BOOK TRAILER FOR “MAJOR DREAM” BY JIN ROBERTSON
Today, the third day of a three-day seminar entitled “The Language of Impact,” in Los Angeles, I saw two of the one hundred twenty attendees talking to each other during a break. I walked up to Jin Robertson and Jorg Winterlach and said, “Excuse me, I just want to say that you both are amazing. You inspire me.” As the three of us talked for the next few minutes, I was thinking how incredible it was that our lives—Jin lives in South Korea, Jorg lives in Germany, and I live in California—had intersected at that moment in time.
Jin had come to America at age twenty-two in response to a South Korean newspaper ad looking for a housemaid. She had a one-way ticket, a hundred dollars, and very little English. Six years later, to escape her husband’s abuse, she entered the U.S. Army, where she rose to a rank of Major. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in International Relations History from Harvard. Her daughter followed in her footsteps, earning a Harvard degree and then entering the U.S. Army; she is now a Major serving in Pakistan. Jin is now Korea’s most popular motivational speaker, and her book, Major Dream: From Immigrant Housemaid to Harvard Ph.D., has sold more than half a million copies and prevented numerous suicides in Korea.
Jorg grew up in East Berlin under communism, forced to join the German army. He was eighteen when the Berlin Wall fell. Free to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams, he built a software company catering to the real estate market. He sold the company and gained financial freedom before he was forty. Now he invests in real estate in Germany and shares his investment strategy in seminars.
Jin and Jorg weren’t the only amazing people at the seminar. There was a woman from Eastern Europe who was granted a full scholarship to USC, where she earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology. And Joe, a former General in the U.S. Air Force who is now at Lockheed Martin working on revolutionary new technology that will better protect soldiers from IEDs. And Sir Ken Robinson, whose talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity,” is the most watched video in TED’s history. There was Risa Kaparo, who earned a Ph.D. in Psychotherapy at twenty-three after being told at eighteen that an accident had doomed her to a lifetime of permanent, intense pain. She healed herself and now heals others through her practice of Somatic Learning. And Steven Bishop, who ten years ago was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and given two to five years to live. Today, he is surprisingly healthy and marketing the product that he credits with saving his life. (See Steven and his family on the cover of Parade magazine below.) And, of course, there was the brilliant and dynamic seminar leader, Joel Roberts, who logged more than five thousand hours as a prime-time radio talk show host at KABC in Los Angeles, the #1 radio market in the world.
As I was meeting and talking to these amazing people, I was sheepishly thinking that my biggest concern growing up was completing my baseball card set from that year. I can’t even begin to imagine such lives of hardship and challenge, much less heroically answering those challenges and achieving greatness. After four days away from Encinitas, I returned home tonight a little wiser, a lot humbler, and very much inspired.
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
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Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
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