Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tip#342: Anything is Possible – Freedom Writers

Sometimes when faced with unexpected and overwhelming obstacles a solution is not always clear. That's why it's important to fill your mind and imagination with evidence that the impossible is possible.

Maintaining an open mind is the first step to filling it with positive, empowering stories and images. And it helps when you discover proof for yourself in success stories that are close to home.

Solving Rubik's Cube in 7 Seconds

A 16 year old Thornhill Ontario high school student, Harris Chan, holds the North American record for solving a Rubik's cube at 7.33 seconds. On top of that amazing accomplishment Chan is colour blind. See video (solving in 9.44 seconds)

Getting A House By Trading One Red Paper Clip

Kyle MacDonald had a dream of bartering one red paper clip for a house. He accomplished this in 14 trades over the course of a year. He ended up with a two-story farmhouse in Kipling, Saskatchewan. See video

Winning A Bronze Medal Despite Death of a Loved-One

Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette showed astounding courage at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. She had to face the unexpected death of her mother as she arrived to see her perform. Despite the heartbreak she competed and won a bronze medal. See video

Freedom Writers (2007)

The movie Freedom Writers is a story based on actual events of a teacher named Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) placed into a school of inner city kids raised on racism and drive-by shootings. It seemed impossible that Gruwell would last a day with these violent youths.

However, it is Gruwell's courage, resilience, persistence and creative thinking that allows her to reach each and every student. She is able to connect with them by having each youth express their stories through the power of writing. She believed in herself that she could do anything to help these youths which makes her a fantastic role model of inner strength for women as well as men. Gruwell persevered even when others close to her were not able to support her vision.

Inspiring Themes:
• Courage
• Having a Vision
• Faith & Belief
• Persistence & Perseverance
• Resilience
• Supportive Relationships
• Indestructible Optimism

“You are the heroes. You are heroes every day.”

So remember that anything is possible and remember to believe there are resources already around you to help you achieve your goals and dreams. Fire up your imagination and picture the end results you want! All you have to do is maintain an open mind that you can achieve success in any area you want. And be inspired by movie heroes that demonstrate resilience and indestructible optimism. They are there to inspire you to discover your shining abilities!

What true stories or movies based on actual events have inspired you?
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Head Health Nut said...

True life stories are incredibly inspiring! Thanks for sharing these with us, Emmanuel. :)

I loved "Erin Brockovich" as a real life hero.

There are tons of movies based on true stories and I'm excited to see what others post!

Steph @ Live

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Thanks for your comment Steph. Brockovich is a real life hero for me too.


Shaikh Salimuddin said...

Excellent post, Emmanuel. It is so very motivating to hear true stories of triumph against adversities. One of my favorite movies about facing adversity is "The Pursuit of Happyness". It is one thing to face adversity alone but to face it with your child, as depicted in the movie, must be a hellish experience. But the one key take-away from all these inspiring stories is to never give up on your dreams.

Thanks for sharing these stories.

Shaikh Salimuddin
Schulich School of Business

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Thanks Shaikh for your comments and movie recommendation of The Pursuit of Happyness. That is a favourite of mine too and highlight it in my keynotes and seminars.

And I agree with what you've said "never give up on your dreams." I hope you are following yours.