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Overcoming Obstacles

7 Life Lessons Learned From Whitewater Rafting

Grace Bluerock | Posted 09.24.2015 | Sports
Grace Bluerock

There's no other recreational sport quite as exciting, yet humbling, as whitewater rafting. It's one of those activities that takes the non-adventurous person out of their comfort zone from the moment they step into the raft until the moment they pull the boat safely back to the shore.

The Boy With Golden Hands: An Open Letter to Zion Harvey

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

I have cerebral palsy, a condition that has left me in a wheelchair since birth. I'm blessed to have both of my legs, but I'm unable to walk or use them properly, if at all. My hands have coincidentally compensated for that, as I'm now a full-time writer at the age of 30.

Recurring Dream Changed My Waking Life

Sari Sheehan | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Sari Sheehan

The most significant was a recurring dream that spanned 12 years. The tiger dream started when I was 6 years old and concluded just before I turned 18. This dream had such an impact on my life that it propelled me forward in a way I could only have imagined.

So They Rejected You

Melinda Parrish | Posted 09.10.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

After a while, you realize that succeeding in any endeavor isn't about having a perfect track record and getting it right every single time. It's about evolving, leaving behind what doesn't work and holding on to the bits that do.

The Key to Success

Kevin Seldon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Kevin Seldon

The thing about success is that you have to be willing to leave the luxury and safety of the shore. The good news is: Most of the time, the fears we create for ourselves are far worse than any reality has to offer.

Forever Gutless, Forever Grateful

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 09.03.2015 | Arts
Amy Oestreicher

As a performer, all I want to do is give back to the world. Being up on stage and singing is one part of the joy, but what brings the process full circle is knowing that somewhere in the audience, I am affecting someone and making them think in a different way.

Creating the Impossible Begins With Ignoring Those who Love you

Jennifer Jane Young | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Jennifer Jane Young

How often have you let the people in your life make you believe that something wasn't possible or that the choices you were making might not be the best ones? You might have even believed at some point that you might be best to quit and just go get a real job...

What Running 100 Miles in the Snow Taught Me About Business

Joe De Sena | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

There's a great phrase out there in the ultrarunning world -- it never gets easier, you just get better. And it didn't take long for it to hit me.

What Special Athletes Can Teach Us About Parenting; Father's Day Edition

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Joe De Sena

Joe Galasso is clinical psychologist who specializes with individuals with disabilities and also with professional athletes. There is a specific part of his job that he holds close to his heart; working with Special Athletes.

Six Lessons in Critical Thinking from a Professional Critical Thinker

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

We sat down with Risa Mish, Professor of Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Leadership at Cornell University, for Spartan Up! The Podcast to find out how to maximize our own critical thinking.

Resistance and Getting Our Last Bit of Sh*t Together to Finish the Race

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Kay Tacke Morse

I am losing weight so I can hike with my kids by Mother's Day. I am having back to back Tinder dates because I am finding My Person this year. I am studying Math 101 so I can feel smart. I am reading this book so I do not get kicked out of bookclub. I am dancing so I can feel the Angels when I move.

7 Lessons From the World's Greatest Explorer

Joe De Sena | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

Recently, I had the pleasure to interview Sir Ranulph Fiennes - the world's greatest living explorer - for Spartan Up! The Podcast. Fiennes has an arsenal of backbreaking, boundary-pushing, life-risking, hard to believe stories; the type that transport you right to the very places he triumphed over.

Ways to Avoid Micromanagement

Linda Lauren | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Linda Lauren

The idea is to get around the obstacle by accepting that it exists and detouring to the path you might have felt was the unlikely one to take. That all sounds wonderful, doesn't it? It's how we want to be: living an inspired and miraculous life. But how do we achieve that?

What It Takes to Break a World Record: The Story of Michael Wardian

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

Uncertainty often makes us hesitant, but when used as motivation, it can produce the most outstanding results. The most successful people I've come across have mental discipline, they harness uncertainty and embrace the possibility of failure. As Mike has shown, a lifetime of success far outweighs temporary discomfort.

An Apology Letter to My Wounded Heart

Dina Strada | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
Dina Strada

I invite all of you to let down your own walls. The ones you may have built around your heart to avoid pain. That is an impossible dream. Move forward with courage and abandon. Trust that the next time will be different. The mystery of what the universe has in store for you next awaits you.

Fear the Underdog

Joe De Sena | Posted 05.30.2015 | Sports
Joe De Sena

Tis the season of the bracket buster, the upset story, the Cinderella team. Tis the season when we turn on the TV rooting for no one and, in the final seconds, find ourselves shouting for a team we know nearly nothing about.

Formerly Homeless Teacher And Mom Of 3 Gets House Thanks To Internet Donations

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.25.2015 | Good News

A once-homeless teacher in San Francisco is now enjoying a roof over her family's head, thanks to the incredible support of the online community. L...

How I Learned to Trust Myself

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Women
Jessica Katz

Discovering more of who I am and trusting that gut feeling in my body is the best blessing I've been given. Getting back on that horse, exploring new and unknown territory in spite of the slips and fear, while always holding onto what I truly want for myself is the key to it all.

What Makes Your Heart Happy?

Jaclyn Mullen | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Jaclyn Mullen

We've all heard the term, "When your heart leads you in a different direction." But for most, the term isn't literal...unless you are Heidi Burns. From the moment she made her debut in this world, Heidi, the Founder of Project Happy Hearts, had to listen to her heart.

What Happened When My Down Dog Was Barking

Kelli Finley | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelli Finley

I started to think about what we say in the therapy world about meeting clients where they are at. I think that is important for us to do for ourselves too. On that random Thursday I met myself where I was at.

Winter Graduation

Stuart Dorsey | Posted 03.01.2015 | Education
Stuart Dorsey

The 18-year old student who enrolls in college in the fall and graduates 45 months later is no longer the norm. There are many paths to a degree, and it is a good thing that the world of higher education is recognizing--and accommodating--individuals that progress at different timetables.

Alena Hall

This Teacher Is Battling Homelessness, But Finds Strength In Her Students And Kids (How To Help) | Alena Hall | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact

For Raquel Tillett, the holiday season does not bring a bounty of presents beneath a tree or a feast on a decorated dinner table. Instead, this 44-yea...

Reflections on Building a Resilient Self

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosalinda Mercado-Garza

I share this letter because as part of the resiliency building process, I have built a network of support. That support has led me to find peace within and to realize all the good that came from the relationship I built and rebuilt with my mother.

9 Inspiring Quotes From People Who Made Unbelievable Comebacks

Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment

If you can find inspiration after a plane crash, 47 days lost at sea and two years in a series of brutal prison camps, anything is possible. At le...

Learning About Effective Leadership by Rappelling Waterfalls

Laura Berger | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Laura Berger

In executive coaching, I have clients hurtling themselves toward a goal. They want to get "there" no matter what. Then there are the adrenaline junkies who enjoy the risk of chaos, taking pride in not needing methods and plans.