Jenn Foster and Melanie Johnson co-owners of Elite Online Publishing, interview Johnny Sirpilla about his new book, Life Is Hard but I’ll Be Ok. With refreshing honesty, candor, grace, and ease, Johnny Sirpilla -–a master storyteller– serves as our guide through a life story that seems too traumatic to be true, yet true it is.
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What You’ll Learn in this Episode:
- How to overcome grief.
- How to find the value of faith.
- How to find resilience.
“Cognitive behavioral therapy taught us ways to reframe our thoughts towards our own inner thoughts. And then towards each other’s words that we could really cling together.” (7:17)
“All of this was a process. It wasn’t immediate. It took time. It took resilience. It took determination to fight for happiness. And as opposed to self-medicating, we chose to self nourish and look at the situations that were right in front of us.” (13:04)
“For the logical listeners out there, listen to the way you’re talking to yourself. And I’m guilty of beating myself up, but I like to turn it around, cause a lot of times you will dive into that deep hole and it’s hard to crawl out. So you need to recognize it right away and then turn it around.” (24:22)
About Johnny Sirpilla:
Johnny Sirpilla is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He speaks professionally to businesses, communities, and universities on the importance of managing thoughts, internal honest reflection to develop meaningful professional and personal relationships and re-framing each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-development and growth. Addressing college students, young professionals, and emerging leaders to discover the power they must develop for their personal brand is one of his passions.
Johnny is the owner of Encourage, LLC. and the retired President and Chief Business Development Officer of Camping World and Good Sam. He graduated Miami University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a minor in Finance and a special interest in psychology and received his master’s in Organizational Behavioral Management in 2000 from University of Phoenix. In 2022, he received certification from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in Executive Presence and Influence & Persuasive Leadership Development.
About Life Is Hard but I’ll Be OK:
Johnny and Susan Sirpilla were a happily married couple. Like so many couples, they wanted to be parents. This is their astonishing story that included thirteen different scenarios to build a family.
From infertility to unexpected dangerous pregnancies, adoptions, international adoptions, twins, triplets, life-threatening medical concerns, moral and faith crossroads, their story never ceases to fascinate. Through their journey, you’ll discover the mindset that will set you on a course of positivity and resilience to navigate any of your own difficult times in life.
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