Guest Speaker for Episode#80 Becky Olson
Today we will be speaking to Becky Olson about how to redefine your purpose and ensure you are really walking through life doing what you love to do! She will be giving us some great tips on how to make sure you are aligned with what you’re doing!
In 1996, at age 43, Becky went back to school while working a full-time job, to get her college degree. Three months later she was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. She was given a 60% chance to survive past five years. She always jokes that she is thankful her doctors were wrong because it took her SEVEN years to graduate. She graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in Communications from Marylhurst University. In 2004, one year after graduation, she was diagnosed again. In 2009, she was diagnosed AGAIN. This time it was labeled as consistent with metastatic disease.
In 2000, Becky co-founded Breast Friends, an Oregon based organization dedicated to helping women survive the trauma of cancer. (www.breastfriends.org). She is also author of, “The Hat that Saved My Life.”
Becky’s background was in corporate sales where she spent many years selling advertising for a multi-billion dollar company. In June of 2005, Becky walked away from her high paying, but high-stress job as a sales manager and was finally able to focus full-time on her breast cancer organization and her speaking career. “I’ve never looked back,” says Becky.
“Becky’s story has been written up in the Oregonian Newspaper, Woman’s World Magazine, and several national Breast Cancer Magazines. Becky has been interviewed twice on a global Christian Radio program, global Christian satellite television and has appeared several times on AM Northwest (local Oregon program). She has been quoted in several books about breast cancer and is a contributing author to “Wise Women Speak,” and, “How We Became Breast Cancer Thrivers.”
She has received numerous awards for her work including the Toastmaster’s International Communication and Leadership award, The Susan G. Komen/BMW North America “Local Hero” award, the 2009 national “Pink Power Mom” by Bright Starts, an award granted to eight women around the country for their work in supporting women with breast cancer. In 2011 Becky received the Bank of America Local Hero Award in Portland, OR.
As of today, Becky has remained in remission and continues to share her message of hope and inspiration through humor and storytelling. She has been married to Bill for 34 years, has five children and four grandchildren. As a professional keynote speaker, Becky travels all over the country sharing her story.
(Digital photos are available on request – Becky is also available to do promotional interviews on TV and radio or newspapers if scheduling allows)”
My Favorite Points of the Episode:
- Step 1: Find and discover your legacy
- Step 2: Make a list of all of the things you’re gifted at, your given talent and skill!
- Step 3: What is your cause and passion?
- Step 4: Combine step 2 and 3
- It’s not the big things we do but small acts of kindness!
- One book that you’ve read that had a massive impact on your life that you would recommend? The Bible
- How do we stay connected and support you? Beckyolson.com , Breastfriends.org and on Facebook @Beckyolsonspeaks
If you know anybody that would benefit from this episode please share it with them and help spread the knowledge and motivation.