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Sep 23, 2019

Emily Harman, the host of Onward Podcast, interviews Rodney Flowers, Founder and President of Inspirational Endeavors, LLC. Rodney shares how he worked hard to move onward after a high school football injury left him completely paralyzed, incapacitated, and confined to a wheelchair at age 15. Rodney is the author of the life-affirming and highly-inspiring Amazon bestselling book, Get Up! I Can’t. I Will. I Did…Here’s How!  Rodney’s mission is to serve as an example to inspire, motivate, and encourage others to never give up and reach for their hopes and dreams with earnest expectations, regardless of challenges. Rodney is also a keynote speaker, resilience trainer, and host of The Game Changer Mentality podcast. 


Episode Highlights: 

  • Emily Harman introduces Rodney Flowers. 
  • Rodney explains what motivates him to keep charging ahead in his life.
  • How did Rodney Flowers get injured? 
  • How long was Rodney hospitalized?  
  • Who were his caregivers at that time? 
  • What helped Rodney develop a mindset of possibility? 
  • How long did it take Rodney to get out of the wheelchair and how did he do it?
  • Rodney talks about his commitment to fitness and the books he has authored.
  • Rodney starts his day the day before by writing the 6 critical things he wants to accomplish the next day.
  • How did it feel when Rodney took his first step? 
  • What is the best way to not offend a person with disabilities when you want to help? 
  • Rodney explains how his mother and family motivated him to become more independent using tough love.
  • Who are other game changers that have motivated Rodney? 


3 Key Points:

  1. Rodney’s work revolves around finding answers to this question: How can we live better, more fulfilled lives regardless of the scars of our past and the setbacks of our present?
  2. The majority Rodney’s battle was mental not physical. Think about what you can do and focus on that. Don’t fixate on what you can’t do. Practice what you can do over and over again.
  3. Your past is part of you story, but it doesn’t define who you are. An extraordinary life is waiting for you just over the horizon of your self-defeating beliefs, your doubts, and your excuses. You can develop a Game Changer mentality!

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “Showing up makes a difference. What I do every day makes a difference. Giving of myself. Being that example of what is possible. It makes a difference for someone. It drives me forward.” – Rodney Flowers
  • A team of neurologists visited my bedside to pass along my diagnosis. My diagnosis was quadriplegic. I was completely paralyzed. I had no movement or sensation in any of my extremities. And the doctor said I had a 92% chance of remaining that way for the rest of my life.” – Rodney Flowers
  • “I developed a strong belief in God. I started looking at what is possible. That was really the game-changing element of all of this: what is possible? Because you want to recover. You want to walk again. You want to live the life that you had.” – Rodney Flowers

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