The World Changer Show with Matt McWilliams

I am super excited to be featured on The World Changer Show Podcast with my friend Matt McWilliams.  Matt is doing some amazing things and has an award winning podcast that hundreds of people listen to each week.  Matt interviewed me sometime back and today that interview is available on his podcast.

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I have only recently met Matt and his outlook on life and the challenges life brings is pretty amazing.  We are in a mastermind group together and have instantly become pretty good friends in a short amount of time.  I am grateful for this opportunity and hope you enjoy the podcast.  CLICK HERE to be taken to Matt’s site where you can listen to this interview.  Thanks for listening and I would love to hear some feedback about what you think about the interview.  Make sure to comment below.

~DS

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PS: Here are some links to check out this interview –

http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/062

It’s also live on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/world-changer-show-matt-mcwilliams/id918593284

Stitcher: http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/stitcher

Nobody Is Born Average

Having been born with only one hand has afforded me the privilege of looking at life from a different perspective.  I am not saying it has been easy but I have come to the conclusion that I was created for a very unique purpose and discovering that purpose has been one of the greatest joys of my life.  Here is the deal:  each individual is born with promise and potential and how we approach this understanding determines the direction we will end up going and what we make of our lives.

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The Psalmist declared,

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[a]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

If this is true, and I believe it is, then every single one of us were born with promise, potential, possibility and purpose.  That means we were NOT born AVERAGE!!!  I believe this is a message every child, student, young adult, mom, dad, grandparent and everybody else that is breathing needs to hear.  It is a message of hope and encouragement and I am super excited to be sharing it across the country.

In just a few short weeks I will be traveling to the University of Texas at Pan Am speaking this message and I am super stoked!!  I earnestly covet your prayers as we attempt to deliver this much needed message in this hour in which we live.

I have also been telling you about the tshirts we have put together and if you would like to order one they are now available.  See below to select your size and color and become a part of the Nobody Is Born Average revolution!!!

Size: M Color: Black  Size: M Color: Grey

Size: L Color: Black  Size: L Color: Grey

Size: XL Color: Black  Size: XL Color: Grey

Make sure you get your order in because they are already going fast.  Below is a picture of what these shirts look like in the two colors now available.  If you would like to order a special color or size that is not currently available, or if you would like special pricing on bulk orders, please contact me by emailing me @ darin@darinsargent.com and we will do our best to help you out. Thanks much and remember – NOBODY is BORN AVERAGE!!

~DS

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April 10th I will be in Brownsville, Tx speaking at Valley Christian High School.  I am honored to be speaking to these awesome students and I am believing it is going to be a great time.

Date: April 10, 2015
Time: TBD
Event: Valley Christian High School
Topic: Nobody is Born Average
Venue: Valley Christian High School
Location: Brownsville, Tx
Public: Private

I am super excited to announce that I will be speaking at the University of Texas at Pan Am in Edinburg, Tx on April 10th.  If you are in the area make sure to stop by.  I will post more information as it becomes available.

Date: April 10, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event: University of Texas at Pan Am
Topic: Nobody is Born Average
Venue: University of Texas at Pan Am
Location: Edinburg, TX
Public: Public

LANDMARKS

Life is a journey!  From the moment you are born till you pass on from this terra firma, you are traveling down a path no one else has traversed because it is unique to you.  There may be similarities to where others have traveled but for the most part your steps are yours and the circumstances and experiences you have along the path shape who you are and who you are becoming.

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For instance, as you know I was born with only one hand.  I know that shocks some of you but it is true.  I have una mano (spanish for one hand) and this path has taken me places others have never traveled.  And I am thankful, for it has taught me things I could not have learned anyplace else.  This is why I believe you can learn through any situation and circumstance that may come your way.  Don’t ever try to downplay what you are currently experiencing.  It may be the very lesson you need at this stage of your life to get you on to the next.

Along this path that we call life, are landmarks, those special moments that define your destiny unlike anything else.  I call them Life Markers!  Those events and experiences that come along that leave indelible marks on your soul.  The birth of a child, the day you were married, your first job, your first car, the day you got fired that opened up your mind to greater possibilities, etc….  Those mile markers in the journey that you can look back on and remember unforgettable lessons learned during that time.  I keep a list of these life markers in the back of my bible.  Every major event; whether it be something painful or something purposeful, if it taught me a lesson or is it something that defined my journey, I write it down.

