Break Your Chains! with Blake B. Shelley – Ep #134

By June 6, 2018Podcasts
Break Your Chains! with Blake B. Shelley - Ep #134

Think Bold, Be Bold Guest: Blake B. Shelley

Overview: In this episode, author of “Breaking Chains” and inspirational speaker, Blake B. Shelley comes back on the Think Bold, Be Bold Show! As a person with a disability, Blake has had to overcome many obstacles and challenges over the course of his life. At the age of six months, Blake was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP), which was due to a lack of oxygen at birth. CP has made everyday tasks (ADLs) such as eating, walking, and typing extremely difficult. However, it has also taught him how to persevere while not being defined by a disability. It was ingrained in Blake by his parents and support system to never give up on his goals. The confidence Blake found through his faith, family, and friends enabled him to attend George Fox University in Newberg, OR, on a scholarship through the Act Six Leadership Initiative, and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministries. Since graduating from George Fox, Blake has devoted his time and resources to improving the quality of life of others, as well as educating the public about physical and emotional hurdles faced by young entrepreneurs. He has pursued this through promoting disability awareness in public schools, mentorship, disabilities advocacy, disabilities ministries, and educating the general public through speaking engagements. Using these experiences as a foundation, Blake is now bringing his message of breaking chains to those seeking success in their personal and professional lives. Tune in to hear Blake’s inspirational message and learn how you can overcome your own adversity!

5 Golden Nuggets Shared:

  1. Make sure you walk the talk. If you are preaching something, you have to be executing it. This will boost your credibility and help you live a better quality of life.
  2. Look at your life with a fresh perspective. Instead of focusing on the obstacles in your life, focus on how to get around them. Ask yourself, what can change to make you happier?
  3. Everyone can break chains in their own lives. No one can do this but you!  
  4. Adversity is all around us. It’s different for everyone, but the tools to overcome it are the same.
  5. When things don’t go your way, look for a learning lesson or new growth opportunity.

3 Bold and Kick-Ass Quotes:

  1. “When I was writing my book I would set goals for myself.” – Blake B. Shelley
  2. “It’s my passion to get up on stage and inspire people to overcome their challenges.” – Blake B. Shelley
  3. “Take a look at where you’re at and where you want to be, then plan out your journey on how to get there.” – Blake B. Shelley

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Nicole Zeien-Cox

Author Nicole Zeien-Cox

A Copywriter and Marketing Consultant, Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Board Member at Guardian Scholars Foundation, Production Manager for Think Bold Be Bold Ventures, and Project Coordinator for Startup Syndicate, Nicole Zeien-Cox is a millennial entrepreneur who thrives in an accelerated environment, on a mission to positively impact the world. She strives to inspire everyone to find their purpose and live a fulfilled life, regardless of their past or current situation. This passion for empowering others was sparked after prevailing through a string of adversities in her own journey from foster care to a self-employed businesswoman. In just 30 days she wrote her first book, "Foster to Fosters," becoming a best-seller within a short 24 hours of publishing. This book started her platform as a Foster Care Influencer and led to sharing relatable life lessons through keynote speaking that benefits entrepreneurs, child welfare professionals, parents, and teens. Nicole is passionate about the art of storytelling and creating the slight edge necessary to bring increased awareness to the foster community. Nicole enjoys educating, advocating, and inspiring others with her knowledge and personal journey through the foster care system. Nicole has contributed to a second book, “Obsessed with Parenting,” a playbook for parents. She has been featured or seen on 93.5 The Mix, Accelerant Media Group, Mavericks Entrepreneur Magazine, Copy That Pops Podcast, Live to Grind Podcast, The Young Entrepreneur Convention, Coach on Fire Radio Network, and the CASA program. Her next adventures include an upcoming independent documentary about her life story, followed by her “Fostering 50 Podcast Tour” in which she will travel to all 50 states and interview individuals impacted by foster care.

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