E066: Maximizing Human Potential through the Power of Acknowledgement, with Helice ‘Sparky’ Bridges
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“Very few people know how to say things which are uplifting” – Helice ‘Sparky’ Bridges
Helice ‘Sparky’ Bridges, or the First Lady of Acknowledgement as she’s otherwise known as, has changed the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of people. She helps people by showing them that they are appreciated and building their self-esteem. Helice has a number of projects which she runs in her quest to show people how they are appreciated. In today’s show, Helice talks to Jacob about appreciation, her blue ribbon project, “Who I am makes a difference” and her latest project, “Ignite what’s right”.
“I don’t care if you’re a multi-billionaire or a mom or a janitor…the moment that a person is honored and acknowledged, they change and they feel as though their lives matter”– Helice ‘Sparky’ Bridges
Have you ever wondered what it is that really motivates people to do what they do? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is gratification. Helice ‘Sparky’ Bridges is on a personal quest to make as many people in the world feel appreciated as possible. Today Helice chats to Jacob about the value of showing your appreciation, how she is changing the world and her projects.
If you prefer to watch the discussion in action, here is my recorded interview with Helice ‘Sparky’ Bridges (please refresh your browser a few times if it isn’t loaded properly the first time):
In this interview you’ll learn
- 03’00” – About Helice
- 07’50” – What made Helice start to realize the importance of appreciation
- 10’30” – Helice’s 7 steps to change your life
- 16’03” – A remarkable story about Helice’s blue ribbon project
- 19’57” – About Helice’s ‘Ignite what’s right’ project
- 23’39” – How to get involved with Helice’s project
- 27’45” – Helice’s tips on how to get over depression
Written Podcast Transcription:
Introduction: Welcome to the Enchanting Lawyer Podcast. The show that walks you step by step to improving strategies you can use today to grow your business. We show you how being kind, useful and, of course, enchanting will bring you more clients and build a thriving community. Now here’s your host from sunny San Diego, Jacob Sapochnick.
Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Jacob Sapochnick with the Enchanting Lawyer podcast. This is a show where we interview the most inspiring entrepreneurs, business people, and just inspiring individuals from all over the world. They share their ideas with us and help us be better at what we do.
Every time that I get to interview somebody that is really, really exceptional and really special, first of all, I feel honored and then I feel a privilege and some sort of obligation to share what we’re going to be talking about with our special guest. Today we have one of those guests where—not only she have achieved so much in her life that we can all learn and aspire to but she’s also doing things that are helping change the world.
Today, I have on the show Helice ‘Sparky’ Bridges. I’m going to give a little intro about Helice and then we’ll hear from her. Her remarkable story in which she continues to do.
Helice ‘Sparky’ Bridges is The First Lady of Acknowledgment. She’s the founder of Difference Makers International, a non-profit organization that empowers kids to lead extraordinary lives – one kid, one community, and one nation at a time.
Sparky is the creator of the world-famous Who I am Makes a Difference Blue Ribbon, One-Minute 10-Step Blue Ribbon Ceremony, and Standing Strong Together community building youth program for teens and adults.
Sparky ignites the human spirit and brings out the greatness of all people. She has received recognition along with former first-lady Barbara Bush, Kareem Abdul Jabar, and Oliver Stone for her work in raising the self-esteem of children and adults.
Sparky’s signature Who I Am Makes a Difference Blue Ribbon story has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and made into a television movie, DVD, and YouTube video with over 3 million views in 3 months. Sparky continues to inspire and change the world and I’m honored and happy to have you here.
Hello Helice, how are you?
Helice: I’m grand, thank you for having me in this glorious day and honor your work actually. Fabulous work.
Jacob: Thank you so much. I appreciate it.
I believe that all of our listeners, our attorneys and professionals that do great work and I always like to include in my podcast not just how do we make more money, how do we use the best tools in building our practices. I think understanding why we do what we do, being inspired, I call this the enchanting way that we do work at our law firm and just being an attorney. It’s important to get inspired and reach beyond what we do on a daily basis and I think what you do is absolutely remarkable.
I wanted to maybe take a minute for you to tell us a bit about yourself. I know your story is very, very diverse but kind of briefly tell us where you started and why you do what you do.
Helice: First of all, I want you to know that I’m 73 years young now and I was 37 years old. An entrepreneur in real estate making millions of dollars, having the gorgeous home on the Pacific Ocean, mom of 2 pre-teen sons and married to an extraordinary businessman who was also a controlling godfather type; a very verbally abusive man. I was observing even though I was fantastic on the outside and well-respected in this business community. So I just want to frame that because when I discovered I actually was suicidal because of all of the damage he put down. Him always telling me that I was not pretty enough or not smart enough, whatever it was, it was diminishing to myself. My life went out. I just felt like I didn’t matter in the world.
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