DB 024: One-Handed Pianist Nicholas McCarthy On Fulfilling A Big Dream That Many Thought Was Physically Impossible

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In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Nicholas McCarthy, the only one-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in its 130-year history. He was born in 1989 without his right hand and began to play the piano at the late age of 14 after being inspired by a friend playing Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata. In 2012, he performed with the British Paraorchestra alongside Coldplay at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic games. 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Advice on how to prepare for a piano recital.
  • How to use small rewards to incentivize you to practice an instrument.
  • When he first learned to play the piano.
  • How he deals with the naysayers around him.
  • Where he got his positive outlook in life.
  • How he feels when he plays the piano.
  • How you should focus on your goal and visualize what you want.
  • The best advice he ever received.
  • His most embarrassing moment!
  • How his fingers never get tired of playing the piano.
  • What his big dreams are for the future.

RESOURCES

In this episode, Nicholas shared his belief that most people spend too much time worrying and not enough time just being happy.   It is easy to feel pressure sometimes, especially when you have big goals, but you are much more likely to succeed with a positive attitude. We created this inspirational “Don’t Worry, Bee Happy” artwork which you can print out and use as a reminder. As always, our Dream Big Podcast downloads can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download. Click here to claim you free download.

If this coming week you focus your energies on being positive and happy (rather than negative and worried), please let Olga know by emailing her at Olga@DreamBigPodcast.com.  You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card and 1-month free membership in Post Pal Club.  Winners are selected monthly and contacted by email (as well as announced on our show!).

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DB 023: Neuroscientist Greg Gage On Our Electric Brains & The Follow Your Passion Challenge

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In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome neuroscientist and electrical engineer Greg Gage. Greg is the co-founder of Backyard Brains, a company that is making neuroscience fun and affordable with experiment kits for students of all ages.  Greg spent many years as an electrical engineer designing retail systems before returning to grad school to pursue his interest in neuroscience.  We fell in love with Greg’s work by watching his amazing Ted Videos, which we encourage you all to watch as well.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • What neuroscience is
  • Why Greg changed careers from engineering to neuroscience
  • How much control we can do to other people using our brain
  • What his upcoming TED talk is about
  • Why he founded Backyard Brains
  • How the cockroach’s brain is similar to ours and how their legs grow back
  • How we use 100% of our brain (and not just portions of it) all the time
  • Greg’s advice for kids who wants to pursue neuroscience
  • How he would like to change the way Neuroscience is taught in our schools.

RESOURCES

In this episode, Greg talks about the power of following your passion — and how that will allow you to lead a fulfilled life. This week’s free download has an awesome illustration of you with the sign “Follow Your Passion” —  which you can print out and use as a reminder to keep following your passions in life. As always, our Dream Big Podcast downloads can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download. Click here to claim you free download.

If you and your family have a discussion this week about following your passion in life, please let Olga know by emailing her at Olga@DreamBigPodcast.com. You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card. Winners are selected monthly and contacted by email (as well as announced on our show!).

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DB 022: Change Agent Jon Bergmann on Flipped Learning & The “Teach Yourself Anything” Challenge

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In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Jon Bergmann, one of the pioneers of the Flipped Class Movement.  Jon co-founded The Flipped Learning Network™  (FlippedLearning.org ), a nonprofit organization that provides teachers with the resources they need to implement flipped learning.  He received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and was named a semi-finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010.

Today, he talks to our Eva and Olga about what flipped learning is and how it can change the future of public schools.  He believes that using videos or other instructional content – often online – will help students master new ideas outside the traditional class setting and that it allows more strategic in-class time for group work and individualized attention.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • The history, basics, and future of flipped learning.
  • When and how Jon realized that teaching is his passion.
  • Concocting the perfect mix between learning at home and learning at school.
  • How he prepares his teaching materials for his students.
  • Jon’s secret on making his videos interactive and effective.
  • What his hopes are for the future of elementary schools.
  • Jon’s journey from the classroom as a teacher to educational conferences as a speaker for Flipped Learning.

RESOURCES

In this episode, Jon emphasized how the internet and online video has ushered in a new era of learning — where you can learn practically anything online.   This has the impact of re-imagining how classroom can function but it also empowers you to learn about any subject you are interested in at anytime.  This week, we are challenging you to “Teach Yourself Anything” — with your parents’ supervision, go onto Youtube or Google and find instructional videos on something you’ve always been curious about.  To inspire you to take the challenge, we created this amazing artwork that can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download. Click here to claim you free download

If you complete the challenge, please let Olga know by emailing her at Olga@DreamBigPodcast.com.  You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card and 1-month free membership in Post Pal Club.  Winners are selected monthly and contacted by email (as well as announced on our show!).

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Thanks again for all of your amazing support.

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The sponsor of Dream Big is PostPalClub.com — a monthly membership club that includes 4 personalized postcards, pre-stamped and ready-to-send to friends and family. For a limited time only, we are offering the 1st month of the Post Pal Club for only $1. That’s just 25 cents each for 4 postcards and it already includes the stamps as well!! To take advantage of this offer while it is still available use the code DREAMBIG at checkout.  You can learn more at PostPalClub.com!

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