Underdog

Aug 25 2020 49 mins 68

Underdog stories are legacies that never die. Tune in every Tuesday to discover underdogs who persevered and overcame the adversity they faced. Hear their stories. Be inspired. Find the will to never give up.





87: Tough as They Come with Travis Mills
Aug 25 2020 55 mins  
Travis Mills served in the Army 82nd Airborne and was sent on three tours to the Middle East. On his third deployment, a bomb exploded near him and he lost all four limbs. Recovery was difficult across multiple facets of his life but he decided to never give up and never quit. Today, he is a businessman, motivational speaker, author and philanthropist. In this episode: Trying out college but learning that the military was a better path forward Joining the Army 82nd Airborne and going on three deployments Marrying his best friend’s sister and how they navigated long distance dating and marriage Best advice for young married couples before deployment … don’t call each other everyday! This will prevent mundane repetitiveness and dry conversation. Losing all four limbs by a bomb explosion during his third tour in Afghanistan Over 400 units of blood given to Travis on the operating table to save his life which is the most blood that has ever been given to someone in Afghanistan Overcoming the internal question, “Why didn’t I just die? How is this life better than death?” Why his wife decided to stick by his side through thick and thin Switching from questions of reasoning of his new reality to a mindset of “In it to Win it” for his wife and daughter Depending on nurses and family to help dress him, feed him, and assist him in the bathroom for the first five weeks No thoughts of suicide because he knew he could honor his fallen comrades by living his life to the fullest in memory of them Building the Travis Mills Foundation which helps injured veterans learn indoors and outdoors adaptive activities in Maine Living life with the motto, “Never give up. Never quit.” You can’t always control your situation, but you can control your attitude Writing the book Tough as They Come You can learn more at travismills.org or find him on Instagram @ssgtravismills


86: Type I Diabetes: Bitter or Better? with Tracy Herbert
Jul 28 2020 58 mins  
Tracy Herbert was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at 17 years old and her life dramatically changed forever. She chooses to not let diabetes control her lifestyle and is soaring to new heights within the diabetic community. Her most notorious accomplishment is biking over 3500 miles across the United States. In this episode: Diagnosed with Type I diabetes at 17 years old while fighting for her life in the ICU The stress and hopelessness that comes with a diabetes management regimen plan including the news that she will never have kids Deciding to be better or bitter How the flu was a catalyst to set her autoimmune disease into motion which initiated late onset, Type I Diabetes Why Type I diabetes patients need insulin shots multiple times a day and cannot live without it The partnership between a patient and doctor in improving treatment plans Mind. Mouth. Move. Becoming a diabetes coach and helping others thrive with this diagnosis Find Your Why is important Finishing a new “celebration” each decade including biking 3500 miles across the USA Hearing inspirational stories throughout the entire journey From San Francisco to Brooklyn and finishing on the Dr. Oz show Riding with no food and limited water and getting lost on a mountain while trying to maintain her blood sugar levels Speaking on stage and her goals for the future You can find out more information at www.tracyherbert.com and you can email her at [email protected] Tune into her podcast, Your Diabetes Breakthrough. www.scottkujak.com



85: The Happy Body and Olympic Weightlifting with Jerzy Gregorek
Jul 14 2020 75 mins  
Jerzy Gregorek is a World Record Weightlifting Champion. He grew up an alcoholic adolescent in communist Poland before weightlifting saved his life. Later, his wife and him fled to the USA and settled in Southern California where he began his personal training career. A few world championship titles later, he wrote "The Happy Body" which inspires millions worldwide on how to live a healthy and fulfilling physical and mental lifestyle. In this episode: Learning obedience at an early age in war-torn and communist oppressed 1970s/1980s Poland Falling into alcoholism as an adolescent Entering the fire department at 19 years old How weightlifting saved his life from drinking Suffering temporary paralysis from a squatting accident Finishing high school at age 24 Snatching 115kg at 132lbs Finding a best friend through strike and then losing him to torture and murder by the government “Truth, Love, and Forgiveness” Traveling through Europe as a refugee making his way to the US with his wife Bringing Olympic Weightlifting to Southern California Winning 4 World weightlifting championships Why the snatch lift is the purest form of power and his favorite exercise Starting the UCLA weightlifting team Forming The Happy Body and sharing his methods throughout the world “Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” Aligning with stoicism – our responsibility to become the best version of ourselves and serve the planet. You can learn more about Jerzy and The Happy Body: https://thehappybody.com/ Discover more underdogs: https://scottkujak.com



























