How Are You Playing Your Cards?

Found in a box in a park in the middle of an Iraqi war zone and taken to an orphanage, Emmanuel Kelly didn’t have the greatest start in life. But as the saying goes, it matters not what cards you are dealt in life, it only matters how you play them.

Watch Emmanuel and then stop and think about all of the excuses you’ve been letting get in the way of your dreams. As Emmanuel sings, I-M-A-G-I-N-E what you can do and where you can go when you forget your excuses and drive on!

This 6-Year-Old Is A Hero!

When her husband left on his deployment, her 6-year-old son could not walk on his own because of cerebral palsy. Doctors originally said that he would never walk or do much of anything. While daddy was away, he learned to walk. For his homecoming, she set it up for Michael to walk to his daddy for the first time ever! Watch this video and share the triumph of TWO heroes!

Kony 2012 — Spread The Word

If there was oil at risk, or some other financial motive, our military would already have invaded to stop this nonsense. But instead, it’s just a bunch of kids at risk… So what, they say.  Watch the video, do your part, and share it!

“If you think shy, you act shy.”

My personal growth lessons often come from unexpected sources.

Today I read about the passing of a 16-year-old computer programming prodigy, Arfa Karim Randhawa, who became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at nine-years-old.

She’d been in the hospital for a short time after suffering an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest. Bill Gates heard about her hospitalization and sent his doctors and medical assistance. After an initial improvement Arfa “crossed the river” this week.

You can read a good story about her here, and the end of it includes her philosophy of life. An amazing philosophy for anyone, much less a 10-year-old, which she was when she first shared it. Isn’t this amazing: “If you want to do something big in your life, you must remember that shyness is only the mind,” she said. “If you think shy, you act shy. If you think confident, you act confident. Therefore never let shyness conquer your mind.”

David Freese Proves YOU Can Live Your Dream!

I love it when I watch someone finally live their dream — especially after overcoming all kinds of defeat and obstacles.  It gives me the fire and the hope to keep working toward mine.

Tonight I watched David Freese lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series Championship and along the way win the Most Valuable Player award in the Series.

This was the realization of a dream David had since he was a young boy playing baseball in the St. Louis area and rooting on the Cardinals.

But just ten years ago David had quit baseball and given up (temporarily).  As the Associated Press reported, “David Freese had given up on baseball. His passion for the game had vanished, and not even a scholarship offer from Missouri could lure him back to the field.

“I was burnt out,” Freese recalled. “I lost the love.”

Freese was content to live the life of a college student, rebuffing the Missouri coaches every time they called to see if he’d changed his mind. It wasn’t until about a year out of high school that the itch to play finally came back, and it grew to the point where scratching it no longer worked.

Freese gave in and enrolled at Meramec Community College, and his play there caught the attention of the coaching staff at South Alabama. The fifth-year senior eventually blossomed into the San Diego Padres’ ninth-round selection in the 2006 draft.

Fast forward through a trade to the Cardinals and couple years of growth, and Freese ends up as the third baseman for the Cardinals in the World Series.

As I watched him accept his MVP award tonight it sure looked like he was connecting everything that happened to him in the last few days with that long ago dream as a child. He didn’t say very much in accepting his award, but it was very telling, “This is why you keep battling. Sometimes things don’t work out.”

And that gives me more than just hope. It renews my persistence to keep battling. And I hope it does for you as well.

Motivation and inspiration to maximize your personal growth from motivational speaker and author Vic Johnson.