DB 033: Giovanni Pantoja On Alleviate Skid Row & The Value Of Mentorship

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This week, Olga and Eva are thrilled to welcome our youngest guest ever on the Dream Big Podcast. Giovanni (“Gio”) Pantoja is a graduating from high school and will be attending Cornell University in the fall.   

Despite only being 18 years old, he has a long list of accomplishments — both academically and in the community. Most notably, he is the co-founder of Alleviate Skid Row, a non-profit organization created to alleviate the living conditions of the homeless community living in Downtown L.A.’s Skid Row. Eva and her dad Alex participated in a clean-up earlier this year and were so impressed by the important work of Alleviate Skid Row that we invited Giovanni onto the podcast to share his story.

In this episode, Gio also shares the importance of seeking out mentorship, as Giovanni’s mentor (and co-founder of Alleviate Skid Row) Noel Velasco has been an incredibly positive influence on Gio’s life.  We encourage all you big dreamers to seek out mentors in life that can help you get to your Big Dreams faster than you could ever get there on your own.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How Gio started the Alleviate Skid Row organization.
  • Some examples of things we can do to help homeless people.
  • Gio’s advice on how we can start or engage a conversation with the homeless.
  • Gio’s mentors and why he thinks it’s  a good idea to have them.
  • The colleges Gio were accepted at and what college he chose for himself.
  • Gio’s favorite books.
  • Gio’s future plans for the Alleviate Skid Row organization.
  • Gio’s BIG DREAM for the future.

RESOURCES

In this episode, Gio shared some great examples of small acts of kindness you can take to help those living on the streets.   This week’s challenge is to do just that — and we’ve created this customizable artwork to inspire you to take action.  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 month you perform a random act of kindness for a homeless person, 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 032: Motivational Speaker Sean Stephenson On Overcoming Obstacles & Building Confidence

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This week, we are honored to introduce you Big Dreamers to Sean Stephenson, a therapist, self-help author and motivational speaker. Sean was born with a rare bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta that stunted his growth and caused his bones to be extremely fragile. Despite all the medical challenges he has faces over his life, Sean made the decision to lead an extraordinary life and has inspired millions worldwide, including Sir Richard Branson, President Clinton, Tony Robbins and the Dalai Lama.

One of Sean’s biggest passions is helping to teach kids how to build confidence, and Sean is creating a program to teach parents how to raise confidence kids.   To learn more about Sean and this new important training, please go to seanstephenson.com/dreambig

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • What Osteogenesis Imperfecta is and the challenges Sean has faced as a result of this condition.
  • How Sean’s mother inspired him to accept his condition.
  • Sean’s advice is for kids who are being bullied in school.
  • The exact phrase you can say to someone who is bullying you.
  • How Sean developed his confidence and how you can too!
  • How and why he decided to become a motivational speaker.
  • How he met his wife Mindie and how their love story started on Facebook.
  • Sean’s definition of success.
  • Sean’s daily routines.
  • Sean’s big dream for the future.

RESOURCES

You can sign up to the confident kids program here

In this episode, Sean shares how confidence is like a muscle, and the more courageous actions you take the more confident you will become. We created this awesome illustration to remind you of this important lesson, which you can customize with your face and name.  As always, our episode download is 100% free and you can claim yours here.

Also, we highly encourage you to sign up to learn more about Sean’s upcoming training to teach parents how to raise confident kids. We are not getting paid to promote the training.  We just believe in Sean’s mission and are big fans of his work. You can learn more here.

And if this coming week you print out our download and work on building your confidence muscle, please let Olga know by emailing her at Olga@DreamBigPodcast.com.

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DB 031: Puppy Place Author Ellen Miles On Her Writing Process and Inspiring Kids To Start Reading One Book At A Time

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A few months ago, my husband and I asked Eva who she would most like to have on the podcast and she immediately answered:  ELLEN MILES!!!   Ellen is one of Eva’s favorite authors and she has devoured all the books in her popular Puppy Place and Kitty Corner series. The writer of the Puppy Place and Kitty Corner series of children’s books,   Ellen and Eva both LOVE dogs, so it is no surprise that Ellen likes to write about them and that Eva loves her books.  Born in New York City, Ellen now lives in Vermont and loves to be outdoors every day, walking, biking, skiing, or swimming, depending on the season.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • When Ellen fell in love with dogs and cats.
  • Why Ellen decided to be an author and write about animals.
  • How Ellen came up with the Puppy Place series.
  • How “what if” questions help Ellen build her stories.
  • What inspires Ellen to keep on writing for kids.
  • Ellen’s message to big dreamers who would love to start writing their own stories.
  • How Ellen overcomes “Writer’s Block.”
  • What Ellen’s hobbies are (aside from writing).
  • What Ellen considers her greatest achievement so far.
  • How long it takes for Ellen to write a book.
  • How Ellen overcomes any doubt that comes her way.
  • What Ellen’s big dream for the future is.
  • Ellen’s favorite authors growing up.

RESOURCES

This week’s free download is an adorable illustration that says “You are so Doggone cute” and as always can be customized with your face and name.   We are asking you print it out and consider writing a nice note on the back and sending it to someone you love. Click here to claim you free download.

If this coming week you print out the download and follow the instructions on the sheet, 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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If you received value from our podcast, we would greatly appreciate if you could take a minute to leave us a review on iTunes review on iTunes here. This helps us get more exposure for the podcast and in turn allows us to inspire more people to dream big. We read each and every review and are so grateful to our listeners who have taken the time to write us one. For a limited time only, as a way to say thank you for taking the time to leave an honest review, we will mail you 48 free personalized stickers!  Follow the instructions at DreamBigPodcast.com/bonus to get your free stickers!

Thanks again for all of your amazing support.

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