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Be An Inspiration: A Kid Reveals The Secret Of Happiness Before Passing On

Every man has the potential to influence his generation 

Sam Berns

His name is Sam Berns. a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he has achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the high school marching band.

Sam was known to have a rare rapid aging disease called Progeria at the age of 2 but he never allowed this to stop him from having a fun and fulfilled life.

Rather than think about the challenges in his life which was caused by this disease, he had a dream to make a difference in his community by living a happy life. This made him to be featured in TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

In this program, this adorable kid who turned 17, teaches the world his philosophy and secret to happiness, after which he passed on.

Sam’s Philosophy For A Happy Life And What You Can Learn From It

Be OK With What You Ultimately Can’t Do Because There is So Much That You Can Do 

Sam shared an insight; most times people cloud their minds with things that they can’t do or challenges that are affecting them. Sam said that even though he understood there are things he couldn’t do because of Progeria, he focused on things he could do and made adjustments where necessary.

Maybe you feel there are some things that you can’t just do, well there are many things that you can do; focus on those things ( Sam shows a clip playing the drum).

Surround Yourself With People You Want To Be Around

Sam expressed his appreciation for the people he had experienced in life. It was friends, family, class mates and loved ones that made him enjoy what life had to offer. He advises that we should never take our friends and families for granted as they very important in your life. Sam was able to accomplish a lot through the help of friends like being able to play his passion which is music.

Keep Moving Forward

Despite Sam’s condition, he has been able to move forward and enjoy the things that matter most in life. Sam revealed that even though he felt sad sometimes, he found a way to deal with it and move forward. 

Earlier in his life, Sam discloses that he struggled with the question of why he had to face such ordeal but now, he had matured and rather than focus on it, he thinks about other thinks.

Sam message to everyone is always be happy in spite your situation. If you focus on your limitation, you will be limited; If you focus on your condition, you are never going to do much. Instead focus on achieving your dreams and you live life intentionally. 

I know you have learnt a lot from Sam. Have a nice week. 


Hi, my name is Ikechi Awazie and this blog will give you personal development tips that will make a difference in your life. There is no benefit in playing small. Eventually you will come to realize this fact as you learn about people who inspire their generation to greatness. You can add me on on Twitter and Google+. Don’t forget to sign up in order to get updates every week as well as The Complete Guide To Success Consciousness.

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