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Breaking Barriers Radio Show #2 – Interview with Tammy McCormick Broussard

Hey Champions!

Tammy Broussard Canva 7-29-16

This past Friday, I had the privilege of interviewing Cancer Survivor and Thriver, Tammy McCormick Broussard. It was a great interview. Please take a listen! Here is more about Tammy:

Tammy McCormick Broussard is a native New Orleanian and attended the University of New Orleans. She has a big family and is one of thirteen siblings. The six sisters of her family are very close and call themselves “The Rich Girls of Franklin Avenue,” not for monetary reasons but because they live life rich with love and possibilities. Tammy is a CANCER survivor and thriver, and frequently volunteers her time to great causes. She ran in and won the Stiletto Sprint, a two-block run in high heels benefiting the Breast Center of Ochsner Baptist as part of the Festigals celebration. Tammy is the lead runway instructor for You Night Empowering Events, a six-month empowerment program that helps cancer survivors embrace life beyond cancer. As a model herself, she teaches cancer patients and survivors how to model and work the runway. The classes culminate in a fabulous runway fashion show that not only demonstrates how glamorous these cancer survivors can be, it also gives them the self-confidence they need to conquer the world. Tammy went from being a runway model to being a role model for cancer survivors. Let’s welcome Tammy McCormick Broussard to Breaking Barriers!

Until next week…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Breaking Barriers Radio Show #1 – Interview with Doc Griggs

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Doc Griggs on Breaking Barriers Radio Show

On Friday night, July 22, 2016 from 8-9pm CDT, I aired the inaugural run of my Breaking Barriers Radio Show on New Orleans 102.3 FM WHIV (“We Honor Independent Voices”). The show was a huge success. I want to thank all the people who made this possible: my sweetheart, producer, and business partner: Dianne de Las Casas, my A/V technician: Eliana (Kid Chef Eliana), my awesome first show guest: Doc Griggs, and the radio station owner: Dr. MarkAlain Dery.

Doc Griggs on Breaking Barriers Radio Show July 15, 2016

My show guest was the inspiring Doc Griggs. Here is more about Doc:

Dr. Eric Griggs, better known as Doc Griggs, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in 1992 and Tulane University School of Medicine in 1996. He lives in New Orleans and began the Doc Griggs health and wellness initiative, “Get checked. Get fit. Get moving!” The initiative is an educational and advocacy program that empowers individuals through information, demonstration, and activation. As a physician, Doc Griggs utilizes his medical knowledge to provide information and present it in a fun, informative manner. The goal is to provide participants with manageable action items that can make monumental changes in their lives. Doc appears weekly on Fox 8 WVUE’s Morning Edition as a Health Educator every Thursday morning at 7:30 AM. He also has a weekly radio broadcast every Thursday, “The Doc Griggs Show,” on WBOK 1230AM from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and makes monthly appearances on “The Morning Show” with Oliver Thomas on that same station. In addition, he appears on his weekly internet show “Health Talk with Doc Griggs” every Tuesday on the New Orleans Talk Network from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. He is also the contributing medical writer for Data News Weekly, a local community paper. Wow!

Stay tuned for next week’s episode. Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Random Acts of Kindness

In the last 30 days, there has been more violence and bloodshed than I can remember. It’s happening right here on U.S. soil. We can’t undo what’s already been done but we can; however, put an end to what we’ve started. We, as a society, have allowed ourselves to get where we are and we, as a society, need to turn it around.


There’s an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child” just as it takes an entire community to find peace and harmony. There is no question we have lost our way. If we want to find our way, we must work together.


It’s funny… love is a natural emotion but hatred is taught. We are all God’s children and until we see each other as brothers and sisters, the situation will never improve. Let’s be good to each other. Let’s start right now.

I propose that we each perform one random act of kindness today. There over 320 million people in the United States alone. If we all did this, that would be over 320 million acts of kindness. It might not be the solution, but it’s a start.


Recently, a random act of kindness in Kenner, Louisiana touched my heart. At the Target store, James Varnado opened his large umbrella and began walking women to their cars, sheltering them from the downpour. He didn’t do it for publicity. He did it just to be kind. It just so happened that Deepak Saini, a former reporter, took a picture and posted it to his Facebook. It went viral, demonstrating that we all still have a need for love and kindness in this world.

In the words of the song, “Get Together” by the Youngbloods:

“Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now”

Shooting someone is not the answer. Showing someone a better way is.


Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Championship Minute – Purpose

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This week’s Championship Minute is all about Purpose. Do you ever wonder what your purpose in life is? Watch the video and listen to a story I tell about a wise old man and his lesson on purpose.

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Breaking Through the Fear Barrier


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Recently, I spoke to my friend, fellow author and speaker, Dave Daley, “The Monster Motivator.” Dave talks a lot about overcoming the barrier of fear and our conversation inspired this post. I talk about overcoming fear in my new book, Breaking Barriers: How to Knock Out Adversity and Live Life as a Champion. Here is an excerpt:

“Fear – Fear is a barrier that prevents you from realizing your full potential. 

