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Not Impossible Labs #94
People with ALS often lose their ability to move and speak. The Eyewriter technology allows them to communicate through writing with their eyes. Mick Ebeling and his team at Not Impossible Labs created the Eyewriter. Their mission is to create technology that helps people by "recognizing an absurdity [that limits people] and committing to figure it out." Mick's story, work and heart transformed the way I view life, business, relationships, challenges and possibility. Today, Mick will share how he turns the "impossible" into "possible" in his lab and how you can do it in your life. SHOW NOTES  Figure it out mode: Start talking to people and asking questions. The more questions you ask, the smarter you get and the more you realize who knows what they're doing. Maybe you've viewed it as being bad for too long and it's time to change your perspective. Instead of thinking of technology for the sake of making things pretty and entertaining, how about for the sake of humanity. Hear Not Impossible Podcast episode 7 about the device celebrated by Pharell + Lady Gaga that helps deaf people experience music. Hear Not Impossible Podcast episode 3 about the Eyewriter. Check out Mick's book Not Impossible. If you want a critical tip to launch your from impossible to possible, check out the 5-Second Rule from Mel Robbins on Ep. #87. If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO.It's my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist. Mick Ebeling's Live Inspired 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, The Alchemist and Man's Search for Meaning. They're all stories of owning your life and making change. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? To play and turn anything into a game. As a kid I could have a pile of sticks and turn it into a game. I wish I had more of a sense of play, fascination and wonder.  3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Photo album. memories ground you in naivety that sense of wonder of the person you are and the person you were and when you meld those together that gives you the fodder for growth in the future. 4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? bench. without a doubt my dad. he passed 11 years ago before I started not impossible. what do you think he'd say? "Good job. Keep it up." 5. What is the best advice you've ever received? I was graduating from college in Santa Baraba, CA. my uncle said, responsibility is over rated. you're going to get a mortgage payment and school payments and car payments. its going to come. avoid it as long as you can. I went and got a job. and I think, man that was good advice I should have heeded. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't take yourself so serious. Every time you think your world is collapsing problems are the problems of the world. Every mistake I've made has basically just been a contribution to my life MBA. If I was able to just reflect on that in the moment, I'd be able to get even more out of it later on. 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He absolutely did not believe in the impossible. *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday! Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It's my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.

Not Impossible Labs #94

2018-08-0900:54:041

Mind Platter: A poet on sharing your voice and feeling your feelings
Najwa Zebian, poet, advocate, author of the book Mind Platter and Lebanese Canadian, was recently thrown into the spotlight when her poetic #MeToo Tweet went viral via New York Times, CBS News, the Times of India. Today, Najwa shares her life, her incredibly moving poetry and an invitation to feel our feelings, own our stories and share our voices. SHOW NOTES: John mentions this Goalcast video that shares his story. John mentions hearing Najwa's story through her Goalcast video. Get Najwa's books Mind Platter and The Nectar of Pain. "When excluded from activities, I felt like it was my fault. This is something not only children internalize, but that adults do too." "I couldn't understand what I was going through. That pushed me to find other means to express myself." "Belonging is a basic human need." I had good grades, good manners. I convinced myself that settling for that was enough. There's no progressing in life if you don't come to terms with your story. Even the strongest of us go through moments where we feel let down or taking advantage of. Just to visualize it: These mountains you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb. I gives me so much power. I must believe in myself before I expect anyone else to believe in me. I must raise my own voice and not expect someone to fight for me. To get heard, I was the one who had to raise my voice. There wasn't anyone saying, you've been going through a hard time, is there anything I can do. I can't expect anyone to lead me. I need to start paving that road. If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It's my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist. NAJWA ZEBIAN ON HOW SHE BECAME A WRITER: "On my 13th birthday, I had one friend who I only saw at school because we did not live in the same village. She gave me a journal. It was the first time I wrote my feelings out on paper. It was weird at first... unfamiliar. I found myself going back to it day after day. It became the home that I was searching for because nobody was telling me that I was being too sensitive or that I shouldn't be feeling that way." "They didn't want to be here, but felt like they had to be grateful. They felt out of place and made to feel that they were not good enough." Najwa said of her Libyan students in Canada. "I started to write to help them feel empowered. I thought I was writing for them, but I was writing to heal my 16 year old self. That was a pivotal moment." If you enjoyed Najwa's story of advocacy, owning your story and using your voice, check out Ep. #82 with Christine Caine. NAJWA ZEBIAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Prophet. I love hat it talks about elements of love and life and purpose and friendship and that it's timeless. It was written decades ago and if I were to read it in 2000 years, it would still make sense. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Innocence. When I was young I used to take everything at face value. I wouldn't hesitate to smile. If I saw someone struggling, I'd get emotional and try to help them. 3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My journal. 4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My grandma. I lived with her and I remember so many lessons that she taught me as a child. She would tell me old stories of going through the war and what she learned about life. I never got a chance to give her a proper good bye. 5. What is the best advice you've ever received? I need to put myself first in order to be able to give to others. When I feel depleted, it's because I didn't honor my boundaries. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Forgive yourself for being hard on yourself and tying your happiness to whether or not people welcomed you into their lives. 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Truly lived and owned her own story.  *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday! Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It's my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.
Ironbound Hard Cider (Ex-Felons to Farmers) Ep. 92
Charles Rosen started Ironbound Hard Cider to rekindle the Newark economy by hiring it's chronically unemployed, formerly incarcerated population. James Williams is one such employee who shares his passion for working as a crew chief on the cidery's orchard. Reimagine what's possible in business, life, community, social enterprise + sustainable agriculture on today's episode: NOTES: "The Ironbound Hard Cider community is blended, guys wearing 'Make America Great Again' hats sitting side-by-side with black gang members from Newark and they treat each other like brothers." This business is an unintentional exploration into how to address the biggest gap that exists in our country: Urban v. rural. "We are much stronger as a collective then when thinking only of our own individual pursuits." Helping people shift out of a state of chronic poverty takes time. I'm not seeing entities in any sector willing to put in that time. Instead of a winner take all approach to business, our approach is that my success shouldn't come at the expense of yours. My success should actually be connected to yours. If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO.It's my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist. This is what success should feel like, service to the other. Our guys know that the past does not define them and that they have the capacity to define their own future. Read the article about James that he read to his kids here. "I feel blessed, happy, and  like I'm doing what I'm supposed to do as a father. A beautiful lesson: If I can do it, he can do it." Listen to another episode with inspiring ideas around hiring and building a business around cause and community onEp. #85 Amy + Ben Wright, Demystifying Disabilities. JAMES WILLIAMS’ LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Biography of Makaveli, Tupac Shakur. Tupac was naturally someone people looked up to in the urban community. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Listening. Listen first. Ask questions later. 3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Honestly nothing, I'm good. 4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Obama. I'd ask, "How did you do it?" 5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Don't give up. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? I wish I could take it back. I would have been in a different place, but I do accept where I am at now. 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Very optimistic, eager to learn and capable. *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday! Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning
Dr. Laurie Nadel on Life After Trauma Ep. 91
Dr. Laurie Nadel, a psychologist specializing in overcoming trauma, has helped people impacted by the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Sandy and, most recently, the mass shooting in Parkland, FL. Today, Laurie joins us to talk about how to live inspired after our personal tragedies. Whether divorce, bankruptcy, a natural disaster or anything in between: A "trauma" is anything that leaves you feeling like you've lost your control, your safety or your identity. My friends, we've all had challenges. Today's episode will directly help you overcome yours. SHOW NOTES: If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It's my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist. Dr. Laurie Nadel shared how she was able to better relate to her mother after learning about the Myers Briggs personality types. Dr. Laurie Nadel's first book was a 4-time bestseller + on Oprah's book club twice: Sixth Sense: The Whole-Brain Book of Intuition, Hunchies, Gut Feelings, and Their Place in Your Everyday Life  "This book changes lives, in terms of understanding how how you think and process who you are." Her most recent book came out in April 2018: The Five Gifts: Discovering Hope, Healing and Strength When Disaster Strikes "This is a tool for people in the midst of tragedy. Open it and something will pop out you can use for self care." The 5 Gifts: humility, patience, empathy, forgiveness, growth.  Something like a school shooting or natural disaster, they rip away the fabric of what we thought normal was. When they occur, we have to find a way of balancing in the midst of emotional chaos for sometime. You can swipe it away when you see it on your screen, but when it happens to you in real life, you can’t change the channel. At a certain point you're out of shock and can start to think about next week instead of just getting through the day. When we start to feel like we can get through a week is when we have the strength or enlarged capacity to connect with people as a result of what we’ve been through. Three Cycles of Loss (when you can't go back to who you were before the injury, car accident, bankruptcy, tragic event): Loss of control of your physical environment. Loss of safety, you may be emotionally fragile. Loss of identity / who you are now. For another "Live Inspired" take on this topic, check out Ep. #4 with Michaela Haas as she explores + explains: Post Traumatic Growth. DR. LAURIE NADEL’S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Catcher in the Rye and Catch 22. These two seminal books of the 60s have characters who are authentic and think in questions. They question authority. I admire them and hope I never stop questioning.  