Episode 97 – Instilling Grit, Resilience and Possibility with Stephenie Rodriguez

This podcast series with Sonia Bestulic as the host, guides listeners through enlightening conversations with leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts who embody a heart-led approach to raising empowered individuals. Through these discussions, the series aims to inspire and empower parents, caregivers, and professionals, encouraging them to nurture children who positively contribute to themselves and the world.

This episode features an insightful conversation with Stephenie Rodriguez, a renowned motivational speaker, human rights activist, resilience expert, and aspiring Paralympian.

Stephenie shares her incredible journey of survival, recovery from cerebral malaria, and her commitment to positively impacting a billion lives by 2025 in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

As a single mom and a bilateral osseointegrated amputee, she discusses the importance of empathy, integrity, and resilience in raising empowered children. Rodriguez also touches on her mission to eradicate malaria through the Rotary International’s Finish the Fight campaign, illustrating how resilience, empathy, and impactful actions can shape a legacy of empowered humans ready to serve the world.

Drawing from her own journey as a bilateral amputee, Stephenie emphasizes the value of problem-solving as a resilience-building tool. By teaching children to approach challenges with a proactive mindset, they can develop a sense of control and agency in their lives.

Stephenie shares her experiences training in the Australian fencing team, aiming for the 2032 Paralympics. She discusses the mental fortitude required for such a goal, emphasizing the concept of “delusional dreaming” and pursuing ambitious dreams against conventional expectations.

Stephaenie encourages parents to support their children’s passions, even if they seem unconventional. She challenges societal norms that dictate certain career paths, advocating for individuals to pursue what truly inspires them.

Empowering moments…

  • Stephanie Rodriguez: A Mission to Impact Lives
  • Stephanie’s Personal Journey and Achievements
  • Parenting Philosophies and Empowering Children
  • Stephanie’s Childhood and Parenting Approach
  • Empathy and Integrity: Core Values for Empowerment
  • Defining and Developing Resilience in Children
  • Mindset Mantras and Achieving Big Dreams
  • Stephenie’s resilience, passion, and commitment to making a difference serve as an inspiration, reminding us of the power we each hold to create positive change beyond measure.

Enjoy this chat with Sonia Bestulic and Stephenie Rodriguez; and remember to share it with family, friends and colleagues who you know will benefit.

May we all continue to flourish together…
The Chatabout Children Team.

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