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How I Became Addicted to Helping Others

PRESENTED BY Travis Van Winkle | Feb 15, 2017
Actor and philanthropist Travis Van Winkle—riddled with self-doubt, feelings of worthlessness and low self-esteem—finally decides to investigate various modes of spirituality. On a quest to get to know himself for the first time, spiritually thirsty and looking for knowledge and love, Travis encounters the Baha’i Faith and finds that service to others—to those who have to bear a heavier load than he does—give him the meaning and life purpose he sought. Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud.

Travis Van Winkle began his acting career in 2004 and has made guest appearances in television series such as That's So Raven, Malcolm in the Middle, 7th Heaven and Hart of Dixie. In October 2012, he was cast as Lieutenant Danny Green, leader of the...



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  • Mar 22, 2020
    Thank you for that great motivational talk. We all have to learn not to look inwardly but look outwardly and serve our fellow mankind. When we do that, sadness and sorrow disappears and self worth and achievement takes over.
  • Mam Yassin Sarr
    Mar 10, 2017
    Thank you for this beautiful ode to service, so honestly delivered Travis, I've already adopted you as my brother. Just thought I should let you know. My name is Mam-Yassin Sarr and when you come to The Gambia in West Africa, come visit us at Starfish International. You have a sister there.
  • Sally Walker
    Feb 19, 2017
    It was an excellent talk! Very inspiring. I was a bit surprised that there was no mention of the four core activities which are a major capacity-building service component of Baha'i community life. Just curious about that.
  • Criselda Figuerres
    Feb 17, 2017
    Great talk! Inspiring, uplifting.
  • Nika Nematollahi
    Feb 16, 2017
    This video was just as good as watching is live!
  • Cassidy Willden
    Feb 16, 2017
    Travis van winkle is my biggest fan of you I was watched last ship it is my favorite show but is not my favorite I love the cast crew
  • Susan Yazdanmehr
    Feb 16, 2017
    I will just say that that was simply awesome in every way. Thank you Travis for sharing these profound insights in such an engaging, humorous and deeply meaningful way.
    And deep deep thanks to BahaiTeachings.Org for such a great idea. Inspiring and uplifting.
  • Jessica Oldwyn
    Feb 16, 2017
    Sometimes words can't even express how I feel, but this sums it up, with humor, and love, and kindness - yet it's raw and honest! Yes! Thank you! I don't even know how I stumbled upon it tonight, but it is exactly the conformation I needed. It's about love, and kindness, and honesty, and giving, and humanity. That's true love, and I always need to see it, and feel it, and remember that my heart isn't wrong. One of the most important parts, I thought, is that it doesn't necessarily need to be seen by others, or anyone else, other ...than those who we are helping. It's not for show, it's for love. Everything is about deep, honest, love - and acting upon helping. - So grateful we were introduced, and I can "learn on", Dan & Jess
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