Title: Overlooked and Undervalued, But Not Forgotten

The Lesson: Everyone has their own specific pain that they have to deal with in their lives – and while we may feel like it’s our job to get over that pain and be more perfect, that may not be the case. In this episode of the School of Greatness podcast, Pastor John Gray talks about what loving yourself has to do with loving others, living with yourself and your flaws, and reconciling with your pain.

Notable Excerpt: “Even though he’s not here, and he hasn’t been here for 17 years, I still yearn for the approval of a father – and so, it drives me. I want to do well. I want to do right … and now this is the big challenge of my life: living a life feeling like an orphan, and now, the very thing that I need is the thing I am.”

The Guest: Gray, who is the author of “I Am Number 8”, had to spend years coming to terms with the pain he felt over his father leaving his family. As he got older, however, he finally understood how his pain led him down his own path of greatness, humility, compassion, and empathy. Now, he is a pastor, a record producer, musician, and inspirational speaker.

The Host: After spending years of his young life and athletic career struggling with his own emotional wellbeing, a crippling injury left Lewis Howes without an identity and without any work. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, however, Howes recreated himself as a multi-million dollar media producer, motivational speaker, bestselling author, and podcast host. The ex-football player now spends his days chatting with the most inspirational icons of this generation on his School of Greatness podcast.

Podcast: The School of Greatness podcast is available for download on Soundcloud and iTunes. You can also watch footage of the interviews on Howes’s YouTube channel.

Books: Howes is the author of the New York Times bestselling book “The School of Greatness”: an in-depth collection of lessons and wisdom that he has gathered from interviewing hundreds of the world’s greatest role models and thinkers. Howes’s latest book, “The Mask of Masculinity”, is based on his experience with the dangerous stereotypes and expectations that are placed on men in modern society.

(LISTEN to the inspiring talk below) – Photo by MiiiSH, CC

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