Series: Thrive. Connect. Contribute.

We tell positive stories of people who, thrive in life, connect with others, and contribute to the world in the face of adversity.

These are five to ten-minute stories. Think of this as The Moth or StoryCorps for resilient people.

You are here on earth to connect with others and contribute to the world. But before you can connect and contribute, you must first practice self-care. In other words, you must thrive. Thrive. Connect. Contribute. In that order.

35: Kindness, Courage, Grit, and Rites of Passage, with John Beede

What can we learn about masculinity from an adventurer? John Beede a worldwide adventurer who has traveled to 67 countries, written 3 books, and given live presentations to nearly 1 million audience members. He has climbed to the top of the tallest mountain on every continent, including Mount Everest. He has kite surfed in every…

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34: When Life Disappoints, Rediscover Your Play, with Jeff Harry

What if your biggest setback can unlock a magical journey? Jeff Harry uses a combination of positive psychology and play to unlock possibilities. I asked Jeff to tell me about a time when he was resilient. His answer is epic. “My best friend Dana and I are locking up the café,” Jeff Harry tells me….

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33: Success is an Inside Game, with Laura DiBenedetto

What do the happiest among us have in common? Laura DiBenedetto’s story begins with bullying, abuse, bankruptcy, and burn out. More than anything, she wanted to be in control of her own destiny. So, at the age of 19, she launched the award-winning marketing company, Vision Advertising. Laura created, built, and ran the growth-oriented enterprise….

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32: See the Possibilities in the Pandemic, with Claire Downey, Class Of 2020

What opportunities are now available to you because of the pandemic? There is a Jedi mind trick that can help you to be resilient. When you are up against an obstacle, ask yourself, “What does this make possible?” By learning to focus on the possibilities, you can build your hope muscle. That’s precisely what Claire…

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31: Make Good Choices and Persevere, with Jennifer R. Farmer

Jennifer R. Farmer tells us how Black women thrive in work and life.   We’ve been talking about resilience. Who better to talk to than Jennifer? She has a book available for preorder, First and Only: A Black Woman’s Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life.   Jennifer grew up in subsidized housing in Columbus, Ohio. “It was not uncommon for…

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30: Build Your Network Before You Need It, with Maxwell Ivey, The Blind Blogger

Our connections are a source of resilience.   Picture it. You are in a strange city, far away from home. You are suddenly struck ill. Now, imagine, if you also ran out of money and you weren’t sure how you were going to get home. Your voice is so hoarse, when you speak, no one can understand you. Oh, and to complicate…

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29: Resilience in the Face of Bipolar Disorder, with Catharine Clarenbach

Catharine Clarenbach heard voices in her head. Now she helps others to follow their hearts. Rev. Catharine B. Clarenbach is both a Unitarian Universalist minister and a Wiccan priestess. She spent most of the first thirty years of her life in the grip of mental illness. Almost every day, she heard voices telling her that…

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28: What Gives You the Right to Play Small? With Trav Bell, The Bucket List Guy

For extended show notes, see How Trav Bell became The Bucket List Guy.   In my wallet, is a neatly folded piece of paper. It comes from a daily calendar on November 30, 1995. The paper says, “Make a list of 25 things you want to experience before you die. Carry it in your wallet and refer…

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27: How to Leave a Sexy Job, with Mandar Apte, Cities4Peace

Mandar Apte felt called to create peace. But first, he had to give up his dream job. In early 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King took a five-week tour of India to see the results of Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent movement. While in India, Dr. King said, “I am more convinced than…

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26: Healing through Community, with Iram Gilani, Author of Silent No More

For extended show notes, see After Iram Gilani nearly lost her life to gun violence, she found hope by building a community. Now she dedicates her life to helping others.  Iram Gilani is a Pakistani-American author. She faced abandonment, neglect, isolation, molestation, physical and emotional abuse, forced marriage, bullying, homelessness, and a violent gun…

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