Named “One of the 5 most inspiring woman in America” by NBC news, Bonnie was first African-America ever to win medals in the Winter Paralympics. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, earned a Rhodes Scholarship, served as the director of the White House National Economic Council, and is a bestselling author of 7 books. On this episode Bonnie we dive into the principles, strategies and tactics of micro-resilience, and explore how a 5-year-old amputee ends up winning Olympic skiing medals.

On this episode

Bonnie shares small but mighty “micro-resilience” hacks that have a big impact so we can be at our best for the people who count on us.

Bonnie talks about her journey from 5-year-old amputee to Olympic medalist.

We dive into the principles, strategies and tactics of micro-resilience.

How her mother’s spirit and positivity influenced her growing up.

Self-hypnosis versus meditation. What are they and is one better than other?

How writing books at young age was the first place where she was able to be the hero of her own story.

The ability to make change and be willing to fail and look stupid, was one of the keys to her success in multiple areas.

How to stimulate your brain in 10 minutes to make an immediate impact on your day.

The power of checklist versus To-do list. 

The difference between positivity and living your joy.

Life Goals exercise to align you with your purpose and ignite your passion.

Bonnies’ First Aid Kit for your attitude.

How to become more helpable, and how it will help you succeed. 

The hardest thing she had to overcome that was more difficult than getting her leg amputated.

How internal scars can be a lot harder to overcome than external ones.

The advice she’d give to her younger self – that she shares with kids when she speaks at educational events.  “Dare to dream big.  More is impossible than you can imagine.”

Links from the Show:

Bonnie St John’s website including her contact info and her social media handles

Life is Contact Sport by Ken Kragen

Transcendental Meditation

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande