My guest on the season finale of the “Focus On The Good” podcast is my long time friend and mentor Brooks Gibbs. Brooks is the author of “Love is Greater Than Hate” and is the nations leading expert on bullying prevention and building resilience. In this episode we get into some absolutely fascinating stuff.
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This week’s guest on the Focus On The Good podcast is Jim “The Rookie Morris!” The Cinderella story of Jim Morris serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. Jim Morris’s meteoric rise from 35 year-old high school teacher to flame-throwing major league pitcher in 3 months, made cinematic history with the release of The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid.
This heartwarming and unforgettable Disney blockbuster about chasing your dreams and keeping your promises, was nominated for a Critics Choice Award, won an ESPY for “Sports Film of the Year.” and Sports Illustrated magazine voted The Rookie one of the “five greatest baseball films ever made.”
Originally drafted in the 1st round in 1984, Jim Morris’s dream was to become a major league baseball player, but his career was derailed by a series of debilitating arm injuries before he got out of the minors in 1988. Instead, Jim got married, raised a family and got his college degree before becoming a high school science teacher and baseball coach in West Texas.
Eleven years after retiring from minor league baseball, Jim Morris was giving a speech to his high school team about the importance of dreams and hard work when his high school players challenged him to pursue his own dream of pitching in the major leagues. Jim Morris made the bet with his high school team: if they won the District Championship, he would tryout for the majors.
Jim Morris’s team fulfilled their end of the bargain, which committed him to a big league tryout. Inspired by his family and students, Jim immediately signed a professional baseball contract. His rise from obscurity became the feel-good story of 1999. After pitching for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000, Jim Morris signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and retired from baseball in 2001.
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As we wrap up season 1 of the "Focus On The Good" podcast I am re sharing some of the most popular episodes. Here is my conversation with Mt. Everest climber, world adventurer, best selling author and motivational speaker John Beede (BD). Along with reaching his lifelong dream of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest, John has been featured dozens of prestigious media outlets such as 60 Minutes and The Weather Channel. He’s presented to over 580,000 live audience members in 46 US States and 6 countries, including TEDxCapeTown, which was attended by South Africa’s most influential thinkers and leaders.Having built, sold, and consulted for companies valued in the 10’s of millions of dollars, he’s self-funded his travels to 51 countries on all continents except for Antarctica. A life-enthusiast who lives his message of goal-setting, productivity, and high performance, John is in the constant process of architecting his life into a great adventure.
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As we wrap up season 1 of the "Focus On The Good" podcast I am re sharing the most popular episodes. Here is my conversation with the one and only Sean Stephenson.
Sean Stephenson is known as the "3 foot giant!" He was born with a rare brittle bone disorder that stunted his growth, put him in a wheel chair and as a child he broke his bones more than 200 times. Despite his physical limitations Sean has made a true impact on the world! He is called the "3 foot giant" because he is a giant on the inside. He has been featured on the Oprah show, The Biography Channel and has reached millions throughout the world as an inspirational speaker and author.
He is the author of the brand new ebook "How To Stay Positive When Life Gets Crazy." Get your copy at http://www.staypositive.club .
Find out more about Sean at: http://www.seanstephenson.com
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The Focus On The Good podcast is your weekly dose of positivity! There is so much good in the world if we choose to focus on it. I believe that what's wrong is always available but so is what's right. Whatever we focus on we find more of. I choose to focus on the good and I hope you will too!
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