Daily Inspiration: Use Your Weaknesses to Propel You Forward

Gary Vaynerchuk also known as “Gary Vee” is an entrepreneur who shares the story of his path to success widely. His presence on social media platforms is full of motivational and ‘tell it like it is’ advice.

In this video he describes how being self aware can get you to the next level. The greatest asset that you have in life is, yourself. Recognizing your strengths and your limitations is the key to knowing where you need to go and how you can get there.

Daily Inspiration: There is Always More Than Meets the Eye

Donatello Versace is a famed fashion designer for the well known luxury brand, Versace. In a recent interview with Vogue, she was asked 73 questions that shed light on her personality rather than her perceived persona.

In the interview, she says the biggest misconception about her is that people think she is unfriendly. That perception was echoed in the Facebook comments on the video, where people exclaim how surprised they are by how down to earth she is.

This is a great example of how judging before knowing is a societal downfall. Be more open to others around you; there is always more than meets the eye.

Daily Inspiration: Artist Donates Money In Lieu Of Expensive Music Video

Drake is a rapper/singer who is quite popular worldwide. Before music stardom, he was an actor on the teen drama show Degrassi.

The budget for the video of his single “Gods Plan” was almost 1 million dollars. Instead of using the money for a lavish video, he donated cash and gifts to people and organizations around Miami.

The gesture was well received by the recipients and is a heart felt example of celebrities using their status and money to help out the less fortunate.

Daily Inspiration: Father Hears Daughter’s Donated Heart

Bill Conner was reunited with his daughter in a very special away. She passed away suddenly on a family vacation and her parents decided to donate her organs.

During a 2000 mile journey to bring awareness to organ donation, he met the recipient of his daughter’s heart.

Losing a loved one is very difficult. Donating organs can be a way to commemorate a life, by saving another.

If you are interested in organ donation. Please visit U.S. Government Information On Organ Donation and Transplantation.

You can sign up through the Organ Donation Registry or through your state’s DMV.

Daily Inspiration: Spread Valentine’s Day Love

Today you can be the inspiration for a child in need. Children’s hospitals are accepting well wishes on free e-cards for sick patients this Valentine’s Day.

Help bring joy and love to their little hearts.

Here are some hospitals participating this Valentine’s Day:

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

St. Jude’s Research Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital Trust

Arkansas Children’s

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Daily Inspiration: Taking Responsibility For Your Life

Oprah is a superpower in her own right. Her accolades speak for themselves, as she has been tremendously successful in the media. In addition to her work on screen she is a generous philanthropist and motivational speaker.

In today’s video she explains that the only way to move forward is to take responsibility for your self. You cannot wait for a savior. You have to be willing to take the reigns.

Silencing Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is among the most heinous and under-reported acts committed against another person. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) the statistics surrounding these assaults are horrifying.

Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault. Sexual Violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. While we’re making progress- the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison.

The media seemed to have a recent uptick in covering these stories after the sensationalized case concerning Bill Cosby. Since then, other public persons such as Harvey Weinstein and Larry Nasser have been accused of misconduct. While the desired legal outcome for many of the victims expired with the statue of limitations; a new sense of urgency arose for those who could still get legal or social justice.

During the height of this media coverage, the #MeToo campaign that encourages victims of sexual assault to share their stories in solidarity and support for one another, spread like wildfire on twitter. It was reported that over 1.7 million men and women shared the hashtag on the social media platform. Aside from the media frenzy that surrounded these incidents, the severity of this issue reaches closer to home.

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The victims of sexual assault are our sisters, brothers, neighbors and children. The statistics are just reflections of reported cases. Cases that can be identified by a person that has not been silenced by fear- the fear of being shamed, ostracized or not believed.  People often wait so long to report an incident, their right to justice is forfeited by time.

The silence is deafening. Whether the resistance is to protect family members, careers or powerful organizations- the message still remains. Victims are made to suffer while the perpetrator is free to inflict the same pain on others. Evidence is synonymous with credibility and time is of the essence.

Breaking the silence among victims is complex and multifaceted. The circumstances regarding each assault is different, along with its victim. The truth of the matter is, the outcomes will not always be what one will hope for. The devastation that is left behind in any sexual assault case will follow all parties because that is what it is designed to do. Resolution goes beyond a hashtag or a social media fad.

Creating safe places in homes is a place to start. Referring a friend in need to the appropriate resources can save lives. Silence doesn’t have to be permanent.

If you need help or know someone who does: visit RAINN or call the confidential  National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE.

Daily Inspiration: Humans of New York

Humans of New York is a blog that displays the unique stories of people from all walks of life. Brandon Stanton, the creator, gets people to open up and divulge a page of their autobiographies.

In this episode a woman talks about how she pushed herself to stand out in a traditional family where girls were not celebrated. In doing so, she takes pride in her achievements and ability to live outside the box.

For more episodes visit Humans of New York Facebook.