International speaker, certified pilot, scuba diver, black belt in Tae Kwon Do and casual piano player, Jessica Cox eliminated “I CAN’T” from her vocabulary years ago. But what may impress you more is watching Jessica, who happened to be born without arms, put in her contacts or open a can of soda. She discusses utilizing challenges as opportunities of growth while living in a world that does not cater to the “disadvantaged.” Initially afraid of flying, Jessica has a good sense of humor when piloting a plane, and wearing her favorite shirt that reads, “Look mom…no hands!” Like many young children, Jessica struggled with fitting in, but brings a new perspective to the idea of conformity. Learn her mindset on avoiding pity, victimization and overcoming any obstacle life puts in front of you.
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At 9 years of age, Jack Garcia’s parents fled Castro’s communist regime in Cuba to find a new life in the United States. Though NOT Italian, Jack was able to convince the Gambino crime family of the American Mafia in New York that he was Italian. Regarded as one of the most successful under-cover FBI agents, his near 3-year stint as a mobster led to the arrest and conviction of 32 Gambino family members. With a half of a dozen simultaneous identities while working several overlapping cases, even his daughter wasn’t sure of his real name. Just days before becoming a “Made Man,” the bureau unexpectedly pulled him from the case. In this discussion, I spend a little time in mob school with Jack and earn my mob name.