“It is the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who DO!”
RIP Steve Jobs
Sloan Churman, 29, was born deaf and had never heard the sound of her own voice—until last week.
Eight weeks ago, Churman underwent surgery for a hearing implant called The Esteem Implant by Envoy Medical. Though she’d been wearing hearing aids since the age of 2, she says they “only help so much.” She had her husband record the activation of the implant.
We dare you not to break out into tears with her.
Churmman uploaded the video on YouTube and responded to touched commenters, “Thanks guys! I kind of wish my hubby would have recorded a little longer but he was crying and wanting to bounce around the room : )”
In response to how well she speaks having never heard her own voice, she said she’d gotten by in life by reading lips. “My whole life I’ve been complimented on how well I speak,” she wrote. “I don’t really have an answer for you other than I have always had a passion for reading, grammar, and English. My hearing loss was/is considered severe to profound. I’ve worked very hard to be able to interact and blend in…only thing I can say is ‘God is good.’”
It’s moments like this where you have to pause everything you’re doing, overwhelmed by the goodness of humanity and the powers of modern technology. This is what it’s about, people. Stay in school, dedicate your life to research, change lives. Do it. We’re going to go find some tissues now.
Emmanuel, the adopted son of Children First Foundation boss Moira Kelly, wowed Ronan Keating, Spice Girl Mel Brown, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian with his heartfelt performance of the John Lennon classic Imagine on the Australian version of X Factor.
Emmanuel and his brother Ahmed were adopted from Iraq, both suffering limb deficiencies as a result of chemical warfare. They were abandoned at an orphanage and rescued by Ms Kelly.
“Words could not describe what I was feeling on that stage,” he said.”When I got up and started singing, there was nothing else. Adrenalin just took over. It was just a blur.” Emmanuel said he believes he had a gift.
“Singing is what I love doing and singing is the only thing I want to do,” he said. “I know plenty of singers that are 50 times better than I am, it is just they chose not to follow that path. Singing is the path I want to follow and some doors have opened up now and I just want to push even more. I just want to sing and I want to make people happy.”
Kelly said his damaged limbs had not held him back and that he was not looking for sympathy. “I have actually been through nothing compared to some of the other kids I have met and mum has brought out,” he said. “I don’t want people to look at it (his performance) and go: ‘Wow that is brave.’ I want people to look at me and go, ‘Wow, he has got a really good voice’ or ‘Wow, he is going to go far in life,’ not, ‘Wow, that is brave for him to do that’.”
Emmanuel’s rendition of Imagine earned a standing ovation from the judges and packed audience. (from the Herald Sun)
Patrick Hughes is a young man at University of Louisville who was born blind and crippled and yet now plays the piano beautifully as well as “marches” in the Louisville marching band.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs
Some of you may have heard this story before, but for those of you who have not, here is a clip about Roger Bannister who broke the world record of running a mile in less than 4 minutes.
Prior to 1954 it was thought to be IMPOSSIBLE to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Doctors said human bone structure was not designed for it, our lungs were inadequate, and our heart would physically explode if we tried!
Roger Bannister decided to test those limiting beliefs and after training and believing it was POSSIBLE, he broke the world record by running a mile in less than 4 minutes.
The ‘four minute barrier’ has since been broken by many male athletes, and is now the standard of all professional middle distance runners. In the last 50 years the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds.
Anything is possible, if you believe it IS!
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch “Don’t complain, just work harder.”
“You don’t try to build a wall. You don’t say I’m going to build the biggest wall that’s ever been built. You say you’re going to lay this brick the best possible way a brick can be laid. And you do that every single day. And soon you have a wall. Lay one brick at a time.” – Will Smith
by: C. W. Longenecker
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are out classed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of your-self before
You can ever win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
Gold medalist, Derek Redmond, didn’t finish in first place at the 1992 Olympics in the 400 meter. He didn’t finish in second, or third, or fourth. He and his father, finished dead last. But he, and his father, FINISHED!
If you Keep Going, you too can learn how to ride life’s bicycle!
American Idol, by far one of the most successful TV shows in US history, was originally REJECTED by the US networks. In 2001, the relatively unknown Simon Cowell, flew to LA to meet with US TV executives and was literally thrown out of the building!!! The experience was “horrific” Cowell said.
“I did go back to England with my tail between my legs to be honest with you, but every single negative can lead to a positive. ANY negative situation, don’t get too down by it, we’ll work it out!”
Have you ever had a moment in your life when you were so excited about something, to dream about it, envision it, to attempt to make it real and someone around you told you it was impossible or it would never happen? Do yourself a favor, don’t listen to them.
“People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you, YOU can’t do it. You want something? Go get it. Period.” (from the Pursuit of Happyness)
I first saw this poem about 15 years ago. It’s funny how some words never lose their meaning…
DON’T QUIT (#keepgoing)
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is odd with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow .
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
- Author unknown
Here’s a really great story. I love stories like this. A good friend of mine sent this over to me today and I just had to share it with you all. He actually thought it would be a perfect story for this site and I couldn’t have agreed more.
How many of us have considered emailing or calling someone regarding an opportunity we truly desired and never actually got around to contacting them simply because we felt we would never get a response?
And how many of us have actually gone through with contacting those people but then gave up because we didn’t hear back after the first or second attempt?
In this post, Tristan Walker shows us why not the third time, but the eighth time may in fact be the charm. We will never hit the pitches we don’t swing for. If you want it, figure out a way, and go after it.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.
I’ve lost almost 300 games.
26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.
~ Michael Jordan
As today marks the launch of the last episode in the Harry Potter series, we thought it only appropriate to remind you how it began.
Joanne Rowling, better known as J.K. Rowling, is currently one of the wealthiest and most successful authors in the world, but this came only after she took the proverbial leap of faith and followed her true passion in life.
By the age of 30, J.K. describes herself as being the biggest failure she knew. Divorced, unemployed, penniless, struggling as a single mother, and her own mother ailing, her life had hit rock bottom. But by following her heart and deciding to do what she LOVED to do, she realized that “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
Take a few minutes to watch J.K.’s witty and inspiring commencement speech to Harvard graduates, where she discusses the benefits of failure!
If you’ve never heard of Neil Pasricha, he’s AWESOME! (pun intended) We stumbled upon his TED talk a few months ago and it really inspired us. A native of Toronto, Canada, Neil created the blog 1000 Awesome Things after a pretty tumultuous time in his life.
He originally created the blog for his own sanity, to help him #keepgoing and remind himself of all the AWESOME things in life, but his blog quickly caught on, winning him a Webby Award for Best Blog, which turned into a book deal, speaking engagements, TED Talks, and his most recent commercial for Maxwell House Coffee.
Check out his TED Talk in Toronto last fall. “The Awesome Story and The 3 A’s of Awesome”
When you’ve done all you can do… “Surrender” via Oprah Winfrey’s Masterclass series.