Blind college football player


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There is a blind football player playing for University of Southern California.

I felt confident that recreation therapists would love to know about this fellow because we, recreation therapists, use recreation as a specific treatment to bring about outcomes for people with various needs.

Who is this guy? His name is Jake Olson. He had lost his eyesight at age 12.

He made the snap that resulted in a score of extra point in a game over Western Michigan!

I personally feel inspired by this guy.

Jake appears to be living at his fullest potential in life.

Based on personal experiences, I’ve heard a lot of people uses excuses and blame and I can’t statements. They always have an excuse for why they can’t succeed and make progress.

I believe Jake Olson can be used as a role model to encourage “I can” thinking.

My friend and mentor Scott Livinggood posted on fb, “yesterday a blind kid started in college football game. What’s your excuse for not starting?”

What is your excuse for not starting something great? Write down your excuse. Acknowledge it and then identify solutions to your problem and your excuse. Ask for help (publically). Just like in field of dreams: If you build it, they will come. If you ask, people will answer.

Read a NRP article here:

Watch the youtube video here:

Teaching Children Inner Power

Recreational Therapists wanting to start a private practice could learn a lot from those who are professional success coaches.

I got to have lunch with Kate Butler today at Jack Canfield’s Breakthrough to Success conference in Philadelphia.

I’m eating lunch and I happen to overhear her say that her young daughter had written a book. Naturally, that caught my attention.

Kate is the author of “More Than Mud.” It is a children’s book that teaches about confidence and imagination and perspective. And then her daughter, Bella followed up with a part 2 of the book, “More than Magic.”

Both of these books teach a lot about tolerance.

I feel confident that Recreational Therapists providing services for pediatrics (rather physical rehab, behavioral health, or community therapeutic recreation) could definitely find her books to be useful in therapy.


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Here is the link to Kate Butler’s success coaching web-site:

Awakening Success – half-day workshop in PA

https-cdn.evbuc.comimages298802371604082403161originalI met Mark O’ Donnell at Jack Canfield’s Breakthrough to Success training in Philadelphia.

Mark has completed Jack Canfield’s train the trainer program and is qualified to teach Jack Canfield’s success principles.

Mark will be presenting a half-day workshop on “Awakening Success” on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until noon.)
Location: Courtyard Bethlehem Lehigh Valley
222 Emrick Blvd, Bethlehem, PA.

I feel confident that this workshop would be beneficial for any recreational therapist. Those who are able to do so should consider attending.

Mark shared: Please join me on an adventure to learn the powerful success principles developed by Jack Canfield (Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles). I’ll be teaching you a “system of success that always works when you work the system. It is like knowing the combination to a lock. You will discover your life purpose (why you are here), your vision (where you want to go), and how to get there. You will learn how to create and plan for greater achievement for your life.

I think it is going to be $140, but you can sign-up today for only $70.
To register, go here: