The Life Of A Fighter-Sam Berns.

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Sampson Gordon “Sam” Berns was an American boy who suffered from progeria and helped raise awareness about the disease. Born on October 23, 1996 and died on January 10, 2014. He was the subject of the HBO documentary Life According to Sam, which was first screened in January 2013. He died one year later, after appearing in a TEDx Talks video titled “My philosophy for a happy life. His parents, Scott Berns and Leslie Gordon, both pediatricians, received their son’s diagnosis when he was less than two years of age. Coarsely a year later, they established the Progeria Research Foundation in an exertion to increase awareness of the condition, to promote research into the underlying causes of and possible treatments for the disease, and to offer resources for the support of sufferers and their families.

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Honors

Boston Bruins

On November 9, 2013, the Boston Bruins welcomed Berns to drop the ceremonial first puck for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He helped host Progeria Awareness Night at the TD Garden in Boston, dropping the ceremonial puck, serving as Assistant Equipment Manager for the team, and watching their warm ups from the team’s bench. Berns and Zdeno Chára, the Bruins captain, had been strong friends since 2006, when Berns attended a Bruins game and met Chára afterwards. Chára had scored in that game and Berns blurted out “You’re the hero!” Chára responded: “No, no, you’re my hero, our hero.”

Before the puck dropped on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the Bruins honored their special friend, Sam Berns, with a moment of silence and video tribute.

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New England Patriots

The plan was that Berns was going to be an honorary captain when the New England Patriots hosted the Indianapolis Colts in a divisional playoff game in January 2014.

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement on the news of the passing of Berns.

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                       His Philosophy Of A Happy Life

 

(1) “Be OK with what you ultimately can’t do, because there is so much you CAN do.
 Sam said he is very much aware of the things he can’t do, like ride a roller coaster, but instead of focusing on that he instead focuses on the things he can do, and the things he is passionate about. Sam said you can put somethings that were impossible or out of reach before in the “can-do category” by making adjustments. To illustrate this point with an example he plays a clip of himself with the marching band, the story he opened with, which further illuminates his theme or his core message.

(2) “Surround yourself with people you want to be around.” Sam talked about the importance of having high-quality people and great friends in your life, and a close family. “We see each other for who we are on the inside,” Sam said of his friends and loved ones. You can see Sam gets choked up when talking about how the relationships in his life supersedes even all the other positive aspects of his life. Our friends, our families, our communities, Sam said, are really the things that can make a huge difference in our lives.

(3) Keep moving forward. Here Sam quotes Walt Disney: “Around here…we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things.” Sam said he was able to get through difficult times by always having something in the future to look forward to, even if it was just a small thing like a new comic book or a football game. “This mentality includes staying in a forward-thinking state of mind. I try hard not to waste energy feeling badly about myself, Sam said, because when I do I get stuck in a paradox where there is no room for happiness or any other emotion.”

Sam was so positive and so optimistic about his future. “No matter what I choose to become, I believe I can change the world. And as I am striving to change the world, I will be happy.” He showed a clip from the film which he said embodied his philosophy. Even though he had change in four years, he said, his philosophy had not. Sam told a story at the end of being very sick. It was a time he had to use all his strength and put his philosophy to the challenge. It was the three keys above that saw him through the roughest times, he said. “Being brave isn’t supposed to be easy,” Sam said. “But it’s the key to moving forward.”

“Being brave isn’t supposed to be easy, but it’s the key to moving forward.”

Sam’s talk is a beautiful thing. It is positive, authentic, and from the heart. His presentation is a wonderful contribution that is continuing to touch people, and inspire them to live life as fully as they can.

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                       A Word From Me.

Life as we all know, is full of uncertainties. In our walks of life, we come across many people who tend to under-estimate the less privileged around them. But have you for once sat yourself down and examined, what gives your life a meaning? Well, it doesn’t matter your looks, how you perceive yourself to be and even your family background, whether you are disabled or not. Just understand that “Disability is not Inability” what matters is, you have a lot to bless the world with; the hidden potentials stacked inside of you. Never in your life, allow the opinions of critics or even the influences from friends, drown out your inner voice. After reading the story of Sam Berns, I realized that, irrespective of who you think you are and where you originate from, there’s so much responsibility to live for; you can make it, regardless of the perception people have about you. Live a happy Life. Success Awaits Us All.

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The Midas Touch!

“Your Ability to make it in life, depends on your ability to sell”

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 So then how can one be successful in life? Is it by hard work and determination? Well, I think every successful person we see out there, has his/her own story to tell the world. The struggles and challenges they faced on their journey to be successful. Most of the great men we see out there, were once nobody. So then you ask yourself, how were they able to make it to the Apex. How did it all happen? Growing up, I had this perception of myself; thinking whether I was ever going to make it big someday. Until one day, I came to the realization that, achieving ones dream in life doesn’t come on a silver platter, it takes perseverance, hard work and determination. In order for one to get to the highest pedestal in life, requires bravery, the strength to stand firm when all hell is breaking loose. And yes, school will always be the first option on the list of every parent; but have you for once, asked yourself, how many unemployed graduates we have currently in our country as a whole? Well, I’m not trying to dispute the fact that education is very important in our everyday lives. I’m for Education not against; but there are certain issues that has gone undisclosed in the country.

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To be educated means, having had a good training; being knowledgeable and refined in judgment. But today, every other person can say to himself “I’m Educated” but lacks the necessary skills to be successful and make life worth living. What we need to understand is that, our success in life is not only based on our educational background but also our God-given gifts/talents. Using what you have to get what you want in life. Gifts are the most essential qualities to be possessed by a person. We must learn to make use of the gifts we have in every aspect of our lives. Your ability to get the climax, depends on your zeal towards the work you do, regardless of the type; you will surely achieve your dreams. Although it will not come as easy as you may need it but there is a likelihood that it will definitely come to pass. You can be a Salesman, Teacher etc. and be successful. Irrespective of the job you do, never under-estimate yourself. Comparing yourself to other people’s level of success, will rather make you stressful. And stress, is being here but wanting to be there. I know it’s nerve-racking to see the people you grew up with, get to the highest pedestal, but it’s never the end. Get the right ideas, set your paths right, never reject small beginnings. Whatever it is that you have in mind to do, do it; forget about what people will say. An American Information technology Entrepreneur and Inventor, Steve Jobs, in one of his Quotes said “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice”. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Your ability to sell, paves way for you to become who you were meant to be; the best you. Stay focus, never rely on your weakness. Money as some people may say” Is the root of all evil”. Most people tend to use the narrow road to get what they want; the shortcuts in life, but the issue here is that, whatever it is that you have now, which is not from the Lord, will always be temporal. And indeed, there will always be an alternative to every problem at hand. The youth of today have forgone the word” Hard work” and have embraced the word “Quickie” just to live a life pleasing to the people around them; most especially, friends. Well, I’m not trying to be so perfect and judgmental here; just bear with me. Attaining the maximum level of success in life, entails a lot; each and every one of us, is bound to face challenges; irrespective of who we are and where we originated from. There is always a “First time” in every “I made it”. Strive for success. No matter the type of work you do for a living, you need to have the zeal and strong ability to sell whatever it is that you are engaged in; be it, street hawking etc. Being an Entrepreneur means undertaking personal financial risk; and it entails a lot. You are certain to face challenges in the business where there is no partnership. You tend to take decisions and face losses alone. There so many business risk that every other businesses are meant to deal with but in all, we have to make use of our Entrepreneurial skills to eliminate any future risk. Your aptitude to reach set target in your business depends on your aptitude to sell what you do.

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Finally, love what you do because the only way to do great work is to love what you do. Live a happy life. Have the “Midas Touch”. You Can. You Will. Make It Happen.