I do this for two primary reasons:

  1. It gives me something I can go back to during the storms of life that come my way and these things remind me of the faithfulness of God and what He has brought me through.  This gives me fuel for my future
  2. I want to leave a legacy of the guiding hand of God.  I want my children and future grandchildren to have a record of the steps I have taken and a promise of what God can do with a life surrendered to Him.  They need to see an account of the highs and the lows, the promise and the pain, the joy and the sorrow.

I trust you will recognize the landmarks along the way and make an effort to remember them.  I write in my book, The HandBook: Five Forces To Form Your Future, that each of us need to start living life by design and not by default.  Life is worth living and the journey is the makings of greatness in our lives.

~Darin

The Danger of Doing Nothing

I was only 6 or 7 years old but the memory is still very vivid in my mind.  My parents had enrolled me in swimming lessons down at the local pool.  Yes, I know what just popped into your mind; “SWIMMING LESSONS FOR A ONE HANDED KID?”  How?  Let me just say – I can swim circles around most of you! Get it?  HA HA.  I do remember the thought crossing my mind that no one else in this class looks like me but it quickly passed as we began the adventure of learning to swim!

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However, I took to water like a fish.  Fortunately, my parents never allowed me to make any sort of excuse for my condition.  They were not harsh about it but they were firm and they did possess a determined attitude that said nothing was going to keep me from overcoming whatever it may be that was in my path.  Swimming was one of them.  I can still see the look on my dad’s face when he told me I was going to take swim lessons and I was going to be the fastest circle swimmer the planet had ever known – well maybe he didn’t say that last part but you know what I mean.

The day finally arrived and I was more than excited to get in the water and learn how to swim.  I wasn’t too concerned of what the others may have thought of me.  Actually at this age it really wasn’t even on my radar.  Isn’t it amazing that the older we get the more fearful we become of other peoples opinions?  I will save that for another post.  I quickly excelled in the class and remember eventually being one of only two kids that passed the class!  I was thrilled to have conquered swimming and happy that I was able to move on to the next challenge.

There was one day that will live on in infamy, at least for me it will.  In the process of the class we were told that before the lessons ended, each one of us were going to have to jump off the high dive in order to pass the class.  The high dive!  The dreaded giant of doom!  I will never forget looking up at this behemoth each time we were in session.  They must have been feeding it miracle grow because it seemed to get higher with each visit I made to the pool.  I think at one point it even snarled at me as I looked up and viewed its light blue underbelly.  It was like an elevated platform of death diving that laughingly mocked us as we shook in terror of the moment we knew was coming our way.  It was torture having to walk by the blue-bellied beast knowing a day was coming where we would be asked to climb this tower to the heavens.

That day finally arrived!  The day each child in my class had dreaded.  The day we were called on to conquer our fear.  One by one the instructor called our names and one by one we climbed out of the shallow end of the pool and made our journey to where goliath stood, defiantly challenging us to climb it’s cold metal steps and jump off the perilous plank into the dark abyss below.  I remember the walk.  I remember my instructor staying at the bottom of the steps as I climbed to my doom, no doubt thinking he may have to catch this one handed kid trying to climb.

I finally reached the top of the Mt. Everest diving board and with a look over to my parents and a look at the kids still wading in the shallow edges of the pool, I jumped.  Well actually I flew or at least that is what it felt like.  The fall was probably only a second or two but to me it felt like I had leaped off the Empire State Building.  It was exhilarating!  Amazing is more like it as I jumped and plunged into the welcomed arms of the water.  For the rest of my life I will never forget that moment as I conquered the fear of the unknown.

Here is the sad part.  There were those whose names were called, that never climbed out of the pool and made the journey to the high dive.  They did nothing!  They stayed in the shallow confines of the comfortable afraid to venture out on the edge and experience the thrill of flight!  They ran to their parents or hid behind the towels near the changing rooms.  They did nothing!  As a result of my classmates doing nothing, staying frozen in the moment, they didn’t receive the award of passing the class and moving on to the next level.

This is LIFE!  There is a danger in staying in the shallow waters never venturing out to discover what may be on the horizon that holds promise and potential.  Some experience life just like this and let it pass them by and do nothing!  Too many people live in the catacombs of fear, never stepping out and discovering what is awaiting them.  Call it fear, insecurity, being shy – call it whatever you want but know this – you were never created to just sit and stay frozen by fear!  You were called to climb mountains and overcome obstacles and change your world!

What is keeping you from climbing out?  Why are you content to sit on the edge of the pool and watch others overcome the obstacles?  It is time you took action and took a step toward your fear.  Don’t be afraid to climb out there on the edge and jump.  Who knows – you may discover you can fly!!