Frank Shankwitz: The Power of Positive Thinking

Try something different; there’s always a way to change something.

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Everyone faces hiccups and failures but it’s how you chose to handle those situations that will change the course of your life.

When presented with a negative, search for a way to change it to a positive. Find something about the situation that you can appreciate and avoid negative thoughts. You have to alternate your thought process and face your challenges in a different way. Approach every failure as a learning experience. This way of thinking will lead to positive actions and therefore positive outcomes.

We are a reflection of the people we surround ourselves with so it’s also important to find positive people to be a part of your circle. There are many different ways to solve a problem and many different paths to get to the same place. Be open-minded and embrace the ideas of your peers. Don’t be afraid to try multiple methods and filter them out until you find a solution that works best for you.

To talk about his path to positivity, I’ve brought on Frank Shankwitz.

Frank Shankwitz is the co-founder of Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. He has received the President’s Call to Service Award, the Making a Difference in the World, the Making a World of Difference and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Awards. He has also co-authored the book “Once Upon a Wish” with Rachelle Sparks. In 2019, a biographical film titled “Wish Man” was released, telling the story of Shankwitz, his life and his foundation. Frank continues to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a Wish Ambassador and keynote speaker across the United States.

In this episode, Frank challenges us to change the way we approach negative situations in our lives. If you can surround yourself with a positive circle of people, and push yourself to view every failure in a positive way, you will find yourself with more happiness and success. 

Learn how to live a more positive life, by downloading this episode now. 

“It’s gonna be tough but don’t give up. Keep looking, keep digging.” 

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  • Turn the negatives in your life into positives and learn to appreciate them.
  • Avoid the negative people in your life and surround yourself with people that inspire you to be positive.
  • Try a different approach, there is always a way to change the outcome.
  • Be open to new ideas, then filter out what works for you and what doesn’t.
  • Connect with your audience by having conversations and truly listening to what they have to say.
  • See your failures as learning experiences.

“Be a hero in somebody’s life.”

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Make-A-Wish Foundation 

Wish Man (2019)