Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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2013-1103 Dr. Srikumar RaoDr. Srikumar Rao developed the course “Creativity and Personal Mastery” for the Columbia Graduate School of Business. The course has been so successful, it was written up in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and many other publications. As of today, no other business school course has its own alumni association. According Dr. Rao, the course “shows students how to discover their unique purpose, creativity and happiness, through group work and a philosophical perspective.” In a few days, Dr. Rao will be featured in a free mini-course webinar. This is your chance to hear Dr. Rao speak and learn about happiness.

Course Objectives

According to Dr. Rao, the course has four objectives:

1) To expose you to a wide variety of techniques and exercises that spark creativity.

2) To help you discover your “purpose in life.”

3) To show you how you can mobilize resources to reach your goals most efficiently.

4) To enable you to find and achieve the balance in life that is right for you.

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Your Turn

Dr. Rao asks the following questions:

  • “In the morning, is your blood singing at the thought of being who you are and doing what you do?
  • As you go through the day, can you sink to your knees in gratitude at the tremendous good fortune that’s been bestowed on you?
  • Do you become radiantly alive several times during the day?”

If your answer to any of the previous three questions is “no,” you should watch and listen to the free webinar Dr. Rao shared with the world. Click here to access the free recording.


Thanks to Peter Sandeen, Steve Gordon, and  Dr. Srikumar Rao for planning, conducting, recording, and distributing the free webinar.Thanks to YouTube for hosting the videos, and all the other people who either directly or indirectly made it possible for me to include the picture, video, or 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.

5 Responses to “Happiness”

  • linda sabori says:

    Thank you Scott for all the good work you do… so needed and so appreciated..Blessings to you, linda

  • Esther says:

    Your post titled “Happiness” helped me clarify my goals. Prior to reading the post, I was behind schedule and unable to move forward. I felt failure staring at me which made concentration and productive action more difficult. I was worried that those who were counting on me would be disappointed in me and my performance. I was anxious, unhappy, and focused on a doomed outcome. Not able to concentrate, and trying to escape my unpleasant feelings, I decided to read your blog. When I watched and listened to the video in your post, I heard something I’d forgotten.

    After watching the video, I realized that I was sabotaging my productivity. My negative thoughts and unnecessary worry had prevented me from achieving success. Negativity robs me of happiness

    Thank you for the reminder.

    • Scott says:


      I am happy to hear that my post made a valuable contribution to your progress. My hope is that each post in this blog will be equally helpful to at least one reader and that reader is inspired to share their thoughts as you have. The sharing of thoughts could potentially help many other people.

      Thank you for sharing your feedback.


  • Marlon says:

    This is a great posting. Thank you for the info and signup info. Yet, I am a little confused here after the TedTalk video, which discussed concepts which I expect the webinar to also touch upon. The part I’m trying to wrap my head around is that Dr. Rao argues the journey is the most important part of a goal. Sure, we’ve heard it before. He argues that the end-result is often different from what we plan it out to be. So, why should we set goals if they are destined to have different outcomes?

    • Scott says:

      Marlon, I agree with you. My personal opinion is that it is better to set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Realistic, Achievable, and Time sensative) goals than have no goals at all. I think the point about the journey is that whether you succeed or fail in you attempt to achive a goal, you should enjoy the journey. In other words, what did you learn from the success or failure that will help you set better goals or make better decisions in the future? I spent a little while thinking about the same issue.

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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.