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Embrace the Shake


2014-0220 Phil Hansen ArtBefore I opened her email, I was certain the message was either extremely good news or tremendously bad news. As it turns out, the message Sharon Apple sent contained both good and bad news. Her message included the link to a video (see below) of a speech given by Phil Hansen for TED Weekend. Hansen’s presentation, “Embrace the Shake,” will interest you, and everyone you know who wants to overcome adversity.

The bad news is artist Phil Hansen developed a hand tremor that prevented him from creating the type of art he enjoyed making. The good news is Hansen is once again creating art and he now believes “to become limitless, you must first become limited.” According to the Huffington Post, “hamburger grease and live worms are just some of the materials artist Phil Hansen uses to create his stunning artwork. Find out how limits fuel his creativity and see his unbelievable creations.”


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Please use the comment box below this post to share why you “embrace the shake” rather than fixate on your old normal and the things that are difficult or impossible now.


Thanks to Sharon Apple for sharing the video with me; Phil Hansen for sharing his philosophy and art; TED Weekends for providing the venue from which Phil Hansen shared his experience; Huffington Post for providing a description of Hansen’s art; YouTube for hosting the video I used in this post; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to use the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.