Episode 108

Lisa Nichols

Choose to be Extraordinary (Part 2)

March 1, 2020

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Episode Overview

Part 1 of this episode can be found here: https://ndini.com/podcasts/107/

She’s one of the world’s most requested motivational speakers.  Her platform has reached more than 80 million people worldwide, and continues to grow.  She’s a bestselling author, and is CEO of a multi-million dollar publicly traded company.

It’s hard to believe that Lisa Nichols was once a struggling single mother living on public assistance.  It’s even harder to believe that this phenomenon who dazzles audiences on stages across the world was once told by a teacher to find a desk job and never speak on a public platform.

But all of this is part of Lisa’s story.  She is a testament to how courage and determination can literally change your life.

“My job is to show up and shine, and then to lend my light to whomever wants to sit and be touched by my light. And anytime I dim my light and dim my shine, I’m actually being more selfish than of service.” – Lisa Nichols

Lisa’s phenomenal story and life-changing message has seen her make appearances on The Oprah Show, The Today Show, The Dr. Phil Show, and The Steve Harvey Show – just to name a few. Lisa’s also made it her mission to impact the lives of teens. Through her non-profit foundation Motivating the Teen Spirit, she has touched the lives of over 270,000 teens.

Lisa has authored several books, including her two recent New York Times best-sellers, “Abundance Now” and “No Matter What”.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Motivating the Masses, Inc., Lisa has developed workshops and programs providing resources and tools for personal transformation, and encouraging others to share their message in a powerful and impactful way.

Lisa has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Humanitarian Award from South Africa, The Ambassador Award, and the LEGO Foundation‘s Heart of Learning Award.

As if that wasn’t enough, to honour this phenomenal woman, the City of Henderson, Nevada named November 20th Motivating the Teen Spirit Day.  The City of San Diego named April 25th Motivating the Masses Day, and the City of Houston, Texas named May 9th as Lisa Nichols Day for her dedication to service, philanthropy and healing.

This conversation was a long time coming, and Lisa did not disappoint. This interview was packed with inspiration, life lessons, powerful messages, an abundance of wisdom…and LOTS of EMOTION.

In Part 2 of this incredible conversation, we get to know Lisa even deeper as she shares some personal struggles that she had to overcome unseen by the public eye.

“I’m an ordinary woman who simply chooses to pick one or two or three extraordinary decisions to make each day. And if I make enough extraordinary decisions enough days in a row, then I create an extraordinary experience. If I create enough extraordinary experiences enough days in a row, then I might experience an extraordinary lifestyle.” – Lisa Nichols

what you’ll learn in this episode

  • Lisa’s upbringing and early life experiences
  • How going to school was like in her youth living in an LA neighborhood
  • How she found her gift when she was in school, despite lacking direction
  • The impact of believing the limitations that her school teachers set on her, and eventually overcoming them
  • The story of her middle name, and why she had only publicly revealed it 3 years ago
  • How felt early on that she was meant to inspire
  • How she appeals to a global audience, and to people of all walks of life
  • How her consistency and determination mattered more than being the best in many things
  • A revelation on why for 18 years she specifically chose to live in 2 storey houses (with a staircase)
  • The humbling story and struggle of her pregnancy and having her first child
  • Her journey from the lowest point of her life, to becoming a shining beacon of light to others
  • Why she contemplated having an abortion when she found out she was pregnant with her son Jelani
  • The humiliating moment when Lisa had to resort to applying for government assistance
  • The lasting impact that the Brady Bunch had on Lisa, and her dreams


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