72: Helping Daily with Dr. Richard Shuster
Sep 17 2019 62 mins  
Dr. Richard Shuster is a licensed clinical psychologist, keynote speaker, CEO of MARS Industries, and the host of The Daily Helping with Dr. Richard Shuster: Food for the Brain, Knowledge from the experts, Tools to Win at Life which is regularly downloaded in over 100 countries. On his podcast, Dr. Shuster’s guests educate and inspire listeners through their stories, expertise, and passion for helping make a difference in the lives of others. His mission is to help people become the best versions of themselves and as a result, make the world a better place. A sought after media expert, Dr. Shuster’s clinical expertise and podcast have been featured in such publications as The Huffington Post, NBCNews.com, Glassdoor.com, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and others. In this episode: Chasing after materialistic possessions young in life Surviving a brutal car accident when he should have died Breaking his spine, suffering internal injuries, tearing every ligament and muscle in his neck, and recovering Shifting his mindset while recovering Going back to school and pursuing his phd in psychology Having a son who was born with physical disability but normal cognitive ability Creating The Daily Helping Podcast to inspire others to become the best version of themselves Every Kid Rocks – a nonprofit designed to give kids time-limited speech, physical, and occupational therapy that just need a boost The #mydailyhelping Movement www.SeekYourPowers.com – Code "underdog" at checkout, to receive your dream job guide for free, and use the result of the POWERS Assessment to discover the career that may be the best fit for you You can find out more about Dr. Richard at www.drrichardshuster.com and on Instagram @dailyhelpingpodcast


71: Seven Long Yards with Chris Norton
Aug 20 2019 55 mins  
Chris Norton lost his ability to walk after a brutal football injury. However, that didn't stop him from walking across the stage at his college graduation, or walking down the aisle with his wife after they got married. Today he is an inspirational speaker, an author, and a foster care parent. In this episode: Starting in football and embracing the physicality How one play gone wrong in college football changed his life forever The immediate aftermath of being a teenager and becoming paralyzed from the neck down Feeling like a prisoner in his own body “You will beat this.” How a physician shifted Chris’ mindset and lifted him up. You Will over You Can How teammates became brothers and helped Chris through college each day The toughest parts of therapy Relying on his faith when he could no longer rely on his own abilities The Chris Norton Foundation – Helping cover the medial and rehab expenses of others overcoming a traumatic spinal or musculature injury Meeting his wife, Emily, and pursuing her with intention from the beginning Finding identity in who he is, not the things he does How walking across the stage at his college graduation was upended by walking down the aisle with his wife after they said their vows The most monumental 7 yards of all time Dealing with mental health issues in marriage Why Chris and Emily choose to foster care Adopting 5 kids “I don’t want my physical paralysis to paralyze my mindset” You can visit www.chrisnorton.org, or follow @chrisanorton16 on Instagram for more information on Chris. You can also listen to the first 2 chapters of his audio book here: https://soundcloud.com/harperaudio_us/the-seven-longest-yards-by-chris-and-emily-norton/s-sd07v



















62: The Great Comeback with Ebo Elder
May 21 2019 73 mins  
Ebo Elder is a retired professional boxer who reached a ranking as high as the #5 lightweight boxer in the world. However, his battles continued outside of the ring. Ebo turned to drug and alcohol abuse after a painful divorce, but turned his life around when he found the Lord. He returned to boxing and fought the #4 fighter in the world in the biggest fight of his life inside the ring. However, the most triumphant moment of his life was pursuing his wife after divorce and remarrying her in a way that no one could have predicted. In this episode: Growing up to become a professional boxer since childhood Boxing grown men as an amateur teenage boxer Boxing the #1 ranked amateur fighter 7 times and losing 7 times Surviving a horrific motorcycle accident Knocking out his opponent in the 1st round of his first professional boxing fight The Greatback – coming back from divorce, depression, drug abuse, and defeat to find a fulfilling purpose in Jesus Experiencing marriage, divorce, and remarriage with his wife Why it is a bad idea to believe that marriage will solve preexisting relationship problems Finding out his wife filed for divorce the night of his US National Championship fight Contemplating suicide and almost going through with it, but turning to God at the last moment Fighting to get his wife back, and fighting in the ring Reentering boxing after a long break to take on the #4 boxer in the world Entering the 12th round of the toughest fight of his career Praying with his opponent in the ring after he knocked him out in the 12th Remarrying his wife in the most unforeseen way possible His daughter was a “rescue mission” to bring him and his wife back together Working through the pain of the past with his wife after their remarriage Ebo Elder is the author of The Great Comeback: Coming Back from Abuse, Depression, Divorce and Defeat to Find Victory, Freedom and an Amazing Life. You can follow him on Instagram @eboelder and you can find out more about him at www.eboelder.com







