Do you see certain parts of yourself as strong and other parts as weak? If so, it may be time to question your assessment of yourself, and how you came to believe this!
As you grew up, you may have been told that parts of you were wrong, or less than. You could have absorbed these beliefs, even though they were not true.
What if the parts you’ve seen as weaknesses are actually strengths?
This shift in perspective could radically change your life!
On a recent Man Alive interview with J.R. Martinez, we discussed the idea that struggles are a chance for us to choose our view of life. We can be taken down by them or use them as opportunities to grow and support others. Today’s Man Alive guest, Johnny Sirpilla, has done a beautiful job of this with his painful life experiences. He has also used his struggles to reframe his sensitivity as strength.
Johnny wrote about his personal tragedies in his new book: Life Is Hard but I’ll Be OK: The Power of Hope, Emerging through Pain and Learning to Live with Gratitude. Johnny is an entrepreneur (a legend in the RV Industry), a passionate leader, and a committed family man. His life’s tragedies led him to repurpose himself in his early 50’s to focus on driving meaningful change in the workplace and become the founder of Encourage, LLC, a self-funded small family office with four divisions; Encourage Healthy Living, Encourage Leadership, Encourage Investment and Encourage Adoption.
In our deep and rich conversation we discussed…
- Why it’s important for men to feel their emotions
- How to reframe thoughts in empowering ways
- Finding strength in what seemed like weakness
- Becoming more aware of the impact others have on us
- Johnny’s personal story of living through pain and creating beauty
Johnny reminds us that emotions and a sense of being out of control are not actually signs of weakness, but instead opportunities for you to validate your strength… including vulnerability. Enjoy this powerful episode!
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Johnny speaks professionally to businesses, communities, and universities on the importance of managing thoughts, internal honest reflection to develop meaningful professional and personal relationships, and re-framing each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-development and growth. Addressing college students and young professionals to discover the power they have to develop their personal brand is a personal passion and target audience for Johnny.