I was reminded this morning while watching the Today Show just how interesting our speakers bureau industry is. Keynote speakers have worked to perfect their craft–in business, sports, they have written best-selling books — and as a result, have become amazing business speakers, top motivational speakers, athlete speakers, etc. What really intrigues me are those who didn’t plan on becoming an inspiration to others — but because of a difficult decision they had to make in the face of danger (like landing a plane in the Hudson River) — they are nothing short of miraculous — and in some cases heroes.
On the Today Show, in celebration of Hero Moms, they were interviewing Stephanie Decker — a mother, who didn’t think twice about risking her life to protect her children during a devastating tornado in Indiana earlier this year. In saving her children, her legs were severely injured from the debris. Unfortunately, she had to have both of her legs amputated. Her heroics have earned her countless stories on the news. In fact, this was such an inspiring story that even President Obama called to tell her what a amazing hero mom she was. In Stephanie’s mind, she did what she thought any mother would do — and that’s what makes her humble and so embraceable. She is currently working on getting prosthetic legs so she can walk again. So, her journey to from hero to overcoming obstacles continues. Want to know Stephanie’s progress? Visit the Stephanie Decker Fund.
These are the type of people who I so admire — they didn’t wake up in the morning and think ‘how can I get on TV.’ These are real people who were faced with real dangers. They inspire us in our everyday problems that we think we’ll never overcome. What I love about our speaking bureau industry is we get to share these type of people and their stories with audiences everyday.
I’m reminded of a great quote from one of my favorite inspirational speakers, W Mitchell: “It’s not what happens to you…it’s what you do about it.”
And don’t forget to give a big nod of thanks to your mom in celebration of Mother’s Day this weekend.
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