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DN 243 – Ryan Neiswender: Find the Differentiator, Achieve Your Full Potential


Here’s a snapshot of a few things we talked about…

  •         Introduction [00:00:00]
  •         Who is the Clark Kent, When it Comes to Ryan Neiswender? [00:01:58]
  •         What is Congenital dSMA and When was He Diagnosed with it? [00:03:58]
  •         When Did He Start Playing Sports? [00:05:49]
  •         What Helped Shape His Mindset that He Could Achieve Greatness in Life? [00:09:50]
  •         Wh Inspired Him to Believe in Himself? [00:11:59]
  •         When Did He Decide that He Wanted to Win Paralympics Gold Medal? [00:14:10]
  •         What Does Success Look Like in Paralympics Basketball? [00:17:59]
  •         What Does His Normal Work Out Routine Look Like? [00:20:22]
  •         What is His Mission in Life Now? [00:22:19]
  •         How to Find the Differentiator in Your Life [00:24:33]
  •         Where Does He Look For Inspiration? [00:26:30]
  •         How Life Changed for Him After Winning the Gold Medal? [00:31:26]
  •         One Thing He Wishes He Had Implemented Sooner to Accelerate His Journey? [00:39:46]
  •         Where to Find Ryan Neiswender [00:42:12]

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

In this episode, Casanova talks with Ryan Neiswender. He talks about being born with Congenital dSMA, his childhood, how he turned his disability into his superpower, how he developed the mindset and confidence in himself and his abilities, his journey to the Paralympics gold medal, and much more. Have a listen.

Key Quotes:

  •         “It wasn’t until I embraced, who I was to my fullest self and accepted the reality that, yeah, I have a disability, but that’s what makes me unique. That’s what makes me a differentiator compared to someone else, and that’s what people remember…”
  •         I think when I reflect on all of that, I say to myself, my superpower is my disability, it’s the differentiator, and when I finally embraced who I was, I was able to reach my untapped potential, to unlock that last third of my capabilities and really to thrive in any environment that I put myself in because I’m confident, I’m capable and I’m walking in with my full self.
  •         The first time I hopped in a wheelchair, it was like, my body could do what my mind had always been, always been telling me it wanted to do, and that word that comes to mind is freedom.
  •         When someone believes in you, you can do far more than you ever thought was possible.
  •         We need to realize as individuals is we can speak life into people. We can help people reach their untapped potential just by vocalizing something that you see in them, and I love that.
  •         We’re unique individuals, and so the person that puts limits or defines what we’re able to do is us.
  •         “Surround yourself with people that are further along the journey and learn from them and pick their brains and then figure out what’s best for you…”
  •         “It takes a level of humility to say I’m beat and I need help, and that’s a great characteristic that is transferable in corporate America as an entrepreneur in any facet of life…”
  •         “A curious mind and a humble heart that is going to allow you to go really far in life…”



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