Say 'yes' to your adventure: Matthew Trinetti at TEDxLafayetteCollege

Upon hearing the news that his college friend was killed in a car accident, engineer and IBM consultant Matthew Trinetti booked a oneway ticket to Iceland and resolved to wander around Europe for the next seven months, led solely by intuition, curiosity, and love for the adventure. In this inspiring and poignant talk, Matthew Trinetti exposes the intangibles that cannot be learned in an engineer’s world of logic and reason alone: faith in ourselves, in our dreams, and in the magic that can occur when we decide to say a hearty ‘Yes’ to our adventure when it calls us.

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  • This is the deepest Ted story i have seen. For some, its not easy to tame a calculated mind.

    Afif Sab May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Wow! I loved that talk more than any other I've watched up until now. Thank you Matt for sharing your amazing story with us. I will make sure I have a story just as worth sharing as yours!

    Kaloyan Enchev May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Issue I’ve found is so many people I know come back and face reality and struggle big time.

    Charlie Bevinio May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • I took the same path as him, studied at Georgia Tech, studied abroad in Metz, realized my love for travelling while interning in Singapore. I am working now and digging at my dream of getting into Mountaineering. Going to climb Kilimanjaro in November this year. Looking forward to leaving this "job world" and living a life that gives me happiness and not worrying about the things that give me no satisfaction.

    Pratik Khairnar May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Excellent, excellent talk!!

    John Reynolds May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Made me cry.

    Bunchy Bunch May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Can I get the Transcript?

    Rodrigo Barata May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply

    DeLoxiTy May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • So we gotta travel..0o0

    Laura Lu May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • lame. sounds like every guy ever trying to hit me up at the bar.

    Silly Goose May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • muito lega very cool

    fernand0 Bx May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • this is one of best Tedx Talks that I ever heard (and liked in Youtube)…
    Inspiring talk!
    Really connected to your own journey.

    David Ngan May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • white kid went to travel and lost he's shit, he's a PILGRIM now, jeez

    Michael Kot May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • What a shit talk, you worked at IBM for 5 years then went on a big holiday entirely affordable by someone whose worked at IBM for 5 years. Zero risk, no real adventure. You had a long upper class holiday, whoopty fucking doo

    Scott Redford May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Thanks Matthew Trinetti, one of the best talks I've ever seen, I guess because it hit on my face, I've allowed fear to drive my bus in this regard.
    The message was very clear, very good delivery and engaging. Somehow I landed on your website today and immediately connected with it, I love traveling and I wish I could find the way to do it for longer and live in different places. I think for some people, life is not meant to be lived in one place. Thanks again, your words have really moved me (on my work lunch break)

    Alex Perez May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • one of the best talks I've ever heard…

    smileyourock May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Thanks, Shannon and Matt. Just say yes. its my birthday 22nd of the 6th 2016.

    Stirling Archer May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Matthew Trinetti Beautifully said (and well spoken), from one pilgrim to another. This journey can only be understood once taken. It is not about a holiday, it is about crossing borders, life, and how it evolves when trust and faith comes into play. Your awareness brought meaning and value to every experience. You are brilliant! Journey on! Life is an adventure!

    Mariette Hathor May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • charismatic young guy with a top grades and cool job he worked at for years quits, goes anywhere he likes

    surferdudette19 May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Interesting

    alitheia May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • GREAT talk

    Danielle Newnham May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Matt, you are an inspiration and a genuine adventurer! Thank you for telling your story.

    CD LaGrone May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply
  • Congrats on being invited to do a TedTalk.   We can't really know if your journey is over, and that you're doing what you were made to do.  Maybe your purpose it to touch many people so that they feel that swift kick in the ass as you did when Shannon died.  I know that she is proud of you, as are we. 

    Cathy Joiner May 20, 2020 11:42 pm Reply

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