"Trying things out, testing things out, that's how you become an expert: You actually live it." — A.J. Jacobs

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"Trying things out, testing things out, that's how you become an expert: You actually live it." — A.J. Jacobs

"Trying things out, testing things out, that's how you become an expert: You actually live it." — A.J. Jacobs

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Amateur Hour

What does it take to survive, even thrive, when you're a complete amateur? This hour, TED speakers share stories of plunging — or being plunged — into new situations and emerging as experts.

"I'm Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is Italian ... But I've become increasingly interested in religion." — A.J. Jacobs Courtesy of TED hide caption

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How Does A Year Of Following Biblical Rules Change You?

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Uterus Hodie Virginie Floruit (Versus - Manuscrit XIIe siècle) Brigitte Lesne & Discantus

"Physics tells you what you can and can't do. If you know the physics anything else is possible." — Taylor Wilson James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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What Does It Take To Produce Nuclear Fusion — In Your Garage?

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The Earth Room (No Voice Version) Bryan C. Ricker

"I think some people do know how to do it! I wasn't one of those people." — Julia Sweeney James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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When It Comes Time For 'The Talk,' Are All Parents Amateurs?

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Let's Talk About Sex (The Power Mix) Salt 'N' Pepa

"When you tell someone your goal and they acknowledge it ... the mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it's already done." — Derek Sivers James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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What's The Best Way To Achieve A New Goal?

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"My agenda is very transparent and very simple: I want to save my kid, and will not let this disease take him without a fight." — Nancy Frates Sheryl Lanzel hide caption

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How Did A Simple Challenge Become A Worldwide Phenomenon?

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I'll Try Something New Smokey Robinson & The Miracles