Today’s speaker was Siobhan Kukolic. To learn more about Siobhan, check out her website: Siobhan gave a very entertaining talk about embracing failure and mental wellness. She is the author of “The Treasure You Seek” and is a blogger for the Huffington Post. She is a frequent inspirational speaker to school an business groups.
She started her talk off with a quote from poet Mary Oliver: "Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life ...”. And went on to talk about success and failure by speaking about Winston Churchill: “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” and Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
Siobhan spoke about having a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset. She used the example of down and out actor Sylvester Stallone who held out with his script for “Rocky” until he could star in his own movie. She also used the example of Barack Obama who went from being uninvited to the Democratic Convention to being President in 8 years.
She used this quote from Obama as someone who did not have a fixed mindset: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” In terms of motivation, Siobhan used this quote from Neil Gaiman: “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
For a story on perseverance, Siobhan used the story of George Danzig and the unsolvable math problem: This story illustrates that  when people are free to pursue goals unfettered by presumed limitations on what they can accomplish, they just may manage some extraordinary feats through the combined application of native talent and hard work. That is, George didn’t have a fixed mindset.
As an example of Grit, Siobhan used the story of Terry Fox. Since Terry’s death, more than $750 million has been raised to fight cancer.
Finally, to illustrate resilience, she used the story of Keegan Johnson’s son Dante has Prader-Willi Syndrome. Keegan has created the charity “Foundation For Prader-Willi research”. Siobhan has blogged about this family in the Huffington Post:
Siobhan is an excellent speaker and writer. Several examples of her work can be found on her website under THE TREASURE YOU SEEK heading