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A Lesson from Ferris Bueller

fb2American author, essayist, and literary critic William Deresiewicz coined the term “Excellent Sheep” to refer to those people who keep their nose to the grindstone and perform well at the tasks at hand but never question if what they’re doing is what truly matters to them. Perhaps we’d be well-advised to “take a day off” from the hamster wheel and heed the advice of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

 

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A Chick in the Cockpit on DESIGN YOU

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
The show about people pursuing their passions.

erikaheadphoto-2Garrison’s guest in this segment  is Erika Armstrong who has experienced everything aviation has to offer. Erika’s early membership in the Minnesota 99s (International Women Pilots Association) jump-started her career. She decided to turn discrimination around and use it to her advantage by filtering it through her humor and perspective. This attitude and obsessive focus landed her in the captain’s seat of a commercial airliner by the age of thirty. She also holds a type rating in Boeing 727 and CE-500 series aircraft and has extensive pilot training from Flight Safety, SimuFlite, NATCO, CAE, Pan Am and has flown 28 different types of aircraft. Her favorite airplane is the B727 with the Falcon 20, Citation III and GIIB close behind.

a-chick-in-the-cockpit-book-coverMost uniquely, Erika was an international corporate, cargo, hazmat, airline, Red Cross and 24-hour air ambulance pilot/captain. Her book, A CHICK IN THE COCKPIT, will change your perspective of pilots, aviation and the quiet power of women. In the high stakes, ego-driven world of aviation, this is an extraordinary bestselling true story of how a level-headed, self-deprecating woman with an aviation addiction finds herself in jail, her baby ripped from her arms, her piloting career taken away, and every feasible exit leads to a very dark place…

 

allchickcrew-2Erika is currently a contributing editor at Plane & Pilot magazine, aviation professor at MSU Denver, and aviation journalist for seven aviation magazines. Her articles can be found at Disciples of Flight, NYC Aviation, Consumer Affairs, Mountain Connection, Contrails, Plane & Pilot, General Aviation News, Mentor, Business Insider and Flying.com magazine. She has over 300,000 readers and is a Thought Leader with 130,000+ followers on LinkedIn.

books-and-brews3Living at 8,700 feet in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Erika can almost touch the airplanes she used to fly. The thin air and cloud touching provides inspiration at the computer keyboard. If she’s not out running her own business, teaching, belly dancing, kickboxing, organizing a Town Hall or board of director’s meeting, she is writing at her house on the hill with her family, friends, three dogs, rabbits, horses, guinea pigs and any other strays she finds along the way. She always has a spare room for guests so just bring some good stories and a smile.

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MARK CHANGIZI ON DESIGN YOU

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
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changizi-3Garrison’s guest in this segment is theoretical neurobiologist, science writer and author Mark Changizi whose research aims to grasp the ultimate foundations underlying why we think, feel and see as we do.

changizi-2Mark has written more than thirty scientific journal articles, many of which have been covered in news venues such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, Time magazine, Reuters, ABC News, the Financial times, the Daily Telegraph, Scientific American, Wired and Discover magazine. Mark hosted the Discovery Channel show, “Head Games” and has written three ground-breaking books: Harnessed, The Vision Revolution and The Brain from 25,000 Feet.

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The Great Commoner has Uncommon Words for Entrepreneurs

wjb-2Nebraska-born orator and politician William Jennings Bryan was a three-time nominee for President of the United States as a member of the populist wing of the Democratic Party. He served two terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives and was United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson.  With his deep, commanding voice and wide travels, he was perhaps the best-known orator and lecturer of the era, dubbed “The Great Commoner” because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people.

Nowhere is his penchant for cutting to the truth more profound than in his sense of what it takes to pursue one’s calling in life:

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. “ William Jennings Bryan

VICTORIA REDSTALL ON DESIGN YOU

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
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 victoria-redstall-2Garrison’s guest in this segment is diversely talented, immensely successful and incontrovertibility outspoken Victoria Redstall. She is a true crime author, producer,  public speaker, investigative journalist and print and spokesmodel for many of the world’s leading brands.

Victoria has a knack for understanding people from all walks of life and wants to bring back the ‘human connection” to this world. She is also a mentor for young girls teaching them to have high morals, values and self respect which Victoria underscores as being out of fashion in the world today.

s_img02-204x300Her latest book on her ‘exclusive interviews’ with the ‘alleged’ Grim Sleeper including the coverage of the Trial, will be released this year. Although Victoria has been commissioned to write 4 books on serial killers, she also works ‘under the radar’ with the opposite kinds of inmates and helps in freeing the ‘wrongly convicted’ who have been victims of a corrupt American Justice System.

 

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serialkillersand pick up a copy of Serial Killers Up Close and Very Personal: My Death Row Interviews with the Most Dangerous Men on the Planet by Victoria Redstall who has spent years visiting high-security prisons getting to know sadistic killers like Gary Ray Bowles and Keith Hunter Jesperson, “The Happy Face Killer.” These hardened killers have opened up to her in a way that they would never do to psychiatrists, prosecutors, or other authority figures, and have revealed terrifying chapters of their lives that might otherwise have stayed hidden forever. In this chilling book, Victoria shares every detail and insight, bringing the reader up close and very personal with some of the most dangerous and disturbed serial killers that the world has ever seen.

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Bob Dylan on Success

bob-dylan-1961I grew up learning the guitar and being inspired by American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer Robert Allen Zimmerman, aka, Bob Dylan. Dylan is the reason I played the coffee house circuit during college and found my way into the musical venues of Greenwich Village, such as The Gaslight Café (which on some nights was locked down because a young and reclusive Bob Dylan was in attendance), The Bitter End (where Dylan performed with Patti Smith) and the Village Gate (Dylan wrote “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” in 1962 in Chip Monck’s apartment in the basement of this building).

Dylan has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades with his most celebrated works coming out of the 1960s with such social unrest anthems as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin.'”

bob-dylan-3Bob Dylan’s musical legacy includes selling more than 100 million records, 11 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dylan was awarded a Pulitzer Prize special citation for his “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”  Among his other notable honors are the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Dylan’s lyrics defined a generation and musically crossed all generations. He speaks to the hearts of everyone who yearns to pursue his or her destiny:

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” —Bob Dylan

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Carrie McNally Living Her Law Enforcement Dream

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
The show about people pursuing their passions.

carrie-mcnallyGarrison’s guest in this segment is Carrie McNally who knew from the early age of 6 that she wanted to be a police officer. As soon as she was old enough, she joined the Seattle Police Department where for the past 25-years she’s created and led innovative programs that benefit the community, the agency and the law enforcement profession. In 2014, she helped lead the first of its kind Refugee Women’s Institute to build relationships between refugee communities and the Seattle Police Department.  She also led a Women in Law Enforcement Career Fair in 2016 and is planning the next event in 2017.  One of Carrie’s upcoming projects will be the Future Women in Law Enforcement week-long program to bring 40 young women together with officers to provide leadership and career development. Detective McNally is also a member of the Line of Duty Death Response Team with the Behind the Badge Foundation to help assist families and agencies after a law enforcement line of duty death.  She also leads a public safety and military appreciation annual event called Stand With Those Who Serve.

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