2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? My imagination has been tempered by reality and the real world. I was an excellent creative writer, I made up stories. I wish I had a more active imagination. 3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? I would have grabbed the original edition of the Wizard of Oz that I was saving for my grandchildren. The beautiful books from my childhood were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. 4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Dan Rather, I’m fortunate and privileged that he has been my mentor, believer and supporter of my book. I’m always fascinated by what he has to say with where we are now in America as compared to all of the cycles he has seen in the course of his lifetime and what we can learn from that to move forward and be more empathetic. 5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Dan always gives me great advice: Just keep writing. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Calm down a little bit. I was definitely wild. I wouldn’t want to clip her wings or put the breaks on, but I have a lot of people who come into my practice for therapy in their mid to late 20s because what we learn during this season is that the rules of life and family culture we learn through childhood don’t always apply to the world at large. The world is very different when you actually get out there and have to make your way in it. Be careful but be open. 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read She was a great mom and great friend. *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday! Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 
Apollo 13 Spacecraft Commander Jim Lovell S9. Ep. 90
Captain Jim Lovell was the Spacecraft Commander of Apollo 13. The mission was meant to be the third moon landing attempt, but  infamously was cut short when a tank exploded. Don’t miss hearing this epic piece of history from the man who lived it. Jim Lovell also shares how he attained his dream of becoming an astronaut in spite of growing up poor and fatherless during the Great Depression. Jim’s unfiltered look at what it was like aboard Apollo 13, what it took to get there and what it took to get back to earth safely will unearth keys to live inspired as a leader, team player and dreamer. Don’t miss this episode. SHOW NOTES: Read Jim Lovell's book Apollo 13. Check out the Apollo 13 movie by Ron Howard. How did you keep a right mind individually and as a team in the face of so many challenges? "We had no solutions, all we knew was we'd lose oxygen soon. Any situation like this, you have to keep your cool and keep a positive attitude. If I had curled up and waited for the emergency to happen, I’d still be there waiting. The three of us talked through what was good and what was bad; the ground team analyzed with us. We talked through what tools we had and how we could make them work for us. We decided one by one what was necessary and what we had to do to overcome." When the odds are that long, how do you respond? "We thought about what we had to overcome, specifically:  We had to figure out how to get back on course to get home.  We had to decide what we had to turn off to save critical energy. We had to realize that each time we, we were slowly poisoning ourselves with carbon dioxide. We had to learn how to connect our current system to the old one because they weren't built to connect. See the famous"Earthrise" photo (taken by Lunar Module Pilot Anders on Apollo 8) we reference here. If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It's my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist. CAPTAIN JIM LOVELL’S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The best book is the one I wrote! If you were moved hearing about Jim's journey, check out his book. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I wish I was a bit more aggressive. I could have done more work if I had a more aggressive approach to life. There are always things you think about, "Oh, I wish I had done that. After Apollo 8, there are things I know now, that I wish I had shared with the joint congress back then. 3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The term paper I wrote my first class year at the Naval Academy because that gave me the incentive to continue.  4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Charles Lindbergh was my hero when I was a boy. We could both think about what we accomplished.  5. What is the best advice you've ever received? My Captain who told me to go to the Naval Academy. During my second year at the Naval Academy, the Korean War started. If I'd stayed in my previous program, I’d have gone to Korea and the program was cancelled. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Be adventuresome. I was thinking about myself. I was pretty much on my own. 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? That I added a little knowledge to our space activities.  *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday! Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning  Get my #1 national best selling book ON FIRE, here. Or, read the first chapters for free, here. If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It's my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.
