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TEDxAmsterdam 2012 Marc de Hond The Power of Adaptation by Mind Map: TEDxAmsterdam 2012
Marc de Hond 
The Power of Adaptation
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TEDxAmsterdam 2012 Marc de Hond The Power of Adaptation

not an exceptional power

everyone has it

it only comes up when it is really needed

what is needed

1 you need a spark of optimism

2 time and effort

3 support of others, Family & Friends


people can learn

Are motivated

look at stars can dance



last 5 years of granddad

was in a wheelchair

He would probably ask: "How do you survive being in a wheelchair for the rest of your life

choose your own challenges

choose own power of adaptation

I got to choose my own challenges

as years went by

improvement in walking progressed slow

wheelchair skills improved

using the wheelchair more and more

body change

Stronger arms

use alot of time to train

he felt free

he started to play wheelchair basketball

instead of footbal


people respected them

good wheelchair skills

he meets people who do the same

in Papendal, training for paralympics

rehabilitation center


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Marc de Hond


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picture of grandparents

where inspiration

survivors of hollocaust

they survived

lost a lot

had a positive view on life

both passed away same year

2002 the year I lost everything


Became paralyzed

he adapted, experienced to survive

he was 25 in 2002, was goal keepers, got great reflexes, he felt a strange pain while playing, discovered he had a tumor, needed to be removed, got to hospital, removed the tumor, but ended up paralyzed from the waist down, it took 2 years to know what functions would recover, after 4 months, lot of medition, started with movement in toe, the legs, started walking, worked very hard to recover

He though life was only worth living, If he could play football, lots of things to deal with, he took 1 stap at a time