A Changed Man – Daniel Robinson
Daniel Robinson was featured on The Berrics as a inspiring prison reform story and a man who loves to skate. Daniel shares the story of his incarceration as a teenager and the events leading up to it. He talks about what kept him hopeful during a 14 year prison sentence and the mindset and approach he has taken to rebuild a meaningful life for himself, including a dog rehabilitation business and documenting his return to skating on YouTube. This episode is a slight departure from our normal fare but holds some amazing pearls of wisdom and moments of magnetizing candor that is bound to leave you hopeful and ready to face the day.
“A Blank Slate”
Now that I have a clear head and a blank slate that I can write whatever I want on… I can fill my mind with whatever information I want to fill it with and I decided I don’t want that to be prison war stories or reminiscing about using drugs and partying. I want it to be all of the things that I’m interested in…things that are practical, things that are educational, things that are uplifting…whatever is right… Now I get to decide what I put in my brain.
I can’t help but think about the ways that my life should have been could have been better when I was younger, but it’s irrelevant at this point. Am I gonna let that dominate my thought process now? or am I just going to do what I need to do to take care of myself and my loved ones? Because dwelling on how things could have been is just living in the past.
It was almost unfathomable for me to think that I could be doing life in prison for something I did when I was a kid. I spent a good set of almost two years fighting my case, that’s two years of not knowing whether or not I was going to do life in prison… it’s the hardest pill you’re gonna ever have to swallow.
Making Headlines – Emma Jade Ahlstrom
Emma Jade Ahlstrom & Making Headlines
Emma Jade shares her journey from college graduation and making the most of grueling internships to becoming a news correspondent, writer and producer and pursuing life as a news anchor. After years of successful broadcast television Emma decided to chase another life: one of a mother. Emma’s passion for news and motherhood ultimately led her to create MOMCAST, an internet news show focused on simplifying the news experience for busy moms. This episode is a case study in dedication, hard work and making the most of every opportunity.
I smiled my way through that internship every single day, while other interns didn’t take it as seriously I just knew that this is the job I have to do. So I did for two and a half weeks, and that attitude that I had smiling and showing up and being on time and even though I wasn’t stoked on the job I was doing I was still there, that internship turned into a job with NBC Sports where later I got to go to four Olympic games with them, and I won two national sports Emmys with them… just having a good attitude led to something that that moment I never thought possible.
People are dying to not have opinions, but just the basic facts of what’s happening… because all the extra noise is maddening and it’s not helping anyone. It’s literally why I created Momcast, because I just kept talking to moms like me, who didn’t have time to sit down and watch the entire newscast because half of it was either someone’s opinion or stuff that they weren’t interested in. And so I thought “how can I make this better for people?” because moms especially right now need to know what’s going on, and they need to know what’s important and they need to be able to make decisions for their kids and for their families. And there just wasn’t a safe place for them to go.
The best advice that I can offer is… know your source. Right now, sources are the most important thing when it comes to news and who you’re going to trust, because if you know the source of the information, and where it’s truly coming from, and the reason behind it, then it’s easier to trust, and it makes more sense for you to invest your own thoughts your own ideas into whatever the point of that story is… but if you’re investing in just people that you like on Instagram or people that you hear on social media then I think you run into a little bit more trouble and a little bit more confusion.
Growing Opportunities – Elvin J. Austria Laceda
Elvin J. Austria Laceda – Growing Opportunities
Elvin Laceda shares his inspiring story of Hope, Innovation and Love – arriving from the Philippines with only $1.60 in his pocket and taxes to pay Elvin decided to use his struggle as inspiration. During his time at BYU-Hawaii he built a network of farm schools that have helped thousands of farmers more than triple their income and improve quality of life. Elvin has made it his mission to create and take every opportunity to improve the lives of those in need. This episode is an amazing look into the work done by Elvin and RiceUp to change the face of farming and bring thousands of people out of poverty and on their way to self sufficiency.
I know I have some regrets of missed opportunities, but I am really grateful that when the opportunity came I grabbed it. I always believe that great opportunity only comes, maybe not twice but only once, that’s why I always do my best to grab them whenever they are offered.
The farm school serves as an educational area. We created our own curriculum. It’s called “Agri-preneurship”. We help farmers understand business concepts and how to become successful “Agri-preneurs”. In the curriculum they learn how to become a good financial manager. They set S.M.A.R.T goals. They know how to use financial statements, they create good habits that change their lifestyle, habits that generate money and save money.
“In Memory of My Grandfather”
In the Philippines around 34% of agricultural workers are in extreme poverty. So I told myself, ‘I have to do something here in the memory of my grandfather.’ We started the nitty gritty work of working with these farmers in one village and then after that we worked in another village, from 17 farmers we now have 400 farmers in Pampanga, we replicated this in several other provinces.