I continued to be blessed every day by serendipity and synchronicities leading me to the most inspiring people who are truly making a difference in the world. As I went to cheer on my friend as she auditioned to be a speaker at the California Women’s Conference – I had the great fortune of meeting Danny Brassell who was one of the judges. He graciously gave me a copy of his book and I remember thinking what a nice and generous man.  By the way, he is offering this inspiring book for free to all of you in a link below – thank you Danny :). Then I get home that night from the conference and I see a comment on Facebook from my dear friend Alex Kajitani who says Marcy and Danny I see you both are at the California Women’s Conference and you two need to connect – little did Alex know we had already connected. Then a few days later, my boyfriend Eric Mowrey is creating  videos from Alex’s Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul Book event and I hear in the background on one of the videos “Hi I am Danny Brassell” – here is the video of Danny’s amazing talk at the event. I said really? I knew in that moment I better really get to know who this Danny Brassell is, because I have learned when you hear things more than once there is a reason and you better pay attention. So I did – I reached out to Danny and I am so glad I did, because I am so inspired by Danny, his journey and his Passion + Purpose = World Change formula and the difference he is making in the world. It is such an honor to know you Danny.  And even better – I sent Danny my book “Finding Your Passion: The Easy Guide to Your Dream Career” and he didn’t even get a chance to read it, since his 12 year old picked it up and “I want to read this.” That touched my heart since helping young people live their dreams is my core Passion + Purpose = World Change formula – so thank you Danny’s son for reconfirming this for me :).  Danny thank you again for being so authentic and sharing your deeply personal story to inspire others to go after and live their dreams even with the obstacles that we encounter in life.   I know you will be inspired by Danny’s story below.
1) What is your Passion + Purpose = World Change formula
I am on a mission to bring joy back into education and the workplace by reminding people to take their jobs seriously without taking themselves too seriously. Speaking to over 100 audiences worldwide annually, I love getting people to laugh and rejuvenating their zest for life. Reading is my passion, and I love to share that with others. After all, Charley “Tremendous” Jones used to say that “you’re the same today as you will be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet.” So I say, surround yourself with positives. To serve your audience, Marcy, I’d like to provide your community with a complimentary e-copy of my book “Read, Lead & Succeed: 50 Simple Ways to Produce Extraordinary Results in Business and Life.” It’s filled with inspiring anecdotes, quotes and book recommendations that I have provided diverse groups ranging from kindergarten teachers to community business leaders. Your readers can download their copy by following this link:
http://forms.aweber.com/form/19/761511719.htm
How do we change the world? By surrounding ourselves with good books and good people and blocking out all the “noise” that seems to be distracting people nowadays. 😉
2) How did you uncover your passion and purpose?
I began my teaching career in an inner-city community in South Los Angeles and was disgusted that my students did not have access to all of the opportunities I had as a child. My dad was a librarian, and – ironically – I HATED reading. But I grew up in a home filled with reading materials and two great parents who read to me and in front of me all the time. My parents had one expectation for my siblings and me: whatever you do, do your best. I give 110 percent to my audiences, as I remind myself and others that no matter what we do in life, we are all teachers and role models. It humbles me to have the opportunity to speak around the globe, write books and network with amazing people like you, Marcy. I am truly blessed!
3) What steps did you take to live your passion and purpose?
In 2005, my wife and I attended a real estate seminar that turned out to be a scam. In one weekend we purchased ten homes, and over the next ten years we lost all of them either to foreclosure or short sale. We are still picking up the pieces. It was a catastrophe.
Now, I could focus on all of the bad things that happened because of that horrible decision, but I am a positive person. I prefer to focus on all of the good things that came from this experience:
– I love my wife more than ever. The real estate fiasco could have torn us apart, but instead we let it bring us together.
– I am no longer “tight” with money. Before the fiasco, I settled for “the cheap seats.” Now I realize that life is too short to settle.
– I became a Christian. I’m not proud of the fact that it took a catastrophe to drive me to my faith, but the more I read the Bible, the more I realize that I am not the first nincompoop to learn that everything goes through God!
– I try not to judge people anymore. If I were someone looking at what I did that one fateful weekend, I’d say that I deserve all of the misery I have endured because of my poor decisions at that darn real estate seminar. After going through all of this (including filing for bankruptcy – which is the last thing I ever wanted to do), I now understand that unless you know everything about a person, you really do not know anything about a person.
– Lastly, and this addresses your question most directly (sorry, I’m long-winded), I became a speaker. I was working as a professor, and my accountant informed me that in order to avoid filing for bankruptcy, I’d have to earn an extra $$. So I started speaking, and that year I earned exactly that extra sum. The next year, my accountant said I would have to earn even more – an extra $$$ – to avoid filing for bankruptcy. So I worked hard speaking and earned that exact amount. Well, the next year I decided that maybe I should start setting higher goals for myself. True, eventually, I did have to file for bankruptcy (because of some legal nonsense that I can share with you if you’re bored and in the mood to become depressed). However, I can say that during one of the largest economic slumps in American history, my speaking business increased every year.
Why do I share this story? I want your readers to understand that I have made mistakes in my life and suffered the consequences. Has that ever happened to you? 😉
I am just like you and your readers, Marcy. As a matter of fact, you and your readers may have even fewer problems than I have had. Hooray! That gives all of you an edge. Will you take it, or rest on your laurels? No matter what you are going through, remind yourself that everyone goes through something. The question is, will you let it destroy you, or will you let it propel you? I challenge everyone to endure. I am more passionate now and living on purpose than ever before in my life, and I am grateful for it.
4) I talk a lot about putting together the pieces of your passion puzzle to create the life of your dreams? How do you feel that you have done this?
Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I like to remind myself that I have “first-world problems.” I am not starving. I live in a beautiful place. I do not get persecuted for making fun of our political leaders. My wife and three children are healthy and safe. And I get paid to speak and write, two things I love. It did not happen over night. Contrary to what others may say, I think we NEED TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. What I mean by that is that the way you accomplish big dreams is by getting up early, writing for an hour, spending the 30 mins on the treadmill – whatever. It is our little daily HABITS that determine our success. Like I used to tell my students and still tell my audiences to this day: education is valuable, but execution is priceless. Knowledge is meaningless if it is not applied. I read a lot. I watch a lot of speakers. I network with people like you, Marcy. And I try to learn as much as I can to improve every day. The journey IS the destination.

