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Success is not achievable alone. We all have a story of a person who took a risk, someone who imagined a life greater than what we could, someone who stood in the gap. This show shares those 'someones.' Those unsung heroes who pushed us when we could have settled for what is.

Stood in the Gap focuses on the journey of where leaders were before they achieved their goals. It's stories often left untold, yet those stories made the difference between giving up and pressing on. And in those moments, what made all the difference? The words said. Each leader on our show, shares what was said in their darkest moments, catapulting them out of the darkness and into who they are today.

What were those words? And why were they said? And more importantly what happened next. Join host Derrin Slack to find out.

Stood in the Gap Derrin Slack

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Success is not achievable alone. We all have a story of a person who took a risk, someone who imagined a life greater than what we could, someone who stood in the gap. This show shares those 'someones.' Those unsung heroes who pushed us when we could have settled for what is.

Stood in the Gap focuses on the journey of where leaders were before they achieved their goals. It's stories often left untold, yet those stories made the difference between giving up and pressing on. And in those moments, what made all the difference? The words said. Each leader on our show, shares what was said in their darkest moments, catapulting them out of the darkness and into who they are today.

What were those words? And why were they said? And more importantly what happened next. Join host Derrin Slack to find out.

    Travis Brown: "You are good enough."

    Travis Brown: "You are good enough."

    We all have someone in our lives who took a risk, pushed us to be better, and stood in the gap when we needed it most. It's these unsung heroes that fuel our success and inspire us to reach for greater heights.
    For Travis Brown, CEO of Mojo Up Marketing + Media, this experience inspired him to be that person for young people as a motivational speaker. 
    Travis's upbringing was tough—divorced parents, limited resources, and a lack of opportunities. But he found solace in sports, which became his equalizer in a world that seemed to be stacked against him.
    Whether you're a business leader, an aspiring mentor, or passionate about empowering the next generation, this episode is packed with valuable insights and actionable advice.
     
    In this episode, you’ll learn: 
    Why success is not achieved alone
    How your background doesn't define your future
    Why helping others believe in themselves is a powerful gift 

    • 24 min
    Scott Abbott: “Get your shit together.”

    Scott Abbott: “Get your shit together.”

    We all have somewhere we want to end up in life, but often, the path isn’t easy. The difference between those who make it and those who don’t are the people who pick themselves back up time and time again.
    A company builder, best-selling author, and business + executive coach, Scott Abbott shares the story of how he “got his shit together” after moving across the country to Los Angeles.
    Scott paints a picture of how he took control of his life and climbed up from rock bottom. He details how he went from the lowest point in his life to building companies through perseverance and a little bit of luck.
    Throughout this episode, you’ll learn how the phrase “Get your shit together” shifted Scott’s perspective on life. You’ll also learn how to make changes in your everyday life by taking the initiative in making your goals a reality and how to swallow your pride and accept help in the face of adversity.
     In this episode, you’ll learn: 
    The ABC pillars of success: architect, builder, and custodian
    How to pick yourself up from rock bottom
    The true power of  a “thank you”
     

    • 31 min
    Creating a New Tomorrow: Overcoming Your Obstacles with Dr. Aleesia Johnson

    Creating a New Tomorrow: Overcoming Your Obstacles with Dr. Aleesia Johnson

    Dr. @Aleesia Johnson strives to live a life in which she may bless others the way that she has been blessed.
    In this episode of Stood in the Gap, the superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools shares the story of her journey to where she is today. Inspired by her grandfather, she has overcome many obstacles in order to continue to bless others as she has been blessed. Hear her insights on the topic of self-criticism, and learn how coming back to your own personal values can help to quash those doubts.
    To those who may be struggling with their own personal battles right now, she reminds us to take things a day at a time .Remember that no matter how difficult today may be, there is always a tomorrow. 
    To hear more of her insights and inspirational advice, check out the full conversation at the link down below. 
     

    • 23 min
    The Power of One Voice: A Conversation with an 11-Year-Old Anti-Bullying Activist

    The Power of One Voice: A Conversation with an 11-Year-Old Anti-Bullying Activist

    An unwavering commitment to stop bullying and empower others to stand up for themselves is a testament to the power of kindness, compassion, and resilience.
    In this candid and fun episode, we welcome Anaya, who is passionate about stopping bullying and empowering kids to stand up for themselves. Anaya shares her take on bullying and discusses how she sees it in the eyes of a child, all while emphasizing the importance of building self-confidence and self-esteem. People will be moved by Anaya's contagious energy and commitment to the cause.
     

    • 18 min
    A Friendly Reminder From Ayanna To Be Who You Are

    A Friendly Reminder From Ayanna To Be Who You Are

    Self-acceptance is important because it allows you to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life, and to become the best version of yourself. What does this idea look like in the eyes of a child?
    In today's episode of Stood In The Gap, we are talking with a very inspiring girl from North View Middle School, Ayanna Rivera, an eleven-year-old girl who, according to her, has a very opposite twin. We will find out more about him as a person, as a member of ProAct, and as a very young person with her own ideas. She is also a quick learner. In the past year, she has come out of her shell and become someone the whole company is proud of.
     

    • 13 min
    Devin Johnson: "Your sister has cancer."

    Devin Johnson: "Your sister has cancer."

    Have you ever thought about how leaders get to where they are? How do they get through the rough times?
     
    The name Devin Johnson, CEO and founder of the tech company Kennected, is leading the way in the industry with his unique way of building and growing a successful business.
     
    In this episode, Devin showcases how he became who he is today and how he got through the hardships of his life. We'll learn more about him as a person, his purpose, and his outlook on leadership. We'll also find out why he's so committed to influencing the next generation.
     
     
     
     

    • 41 min

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