If you’re like us, you would probably not believe that real talent spawned from the reality show “Dance Moms”. But in Sia’s new Chandelier music video (which she directed alongside Daniel Askill), Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms lays down some serious performance skills. All we have to say is, “Respect”.
It was only about a month ago that I first watched this video about former NFL star Steve Gleason and ALS. Admittedly, I didn’t know anything about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Even though I wish I hadn’t been so ignorant, I believe that taking a few minutes to watch the following videos sparked an “aha” moment which I am incredibly thankful for. If you knew about the Ice Bucket Challenge but didn’t know these stories – perhaps they will ignite an “aha” moment within you as well.
I was blown away by several things about Gleason’s story. Here are a few:
1. Gleason is a hero. (I wish people like him got as much attention as the Kardashians…*sigh*) His strength and perseverance amongst everything he has dealt with (imagine the unthinkable: being totally normal mentally and your body the complete opposite) is remarkable. The awareness and progress he and his family have started around ALS make him a very influential leader. Without being able to move his limbs or even his lips, he is creating influence all around him. How incredible is that? I believe it’s remarkable.
I try to remember his story whenever I think I’m having a hard day. It’s enough to make you want to smack yourself, isn’t it? Not only is Gleason a hero, but why hadn’t I heard his story? When I heard the viral challenge was about ALS, I couldn’t help thinking about that day I first began to understand ALS. I had heard about Lou Gehrig’s Disease as it had affected a great friend of mine’s father. For some reason this YouTube video brought it home for me. It’s heartbreaking, yet inspiring and created a great impact for me. The day I watched this video I empathized with anyone dealing with ALS or who is close to someone living with it. I hope it inspires you to take action. After all, that’s what influences are – people, moments or ideas that provoke us to take action.
2. Gleason’s family – particularly his wife. The way she unwaveringly supports him, cares for him and the way they encourage and love each other? Now THAT is true love and I hope someday I find someone who loves me that much, don’t you?
3. Technology. Can you believe what is possible? It’s truly unbelievable. Watch below to see what Microsoft has been doing long before Bill Gates was dumping freezing water on himself with a custom made IBC contraption.
And to answer your question on whether the Ice Bucket Challenge is bringing in money for ALS research? Sounds like yes, it is!
That’s the kind of viral social media we at Influences hope to see more and more of today and in the future.
Will you be taking the ice bucket challenge?!
And more importantly, will you donate to ALS or Steve Gleason’s Foundation?
You bet your hard nipples we did!
Finally, if you find the ice bucket challenge inspiring or Steve Gleason’s – watch these two videos about baseball legend, Lou Gehrig.
Tommy Reynolds and Haley May first met when Reynolds started his bootstrapped fitness coaching business in San Diego, but what developed over time may surprise you.
Reynolds and May now own the thriving Hardcore Fitness SD gym located on Morena Blvd. The story of how they built their business from the ground up and continue to inspire their clients and each other is truly remarkable.
Read this note Haley leaves for Tommy at 5am before leg day:
If two business partners can inspire each other like this – imagine what they do for their clients every day.
Keeping a fitness routine can be a challenge, but it seems fitness professionals, like Tommy Reynolds and Haley May, have figured out how to make fitness and health sustainable. Their secret lies in their perseverance and strength but perhaps most importantly in developing an uplifting fitness community in San Diego. People are not only getting fit at Hardcore SD’s gym – they are finding the support they need to accomplish absolutely anything.
If living a long, healthy life is also on your to-do list, but you don’t know how to start – my advice would be to start spending time with people like Haley and Tommy.
If you’ve never taken a class with these two – here’s a link to a free five day workout pass.
Follow these two on Instagram and stalk their inspired minds, I don’t think they’ll mind.
Damian Aspinall is an English conservationist who raised a zoo-bred Lowland Gorilla, “Kwibi,” as if he was his own son. Kwibi was eventually released into the jungles of Gabon when he was just 5-years-old in 2005. After five years, Aspinall decided to track down Kwibi in 2010 and thankfully decided to record the encounter. This amazing video is the most unforgettable and heartwarming reunion between a gorilla and the man who raised him.
Aspinall says he didn’t really expect Kwibi to remember him… but what happens next is unreal.
NIKE Jordan released a new, star-studded viral hit on Monday to pay homage to Derek Jeter, one of the company’s longest sponsored professional athletes.
Titled “RE2PECT,” everyone from Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan to Jay Z and Billy Crystal show their respect by tipping their hats to the baseball legend.
Jeter became the first Jordan Brand-endorsed baseball player after signing with the company in 1999. He has 12 signature cleats to his name—more shoes than any other athlete besides Jordan.
Have you ever been inspired by an athlete like Jeter? Who was it?
Shot in the head on the school bus all because she stood up for a girl’s right to education.
If you don’t know Malala, it’s about time you meet her.
She’s not only an inspiration, she’s a hero.
When I try to explain my strategy when it comes to video marketing, I always refer people back to this video.
Spike Jones, CEO at Vice.com is at the forefront of a new age in online publishing, video production and advertising.
Listen carefully, if what he says syncs in, you may have a whole new outlook on how important video marketing and engagement really is.