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Never give in. Never give in. Never. Never. Never...

by Brian McDermott on 10/27/14

Lauren Hill is chasing a dream -- under the most dire circumstances. As CBS' Steve Hartman says, she is literally living for basketball, hoping she can hold off terminal brain cancer long enough to play in her first college basketball game. And in sharing her story she's breaking hearts and lifting hopes. Hartman calls her a new American Super Hero. Watch this 3-minute video. I think you will agree.

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  • Lauren's favorite charity: The Cure Starts Now (Curing Cancer, One child at a Time).
  • To purchase a Rally Towel to support Lauren: Never Give Up (custom designed by Lauren).
Please share this video and message, and consider making a donation to support Lauren Hill's other dream: to help save the lives of other kids fighting brain cancer.

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Brian

The Great Boatlift of 9-11: Everybody Helped Everyone...

by Brian McDermott on 09/11/14

This is an 11-minute story about "people just doing what they had to do"... about "everyone having a little hero in them." It's a 9-11 story about scores of average citizens who answered a call for help to get a half million people off Manhattan in 9 hours after the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers -- the largest sea evacuation in history. Narrated by Tom Hanks.

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Helping the Homeless...

by Brian McDermott on 09/05/14

This is an idea worth spreading.

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A Sermon at the Barbershop...

by Brian McDermott on 08/12/14

To make a difference, "Sometimes you have to step up so you don't fall back," as it is so compassionately explained and played out by the woman in the final segment of this 8-minute video.

This is a hidden-camera program produced by ABC News for the show What Would You Do. This example of being challenged to step to do the right thing happens to be about race, but its questions and lessons go way beyond that issue.

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With Perspective and Acceptance Comes Possibility...

by Brian McDermott on 07/21/14

Six minutes of pure inspiration. An uplifting reminder about what it really means to be successful...

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Every Moment Makes a Difference...

by Brian McDermott on 07/03/14

Money, power, titles, and influence do not a leader make, according to this inspiring and funny TEDx presentation by Drew Dudley. It's the "lollipop moments" of everyday leadership that make the biggest difference in people's lives, and those moments are often overlooked -- by those who give them and those who receive them.

Watch. It's six minutes that may change what you notice and what you do to help make the world a better place.

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Thanks, Drew! You made a difference -- again.

Color Blind or Color Brave?

by Brian McDermott on 05/23/14

Race is an issue in America -- in businesses, in society, in families. So is diversity of many other ilks. (Read "Far from the Tree" by Andrew Solomon, who writes incisively and compellingly about what it takes to be a family  dealing with the diversity of dwarfism, autism, Down Syndrome, schizophrenia, physical disability and more.)

The comments posted on YouTube about this TED Talk by Melody Hobson clearly demonstrate the extreme differences of opinion about how -- or if -- to deal with the issue. One suggestion, if you are willing to invest 15 minutes in watching this video — and I recommend you do: Don't lose sight of the main message by nitpicking the details. Don't look for flaws in her storytelling or points to flip against her rationale or to support the status quo. Consider openly Hobson's challenge: Color-blindness sounds like a good theory, but it's passive and comes up short of creating change. Instead, we need to be color brave. That's the conversation that has to happen. And it has implications for prejudices and limitations that go beyond race.

The TED promo says: The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it... that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.

It won't be easy...

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P.S. Another link for an additional site related to Far from the Tree

It Takes a Village... and Action

by Brian McDermott on 05/05/14

They saw a problem that many might have ignored.They didn't. They knew what had to be done. Knew it would be difficult. But did it. And they saved at least one life in the process.

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Giving Back...

by Brian McDermott on 04/03/14

She was giving back, expecting nothing in return. People noticed, and paid it forward. Lotsa lessons in here about how to live life well.

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No Victims Here...

by Brian McDermott on 03/22/14

A teenage boy's long-absent father robbed a vulnerable 78-year-old woman at the cemetery where she had just visited her recently deceased husband... And this story has a happy ending?! Yup. Because it's a story about not making excuses and doing the right thing, even when the right thing comes at a personal cost. And it's a story about giving back. And it's a story about choosing to be who you want to be despite circumstances that might point you in another direction.

Kudos to Christian Lunsford and Tona Herndon, Oklahoma City. Thanks!

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