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Welcome to ignition point the show. The tear gas fired up in radio win the week. You're looking amplify your mindset with a fresh perspective. You're in the right place. Hey what's going on I'm Stephen Miller and this is a point the show that gets you fired up and ready to win the week today. I want to connect the dots for you as I mentioned during the season. Two Premiere every episode through this season will follow a monthly theme case. In Point last month I sat down to talk with Jesse Randall and Rene Johnson about marathon mindset and the power zone both of those topics tied back to the monthly theme of tenacity. So now that we're in November you'll be hearing from guests who will be sharing perspectives on gratitude. And giving back but don't be too quick to judge. This isn't just because Thanksgiving's coming up. Don't get me wrong. It's extremely convenient. That I get the holidays high end but I've got a pretty good reason for wanting to pivot from tenacity to gratitude and giving back whenever you're Tunisia's and you really apply that skill effectively you create what. You should be grateful for thing about this. I suck your dreams Creams Inspire Your Passion Your Passion in conjunction with your y ignites tenacity. Tenacity is the fuel that creates success. Success is where your dreams become reality. Take one factor out and you're back to just being a dreamer period this doesn't have to the B. So linear but to crystallize this connection for you. I want to do something a little bit different with today. Show for those who don't know back in the early days of season one. I wanted to split split my time between covering motivational speeches and featuring local leaders I planned on covering sixteen speeches and featuring guests but by the end of it I'd covered thirteen eighteen speeches and featured eleven guests not so different on the surface but to be honest when I originally set those goals and envisioned where I wanted the podcast go. I considered eight guests. It's a pipe dream. He was ambitious. When you consider the quality of the guests I wanted to have on and how do the show was but because I applied myself and I got relentless about the goals goals I said I finished the season with thirteen covers and eleven guests looking at the big picture? It validated. Why I was doing the podcast? I'm grateful for that validation allegation and I thanked all of those who've been with me along the way but believe it or not. That's not why I'm telling you the story. There was a consequence of moving away from covering speeches. That was having to abandon speeches. I really wanted to feature on the show when I look at the plans I had I actually lined up six other speeches that either got cut cut in favor of guests or the cut because they weren't good enough of those six one has constantly been on my mind and I think it's message illustrates the connection action between snazzy and gratitude. That speech was given by Randy Pash and it was called the last lecture. There's a chance you might know the story after all it was made into a New York Doc Times bestseller but let's start with that title. Why the last lecture well it was meant to be a part of a series of lectures? They posed a question to the speaker. If if you had the opportunity to give one last lecture before he died what would it be and while there were probably some great speeches in the bunch Rainey's last lecture resonated globally literally millions of people travelled from around the world to see him. Give this lecture in person. His last lecture was all about achieving your childhood dreams and and it's a damn good speech but the topic on its own doesn't explain why all those people went out to Pittsburgh to hear him. Speak Rainy. Pouch gave this talk throughout the back. Half of two thousand seven at Carnegie Mellon University shortly after having been diagnosed with stage four liver cancer and being told he only had months to live most recordings of his speech. Begin with Randy Randy joking about how he wished they hadn't changed the name of the series because he thought he really nailed the topic in after a couple more jokes to lighten the mood. Randy's last lecture turned away from his Diagnosis Ignatius redirecting to talk about his childhood dreams enabling others to achieve their dreams. And how you can do these things now. I don't plan on covering his speech the way that I covered speeches last season. But there were some pieces I wanted to share that bring together episodes onto nasty and the upcoming episodes on gratitude. There's no a better place to start than laying out what Randy's dreams were but you've gotta understand that Randy was a child of the nineteen sixties when he was eight or nine Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon seeing that he gave himself full creative license to dream and he dreamed big so thinking that anything was possible possible he dreamt of being in zero gravity authoring an article in the World Book Encyclopedia Becoming One of the guys who won the big stuffed animals at the amusement park and being in imagine near with Disney he explains how he went on to accomplish each one of these dreams in lecture but I want to focus on the one that he saw. Aw the hardest becoming imagine ear. When he first applied he'd already earned his doctorate from Carnegie Mellon and gotten into the World Encyclopedia for some pioneering work on early virtual reality systems? So you've got to think that he carried some real credibility but he was turned down. If you couldn't guess Randi isn't the type of guy who takes a resounding no to heart. Instead as he says in his speech the brick walls are there for reason. They're not there to keep us out. The Brick Walzer there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. He was in the years following this setback. Setback that imagineering was working on top secret virtual reality project. That project became the Aladdin attraction where you can fly magic carpet. At that time reindeer randy had just been asked to brief the secretary of Defense on the state of virtual reality so we decided to call up the imagineering team. He said look. I'm breathing the secretary of defense. I'd like some materials on what you have because it's one of the best. VR systems in the world. Of course the team imagineering pushed back but randy was ready to play. Okay his Patriotism Card which led him to connect him with the guy running. The team then came the kicker after exchanging notes. He made a door in with that Guy John and sat down with him for lunch by the end of that lunch. Rainy decided to be bold and asked about working with him and was given the green light. This is the lesson listen. In Randy's words some brick walls are made of flesh by not accepting. The answer of no. Rainy gots lives dream and even after John's departure from the program he had made such a mark that the leadership team told him he could have his cake and eat it too so for about ten years rainy became a consultant. Imagine hearing when you initially create your opportunities and cultivate the right relationships you can have your cake and eat it too. Rainy goes on to remind how brick walls an opportunity they let ashore dedication there to separate us from the people who don't really want to achieve their childhood dreams he said don't bail. The Best of the gold is at the bottom of the barrel crap just to work harder. There is so much more to randy speech and I hope you'll take the time to go watch all the way through sometime this week but the big picture is this when you follow your dreams and don't let anyone or anything stand in your way. Appreciation plays a big role. You have to learn to take the time to appreciate the dream while you're living it and after otherwise you just keep pushing without without valuing your place in life. You've got to show gratitude to the people who helped you to achieve the dream and those who support you along the way if you don't you may not find their support on the next dream. So how will you blend your tenacity with an attitude of gratitude. There's no definitive answer. But I hope you tune in next week to hear from the first of our November guests and start answering that question if you'd like to check out the full video of Randy Pouches last lecture or his book by the same title you can find links wchs to both in this episode show notes decisively dot com slash ignition point. If you enjoyed this episode please share the show with someone you think would help. And if you're listening on apple podcasts cast it would make my day if you take to leave a review for the show. Otherwise you're always. Welcome to send your thoughts and feedback to directly by emailing Stephen at decisive leap DOT DOT COM. New episodes of ignition. Point are available every Monday so be sure to follow the show. Wherever you get your podcasts? Well that's going to do it for this episode so stay motivated and keep moving forward. If you put in the hard work right now. One day you could be the one motivating the world with

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