after a brutal assault, and the fascinating new technology which is helping him to regain his lost sense by sending electrical impulses to his tongue.

The Fitness Model Without a Pulse

The Fitness Model Without a Pulse

Andrew Jones is a serious stud. Not only is he more physically fit than most people we know, he’s a model, and he doesn’t let the fact that he has to live with an artificial heart while he waits for a transplant donor match get him down in the least.

Welcome to Atlantium

Welcome to Atlantium

Atlantium is a tiny self-declared sovereign state about 4 hours from Sydney, Australia, with about 3000 citizens in its current ranks. It was formed in the interest of creating a place where people of all kinds from around the world are welcome, and that values freedom above all.

SickKids vs Undeniable

SickKids vs Undeniable

A kick-ass promotional spot for a kick-ass organization, this spot for the SickKids Foundation at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children features kids and hospital staff doing battle against whatever comes their way, unwilling to give in to disease, illness, or injury.

Ruben’s Elevator

Ruben’s Elevator

“I’m right here on the first floor. The doors are open. I’m ready for more.” Meet Ruben Pardo, who has worked for 40 years as an elevator operator at an iconic art deco tower in Los Angeles. Dress Code’s charming look at a man dedicated to his work and supporting his family.

Mister Sunshine

Mister Sunshine

When Larry Woods was a millionaire back in the day, he was a self-confessed a-hole. But a single moment set him on the path to discovering true happiness. His new career as a shoeshine man may be humble, but it’s clear that he’s a much better person for it.

In Our Nature

In Our Nature

The latest spoken word performance by Gary Turk reminds us to get outdoors and enjoy what the world has to offer more. It’s a natural next step after his earlier piece about putting our gadgets down for a moment.

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.

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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.

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.

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