Meet My Friend Joe
Ever since I started down the path of personal growth and self-discovery, I’ve met some amazing people along the way. My fellow Ippies (Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainers) immediately come to mind, along with other folks who strive to make a difference in this world. Earlier this year I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Joe Bradshaw at a public reading for the DiverseCity Writing Series sponsored by Salt Lake Community College.
Joe is one of those guys who, once you start talking to him, makes an immediate impression.
He has a calm, reassuring demeanor about him, and when he speaks, his words are measured and deliberate. He is as real and down to earth as you can get. He is an artist, a writer, a thinker, a coach, and an all-around renaissance kind of guy. Joe is totally laid back, but his easy-going personality hides a side that totally resonates with me. It turns out he is as passionate about positive change as I am.
My friend’s journey of transformation started some time ago, but he remains as passionate about change today as the day he first started on his adventure. Last week we got together and we talked about our approaches to spreading the message of joy, passion, and fun. Whereas Joe has a more laid-back, easy-going approach to teaching, I’m more of a gung-ho, “Whoo hoooo!” type. It’s a good thing, too, because we both recognize that the diversity of teaching styles is needed to match the diversity of personalities out there.
It’s a common saying in personal growth circles that there are people only you can reach. Although it sounds somewhat cliché, the truth behind that statement is undeniable. Would I like to personally reach every single human being with the message of passion, joy, and fun? Absolutely! But I also recognize that my style of teaching isn’t right for everyone. Heck, there are people in my very own family I can’t reach (but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna give up trying!) That’s where colleagues and friends like Joe come in. If there are folks I can’t reach, I’m happy to send them his way. It’s what we do to make sure that we reach as many people as we can.
As long as I’m throwing around sayings, here’s another; For everything, a season. In the case of spreading the message of positive change (which includes passion, joy, and fun), my version of that saying is, “For every student, a teacher.”
I’m honored to call Joe my friend. I love his insights, I love his calm, reassuring manner, and I love hanging out with him. Check out his blog, I Am For Change, by clicking on the hyperlink. I’m sure you’ll find his insights, observations, and Joe as fascinating as I do.
About the Author
Appio Hunter is an author, speaker, spiritual guide, and a guy dedicated to raising our collective EQ. He uses his seminars and workshops to facilitate conversations about authenticity, alignment, awareness, and the experience of community, connection, and joy. Appio is also a weekly columnist with The Good Men Project and co-host of the Real Men Feel Show along with his good friend Andy Grant.