Robin Esrock: Finish the Sentence

Robin Esrock’s “Finish the Sentence” project had him asking over 1,000 strangers from all over the world the same three questions. The answers are stunning.

Something was missing for Robin Esrock. He had questions—about life, meaning, purpose. After cashing in a modest car insurance settlement, he set out to travel the world. “Would traveling help me answer the questions any more than if I had stayed at home?” he asked in this Speakeasy talk from Wanderlust Whistler 2014. During his adventures he started a project called “Finish the Sentence.” He asked everyone he met—more than 1,000 people in over 40 countries—to fill in the blank of three statements:

  • I am inspired by _______
  • I regret _______
  • I am grateful for _______

What he found by talking to so many people from such varied backgrounds is that we’re all a lot more alike than different. We share similar values: love, family, health, happiness. Often his questions led to engaging conversations.

“There are so many ways you can react when you realize there are no big answers to the big questions. The answers evolve, they transform, they grow just like the questions themselves, and just like the people asking them.”

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