The Story behind The Miracle Season Movie S9 Ep. 89
The Miracle Season is a major motion picture based on the true story of Coach Kathy Bresnahan (played by Helen Hunt) leading her volleyball team, against all odds, to a state championship after their captain and all-star player, Caroline Found, passed away tragically before the season began. That time you wished you were seeing the movie in the PREVIEW instead of the one you were there to actually see... Has this ever happened to you? I was so moved by the preview for The Miracle Season, I made a date to take my whole family to see it when it came out in April. See the preview here. Today, I get to introduce you to Kathy Bresnahan. Coach Kathy will sheds light on grieving, leading and what it means to "live like line" - the slogan + motivation, created in memory of their lost teammate Caroline. Don't miss this episode. It's my most emotional to date; because there are so many lessons to not only live more inspired, but to #LiveLikeLine. SHOW NOTES: Check out the HBO special here. Get a copy of Kathy Bresnahan's The Miracle Season book here. Order a Live Like Line t-shirt here. "18 people committed to one goal, we weren't going to be denied." How did you guide your team through the grief of losing their friend? The best thing I did was put down my boundaries and let them know how much I loved them. I gave them the latitude to grieve how they wanted. I didn't make them conform. I was able to just guide them enough; and they helped me, too. Did you like hearing the story behind the movie? If so, check out Episode #76, on which my guest shares the story of Welles Crowther, the hero in the movie Man in Red Bandana. Learn more about the Live Like Line Foundation here. Live Inspired IN STUDIO is my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist. KATHY BRESNAHAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I love her writing style, it follows two sisters during WW2 and what they did during the war. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Spontaneity. I think now they call it ADHD. 3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My picture of my dad. He died three years ago. He was my biggest fan.  4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I'd like to talk to Mother Teresa. She just seemed like such a wise and kind person.   5. What is the best advice you've ever received? When that season started one of my best friends called me and said, "Grieve for three days. You can't write off the season or go through the motions. Do what you do best: Go play volleyball. Honor her. Don't win for her, play like Line." 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Oh my God, be healthier! 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She lived her life to the fullest and she cared about people and helped them laugh. *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Please subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday! Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning  Get my #1 national best selling book ON FIRE, here.
3 Ways to Improve Adult Sibling Relationships S8 Ep. 88
Today, I share a story I don't often get to tell. The story of my siblings and their heroic acts that saved my life 30 years ago. Even more relevant: the 3 things we do that allow us to remain close as we get older. My friend, in honor of my parents 50th wedding anniversary, I'm sharing an intimate look at my family, what we've been through, what we've learned + what it might mean for you. SHOW NOTES: As promised during this episode, here are a few past episodes on which we discussed depression and mental health: Episode #46 with Dennis Gillan: Break down the stigma around mental health to better care for yourself, those you love + those in the wake of suicide. Dennis shares how mental health claimed the life of his brothers + what he's doing about it today. Episode #73 with Sue Klebold: Sue is the mother of Dylan Klebold, a shooter at Columbine High School in 1999. You'll be amazed by how much you can relate to Sue, her family + her story. Sue shares ideas to better manage mental health so we don't have to step into her shoes.  Episode #65 Mike Robbins: Mike was a pro athlete before an injury ended his career. Now, he's an author + speaker on emotional intelligence, teamwork + leadership for clients like Google, NBA + Harvard. Mike shares about his depression + the questions he asked to discover that healing is multi-layered: body, mind + heart. 3 Things the O'Leary siblings do to stay close: Communicate frequently.  Forgive promptly.  Their success is not your failure.  Live Inspired IN STUDIO is my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.  *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Please subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday! Live Inspired with me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and get my Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning  Get my #1 national best selling book ON FIRE, here.
