Mark Ford

Recommended by Mark Ford: Martin Pistorius was a healthy boy when he fell into a coma at age 12.

He spent the next 13 years trapped in his body, unable to move or communicate in any way.

His family and caregivers all believed he was brain-dead. But Martin’s mind and senses still functioned. He absorbed every minute of every experience.

Martin describes how he learned to control his mind… to tolerate his existence and the heartbreaking behavior of those around him. He explains what this experience taught him about happiness, gratitude, and the power of communication.

If you ever feel like life dealt you a bad hand—like you never achieved your potential… never got the break you needed… were never properly appreciated, understood, or loved—listen to this TED Talk: