Successful people share with Brian Fink how they navigated the ups & downs in their lives, and what advice they would have for others for overcoming adversity.
Emily Vaughn: "I Was Telling People Positive Things To Do, But I Wasn't Doing It For Myself"
Emily Vaughn is a rising pop star who has an incredible energy about her. But for three years, while she was telling people positive things to do through her songs, she was living in a physically and mentally abusive relationship. And even prior to that, Emily dealt with an abusive professional relationship when she first broke into the music industry. On this episode, Emily shares what gave her the strength to finally get out of both abusive situations, and what advice she would have for anyone who feels like they can't escape an abusive relationship they're in.
Clint Lorance: "They Can Hate Me, But They're Alive Because Of The Decisions I Made"
Clint Lorance was a United States Army platoon leader, whose one decision during a mission in Afghanistan got him court-martialed and sentenced to 20 years in prison. On this episode, Clint shares how he dealt with going from a soldier to a prisoner overnight. He also discusses how he deals with being back in civilian life, what great advice he would have for people interested in enlisting, and other adversity he's overcome from his book "Stolen Honor".
Women In Songwriting: Gia Koka, Karra, & Lena Leon
Gia Koka, Karra, and Lena Leon have accomplished incredible success as award-winning singers, songwriters, & producers. But it hasn't been easy, especially as women in the music business. On this episode, the three share their stories of overcoming adversity in an industry that seems to be tilted against them, what they feel needs to change, and what advice they would have for other aspiring singer/songwriters.
Sara Evans: "After Three Near-Death Experiences, I've Learned I Need To Make The Most Of Every Day"
Sara Evans may be one of the most-played female artists at Country radio, with eight studio albums and award after award, but she's had to learn to make the most of every day after living through three near-death experiences. On this episode, Sara shares her incredible outlook on life after overcoming a ton of adversity, plus shares why her new memoir "Born To Fly" is a must-read.
Justin Sheffield: "There Was A Point In My Life When I Was Very Much Looking Forward To Suicide"
Justin K. Sheffield has served on more than a thousand combat operations as a member of the elite Seal Team Six. He was also the team leader who planned a raid and jump in Somalia, and protected an American citizen during her rescue. In his amazing book "MOB VI", he takes us along on some of his missions in Afghanistan & Iraq. But when he was medically retired from service is when the real battle began. On this episode, Senior Chief Sheffield shares how he overcame not only the grueling obstacles of training and war, but also his torturous fight after with PTSD and depression.
SOFI TUKKER: "What I Envisioned For Myself My Entire Life Was Not An Option Anymore"
SOFI TUKKER is a multiple platinum singer/songwriter/DJ/producer duo that has been nominated for two GRAMMYs. Their song "House Arrest" just went #1 on the dance charts. But the group almost didn't even exist, as Tucker was on course to becoming a professional basketball player! On this episode, Tucker shares how overcoming a severe illness that benched his basketball dreams put him on another path in life. While Sophie, dealing with foot injuries and the possibility of never being able to walk again, turned the experience into a #1 song!