Making Lemonades: Powerful Inspirational Stories, Never Ever Give Up | Videos

Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur’s Inspirational Transformation…

Here is another from Roald Michel:

Man with no arms and legs-Amazing Story

Here is another inspirational video from Valeria:

Best Mother

Thank you sharing.


  • Angela Grant

    Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

29 thoughts on “Making Lemonades: Powerful Inspirational Stories, Never Ever Give Up | Videos

  1. Angela,

    Thank you so much for posting this! It’s exactly what I needed today.

    Yesterday I found out that I did not get a job I applied for — I was stunned, because I’d done well on the interview and I was qualified for it.

    This man’s story helped me almost more than anything else to get back in the saddle.

    But this time, I’m aiming a bit higher. I’m looking to transition into a slightly different career path, and if this guy could transform his life in such a way, well, I’ve certainly got nothing to complain about.

    Bless him, and bless you, too, for posting it!

    1. Hi Valeria,
      You are welcome. I am glad the video was exactly what you needed today…and what I needed also.

      To see this man go through his transformation made me realize, I can too. Moreover, from our brief interactions, you can too. Valeria, you are capable of anything you desire, IMO.


  2. I see you’re meandering now in the inspirational and cuddle mode. So I thought: “Hey, why not chime in, and beat this promotional DDP video, with THIS one

    1. Wow! What an amazing story!

      These people are such inspirations. You know how they say, reach for the stars?

      Well, the stars just got closer.

      Attitude really is everything.

      And I have two new heroes!

      And THAT is also something to be grateful for — that there are such wonderful, amazing people out there who are willing to share their stories and guide the rest of us upward.

      I’m in awe.

      Thank you for posting!

          1. Precisely, Angela!

            Because of the way these videos have inspired me, I’ve decided to make a bold move in my career path.

            I’ve found someone whose approach I like, and I’m going to ask him to hire me. But first, I will read every article he’s written, and every recent post of his I can find.

            He has no jobs open, but that’s not the point. I’d like to learn from him because I like the way he thinks. I’ll even volunteer if necessary. (I hope he never reads this comment!)

            So I’m now taking massive action, whereas last night I was weeping into my Wheaties.

            What if it doesn’t work out? Doesn’t matter. The fun is in the journey, in the learning. The right position will open up — I’ll let the Universe surprise me.

            Of course, in the meantime, I’ll be sending out tons of applications. You have to build a channel back to you for the energy to flow, ya know?

            For what it’s worth, here’s a link to the article that describes my job search approach: A day at a baggage claim.


            Best, all!

            1. Nice story…excellent idea. Thanks Valeria for sharing. I think you are onto something. I am thinking about trying it. Do you think the President Obama would respond to my request to be one of his Cabinet Members/Advisors? 🙂

            2. Valeria,
              You go girl…that’s the spirit! Do your research…decide what you want…have a plan…be flexible…and know you will fall many times before succeeding. And YOU will succeed!!! As you say, the falls are part of the journey as well as part of the fun.

              Good Luck!

          2. Yes you already said that in a previous exchange we had. Many people believe this is so. Common sense so to speak. But at best it’s only partly true. At the time I mentioned Fishbein’s pioneering research on that of years and years ago. But people, including you, are stubborn, and don’t want to give up (hehe) their beliefs that easily. Resistance to change, remember? Of course there are also those who need this as an excuse for not going into action.

            Be all this as it may, tell me oh Inspired One, why is it that if attitude determines action, so many people with great attitudes never act accordingly, huh?

            1. Mr Smart Ass,

              Great Question:

              “Be all this as it may, tell me oh Inspired One, why is it that if attitude determines action, so many people with great attitudes never act accordingly, huh?”

              Most people fear failure…and most are resistant to taking the first steps…too many fall prey to naysayers

            2. Oh, I see, bad attitudes.

              But…….although you, in a way, answered my question, you bypassed it at the same time. Nice!

  3. Bless their hearts! Very touching! But this brings me back to my constant critique of the U.S. Yoga industry and their Elite who were clearly not interested in helping the lovely man needing help and healing. Just let me launch a little and humor me for the trigger here is a valid one. In hopes that my energy expenditure here makes its way into some more mindful practices for some.These Yogi Elitist folks, many of whom disappoint me in that many of the do not own even one Iyengar book of postures, are happily ca$hing in teaching Ego Yoga to the same folks who run around with a Yin Yang patch on the bunghole of their Yoga pants for stylish Juicy Yoga effect, and so it goes,. I’d much rather train broken fat bodies of poor souls needing a healing touch than the folks who rush into their Yoga class and out again to charge through the parking lots at Whole Foods dripping in Hot Yoga sweat over which they have reapplied their Tyuppy-A attitude for some Saturday organic juice ingredient shopping. But anyway, bless their hearts for staying with it, so many turned away give up and go away. Turned away, falling through the cracks, so many have no story of hope to share. Shame on the so-called “Yoga” instructors.

    1. Rebelle, I see your point in the superficiality of what often passes for modern yoga practice.

      Could I offer another perspective in this case? Perhaps it was less about refusing to help this fellow, and more about his being a case that was beyond their instructional capacity. After all, medical doctors had given up on him. They thought he would never walk unassisted again.

      If they had worked with him anyway, maybe his health could have been irreparably damaged. It has happened that people have ended up with back problems, for example, because of improper yoga practice.

      See NY Times article: How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body (

      Excerpt: “[Glenn] Black has come to believe that ‘the vast majority of people’ should give up yoga altogether. It’s simply too likely to cause harm. Not just students but celebrated teachers too, Black said, injure themselves in droves because most have underlying physical weaknesses or problems that make serious injury all but inevitable.”

      As it was, our yoga student ended up with exactly the right instructor; so it was to his benefit that the others turned him down.

      Which leads me to another takeaway for myself — sometimes getting rejected is a blessing in disguise.

      You didn’t get that job, that relationship? No problem. Maybe a better one is on the way.

      At any rate, our yoga student seems to have found just the right instructor. So they are both inspirations.

      Maybe it’s time for me to get serious about yoga!

      1. Valeria, great comments, solid argument! I agree entirely that bad care is worse and more damaging than no care. In this case, I think the collective universe protected Arthur, helped him reach his goal. The people in these videos are living miracles, confirmation of a collective universe that if tapped anything is possible…

        Rebelle’s humor appeared to be Arthur’s reality—his tone suggested as much. . I gathered he encountered many who laughed him to the exit. He persevered, focused –he believed in YOGA. Unfortunately, the yoga industry does not believe in his body type, making access, as usual, a major contributor to obesity as well as good health. Ooops…I digressed.

        Yoga is about balance so is life…so is obesity…. and so forth

  4. And here’s a mega inspirational one about that great knowledge institution called Harvard, hehe.

    1. Such a cool video! I enjoyed it.

      I also do it — all the time. As a parent, I make sure that my kids know — and knew, growing up — how wonderful they are — how awesome they are — and how blessed I am to be their mom.

      It’s important for kids to grow up feeling unconditionally loved.

      And important for them to know that when I criticize their behavior or ask them to do something differently, it does not affect my love for them.

      Thanks for posting the video!

  5. For (some) of the ladies around here. Well…….maybe for a few men too. But you know us men, no? We’re always so…………Yeah, you got that one, right?

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