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Finding Your Vision – an Extraordinary Tale

Today is the first day of Jennifer Lee’s Right Brain Business Plan e-Course (woo-hoo!) and Week 1 has you focusing on your business Vision and Values. So, I was musing on this and thinking how lovely it would be to find something interesting to share here on that theme.

I’m so glad I searched – this fabulous TED talk by Caroline Casey is not only a great story and an amazing personal journey (I’d love to interview her for the Journeys series), but it’s totally in line with my own values too – being true to yourself, following your bliss, and bringing out the best in yourself and other people.

It’s also a wonderful example of how utterly amazing ‘ordinary’ people are – it’s about all of us being able (or allowing ourselves) to shine in our own sweet and utterly incredible ways…

Here are two of the initiatives Caroline helped set up that wouldn’t exist if she hadn’t been 100% herself:
Elephant Family with Mark Shand

And in response to her story, I have some new questions for future interviews too:

  • When you were 5, what did you most want to be when you grew up?
  • What was your ‘snot rock’ or most broken moment so far in your own journey?
  • What would you like your ‘1000 mile elephant ride’ equivalent to be?

Would love to hear your answers – feel free to post your comments below!



  1. The purpose is to realize you and within you the truth in you, the light in you, the delightfulness of God in you. That is your soul.

  2. Hi Michelle!

    Thanks for sharing this TED talk. It brought me to tears.

    Speaking of interviews and what I wanted when I was a child,I found a written interview of me as a 9 year old where I said, “I like singing, dancing and art, so I think that I would like to become an actress and go into show business.” It’s been a long journey but now as a motivational speaker, I’m finding my way back to that young girl in me.

    Thanks again!

    • That’s a lovely image – I can imagine you centre-stage and enjoying your audience.

      I think it shows also that the real you just has to come out eventually and the more you allow it to, the more you are able to do – your own work is a great example of this – I love what you’re doing Annette – you’re making a real difference in teenagers’ lives –

      and thanks for sharing!


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