DB 032: Motivational Speaker Sean Stephenson On Overcoming Obstacles & Building Confidence

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TODAY’S GUEST

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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DB 030: Astronaut Chris Hadfield On Achieving The Impossible & Making Burritos In Space

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It was a true honor to have Chris Hadfield on our podcast.   As a family, we had watched in awe his many Youtube videos on his adventures in space, and were captivated by the viral Space Oddity music video that he shot from the Space Station. In addition to being a talented musician, Chris is also the first Canadian astronaut to fly in space. He has flown three space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station. He is also a New York Times bestselling author, YouTube sensation and an engaging speaker. I am sure all you Big Dreamers will LOVE listening to this episode.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How Chris spent half a year in space and how he communicated with his family.
  • What inspired Chris to want to be an astronaut.
  • What Chris studied in school and how it helped him prepare for his time in space.
  • The years of dedication and studying that it took to become an astronaut. It is not easy!
  • How long it takes to get to the space station.
  • Why bread or anything with crumbs is not part of an astronaut’s diet in space.
  • The most challenging aspects of living in the space station.
  • How there’s no way to turn on and off gravity in the space ship.
  • His plans in the future for his astronaut career.
  • What his big dream is and how important it is to celebrate the little dreams as well.
  • How it’s okay to doubt yourself, but also learn how to do something about it.

RESOURCES

In this episode, Chris shared that when he was growing up as a young boy in Canada, there was no Canadian astronaut program and it was considered “impossible” for him to get to space. But he didn’t let that discourage him, and he continued to pursue his dream of being an astronaut. As you heard in the interview, the rest is history! We believe this Carl Sagan quote is a good reminder of the importance of imagination, and to never let anyone tell you that your dream is impossible.

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.  But without it we go nowhere.  — Carl Sagan

We created this inspirational artwork featuring Sagan’s quote, which you can print out and use as a reminder to DREAM BIG.  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 print out the sheet and tape the quote somewhere you can see it, 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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