His story:

In November 2017, Dr. Matthew Wetschler, a Stanford-trained physician, former professional athlete, and visual artist had a catastrophic surfing accident, which nearly killed him and rendered him a quadriplegic.

Prior to his injury, drawing from his experience as a physician, Dr. Wetschler toured nationally to renowned institutions such as Harvard, Duke, UNC, Stanford and Yale, as a guest lecturer speaking to the phenomenon of burnout, well-being, and personal optimization.

His Talk:

Dr. Wetschler's lecture discusses the experience of death, paralysis, and, eventually, a remarkable recovery.  Weaving in his expertise of burnout and the psychology of elite-athletic performance, he distills valuable mental frameworks for self-optimization, resilience, durational effort, and, ultimately success inside intensely demanding and uncertain endeavors.