"YOU are going to be the creator of your own joy and happiness." - Rob Vaka
Rob Vaka, mentor to professional athletes, master connector, philanthropist, and cancer survivor joins THE BRINK OF MIDNIGHT PODCAST.
Rob Vaka is on a mission to help people live more confidently, fully, and purposefully and it's evident in everything he does. He's raised multiple millions of dollars for hundreds of charities and has helped countless professional athletes, founders, and CEOs not only manage but design their lives around a positive mindset and values-driven intention. Rob developed his competitive nature as a college athlete, but really fine-tuned his personal manifesto after learning he had a grapefruit sized tumor in his chest and being given a 50/50 chance of surviving non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Today, Rob is cancer-free and the insight he chooses to bring to every waking moment, interaction, and challenge will inspire you. As you take in all the gems and resources Rob shares, you may find yourself changing the narrative of your day and rethinking the very vocabulary you use for self-talk and conversations with family, friends, and colleagues.
As Rob so eloquently shares: "YOU are going to be the creator of your own joy and happiness."
ROB'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"I think we give labels to things. When you label something, you begin to take on the aura of the moment. So, if you label something as a challenge, then you can rise up and meet a challenge. If you label something as devastating, it's harder to go through devastating."
"I believe that mindset really is the key to joy and happiness in life."
Rob's 15 minute "Early Morning Success Ritual" (EMSR) is his primer for the day:
He says out loud: "Thank you God for another day. Thank you for letting me wake up. It is amazing that sunlight has come."
Meditate and pray.
Review life goals.
** No phone, no email, no news before this ritual
"The law of reciprocity takes care of itself, the circle of life takes care of itself, and the Golden Rule is critical."
"If we can look in the mirror and start with the basics - I have to work on my mindset, I have to be more kind, I have to help those around me - I think we can change the conversation in the world."
"The Art of the 5 foot Conversation": Rob's belief in the power of a live conversation with someone and how important it is to make sure we are connected as people and not just through stunted, often misinterpreted digital conversations. (33:45)
"YOU are going to be the creator of your own joy and happiness. You are going to be the tempo-setter. You are not going to get joy and happiness because somebody handed you 10 million dollars or you got the dream job. You've got to change your mindset."
Rob's Book Recommendations
"Unique Ability" (Catherine Nomura)
The 4:8 Principle and workbook (Tommy Newberry)
Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
Music That Inspires Rob Through Storytelling
"Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson)
"I Have This Hope" (Tenth Avenue North)
ROB'S CHARITABLE WORK + PROJECTS
Ray of Hope Foundation Rob Vaka, our John Brenkus, and Ray Lewis just launched this new foundation together. The Ray of Hope Foundation is dedicated to uplifting those in dire need through sharing personalized videos - "rays of hope" - from the many luminaries and game-changers who support our charitable purpose. We feel that by shining a positive light into the life of someone who may be struggling with hardships, there is tremendous power to motivate the inspiration for escaping from the darkness.
Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation JJLCF's mission is “Treating families to WOW! Experiences®, giving children who will lose their Mom or Dad to cancer a timeout to create indispensable memories as a family… while they can”.
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