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Are we simply the sum of our experiences? Or can we choose our own path? In this hour, TED speakers share stories of undergoing remarkable transformations despite extraordinary challenges.

"In that instant I realized how much energy it takes to hold that hatred inside of you" — Zak Ebrahim James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Choose Peace?
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"It's one of those moments in your life where you're so conscious about what you're about to do, and what you're about to do will change your life." --€” Geena Rocero James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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How Do You Reveal A Life-Changing Transformation?
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"A person can never be broken. Our built environment, our technologies, are broken and disabled" — Hugh Herr Ryan Lash/TED hide caption

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How Do You Reinvent Yourself After a Near-Death Experience?
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"Oftentimes it feels like we're literally talking about another person ... I've had moments where I've cried for that young man that I was" — Shaka Senghor Brittany Buongiorno/TED hide caption

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How Can Someone Move Beyond Murder?
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