Hi there, and welcome to my site
However you got here, I hope my story provides a spark or window into what’s possible in your life, or in someone’s life that you know.
I’ve always been fascinated with how certain things are possible in this world. I remember, as a child, flipping through pages of books on ancient pyramids. I could barely tell you a single fact about the pyramids, but I remember sitting in awe, wondering, “How is this possible? How could this have been done?” Even as an adult, strolling through the streets of midtown Manhattan, I find myself standing by a construction site for minutes at a time, marveling as a team of 20 men build a 30-story building in a space no bigger than a tennis court. I stand in wonder thinking, “How do they do it?!”
This question became a crucial part of me very early on: After surviving a rare intestinal birth defect that left me with close to four feet of intestine (most people have around 25 ft.), I remember being asked, “How did you do it?” Of course, I immediately point to my pediatric surgeon, Dr. Ternberg, an extraordinary woman who herself achieved what seemed unimaginable in her era. She’s almost 90 now, and is someone with whom I’m fortunate enough to still be in touch.
Surviving that experience - through a combination of Dr. Ternberg’s skill and determination, unconditional love and support from my mom and dad, luck and maybe even something divine - I carried with me an intensity to live and a propensity to move in a given direction without questioning if it could be done. My experience of living with this disease, struggling and coping with Tourette’s for over 20 years, becoming an international speaker, and more recently overcoming my Tourette’s through the help of some incredible people - these are the precious elements in my life that led me to push beyond limitations and discover the unimaginable.
My hope is that in sharing my story to leaders and businesses, we can change what’s possible for individuals, for companies and, ultimately, this world - one belief at a time.