David Garibaldi continues his extraordinary journey on America’s Got Talent!

So those of you who have been through the 5 Choices know that David is one of our case studies…he made some intentional “choices” to turn from a street graffiti artist to a performance painter.

In an earlier story we shared his first attempt on AGT….and now he has made it to the SEMI-FINALS!!!!!!  Take a look at this extraordinary performance, and the response from the judges and the audience…how inspired can one get?????

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Contributed by Kory Kogon – Global Practice Leader – Productivity

Homeless to Harvard

Dawn Loggins grew up in a ramshackle home with no electricity and no running water. She often went days, even weeks without showering.  She and her brother Shane would walk 20 minutes to a public park to fetch water.  At the beginning of her senior year in high school, she was abandoned by her drug-abusing parents.  She was left homeless, alone and to fend for herself.

Thanks to the support of the community and faculty at her high school Dawn was able to find a place to live, get a job, finish high school with straight A’s and apply for college.  Dawn applied to four colleges within the state and one final application to her reach-for-the-stars choice, Harvard.

Not only was Dawn accepted to Harvard, she got a full ride. She was offered tuition, room and board, as well as assistance finding an on-campus job.  Click here to read this Extraordinary Story.

Tamae Watanabe, Age 73, Oldest Woman to Climb Mount Everest

Tamae Watanabe, beat her own age record for an Everest climb by a woman set 10 years ago. She reached Everest’s summit from the Tibetan side on May 19, 2012 at the age of 73 years and 180 days.  “It was much more difficult for me this time,” Watanabe told reporters . “I felt I was weaker and had less power. This time it was certainly different. I felt that I had gotten old.”  Click here to read more.

Contributed by Kory Kogon, FranklinCovey Global Productivity Practice Leader

High School Freshman Wins Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

 Jack Andraka, a high school freshman from Crownsville, Md won the grand prize from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.   That alone is pretty extraordinary but when you consider his project…it is truly amazing. 

He developed a, “paper sensor that can detect pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer before they become invasive — for as little as 3 cents and five minutes.  The test is 168 times faster, over 26,000 times less expensive, and over 400 times more sensitive. Also, it’s more accurate — it’s nearly 100 percent accurate in its diagnosis. Then also, it’s portable and doesn’t required specialized training.”

Jack received $75,000 in scholarship money and about $12,000 in cash.  Click here to read more.

Contributed by Kory Kogon, FranklinCovey Global Productivity Practice Leader


6-Year-Old Makes Unassisted Triple Play

This video is fun to watch but also notice this future hall of famer’s response to the question, “Did you ever in your life think you would get a triple play by yourself?”  His response was, “No, but I wanted to and it finally happened!”

We all have potential…especially when we put our mind or vision to it.

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Contributed by Kory Kogon, FranklinCovey Global Productivity Practice Leader