Risk Taking with Darla Shaw

This week’s theme: Risk Taking

Our guest expert says, “The best thing I ever did was take a risk.” In a world where most people try to fit in, there are some who are happy being themselves and embracing risk-taking.  They know not every risk pays off, but they’ve learned from each experience, meeting new people and gaining skills along the way. While some lack passion or direction, constantly doubting themselves over small things, others see each day as a chance to start anew, to find themselves and what truly matters to them.

From Fear to Fire: Secrets to Overcome Fear, Embrace your Gifts and Achieve Success

This is the place where real people share real challenges. Where you can find a common bond and uncommon wisdom through their stories. Use tips from the breakthroughs of others to jump start your success. Speaker, author, adventurer, and host Heather Hansen O’Neill takes you on the journey from fear to fire.  Today we talk about the essence of embracing risk-taking for personal growth and self-discovery.

Darla Shaw

Darla, an 86-year-old motivational speaker, has survived three bouts of rare nasal cancer and has served on cancer panels, worked with individual patients and wrote articles for cancer magazines.

She has been an administrator and teacher in the Ridgefield, CT School System for 38 years and later became a full professor of literacy and women’s studies at Western Ct. State University.

Darla has volunteered at various organizations and has written for regular publications and performed as a storyteller. She has also been involved in various dance groups, played in steel drum bands, and speed skated.

In her 70s, she began writing plays and initiated various programs for the town. Darla has been on the Phil Donahue Show, been in the documentary A Different Drummer, and will be in a documentary about the history of great hymns.

In spite of her handicaps, she keeps going and tries her best to inspire others in her age group. No one is going to count her out until the very end. As long as she has something to give, she will keep on giving.

Connect with Darla:

Facebook: Darla Shaw

Quote of the Day:

“As long as I have something to give, I will keep on giving.” ~Darla Shaw


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