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Singing Her Way to Success

2013-1029 Singing Her Way to SuccessThe following video provides a glimpse into one person’s journey from brain injury to the stage of Britian’s Got Talent. As you watch the video, keep in mind that the singer’s journey does not represent the baseline against which you should measure your recovery. There are many factors that influence the speed with which you can progress in your journey to recovery.

After receiving a standing ovation from the Britain’s Got Talent audience and high praise from the judges, Aliki Chrysochou was given another opportunity to sing in the contest.

Your Turn

Please share your comments and responses on the blog.

  • What is your favorite song?
  • What is your post-injury talent?
  • How do you feel after hearing the brief story of Aliki Chrysochou?
  • What is your passion?
  • What is stopping you from reaching your goals?
  • How may I help?

Thanks to Aliki Chrysochou for sharing her journey, Wikipedia for describing chronic focal encephalitis (a.k.a. Rasmussen’s encephalitis), Britain’s Got Talent for sharing the story with a wider audience, YouTube for hosting the video, Evanescence for creating the music and lyrics that are used in the first video, and all the people who made it possible for me to include the picture, text, and video in this post.

Scott
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.

4 Responses to “Singing Her Way to Success”

  • Mary King says:

    1. It would be difficult to narrow down a favorite song. The entire composition of Mozart’s Requiem is my top choice, followed by the aria “Amor Ti Vieta”. After that it’s Edith Piaf, then “Hey You” by Pink Floyd. And Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” and “Bird on a Wire”.
    2. I discovered I had an innate, instinctive business ability (which previously didn’t exist), and am finding success with two phenomenol companies, all while working from home or traveling at my leisure.
    3. I had seen her story before. I love to hear how people overcome adversity.
    4. My passion is helping people, whether it’s in business or on an emotionally supportive level. I am a Hospice volunteer and find much joy through it.
    5. As part of my work, networking and making connections is essential. Unfortunately, due to two mTBIs and resultant symptoms, I am unable to attend many events, as I cannot handle the lighting and noise. This effects my business growth, although I’m pleased that those I’ve trAined one-on-one have done incredibly well.
    6. Good question–you tell me, lol

    • Scott says:

      Mary,

      Thank you for taking the time to provide a very detailed response.

      1. I very rarely listen to music.I could listen to music when I am on the computer, but I find it difficult to listen to music when I am doing anything. However, I have a wide range of interests: Irish drinking music (although I don’t drink), Bluegrass, some hiphop/rap, a little punk, and some classical.

      2. I am extremely optimistic. I can find a benefit to any adversity. I organize, plan, and implement very well.

      3. Her story is fantastic. I hope that her story will inspire others.

      4. I enjoy sharing with others in the hope that something I say or do helps others — I spend a lot of time volunteering and blogging

      5. Time is my biggest obstacle. For some reason, I have only 24 hours in a day to complete everything I want to do.

      6. If I were to help myself, I would probably say sleep more, blog less, and spend less time on Facebook.

      • Mary King says:

        Thank you for your reply. I admire your ability to organize, plan and implement. That is an ability I haven’t yet rewired in my brain. I want to start a blog, but somehow can’t do it. Part of it is because I’m 55 and not as “techie” as the younger folks. I simply am not sure how to do it. My old brain would have read, researched and done it in one day. My new brain spins in neutral. However, I’m not depressed about it–I don’t believe in wasting time whining. I find something in each day that brings me joy. I’ve been a “secret angel” to a number of people and truly believe in the concept of paying it forward. There is a spiritual/intuitive gift I have that, luckily, I did not lose after my injuries, and I’ve been able to use that to help others. Thank you again for your great blog.

      • Scott says:

        Mary, the good news is that you don’t have to have the ability to organize, plan, and implement. You can hire people to do that stuff for you. My guess is that you have many skills others do not. Happiness and success are based on what you can do, not what you can’t do.

        But wait . . . there’s more good news. The internet and blogging do not have age or technology requirements. It is possible to blog even when your brain spins in neutral. If you are really interested in blogging, ask yourself the following questions:

      • Why do I want to blog?
      • What subject(s) do I want to blog about?
      • Is a blog the best media to use for my target market?
      • What is my marketing plan?
      • How does blogging fit into my financial plan?
      • How much time can I dedicate to blogging?
      • You don’t need to have an answer to every question before you start a blog, but it might help. I am simply offering a list of questions that you may want to consider. If you are ready to take the plung, let me know. I’ll help how I can.


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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.