Beyond Adversity

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The Competition is Fierce


Many survivor hear the words “you can’t” and believe they cannot. Although the words are seen by many as a detriment, the words can also be a foundation of motivation, playful competition, and good humor. In the following short video, we see how the words “you can’t” lead to camaraderie and fun.

Similarly,  when some people hear the word “competition,” they choose avoidance rather than competition. Perhaps, fear of losing is the main cause of avoidance. Although I understand both sides of the issue, I believe everybody who competes is a winner whether or not they win a first-place award. Those who chose to compete beat everybody who decided not to compete.


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Thanks to Irving Berlin for writing the music; Dorothy Fields and Herbert Fields for writing the book upon which the song is based; Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana for their fantastic demonstration of competition; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, video, text, and links 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.