How To Live The Impossible Dream

Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John is truly an amazing person! NBC Nightly News called her, “One of the five most inspiring women in America.”  Whether it is former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former President George W. Bush, The Dalai Lama, Oprah or Dr. Willie Jolley…we all agree that she is amazing!

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in the Winter Olympic competition. She took  home a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Winter Paralympicsin Innsbruck, Austria. In recognition of this historic achievement, Bonnie was quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups.

Bonnie has achieved the highest levels of success in a variety of endeavors throughout her life. In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, she is a bestselling author, a highly sought after keynote speaker and leadership consultant for the Fortune 500. She is also a television and radio personality and an experienced conference facilitator. Bonnie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, and is a Rhodes Scholar.

She is the author of seven books, and her latest hit book is  MICRO-RESILIENCE: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, & Energy, which she wrote with her husband, former entertainment industry CEO, Allen Haines.

In this inspiring interview on my SiriusXM radio show, Bonnie shares:

  • Life does not always give you a perfect situation, so you must decide to win with whatever situation life gives you!
  • It takes faith and determination to win in life! If you want to win you must step out on faith and try – even on one leg!
  • You must believe that the impossible is possible. It just takes a little longer to accomplish.
  • Success at anything takes resilience. You must keep bouncing back and keep fighting for your dreams.
  • Micro resilience is based on the concept that success comes from little steps that turn into big steps over time.
  • It takes positive self talk. Tune in daily to the radio station I-C-A-N!
  • Create a “joy kit” that you can access at any time. That is a kit that can lift your thinking when life tries to discourage you. It might be a song, a poem or a motivational CD. Keep it near and use it often.
  • Fill yourself up with positive information so you can have something to draw from in the tough moments.
  • Identify the good and magnify it!
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Dr. Willie Jolley has achieved remarkable heights in the speaking industry, having come from humble beginnings of being a fired singer, who was replaced by a karaoke machine! He has gone on to be named “One of the Outstanding Five Speakers in the World” by the 175,000 members of Toastmasters International. He has also been inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame as well as achieving the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional by the National Speakers Association. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Ron Brown Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2013 he was named, “One of the Top 5 Leadership Speakers” by and Business Leader of The Year by The African American Chambers of Commerce. Dr. Willie Jolley uses his public platform to pursue his mission of empowering and encouraging people to rise above their circumstances and maximize their God given potential! Many know him as the speaker Ford Motors called on in 2006 when they were on the brink of bankruptcy, and he worked with them in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and in 2009 they were able to reject a government bailout and go on to Billion Dollar profits. No matter the venue, from his exciting television appearances to his Sirius/XM radio show, to corporate audiences like Wal-Mart, GM, Comcast, Verizon, Marriott or The Million Dollar Round Table … Dr. Willie Jolley keeps it moving with high energy and enthusiasm, as he delivers nuggets on how every person can live a better life, one day at a time! Dr. Willie Jolley is the author of several international best-selling books including It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life, A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks and An Attitude of Excellence, which was endorsed by Dr. Stephen Covey. Dr. Jolley holds a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Faith Driven Achievement from the California Graduate School of Theology, a Master Degree in Theology from Wesley Theological seminary and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from The American University.