Welcome to the Overcoming Odds podcast, where you get a glimpse into the stories of individuals who have overcome adversity, suffering, and struggle to achieve their personal success.
How do you make the invisible become visible? | William Plange
How often do you take the time to think about the person who cooked your food at your favorite restaurant.
How about the person who delivered you the food when you didn’t feel like going to the restaurant yourself?
How often do you think about the janitor who takes care of your office?
Do you consider the messes of today that are cleaned by the time you come back to your office the next day?
How often do you think about the homeless person on the street.
The one with the sign that says hungry, U.S. Vet, anything will help.
Do you walk by and ignore them or do you take the time to see them?
Finally, how often do you think about the people across the globe who make the products for you in your country?
The people who make your clothes, grow your food, mine your jewelry?
Do you think about what it takes to live the life you are currently living?
There are a number of invisible people that you come across in your daily life as well as those that are way behind the scenes.
It is easy to dismiss and even ignore the people that help make everything easier for you, but these individuals are still people with the same humanity that you possess.
What would it take to really “see” these individuals. To let them know that they are seen and valued.
How do you make the invisible become visible?
As Oleg travels through Ghana, he is seeing people that he has not been able to see before.
He is seeing a culture that the West may not see normally.
How often do you consider cultures of people that you have no connection with?
What Kind Of Journey Do You Want? | LaChelle Adkins
When you read a book, what type of story draws you in?
Do you prefer adventures that take you to the sea where the waves crash against the ships and the salt air fills your nose?
Do you prefer expeditions through the densest jungles with discovered ruins that have not been witnessed for millennia?
How about weaving in and out of the busy streets of a bustling metropolis?
Whatever your preferences may be, they may point in the direction of the stories and journeys you desire to take one day.
Your journey could be literal in nature where you travel the world seeking novelty and adventure.
Your journey could be integral where you wish to discover yourself and who you really are.
If you think about who you were in the past and how far you've come to this point, do you #appreciate the journey you are currently on?
Do you wish to #change the journey for the unknown?
What kind of #journey do you want?
Join Oleg and LaChelle Adkins, as they discuss their current journeys and the adventures they have yet to take.
What Makes You Believe In The Story You're Telling Yourself? | Caleb Pearson
What makes you believe in the story you’re telling yourself?
You are reading a book.
From the very beginning you have been enamored by the setting, characters, and plot.
You are moved by the figurative language and feel like you are transported to another world.
However, in the middle of the book something happens that doesn’t make much sense.
There is an inconsistency between what you expect and what is given.
You are not able to suspend disbelief.
You feel cheated because something you were actively engaged with made presumptions that you would just ignore the glaring plot holes and cheap literary devices.
Rather than finishing the book, you put it away never to be seen again.
For most people, a bad book can be off putting, but not necessarily something that ruins your day.
The story you were given was not the story you expected, but you don’t have to read it anymore.
However, what if the story you are reading is the one you create everyday?
You have a story that is constantly evolving.
You can choose the setting, add the characters, and change the plot at will.
You can be as creative as you want, but still can fall into the same traps that authors find themselves in: You can create a story that in the end makes little sense.
How do you avoid developing a #story with inconsistencies?
Are you happy with the direction of the story you have told so far?
What makes you #believe in the story that you are telling yourself?
Join Oleg, Casey Berman and Caleb Pearson, December 11th at 4:15 PM EST, as they discuss their stories, what makes a good story, and other related topics.
Feel free to tell us whether you believe in your story in the comments below.
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What Can We Learn From History? | Gary Hoover
Have you ever wanted to run your own business?
Have you found yourself working for someone else’s business and have felt envious of their position?
Do you question how successful people manage to make it to the top and maintain their success in business?
If you have pondered any of these questions, then perhaps you also have an interest in people who came before and set the path for modern business. It may be possible to ignore the advice and mistakes of the past and try to implement original and novel ideas, but it may be more taxing and ultimately fallible.
In order to truly understand what it takes to be successful in business, it may do well to understand how capitalism came to be in the first place. Whether or not you ascribe to capitalistic ideals, it is currently the economic platform the majority of the world sits on and therefore it is necessary to understand how to navigate it effectively.
There are many in business who have been unscrupulous or just plain sociopathic. However, there are those who have seen success and have found that they can do the greatest good at the same time. Do you look for the men and women who have succeeded and helped the world or only looked for their own gain?
What can we learn from business history and biography?
Join Oleg and Gary as they dive into the past to discover how business in the past influences business in the present and please feel free to offer your insights to the discussion in the comments below.
Where Does Inspiration Come From? | Rebekka Helford
An artist looks out on an orange pink sunset and is inspired to paint.
An activist looks out on poor work conditions for daily workers and is inspired to create positive change in their lives.
A man is upset with his current health and is inspired by the story of another man who changed his habits when he thought it was impossible to do so.
#Inspiration can present itself in many forms.
Sometimes people are inspired by others.
Sometimes people inspire themselves.
Sometimes they are inspired by natural events around them.
Regardless of where and when inspiration may strike, it is an interesting thought to think about the core of inspiration.
Where does inspiration truly originate?
Simply put, where does inspiration come from?
Join Rebekka Helford and Oleg Lougheed, on December 4th at 4:15 PM EST, as they explore where inspiration comes from, places where inspiration can be found and other related topics.
Leave inspired or inspire others with your insights!
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Your donation will continue to help others demonstrate their strengths and uniqueness to the world.
What Is The Difference Between Faith And Hope? | LaChelle Adkins
Do you believe in things that are bigger than yourself?
Do you believe in things you cannot see?
Do you have faith?
People with faith can feel something that the faithless cannot.
They have a peace that cannot be defined by worldly measures.
Faith is simply bigger than the day to day interactions of the world.
Another similar idea is hope.
Hope is the longing for something better even if there is no evidence that will be the case.
Hope requires an inner feeling that the hopeless do not possess.
To hope is to break oneself from the chains of despair.
If lack of evidence is not required for hope and faith, do they share a common thread?
Are they individual entities with unique characteristics?
What is the difference between hope and faith?
Join Oleg and LaChelle as they compare and contrast hope and faith and please add your ideas to the comments below.
Curiosity at its best!
Oleg creates an environment that is both comfortable and pushes his guests to challenge their mindset. It was a wonderful experience to be interviewed by him on the topics of curiosity, creativity, and the work of becoming ‘untethered’ to the things that no longer serve us. His questioning is insightful and his demeanor sets the stage for a deep and meaningful conversation.
Honored to of been interviewed by Oleg!
I was honored to be a guest on Oleg's Overcoming Odds podcast! His questions were strong and insightful and really made me think. Oleg and I are years apart in age, yet have walked the same path of both being immigrants to the United States. Coming from broken families etc. It was just a pleasure! I hope he asks me back again!
When it comes to genuine people with genuine ideas and deep thought provoking content and discussion Oleg, is definitely one person that jumps to the top of my mind with whom I’d delve into such discussions with. I had the special opportunity to be a guest on this amazing podcast and even in the short time we spent talking I had many moments of true reflection and discovery about myself. The authenticity and passion of Oleg is only eclipsed by his unique talent to not only think outside of the box but to ask the questions and give commentary that makes any topic seem boundless in conversation. Oleg is truly a wonderful host that will make you not only want to continue to tune in to the next topic but want to become actively engaged in swapping perspectives and gaining insight as well as offering up your own. This podcast is definitely a huge recommendation from me and get a 5/5 in my books.