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Jon Morrow has been paralyzed from the neck down since birth, but despite his challenges he has done amazing things in his life including creating multi-million dollar businesses.


Linked below is one of the most inspiring interviews I’ve listened to. Entrepreneur, author, and podcast show host James Altucher interviews Jon Morrow who has been paralyzed from the neck down since birth, but despite his challenges he has done amazing things in his life including creating multi-million dollar businesses.

I cried several times as I listened to this podcast interview late one evening earlier this week while I was laying in my bed in the dark, in my attempt to sleep. Jon Morrow is such an inspiration.

When he was a very little boy, he almost died a number of times because his disease caused him to get pneumonia, and because his lungs were so weak, his mother would push down hard on his chest to get the mucous out of his lungs so he could breathe and survive. However, by doing this, young Jon was in great pain because his ribs got fractured by his mothers’ pressure.

At [26:25] of the interview,  Jon stated: “When I got into kindergarten, another kid called me disabled, and I said, ‘What does that mean?’ And, he started laughing.” Jon’s teacher came over and said, “You don’t know what that means?” He didn’t. So he asked his mom. She thought about it and said, “It means you can’t do something as well as someone else. But it also goes the other way.” She said, “Everyone in the world can’t do something as well as someone else…” So everyone in a sense is disabled. Jon took inventory of his skills. Then he mastered them.

Later, Jon almost died from a multi-vehicle accident. He went through a lot of pain and surgeries. In another bad turn of events, Jon had been successfully raising multi-millions of dollars for his father’s development company but the company went down after the 2008 market crash and at that time, to make it worse, his mother lost her job. Despite these challenges, he went to Mexico where he could get better healthcare than the United States and spent long hours day after day in developing his online training and education companies in regards to finance, writing techniques, blogging, online web development, online marketing, etc. With great effort and perseverance, in combination with his prior years of work and blogging, Jon mixed his various skills and experiences to successfully launch his companies.

James Altucher Interview of Jon Morrow

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Jon Morrow and James Altucher

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My Papaya and I


Huge papaya from my dad’s home garden in Pearl City, Hawaii on June 11, 2017. 

#papaya #papayas #fruit #fruits #garden #gardens #gardening #homegarden #homegardens #homegardening #backyard #hawaii #oahu #pearlcity

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Local Boy From Hawaii


Lucky to be a local boy from Hawaii! Grassroots, Hawaiian style. My friends who got to live with me at my place know.

#hawaii #oahu #waikele #localboy #hawaiianstyle #grassroots #gratitude #mindfulness #aloha

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Inner Peace = World Peace


Do whatever it takes to have that inner peace: sleep, meditation, self-reflection, exercise, nutritious food, vitamins, nature, ocean therapy, sunlight, aroma therapy, mindfulness, gratitude, forgiveness, goal planning, learning, reading, writing, art, music, movies, massage, hugs, time with loved ones, helping others, and anything that makes you feel good! If all of us are at peace, the world will be at peace! 

#peace #innerpeace #worldpeace #love #compassion #empathy #sleep #meditation #selfreflection #exercise #food #vitamins #nature #oceantherapy #sunlight #aromatherapy #mindfulness #gratitude #forgivenes #goals #reading #writing #art #music #movies #massage #hugs #lovedones #helping

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Exercise and Ocean Therapy Reduces Stress and Anxiety


Here’s a picture from my short 2.77 mile run along the coast of Ko’olina on 5/15/2017. After my run, I swam the length of Lagoon 4 six times. Exercise and being in and near the ocean is helpful in alleviating stress and anxiety. I’m grateful to live in Hawaii. 

#koolina #koolinabeach #disneyaulani #hawaii #oahu #oahuhawaii #running #run #swim #swimming #exercise #health #oceantherapy #therapy #stress #stressrelief #anxiety #anxietyrelief #innerpeace #peace #mind #body #soul #gratitude #mindfulness 

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The light is so much brighter when we’re in the dark.


The light is so much brighter when we’re in the dark. For it is darkness that makes us appreciate the light. – Jon Riki Karamatsu, 2/20/2017 – 

#thoughts #quotes #quote #poems #poem #poetry #mindfulness #mindful #gratitude #writing #writings #creativewriting #darkness #light #jonrikikaramatsu #jonriki 

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We too must strive to become a Buddha.


One of my influencers, Shakyamuni Buddha, a human who chose the path of love and compassion, and one of the greatest teachers of self-development who wanted all of us to be happy and peaceful as we face our difficult feelings of sadness, fear, and anger. Gratitude, mindfulness, empathy, and compassion can quell the dark side in all of us and bring out the light. We too must strive to become a Buddha. #buddha #siddarthagautama #siddartha #siddarthabuddha #shakyamuni #shakyamunibuddha #peace #innerpeace #love #compassion #gratitude #mindfulness #empathy 

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