The 5-Second Rule with Mel Robbins S8 Ep. 87
Mel Robbins is the author of The 5 Second Rule, the #1 audio book in the world. She is also the most booked female speaker in the world and hosts the Audible Original series Kick Ass With Mel Robbins. Today, Mel shares how she has helped millions of people transform their lives by simplifying their biggest challenges into a 5-second solution. Possibly even more impactful: She shares how her 5-second rule originated as a tool to overcome the anxiety and malaise that was crushing her life. Today, Mel is ON FIRE for life, and is offering an amazing tool to help us all live more inspired. Don't miss this amazing episode.  SHOW NOTES: Get your copy of The 5 Second Rule here. "Break the patterns that you think in and your entire life will change." The 5-second rule is a ritual to interrupt your bad thoughts, habits and patterns. It's a way to self coach. Try the 5-second rule to see "not just how often you live in a negative mental state, but how easy it is to redirect it." There is a distinct gap between your will to change your life + the excuses that stop you. That gap is about five seconds long. Being nervous or afraid of something is normal. Letting it stop you is a choice.  You are one decision away from a totally different life. Everything is changing around us. You can't control that. You can control what you think and do. Respond instead of react.   We over-complicate things by the way that we think. It's undeniable; you change your life 5 seconds at a time. MEL ROBBIN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? I love The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, page turners, can't-put-it-down, twist-and-turn books, but The Alchemist is the most impactful. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was a climber, a dare devil. I am not that way anymore. I'm a bit risk averse now. 4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Oprah Winfrey. If there was just one thing that you wanted every human being to know about life, what would it be? 5. What is the best advice you've ever received? 5 4 3 2 1. I think it was a divine moment when I was picked to be a messenger, because, let's be honest, its the dumbest idea in the world. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Girl, go get some Zoloft! 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? 5 4 3 2 1, go! *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Please subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday! Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 
Ben + Amy Wright, CNN 2017 Hero of the Year, Fatherly Parents of the Year, Demystifying Disabilities S8 Ep. 85
Ben and Amy Wright own the wildly successful Bitty & Beau’s Coffee shop, which proudly employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The shop is named after their children who have Down Syndrome. Ben and Amy Wright are combatting the staggering 80% unemployment rate for people with disabilities + using their shop as a platform to share this truth: “We all have different abilities. There’s room for everyone; we just have to see it that way.” Join me and the Wrights as they thoughtfully share questions (if you don’t have a disability/know someone who does) and answers (if you do) to everything you’ve ever wanted to ask or tell on this subject. SHOW NOTES: Amy + Ben are the founders of Bitty & Beau's Coffee in Wilmington, NC that proudly employs individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. "Typically developing guests who come in experience a transformation, a new perspective. It was important to create the jobs, but even more important is that we change the way people see people with mental and intellectual developmental disabilities." Video of Amy accepting her 2017 CNN Hero of the Year Award. Ben + Amy Wright were honored as 2017 Parents of the Year by Fatherly.   BEN + AMY WRIGHT'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?  Ben: Knot on a Counting Rope, a children's book about an American Indian child who is born blind and how his tribe loves him for who he is. Amy: The Giving Tree, it's a children's book that says it all, the way to live and to give to others. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Amy: Dancing more, laughing more; although at the coffee shop everyone has fewer inhibitions and just live out loud so I get a good dose of that. I wish I didn't carry worries that I carry and danced more. Ben: The instinct to play more. Be goofy and uninhibited. If you feel like dancing, dance. If you feel like running, run. If you feel like jumping, jump. I have so much restraint these days trying to be the father, grown up, mature person when inside I wish I could grab back onto some of the playfulness I had as a child. 3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?  Amy: As many photo albums as I could carry out.  Ben: This beautiful portrait of Amy when we were married. I want family to be able to come to look at the portrait of her and realize that's where it all started. I believe my life really started in earnest when I met her. 4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?  Amy: My mom, who said "I hope this baby you are carrying has Down Syndrome just like beau." She passed away just a few months before Bitty was born. Ben: Amy! We're so busy, we don't get much of an opportunity to talk with each other. I can't think of anyone I'd rather spend my life or time with her. 5. What is the best advice you've ever received?  Ben: You are fearless and you need to stay that way.  Amy: You love your children the same by loving them differently. My mom said this. Everyone has different needs; meet people where they are. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?  Amy: You think this is good now? Just wait! The best is yet to come.  Ben: Take even more risks. Life is unpredictable. It can change in a heart beat. If there is something you believe in, don't just think about it, do it. 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?  Ben: He broadened my perspective on what I thought was possible and gave me hope. Amy: She loved fiercely. *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Please subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday! Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 
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