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Staying Open to New Possibilities

Duck RabitOne of the challenges for survivors and caregivers is to maintain their hope that an adverse situation will improve or completely disappear. Since each person reacts in his or her own way to adversity, the existence of a single solution to overcoming adversity-related despair and depression seems unlikely. A plausible solution seems to be the right combination of optimism, trust, action, and hope for each specific survivor and caregiver. In the following video, Kim Silverman uses magic to explain how we can improve the quality of life by correctly dealing with adversity-related despair and depression.


  1. What adversity are you facing?
  2. What action could reduce or eliminate your adversity?
  3. What are you doing to reduce or eliminate your adversity?
  4. How do you measure success in overcoming your adversity?
  5. How may I help?

Thanks to Esther for sharing the video, Kim Silverman Ph.D. for sharing the connection between magic and hope, TEDx San Jose for selecting the presentation, YouTube for hosting the video, and all the other people who contributed to the picture and/or video I included 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.

2 Responses to “Staying Open to New Possibilities”

  • pawan singh says:

    situation will improved .

    • Scott says:


      The good news is someone who has the worst situation ever also has many opportunities to improve. Similarly, the person who is at the top of their game has many opportunities to improve. The important consideration is to have the right attitude and to initiate the right action to apply the opportunities.


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**** About The Author ****

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.