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May 25, 2017

"We found ourselves in parachutes floating down over enemy territory."

Charlie Plumb spent his impoverished yet idyllic childhood in Kansas "kicking cans and playing in the light of the moon.” When it was time for college, he won a scholarship and hopped on a Greyhound bus to the military academy in Annapolis.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, he immediately married his high school sweet heart and went onto flight training. In 1963 he was in Vietnam and on his 75th mission, his plane was shot down.

Charlie says what got him through captivity was his "why" or his purpose -- coming home safely to his bride. Years later when he finally got off enemy soil and called her, she shared that she had filed for divorce and was engaged to another man.

Charlie was never bitter. He didn't regret not knowing that his wife had moved on. "I thought, how can I be unhappy? I’ve just been released from prison. 24/7 I didn’t know if I’d be alive [and today I'm free] you can’t rain on my parade."

Charlie's spirit captivated John and Charlie is one of the reasons John so vulnerably shares his story today.

In honor of Memorial Day, it is our honor to share the story of Charlie Plumb, an American Hero. He will inspire you to never take your freedom or life for granted. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Charlie learned about forgiveness from his mom and discipline from his dad. Both were qualities he needed to survive the prison camps. 
  • Critical to suriving:
    1. Keeping your sense of humor
    2. Finding a way to communicate with each other. "The importance of the communication wasn't the thought we were passing around it was the validation of another human being.
    3. Having faith that there was a purpose to this [being shot down].
    4. Remembering you have a choice. The first few months I was bitter. But I realized I was killing myself by not knowing my purpose. I figured if their was a why, I’d find a way to so survive.
  • Those there longest (POWs) came back with a lower rate of PTSD because great leadership unified us under a mission statement: Return with honor. (Listen here to past podcast guest, Michaela Haas, expert on Post Traumatic Growth.)
  • What was your why/purpose? My bride. I planned our next 20 years on how I’d make it up to her. People ask if I wish I'd known she was going to divorce me. No, planning 20 birthdays, anniversaries, etc. is what got me through.
  • Therapists told me: You gotta get bitter! The longer you wait the more difficult it will be and you’ll have a mental break down. My thought process: How can I be unhappy? I’ve just been released from prison. 24/7 I didn’t know if I’d be alive - you can’t rain on my parade.
  • I ran into the man who packed my parachute. He said. "I’m not the only parachute packer in your life. Your parents, big sister, little brother, preacher, coaches, they are the ones who allowed you safe descent and passage through those 6.5 years." Who packs your parachute? Whose are you packing?
  • Advice for anyone in-prisoned: Look at the value of challenge. Adversity is a horrible thing to waste.
  • Don’t blame other people for your problems, because away goes your opportunity to be better bc of the problem you’re facing. 
  • Get Charlie's book I'm No Hero here.
  • Learn more about Charlie at www.CharliePlumb.com 

  CHARLIE PLUMB'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible, chapter of Job. Unbroken, it epitomizes your philosophy and mine on winning through adversity.

 2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Bolder Crest supports vets with PTSD to expand their reach bc they’re doing a lot of good for veterans.

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? A tin cup with holes in it that I brought back from the prison camp. I keep that cup just to remind me of the challenges I face and the value of the challenge.

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 mother. She endured so much while I was over there, but never placed blame. I never heard her say a bad word about anyone. The longer I live, the more I appreciate her approach to forgiveness. I'd love to talk to her about how to forgive the unforgivable.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A coach told me it wasn’t the things around me that would change my life, it’s the choices you make about the things around you. You can choose to be a loser or a winner or choose to give away that choice.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Believe in a purpose as the highest priority.

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 was a servant.

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May 18, 2017

"I grew up in New York, in a small place..."

Lolly Daskal grew up in Brooklyn, NY. One of the biggest most metropolitan cities in the world, and yet to Lolly "it felt like a very small place." Her life existed within a few city blocks and her community only spoke Yiddish, German and Hungarian. Her family was very religious and she was expected to be married and begin having children by 16.

Lolly grew up very inquisitive, which was not supported in an environment where you were expected to just keep things "they way they are." When she first moved out of the community, she discovered the power of books and believed for the first time: "Wow!" I can ask any question, do anything, be anyone!"

