In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by Brendan Baker of The Start of Happiness. Brendan joins me to share his story of how a near-death experience at the age of seven has shaped him into the person he is today.
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Brendan almost died when he fell from a train platform into the gap between the platform and a moving train when he was only seven years old.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
The effects that this experience had on Brendan were only positive. He looked at it as an opportunity to reevaluate his life and to make sure he lives fully, loves fully and makes a difference in this world.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
What really allowed Brendan to get past this experience and not let it hold him back in any way was his positive attitude. Even though he was in disbelief over what had almost happened to him, he immediately used the experience as a catalyst for living a meaningful life. He did what many people tend to struggle with, and that is keep the promise he made to himself to not take life for granted and to make it count.
What Brendan does today:
Brendan runs The Start of Happiness blog where he helps others learn how to make a difference and earn an income doing what they love. He also runs the website Gradrecruit which helps recent graduates find employment opportunities.
Given what you know now, what's one piece of advice you would give to someone for turning the negative effects of something traumatic into more positive effects?
Brendan's Answer: Find as much positive out of the situation as you can. You could do this by putting 100 lines on a sheet of paper and filling them up with a positive or an opportunity that could come from the experience.
StartofHappiness.com - Brendan's blog
Gradrecruit - Brendan's website for recent graduates
The 3 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day - Brendan's guest post on Tiny Buddha
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BRENDAN bAKER says
It was great to share my story here. Thanks so much and I hope it can help others.
Melissa Wilson says
Thanks so much Brendan! I appreciated you sharing your story!