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I sit down with Dr. David Blanding, an Associate Professor of the Practice of International and Public Affairs at Brown University's Watson Institute of International Affairs.
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Ever wished you could sit down with someone who's faced incredible adversity, charted their own path, and emerged victorious, all the while remaining grounded and genuine? Well, this episode is your golden ticket! We're privileged to host David Blanding, a living testament of resilience and perseverance, who rose from the South Bronx to become an associate professor at Brown University.
David's story is one for the books - indomitable spirit, gritty resolve, and an unwavering belief in the power of education. He takes us through his life's poignant journey, from bouncing between Brooklyn and the Bronx, to a scholarship at a 'brand name' college and eventually taking a leap of faith into academia. This episode doesn’t just stop there - David gives us a rare glimpse into his financial struggles, the impact of personal losses, and how he navigated these choppy waters while ensuring his younger brother's well-being. It's a tale that's sure to inspire, but also makes you pause and question your own definitions of success.
As though his story weren't captivating enough, David shares pearls of wisdom on a myriad of topics - from the value of life experiences before grad school, to overcoming survivor's guilt, and shifting mindsets to achieve an abundance mentality. A special shoutout to those interested in academia - David provides unique insights on internships, research experience, and leadership positions that are gold dust! Tune in, and let this be your spark of inspiration and a testament to what's possible when determination meets opportunity.