I continued to be blessed every day by serendipity and synchronicities leading me to the most inspiring people who are truly making a difference in the world. As I went to cheer on my friend as she auditioned to be a speaker at the California Women’s Conference – I had the great fortune of meeting Danny Brassell who was one of the judges. He graciously gave me a copy of his book and I remember thinking what a nice and generous man.  By the way, he is offering this inspiring book for free to all of you in a link below – thank you Danny :). Then I get home that night from the conference and I see a comment on Facebook from my dear friend Alex Kajitani who says Marcy and Danny I see you both are at the California Women’s Conference and you two need to connect – little did Alex know we had already connected. Then a few days later, my boyfriend Eric Mowrey is creating  videos from Alex’s Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul Book event and I hear in the background on one of the videos “Hi I am Danny Brassell” – here is the video of Danny’s amazing talk at the event. I said really? I knew in that moment I better really get to know who this Danny Brassell is, because I have learned when you hear things more than once there is a reason and you better pay attention. So I did – I reached out to Danny and I am so glad I did, because I am so inspired by Danny, his journey and his Passion + Purpose = World Change formula and the difference he is making in the world. It is such an honor to know you Danny.  And even better – I sent Danny my book “Finding Your Passion: The Easy Guide to Your Dream Career” and he didn’t even get a chance to read it, since his 12 year old picked it up and “I want to read this.” That touched my heart since helping young people live their dreams is my core Passion + Purpose = World Change formula – so thank you Danny’s son for reconfirming this for me :).  Danny thank you again for being so authentic and sharing your deeply personal story to inspire others to go after and live their dreams even with the obstacles that we encounter in life.   I know you will be inspired by Danny’s story below.

1) What is your Passion + Purpose = World Change formula

I am on a mission to bring joy back into education and the workplace by reminding people to take their jobs seriously without taking themselves too seriously. Speaking to over 100 audiences worldwide annually, I love getting people to laugh and rejuvenating their zest for life. Reading is my passion, and I love to share that with others. After all, Charley “Tremendous” Jones used to say that “you’re the same today as you will be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet.” So I say, surround yourself with positives. To serve your audience, Marcy, I’d like to provide your community with a complimentary e-copy of my book “Read, Lead & Succeed: 50 Simple Ways to Produce Extraordinary Results in Business and Life.” It’s filled with inspiring anecdotes, quotes and book recommendations that I have provided diverse groups ranging from kindergarten teachers to community business leaders. Your readers can download their copy by following this link:

http://forms.aweber.com/form/19/761511719.htm

How do we change the world? By surrounding ourselves with good books and good people and blocking out all the “noise” that seems to be distracting people nowadays. 😉

2) How did you uncover your passion and purpose?

I began my teaching career in an inner-city community in South Los Angeles and was disgusted that my students did not have access to all of the opportunities I had as a child. My dad was a librarian, and – ironically – I HATED reading. But I grew up in a home filled with reading materials and two great parents who read to me and in front of me all the time. My parents had one expectation for my siblings and me: whatever you do, do your best. I give 110 percent to my audiences, as I remind myself and others that no matter what we do in life, we are all teachers and role models. It humbles me to have the opportunity to speak around the globe, write books and network with amazing people like you, Marcy. I am truly blessed!

3) What steps did you take to live your passion and purpose?

In 2005, my wife and I attended a real estate seminar that turned out to be a scam. In one weekend we purchased ten homes, and over the next ten years we lost all of them either to foreclosure or short sale. We are still picking up the pieces. It was a catastrophe.