59: Miles of Freedom from Incarceration
Apr 16 2019 60 mins  
Richard Miles was walking home one day when his life changed forever unexpectedly. He was arrested for murder and found guilty shortly after. He spent 15 years in prison before he was found innocent and exonerated. Once he was given his freedom, he decided to help others in Dallas adjust to their newfound freedom as well through Miles of Freedom. His organization provides resources and referrals to former inmates as they assimilate back into society. In this episode: Growing up in Oak Cliff, Dallas A normal walk home turns into suspect #1 arrest Arrested due to racial prejudice Finding a peace in being innocent Learn the system, and adjust to the order of the system The most brutal part of prison – the inability to choose Losing hope year 11 into prison I am in despair, I am a commodity, I must be useless Wrestling with God over injustice and his race Having faith before prison but working his faith for the first time in prison Words from my cell – A Bible Study in prison, regaining hope The shortest case Centurion has ever done – 15 month TAT Centurion vs. Innocence Project. Centurion – Specializing in non-DNA cases. Innocence Project – Specalizing in DNA-evidence based cases. Release in exoneration, Freedom in Innocence Miles of Freedom – His non-profit that helps anyone who was incarcerated, guilty or innocent, transition back into society with rehabilitation programs, education opportunities, and career resources/connections. #1 needed change in reform of the prison system – providing a quality of life for inmates once they are released from prison so they don’t return to life behind bars Success in life is determined by potential, not position You can find out more information about Richard and Miles of Freedom on Facebook @MilesofFreedom and www.milesoffreedom.org




57: Trip's Folly; Building EA and Creating Madden
Mar 19 2019 70 mins  
Trip Hawkins built Electronic Arts and created the most widespread and popular sports video game of all time, Madden. He pioneered the video game industry and is one of the most well known video game creators in the industry. Trip went on to start many more companies with various levels of success. He is a professor at UC-Santa Barbara now. In this episode: Getting hooked on the idea of video games at an early age Creating his own major at Harvard – Strategy and Applied Game Theory, and becoming a pioneer Finding a mentor in Tom Schelling, Noble Prize Winner, at Harvard Trailblazing his own path to learn more about computers and video games Joining Steve Jobs’ team and working for Apple Leaving Apple and launching Electronic Arts The birth of EA Sports - Having the first ever celebrity, Dr.J, involved with making a video game; Dr. J and Larry Bird go 1-on-1 Creating the most interactive sports game of all time – Madden football How the biggest strength can become a blind spot and become the biggest weakness Ego – the most potent part of the subconscious Leaving EA, his first baby, behind and forming 3DO Overcoming bankruptcy and the dissolve of 3DO Finding gratitude in anything Not tying yourself to an outcome or desire Helping other technology startup entrepreneurs with his consulting practice Why Tetrus and Fortnite have Trip’s utmost respect You can find more information on Trip at https://tmp.ucsb.edu/about/people/trip-hawkins




55: Wakeboard to Wheelchair
Feb 26 2019 58 mins  
Brad Smeele was a professional wakeboarder at the top of the sport performing tricks that no one else could do. However, during one attempt at a trick, Brad crashed into a ramp and broke his neck. He instantly lost the ability to move his arms and legs. He learned to live life without the physical talent he once had, and instead embraces the deeper perspective he has gained. In this episode: Falling in love with wakeboarding Becoming a professional athlete and training year round The first ever to land a specific trick and winning Trick of the Year How another attempt at the trick led to permanent injury Learning how to live life as a quadriplegic Losing his identity in his physical talent and abilities, and gaining a greater perspective The Movement Collaborative – Trying to speed up the research process by collaborating with other spinal injury organizations to find a cure The Keep or Cut Challenge – Taking the challenge involves taking the risk of allowing your friends, family and followers to vote on whether you keep or cut your hair in order to raise money for spinal injury research. "I wish everyone could learn what I’ve learned in my journey without having to go through what I’ve had to go through." Breakdowns lead to breakthroughs Brad is the founder of The Movement Collaborative. You can find out more information about the organization here, http://themovementcollaborative.com/. And you can follow Brad on Instagram @bradsmeele