For the first time - her world felt expansive. While she felt she no longer had a home, she found "sometimes you have to get lost to be found."

Lolly has been an insatiable student of books, the world and human behavior since. Today, she is a highly-sought business coach and author and her mission is to teach others how to "lead from within."

SHOW NOTES:

  • Lolly has read a book a day for 20+ years.
  • Self discovery isn't easy. You feel like you're on a wheel and you're not sure you are ever going to get out; if it is ever going to get better.
  • "A game changer for me was reading what Joseph Campbell wrote: 'In your abyss lies your treasures.' We have ideas of what we want to be, but life doesn't unfold that way. If I can remember this quote, than I am okay."
  • Her book The Leadership Gap was published this month and shares her rethink system, or 7 leadership archetypes that she's used with 1,000+ clients.
    • Example: "R" is for rebel; someone who wants to make an impact in the world, but they need confidence to do it. The gap is when you don't have confidence. How do you get confidence? You identify your capabilities and competencies. You get to choose, are you going to be a rebel and choose confidence or imposter and feel inadequate/undeserving?
  • We all have self doubt because we measure ourselves by everyone else and end up feeling less worthy. Negative internal dialogue is very prominent.
  • Ways to overcome imposter syndrome (aka feeling undeserving):
    1. At night, think about all the things you did well that day. This will help even out negative messages + change your inner dialogue.
    2. Ask yourself: What did I do today that I can do even better tomorrow? Don't measure against someone else, measure against yourself
  • www.LollyDaskal.com 

     

LOLLY DASKAL'S INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. She rereads it every year on her birthday. Keeps her grounded in what's important.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Get every single homeless person off the street.

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? 100s of pictures from when my kids were younger.

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?Victor Frankl, Joseph Campbell, 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? "When you are no longer able to change the situation, you will always be challenge to change yourself." - Frankl | It will teach you be flexible to change and challenge yourself, to find something with in you that can be different. Continuously grow, learn, change and stay agile.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Let go of perfect.

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? Lolly saw greatness in everyone she met. 

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May 11, 2017

"We need to stop judging each other and thinking we know, because you would never know my story unless I told you."

Laila Ali is a fitness & wellness guru, podcaster, author, undefeated 4-time boxing champion, has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Chopped and is the daughter of Muhammad Ali.

Today she shares vulnerably the path to all that she has accomplished in her 39 years - and WOW is it a lot! Laila is one of the most focused, driven and loyal people I've met and you are going to love her story.

SHOW NOTES  

  • What was it like to grow up the daughter of Muhammad Ali? "That's all I knew! My Dad loved a crowd. There was always a lot of excitement and people. My home was like a public place growing up."
  • My mom taught me how to be consistent through her example. Everyday I saw her working out and eating a plant-based diet.
  • My dad taught me through his 'champion within.' When he got Parkinson's, he was an example of how to live your life with a positive mind and do things you want to do despite illness. It's all about what you have in your mind. He didn't let it stop him mentally.
  • When Muhammad Ali saw his daughter fight, it made him realize it is a women's sport too.
  • "My confidence was off the charts for boxing. It came from my preparation. I got into the ring with every cell in my body knowing 'I am going to win.'"
  • Get her book Reach "I wrote it for girls... to tell them you were put on earth to do a special thing. Be a power house. Don't be embarrassed or hide."
  • Learn how to be you and do not let others define you. I don't care what level you're at economically or in education, people are always concerned about what others think. We sometimes make decisions based on that. Stop doing that and do what's in your heart. You only have one life to live.
  • "We need to stop judging each other and stop thinking we know, because you would never know my story unless I told it to you."
  • You have to make a decision right now to go forward or backward. 
  • Things happen in our lives to teach us lessons and get bigger and stronger. Accept it and move on.
  • The more you separate yourself from the people in your life causing you trouble, the better you are going to do.
  • Being a powerhouse doesn't mean you don't make mistakes or have moments when you feel weak. We are all going to face those things, but it's about having the courage to keep going. Everyone has it within them, that's the only difference between myself and others. It's a matter of tapping into your self confidence. You just have to believe for yourself.

LAILA ALI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Five Love Languages was so helpful in my marriage and relationships in general to realize people share love differently.