Now, I could focus on all of the bad things that happened because of that horrible decision, but I am a positive person. I prefer to focus on all of the good things that came from this experience:

– I love my wife more than ever. The real estate fiasco could have torn us apart, but instead we let it bring us together.

– I am no longer “tight” with money. Before the fiasco, I settled for “the cheap seats.” Now I realize that life is too short to settle.

– I became a Christian. I’m not proud of the fact that it took a catastrophe to drive me to my faith, but the more I read the Bible, the more I realize that I am not the first nincompoop to learn that everything goes through God!

– I try not to judge people anymore. If I were someone looking at what I did that one fateful weekend, I’d say that I deserve all of the misery I have endured because of my poor decisions at that darn real estate seminar. After going through all of this (including filing for bankruptcy – which is the last thing I ever wanted to do), I now understand that unless you know everything about a person, you really do not know anything about a person.

– Lastly, and this addresses your question most directly (sorry, I’m long-winded), I became a speaker. I was working as a professor, and my accountant informed me that in order to avoid filing for bankruptcy, I’d have to earn an extra $$. So I started speaking, and that year I earned exactly that extra sum. The next year, my accountant said I would have to earn even more – an extra $$$ – to avoid filing for bankruptcy. So I worked hard speaking and earned that exact amount. Well, the next year I decided that maybe I should start setting higher goals for myself. True, eventually, I did have to file for bankruptcy (because of some legal nonsense that I can share with you if you’re bored and in the mood to become depressed). However, I can say that during one of the largest economic slumps in American history, my speaking business increased every year.

Why do I share this story? I want your readers to understand that I have made mistakes in my life and suffered the consequences. Has that ever happened to you? 😉

I am just like you and your readers, Marcy. As a matter of fact, you and your readers may have even fewer problems than I have had. Hooray! That gives all of you an edge. Will you take it, or rest on your laurels? No matter what you are going through, remind yourself that everyone goes through something. The question is, will you let it destroy you, or will you let it propel you? I challenge everyone to endure. I am more passionate now and living on purpose than ever before in my life, and I am grateful for it.

4) I talk a lot about putting together the pieces of your passion puzzle to create the life of your dreams? How do you feel that you have done this?

Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I like to remind myself that I have “first-world problems.” I am not starving. I live in a beautiful place. I do not get persecuted for making fun of our political leaders. My wife and three children are healthy and safe. And I get paid to speak and write, two things I love. It did not happen over night. Contrary to what others may say, I think we NEED TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. What I mean by that is that the way you accomplish big dreams is by getting up early, writing for an hour, spending the 30 mins on the treadmill – whatever. It is our little daily HABITS that determine our success. Like I used to tell my students and still tell my audiences to this day: education is valuable, but execution is priceless. Knowledge is meaningless if it is not applied. I read a lot. I watch a lot of speakers. I network with people like you, Marcy. And I try to learn as much as I can to improve every day. The journey IS the destination.

5) What advice do you have for others who are looking to uncover and live their passion and purpose?

It was either Benjamin Franklin or Nike who once said, “Just do it.” My old pastor used to say that he did not expect us to do everything that he preached, but he urged us, “for goodness sake, do something.” A couple of months ago I realized that the news was depressing me and causing me to be irritable, so I stopped watching the news. I took a negative situation, evaluated what I could control, then made a change. I am always trying to lose weight, and I have been quite successful. The problem is that I have also been successful at finding it, again. So I am trying to adjust my poor eating habits. I drink 2 glasses of water before meals now, and I walk 7500 steps a day. I’m very conscious of the words I use, and I eliminated the word “try” from my vocabulary. What a horrible word! Yoda said it best, “Do or do not. There is no ‘try.'”

You can find Danny on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and his website is www.DannyBrassell.com.

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If you have a great Passion + Purpose = World Change story to share – please email me at marcy@careerswithwings.com and for more inspiration – please visit my website at www.careerswithwings.com.

What advice do you have for others who are looking to uncover and live their passion and purpose?
It was either Benjamin Franklin or Nike who once said, “Just do it.” My old pastor used to say that he did not expect us to do everything that he preached, but he urged us, “for goodness sake, do something.” A couple of months ago I realized that the news was depressing me and causing me to be irritable, so I stopped watching the news. I took a negative situation, evaluated what I could control, then made a change. I am always trying to lose weight, and I have been quite successful. The problem is that I have also been successful at finding it, again. So I am trying to adjust my poor eating habits. I drink 2 glasses of water before meals now, and I walk 7500 steps a day. I’m very conscious of the words I use, and I eliminated the word “try” from my vocabulary. What a horrible word! Yoda said it best, “Do or do not. There is no ‘try.'”
You can find Danny on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and his website is www.DannyBrassell.com.
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If you have a great Passion + Purpose = World Change story to share – please email me at marcy@careerswithwings.com and for more inspiration – please visit my website at www.careerswithwings.com.