53: Climbing El Capitan with Cerebral Palsy
Feb 12 2019 53 mins  
Stephen Wampler is the first man with cerebral palsy to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He created a stretcher and pulley apparatus that allowed him to pull himself up 2-6 inches at a time which equaled over 20,000 pull-ups over the course of his 6 day ascent. Stephen is also the founder of Camp Wheelchair Adventure Mountain Programs, or Camp Wamp for short. This organization sponsors children with disabilities to experience all of the fun activities of the great outdoors in Lake Tahoe, California. He empowers them to live beyond their disability. In this episode: Growing up with Cerebral Palsy Viewing disability with humor rather than shame Outdoors is a challenging classroom to learn how to overcome the obstacles of life Pushing through the fear of rejection and finding a wife and raising children Camp WAMP – providing the ultimate outdoor experience for children with disabilities; helping the kids achieve more than they ever thought possible The first person with Cerebral Palsy to climb El Capitan Gym time = 6 days a week, 5 hours a day, 3,000 pullups at twice his body weight, everyday Climbing 2000ft of El Capitan, 6 days to complete, 20,000 pullups, 2-6 inches per pullup Getting back down the mountain with the help of Marines Inspiring others with his climb and using it to grow his foundation You can find out more information about Stephen and Camp WAMP at www.wamplerfoundation.org. Please contribute to this worthy cause or ask your employer to become a part of Project 120 at https://www.wamplerfoundation.org/donate.html. You can follow Stephen on Twitter and Instagram @stephenjwampler








49: Love at First Spike with Travis Mewhirter
Jan 08 2019 52 mins  
Travis Mewhirter picked up sand volleyball for the first time at 24 years old and found a way to become a professional athlete in this sport. Life on the beach as a sand volleyball player may seem glamorous, but there are often extensive hardships outside of the court that all sand volleyball professional players deal with day-in and day-out. Travis shares how he turned pro, the sacrifices he has had to make, and why he loves this sport above all others. In this episode: How a bartender initiated his interest in volleyball Sacrificing brand name credibility in his career with the Washington Post to pursue a better lifestyle The training, practice, and regimen that a 24 year old with no volleyball experience did to become a pro Newfound motivation after getting embarrassed in his first professional competition Pursuing greatness in a sport that doesn't offer much financial compensation, even if you are one of the best in the world Using a passion to create a platform and find a career in writing about volleyball The man in the arena The most exhausting sand volleyball day ever How his best friend retired from volleyball for 2 years due to an autoimmune disease and returned to compete at an elite level Travis Mewhirter is the co-host of the Sandcast Beach Volleyball Podcast and the author of We Were Kings: A Deep Dive Inside the Lives of Professional Beach Volleyball Players. You can buy his book on Amazon or online at Barnes and Noble. You can follow Travis on Instagram @trammew and on Twitter @tram_mew.


























38: Cure Blindness with Dr. Geoff Tabin
Sep 04 2018 61 mins  
Dr. Geoff Tabin is a professor at Stanford University and is on a mission to eradicate unnecessary blindness from all corners of the globe. This Doctor of Ophthalmology co-founded the Cure Blindness Project which began in the Himalayan region and has restored vision to over 625,000 people worldwide. Dr. Tabin is also the fourth person in the world to summit the tallest peak on all seven continents. In this episode: Getting through Yale (undergrad), Oxford (master's), and Harvard (doctorate) all in one piece Using grant money as a graduate student to climb the most difficult side of Mount Everest The journey to climb the tallest peak on all seven continents How a passion for climbing fueled a newfound passion for medicine and healthcare in third world countries Partnering with Dr. Sanduk Ruit in 1995 with one mission - eliminate all blindness in the Himalayan Region How blindness decreases life expectancy by 33% What is a cataract? Reverse engineering a process to create biomedical sustainability with limited resources Dropping the price of a cataract surgery from $200 to $25 Juggling many responsibilities by handling them one step at a time Creating local economic models for all members of the socioeconomic classes Curing the world from blindness You can find more information on Dr. Tabin and Dr. Ruit at www.cureblindness.org. You can purchase Dr. Tabin's book "Blind Corners" on Amazon and you can read about this project in "Second Suns" by David Oliver Relin.
















































































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