 2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Invest into public school systems. I don't like how kids in certain areas don't get a good education.

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 hard drive because it has all of my photos and important documents.

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 father. By the time I had things to talk with him about, he had Parkinson's and couldn't really talk. I'd want to talk with him about parenting and what things in life he would have changed and done differently. I would want to hear from his mouth, was he proud of me? My dad always told people he was proud / liked to make people feel good. I would ask him if he was really proud of me.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. If you have good discernment and intuition and someone shows you something in a relationship, friendship, business relationship - and you see something is off... They are showing their character. Those little red flags are there. You gotta listen. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Take the time when you're traveling and fighting, take time to enjoy it and take it all in. Don't be so focused and uptight. I missed out on being young and enjoying life. I went to do my business and left. Now I have kids and can't travel as much.

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? Takes great pride in being loyal, authentic, hardworking and caring about others. Those are the things that are really important to me and it's important that others see these qualities too. 

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May 4, 2017

"Coaching is a vocation to reach men who need to be reached."

His Dad left when he was 4. His Mom's 4th husband shot at him when he was 17. Bill Courtney didn't have male role models at home, but he found them on the field and in the classroom.

Today, Bill is a business owner, husband and father who believes: Giving back isn't something nice to do. It is a responsibility. 

Bill chose to coach football in an impoverished North Memphis High School for a team that had won 4 games in 10 years. Through the tenants of love, consistency and self-assurance, he turned the team - and many lives - around.

This story won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2011 for UNDEFEATED. I recently watched this movie with my wife and we were both so moved I knew I needed to get Bill on the show to share his story with you. Here we go!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Growing up, I tried to figure out what was wrong with me "since my father didn't want me." It manifested into me doing things to prove I was worthy.
  • In Undefeated, you see all of these fatherless kids and the destructive behaviors they had, I totally get it. I identify far more with them than you'd think. I look like a white, wealthy business owner.
  • North Memphis was a bustling blue-collar town. In 1968, Martin Luther King was shot 5 miles south. Memphis fell apart; big companies and industries left. Today, your on your 3rd generation of loss and hopelessness.
  • An 18-year-old man from North Memphis is 3 xs more likely to be dead or incarcerate by 21 than in college.
  • These kids had suffered so much. All they were looking for was some consistency from somebody. It was a great opportunity to give them their basic needs: Love, self-assurance and consistency. 
  • During Bill's tenure: 19 players turned to 75; 35 of their 36 seniors in the last two seasons went to college; they had a strong winning record.
  • "We stayed consistent on the tenants that matter in a meaningful life. Even those with the biggest challenges found success with this consistent focus."
  • You have to love despite not 'because of' and you have to hold them accountable. Then you start seeing changes.
  • Watch the Undefeated trailer.
  • Read Bill's book Against the Grain
  • Undefeated is not about wins and losses, its about not being defeated by your circumstances.
  • Every single day is an opportunity. We all have struggles. But everyday the sun comes up is an opportunity to get it right.
  • Character is not about how you handle your successes, its about how you handle your failures.
  • Look in the mirror and say: I have a chance tomorrow to make it better. The only thing you can control are the remaining days of your life. It' the only thing that matters.
  • Seize the opportunity. You get it every day.
  • Motive matters. Don't be a fraud.
  • Accolades, money and trophies are not a proper foundation. Service, leadership, character, selflessness, commitment that's a proper foundation. When you have it, you can handle all the the blessings that come your way.
  • www.Coach bill Courtney.com

 

BILL COURTNEY'S LIVE INSIPRED 7

 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would pay off all the debt in my business and home. I'd create a trust for my kids so they'd have a good start but still have to work. Donate the rest to worthy causes.

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 wedding ring.

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? Christ. I would have him explain a couple things. I would talk about Romans 8 and 9. I would talk about how come so much science and so much theology agree and then so much of it also disagrees. I would ask him to explain why the social ills we are facing today are in such contrast to so many of the natural feelings we have as human beings.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't tell people what they want to hear, tell them the truth, tell them what you are going to do and do it.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? don't try so hard to prove yourself to other people.

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? Through the grace He's shown me, I've done my best to offer grace to others. 

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