Let’s see what is made possible when a childhood fascination gets nurtured every step of the way!

Dr. Ingrid Visser has been lucky since childhood. She started with parents who would see the promise in nurturing her unusual interest in snorkeling at 7, and then after that, she made much of her own luck with perseverance and offering new ideas to the right people.

Image: Killer whales mother and baby breaching in the wild

Source Mike Charest // Flickr

Dr. Visser has dedicated her life to researching and saving the most intelligent predator on earth: the Orca, or Killer Whale, as some may call it. She’s expanded her knowledge to actually be able to swim with them safely, often saving them from entanglements with fishing nets, and she’s offered some new thoughts on how to manage the remaining orcas in captivity.

Today, we celebrate another EWC’s thought leaders with another great video share from GoPro. This one was shot on location in New Zealand, and it includes never-before-seen videos of a GoPro mounted to the dorsal fin of a wild orca, plus various archival footage and pictures from the Orca Research Trust.

This is a fantastic story, not only for what we learn about saving killer whales but how we see her passing her gift on, no doubt sparking a fire under children exactly the age when she was bitten by the bug of her own passions.

Take a look at this phenomenal video brought to us by GoPro!

Via: GoPro 1

Fabulous, huh? You can check out another of our articles about whales, specifically about an absolutely phenomenal movie of conservation, by clicking below!

14 minutes

The BlackFish Outcome: Good People Can Win!

After 3 years of public pressure following the broadcast of a documentary called Blackfish, SeaWorld is finally canceling its Killer Whale shows, stopping its captive breeding program, and phasing out keeping killer whales in captivity all together!

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So I ask you, I ask everyone, “Why can’t the negative 24-hour news cycle bring us more things like this!”

Image: two killer whales in a bay near a glacier

Source: Rennet Stowe // Flickr

There is no end to the great people doing amazing things these days (we’ve written over 1000 EWC articles to prove it!) If you are just discovering us here at Ever Widening Circles, jump over to our homepage to scroll down through our stories of the past few weeks, and dive in anywhere. You’re sure to come out of a half hour with us, having a spring in your step!

In fact, most of our visitors subscribe, so they can get our one-daily article right in their inbox and read it either to start a good day or end on a good note.

 What do these thought leaders show us all?

After enjoying a few more articles with this theme of self-discovery, you may notice there seems to be a similar pattern for success for many of the people we choose as Ever Widening Circles (EWC) thought-leaders in all these articles:

  1. Image: Two little girls loving scienec

    Source: Dr. Lynda

    1. They were encouraged to follow their passions early in life.

  2. 2. They persevered when others would have folded.
  3. 3. They offered something completely new in the way of ideas, often connecting things that no one ever thought to combine.

We can all practice #2 and #3, and if we know a kid with a unique interest, we can spur them on, validate their passions, facilitate their access to information!

Scroll down to the bottom of this article if you want to see more wonders and insights.

Meanwhile, stay open, curious and optimistic!

~ Dr. Lynda

There are inspiring people all around us!

If you’d like to enjoy the story of another thought leader who had her “ah-ha” moment at exactly the right time, check out this article!

9 minutes

Inspiring the Next Generation of Thought Leaders!

Think about it, the next generation of thought leaders is sitting in a classroom right now! How will we inspire them, and make sure they can explore their passions?

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In fact, we have another fabulous article where 4 famous scientists tell the amazing stories of how their earliest passions were nurtured: the singular moments at age 8, 9 or 10, when they remember the universe calling them!

11 minutes

The Secret Lives of Scientists: Space Explorers Edition

Where do astronauts get their start? What inspired Neil deGrasse Tyson to become an astrophysicist? Here are the origin stories of some of our greatest scientific and cultural icons!

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  1. GoProCamera. “GoPro: Orca Rescue in 4K.” YouTube. GoPro, 02 Dec. 2014. Web. 29 Jan. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pRHO1psAYY>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world. Hear her latest conversations with thought leaders on the Ever Widening Circles Podcast--new episodes every Thursday!