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[Motivational Speaker] TEDx Talk : What Math can teach us about igniting possibilities

Hope you had a wonderful and meaningful Holy Week and Easter celebration.

Let’s dive right into our Story, Highlight, and call to Action for the week 🙂


When I was in elementary and high school, my favorite subject was Math. If I wanted to relax, I would solve Math problems. The more difficult the problems were, the more excited I got.

Do you love Math, too? If yes, that’s great!
If you were traumatized by it, let me prove to you that you are good at Math.

Let’s solve this Math problem.

If x + 2 = 5, what is the value of x?

Did you get it? I bet you did!
See? You’re good at Math!!!

How you solved that Math problem gives a glimpse into how to solve any problem and ignite possibilities in your life and profession.

I want to repeat that for emphasis: The process you used to solve that problem is the same process you can use to solve any problem and ignite possibilities.

This was what I talked about in my second TEDx talk.

I shared a simple yet powerful formula to solve any problem and ignite possibilities.

Possibilities like…

  • Is it possible to write a book and launch it in a few months even if you’re not a writer and you’re busy?
  • Is it possible to speak with confidence and competence in a few weeks even if you’ve always been so scared of speaking?
  • It is possible to make your employees highly engaged and excited to go to work?
  • Is it possible to be a recording artist even if you’re not a singer? Ehem! Ehem!
  • Is it possible to lead with care and drive results for your company?

And so much more!

And the answer is a resounding YES!!!

The key is the formula I talked about in my second TEDx talk. You can watch it here. 

Here it is:

Accept + Believe + Solve = Fearless Possibilities

Step 1: Accept the givens.

Step 2: Believe there is a solution
Step 3: Find ways to solve the problem.

What I discovered is this: “Possibilities are simply problems waiting to be ignited.”

If you have a problem right now, I genuinely want to congratulate you.

If you apply the ABS formula I shared in my TEDx talk, you can turn that problem into a possibility.

I was not a writer. Today, I’ve written 15 books and I teach book writing to aspiring authors who are not writers.
I was shy and introverted. Today, I speak globally and I teach individuals and C-suite leaders how to speak with confidence and competence.

What were once problems became possibilities not just for me but for other people as well.

An unexpected twist
Three weeks ago, I was walking normally when I suddenly tripped because of an unforeseen step.
I incurred a fracture in my 5th metatarsal and my orthopedic advised me to immobilize my foot for 6-8 weeks.

My foot is currently in a cast and I have to rely on someone to wheel me when I need to go somewhere.

Imagine not being able to walk, or sit down normally without elevating your foot.
To move around, I use a wheelchair, a walker, or crutches.

It’s a bummer to be immobile for 6-8 weeks. I had to reschedule my travels, teaching classes at AIM, and some of my programs, among others.
I had to miss a TEDx event in Europe which I dreamed of attending since 2023.

Applying the ABS formula, I’m already seeing how this “limited mobility” problem is igniting possibilities!

I felt very loved and cared for and I developed a newfound courage and an even greater appreciation for mobility.

Here were some ways I felt loved and cared for:

  1. That night when I tripped, my brother and sister-in-law accompanied me to the E.R. and we were there until 3 AM.
  2. Family and friends came over to bring food and join me for lunch or dinner.
  3. Friends and clients sent care packages.
  4. A client was kind enough to move our training to a month later.
  5. My cousin and cousin-in-law called me up and showed their support.
  6. When I went home to the province for the Holy Week, my family moved all our meals to the 2nd floor since my bedroom is on the 2nd floor.
  7. A friend lent me her crutches because the crutches I ordered would arrive late.
  8. Family and friends accompanied me to my doctor’s appointment and x-rays.

I didn’t ask them to do things for me. They’re just so sweet and caring.

Here’s another thing: The well-known developer admitted that the walkway where I tripped indeed posed a hazard. Two people almost tripped that night I tripped.

I imagined…

What if the person who got injured is a security guard who is also a breadwinner?

Can he tell his boss,
“Boss, I can’t walk. Can I work from home?”

Or if she’s a cleaner. For sure, she can’t move her work to Zoom.

This is why I’ve been in private talks with this well-known developer. I won’t stop until they address this concern and make sure all their properties are safe. As an act of goodwill, I won’t disclose their brand publicly so as not to damage their reputation. I am hopeful our private talks are enough to move them to act compassionately and with accountability.


“Problems are simply possibilities waiting to be ignited.”

Call to ACTION

Do you have a pressing problem right now?

You are about to ignite a possibility!

Apply the powerful formula I shared in my TEDx talk.

Accept + Believe + Solve = Fearless Possibilities

I fleshed out the formula in my 17-minute TEDx talk.
Watch it here. and please share your insights on TEDx YouTube comments.

I wish you fearless possibilities 🙂

Sha Nacino

Motivational & TEDx Speaker l Author l Adjunct Faculty, Asian Institute of Management

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3. Watch my second TEDx talk here. I’d love to read your comments on TEDx YouTube.

Sha Nacino

Sha Nacino is a motivational speaker, author of 15 books, and adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. She is on a mission to inspire fearless possibilities by helping leaders and companies build a culture where everyone feels safe, seen, and appreciated.

Sha finished her B.S. in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines - Diliman and holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

She was awarded the Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 by the United Nations Global Entrepreneur Council and Inspiring Humanitarian Award by the World Humanitarian Drive.

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