Hi everyone! Welcome to High Five Success Stories. I’m very grateful to all of you who have decided to tune in!

My podcast began by focusing on the success and inspirational stories of women, but over the last few weeks, I decided it was time to evolve the podcast by having guest male appearances from time to time!

My very first male guest appearance is my friend Eddie DiDonato! Eddie is from Blue Bell, PA. He went to LaSalle High School and then Villanova for college, where he was a standout lacrosse player and captain both junior and senior year! After college, he settled in Philadelphia and landed a job in the insurance industry, living a very normal post-college grad life.

On January 17, 2010, he had a couple college friends in town—it was actually the weekend of the Villanova vs. Georgetown basketball game. Eddie and his friends went out for a normal night in Philadelphia. They had a lot of fun catching up and hanging out. That normal night suddenly took a drastic turn and Eddie found himself getting shot six times: one shot in the hand, one in the shoulder and four in the abdomen. Throughout our conversation, Eddie tells us about life prior to being shot, the story of being shot, the recovery stage, and what life is like today. Although this is a heavy story, Eddie does a great job keeping the conversation light-hearted.  He is incredibly positive, hard-working, and humble. He has an amazing perspective on life that will do nothing short but inspire you to become the best version of yourself and to always, always, always be grateful for each and every day. Eddie is currently living his best life in Philadelphia. He is a teacher at Prep Charter School where he not only teaches history but also lends a listening ear to his students to help them through life’s struggles. Hope you enjoy Eddie’s story as much as I did!

Resources

Books:

The Magic: 28 Days of Gratitude by Rhonda Byrne
Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Rise like the Phoenix by Thomas Connelly

 

Important Links:

Head Strong Lacrosse
Behati Life
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

Hi everyone! I am excited to post my interview with my friend, Ann Schwarz! Ann lives in Gladwyne, PA, is married, has two grown sons in their late 30s, and has a handful of super cute grandchildren. Ann is one of the most humble and wonderful human beings. She is retired now, but was a teacher for 50 years–40 of which were spent at the Gladwyne Montessori school, making her quite the legend in Gladwyne!

Throughout our conversation, Ann talks about her 50 rewarding and gratifying years of teaching. She has a tremendous amount of wisdom, allowing her to offer valuable pieces of advice on how to live a fulfilling life. Ann stresses the importance of faith, volunteering, and paying things forward.  My favorite quotes from her are “less is more” and “this life is not a dress rehearsal” and “the best gift you can give a child is time.” She also talks about life’s hurdles, such as when she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer 25 years ago, but by the grace of God, Ann was cured and got a 2nd chance at life! Lastly, Ann frequently refers to two of my past interviews: “Dealing with Adversity with Martie Gillin” and “Overcoming Addiction with Caroline Fenkel.” If you have a chance, definitely tune into Martie’s and Caroline’s interviews!