"Out of the Mud” is all about the personal transformation & journey we all experience when faced with adversity. The great stories of adversity on this show are stories of hope, success, & significance.
Adversity or being “in the mud” is a story we all find ourselves in; but the story we write with our lives is ours alone. We all get the chance to be the hero in a potentially great story. It is completely our choice.
008 - Carlos Fernandez & his inspiring journey from prison to rising tech entrepreneur & servant leader
Carlos Fernandez is the epitome of hope, success, & significance.
17 years ago Carlos found himself in prison doing time; guilty on an Attempted Murder charge.
At the outset he fit the stereotypical image of a troubled teenage Mexican-American, growing up with little parental supervision who found familial support in the Hispanic gangs of north Wichita.
His turbulent past was one of uncertainty, violence, anger, & death. Serving an adult sentence, for an adult crime, while still not legally a man, Carlos began his long journey towards redemption and servant leadership.
Through positive intentionality, faith in a higher power, the unwavering faith & sacrifice from his parents, and the grace of some unlikely mentors, Carlos found himself a free man much earlier than expected.
Today we find Carlos a rising entrepreneur in the tech world taking him from Silicon Valley to the Oval Office, twice. We are blessed to have such an authentic & creative force in our world.
He's a shining example of how we are all capable of more than we give ourselves credit for.
How authenticity, transparency, & integrity are the primary currencies needed to overcome adversity and live a life of significance.
I love how his big why is to represent change & add value to everyone and everything he comes in contact with. He's the spark of positive change and the type of leader we can all emulate.
007 - Rhonda Sciortino on succeeding because of the difficult things you've gone through
Rhonda Sciortino was abandoned at the age of six months, and became a ward of the court until she emancipated at 16. Except for a brief time with a wonderful foster family, those first 16 years were spent in the custody of a mentally ill man and alcoholic woman–her grandparents.
When Rhonda was eight years old, the little shack where she lived was destroyed by fire. They had no insurance, and for months they were homeless. Rhonda vividly recalls wearing the same filthy sundress and flimsy dimestore flipflops to school day after day for months after that fire.
At age 15 Rhonda decided to seek emancipation. One of the prerequisites was that Rhonda have a job, so she went to work for the first person who would hire her–an insurance agent. When her employer explained the concept of insurance, Rhonda was flabbergasted. “You mean someone would have paid for our house to be rebuilt AND given us money for clothes and a place to sleep?”
Rhonda learned everything she could about insurance. Despite being denied again and again, Rhonda repeatedly petitioned the Insurance Commissioner to allow her to sit for the insurance agent exam even though she wasn’t yet 18. An exception was finally granted, and Rhonda became California’s youngest licensed insurance agent at 17.
At the age of 27, Rhonda’s passion for good child welfare providers and appropriate insurance intersected. She committed herself to protecting people and organizations that protect children. She had personally experienced excellent foster care during her short time with a foster family, and she knew the shame of homelessness as a result of inadequate insurance. Rhonda quit her job and started her own retail insurance organization. A few years later, she opened a national brokerage which helped insurance brokers all over the US protect the child welfare organizations in their areas. In 2008, Rhonda sold Child Welfare Insurance Services to Markel Insurance Company. She now serves as their National Child Welfare Specialist, helping child welfare organizations all over the US to manage the risks and realities of caring for kids.
Rhonda is happily married to Nick Sciortino. They live in Newport Beach, CA near their daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons who are the joys of their lives.
006 - Dave Sanderson on his experience as the last survivor off the plane of US Airways "Miracle on the Hudson" ditching.
When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be.
The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.
Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others, and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing.
In this Out of the Mud episode, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.
005 - Eric Lind shares his story of redemption & restoration after his epic fall from grace.
Eric Lind shares an amazing story on Out of the Mud that shows us that there is always hope for redemption & restoration, even when we create our own adverse situation through poor decisions and actins.
Eric practiced law for 16 years, and then took a trememdous fall as a result of a pattern of his fraudulent and criminal behavior. He was convicted of four counts of theft and forging the signature of a judge and was sentenced to 28 months in maximum security prison. While he thought his professional life was over, he found that God had a different plan for him.
Eric has experienced tremendous success, and epic failures. At his lowest and most broken point he found that God was there to take him through a lengthy period of consequence, cleansing, & restoration.
At his lowest point he was convinced that he had no chance of professional/business success; but over time he found that through God all things are possible as long as you are willing to do the work.
He credits the success after his release from prision to the conscious choice to be completely transparent in everything he did or said.
After Eric was released from prison his skill in business and authenticity about who he is led to two of the world’s largest lenders trusting in him which allowed hime to turnaround and save the company he found himself running..
Today Eric uses his leadership & consulting expertise with One Accord Partners.
004 - Suzanne Tyler on finding hope in the aftermath of a school shooting
On December 13, 2013, a gunman walked into Arapahoe High School and opened fire, killing a student and scarring a community. Suzanne Tyler, a teacher at the school, was closer to the tragedy than most – the shooter had written her classroom number on his arm before entering the building.
Shaken, Tyler faced a long road to inner peace in the aftermath. Her new book, “There Is Hope,” is the result of her healing process. The illustrated book, meant for readers of all ages, speaks of dark times in life. Throughout the story, the book’s protagonist learns to confront and eventually control her “monster,” the dark force in her life that follows her after a traumatic event.
“The healing began as I started to share my story, and others shared theirs with me,” Tyler said.
Tyler recognizes that tragedy and trauma take form in all shapes and sizes, but that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
“I want to be an instrument for helping others to heal,” Tyler said. “I want people to know that someone understands and that we all have hope.”
For more information, visit http://www.suzannektyler.com.
There Is Hope
By Suzanne Tyler
Suzanne Tyler is an educator who, for many years, watched students deal with significant trauma and circumstances in their young lives, which they did not choose. On December 13, 2013, Suzanne also experienced trauma that was not a choice. She was a teacher at Arapahoe High School when a man with a gun came into the school and traumatized the students, staff, families, friends, and community. Everyone’s life changed that day. Suzanne wrote this book as part of her healing process and hopes that through it, she will help you heal, too.
003 - Lynda Fishman shares her true story of family, tragedy, & choices after losing her mother & sisters in a plane crash
At thirteen years old, Lynda's life comes to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters are killed in a plane crash. Her father, overcome by despair, simply continues to exist, in a state devoid of hope. After burying a wife and two young children at the age of 44, the overwhelming responsibility of raising a daughter alone completely immobilizes him.
Teetering on that tender brink between childhood and adolescence, Lynda faces the responsibility of a father in a complete state of shock, a house to take care of and hundreds of decisions about how to proceed with their shattered lives.
In Repairing Rainbows she candidly describes the agonizing memories, deafening silence and endless hardships that are the fallout of incredible loss. As we follow her through marriage, motherhood and her own spiritual journey, Lynda reveals her complex feelings of hope, anger, pity and determination. Most importantly, she learns the crucial difference between "truly living" and the existence that is so often mistaken for being alive.
A true story, written by a woman whose normal and abundant life hides a terrible past, Repairing Rainbows is loaded with important lessons to help others overcome struggles and obstacles, and fulfill their lives. It is a powerful, captivating, riveting and easy-to-read story that will undoubtedly touch the hearts of its readers.