Fear is responsible for more missed opportunities than any other word in the dictionary. Think of fear as a straitjacket. It confines you and keeps you stagnant, allowing the world to pass you by. Most people just aren’t miserable enough to overcome their fear and take necessary steps toward what they really want in life. They become content and happy with the status quo. 


Believe it or not, people fear success, they fear happiness, and most of all, they fear change. Overcoming fear is the difference between settling and succeeding.”

The Great Ghandi once said, “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate but it is fear.” Don’t let fear hold you back from the things you really want in life. Use your fear as a springboard for success. Nelson Mandela said, “Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.” Break through that barrier and see what’s on the other side… I think you’ll be amazed by the path that lies ahead of you.


Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,

John 

Championship Minute – Communication

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This week’s Championship Minute is all about Communication. How do you communicate with people? Do you tend to argue? Hear my thoughts on communication and why it’s so vital to relationships.

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

The Power of Forgiveness


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The act of forgiveness is not only letting the other person know that you are willing to move past the conflict in question but it is also giving yourself permission to move forward. There is power in forgiveness.


People lose months and even years of time together because neither party knows or understands how to properly forgive. Holding a grudge is neither healthy nor productive for anyone involved. When you forgive someone, you forgive them for the action but you also need to forgive to allow yourself to move forward. Even if the other person is not prepared to forgive, you should still extend the olive branch, more so for your own well-being and peace of mind.


Sometimes, in extreme cases, the other person is unreachable or immoveable. Offering forgiveness to people out of your reach may seem counterintuitive, but in doing so, you leave the bygones in the past and allow yourself forward mobility. By releasing yourself of the negativity, you can begin the healing process within. In some instances, the person you want to forgive may no longer be on this earth. You owe it to yourself to forgive them anyway, even if they can’t hear or see you, in order to set yourself free.


The other side of the coin is how to ask for forgiveness by apologizing. When seeking forgiveness for something you have done or for how you made someone feel, there are a few things to keep in mind.


Step 1 – Apologize genuinely. Mean what you say.
Step 2 – Acknowledge the other person’s feelings.
Step 3 – Assure the person that the action will not be repeated.
Step 4 – Allow the person to respond. Listen attentively.
Step 5 – Accept that healing and forgiveness can take time.


Forgiveness is taking the high road. In forgiving someone else or asking for forgiveness yourself, you are walking on the path of healing. Being constructive and not destructive takes concerted time and effort but, in the end, it’s worth what you put into it because peace is what you get out of it.

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Giving Back through Volunteering


Hey Champions!

I’ve been so busy with the release of my new book, Breaking Barriers: How to Knock Out Adversity and Live Life as a Champion, that I haven’t had much time to blog.

On Wednesday, through Premier Nissan and the Giving Hope foundation, I was able to volunteer my time and serve food to our brothers and sisters at the New Orleans Mission.


The table was set beautifully and the diners were treated to a beautiful salad, entrée, and dessert.


I was once homeless so being able to pay it forward in this way meant so much to me. I worked with a great group of people and we all felt so good afterwards.


There are so many people in this world who are less fortunate than us. Try centering yourself by volunteering your time to a worthy cause. The blessings will return to you one thousand fold!

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,

John

Breaking Barriers on WWL-TV with Sally-Ann Roberts

Hey Champions!

My sweetheart and business partner, Dianne de Las Casas, and I were on WWL-TV this morning with the sweet and warm Sally-Ann Roberts. I talked about my stories of adversity as well as my new book, Breaking Barriers: How to Knock Out Adversity and Live Life as a Champion.

Breaking Barriers on WWL-TV

Dianne talked about our new publishing house, Write Hook Media, and my upcoming event at PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans this Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 11am-1pm. Here is the address:

PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans
2015 East Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, LA 70043

I’ll be doing a meet and greet, talking about my book, and, of course, signing copies. 10% of the net proceeds of the book’s sales benefits the Giving Hope foundation so help us help a great cause!

I hope to see y’all there!

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Breaking Barriers Book Birthday Bash!


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Sunday, June 5, 2016 was my 45th birthday as well as the birthday of my new book, Breaking Barriers: How to Knock Out Adversity and Live Life as a Champion.10% of our net proceeds of the book’s sales goes to the Giving Hope foundation.


It was an awesome day and my sweetheart, Dianne de Las Casas, planned, coordinated, and executed the entire party! Thank you so much!


It was held at Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop on Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.


Candice Huber, the owner, is so awesome! She really helped make this party such a big success!


Over 100 people came, bought books, and helped support the Giving Hope foundation!

It was such an amazing day and I can’t thank my team enough!!! Food was catered by Culinary Celebrity Kid Chef Eliana, her best friend, Kenzie, and Josie Chretien (Dianne’s mom). The incredible bread pudding was donated by Nicole Bordley of The Puddin’ Shop. Thank you so much! 


It was the best birthday I’ve ever had in my entire life! Special thanks to Victoria, Chad, Jason, Clay, Antonio, Camrynn, Ashlynn, Jasmynn, and Sienna (our crew), as well as Ethan and Trey of Tubby & Coo’s. Thank you also to everyone who came and supported the cause!


It was a phenomenal day and I’ll never forget it! Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,

John