What makes people resilient? What can we learn from them to build a positive mindset?
Toronto resident Janet Fanaki started the podcast RESILIENT PEOPLE to surround herself with regular resilient people and to inspire others too.
She lost her 51 year old husband Adam to glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, in February 2020.
During his treatments at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, she spent a lot of time people watching. She wondered what makes some people strong in the face of adversity while making others cower.
In 2018 she created RESILIENT PEOPLE as a blog and recently launched a podcast to share her conversations with folks from around the world who are admired for their resilience. Her guests have overcome a major life challenge and found a purpose by creating something to help others be resilient too.
Janet admits to not being a professional researcher but considers herself a Resilience Explorer. From her conversations over the last few years, she determines that some common traits between resilient people are their commitment to physical activity, socializing and volunteer engagement.
Guests have included: Terrence Rodriguez, a transgender man from Rexdale who spent much of his younger days in isolation and then started REX Pride to build a community for LGBTQ+ youth; Jason Fiorotto who lost his wife to breast cancer and then established a fundraiser to bring comfort to cancer patients; and crash survivor Dawne McKay who built an online community for fellow accident and crash victims through The Crash Support Network.
Each interview is unique, inspiring and relatable. They are like many people you already know but their perspective is different.
“I’m doing this for the people who I met on my own journey who said that they could never do it,” says Janet Fanaki. “The truth is, you don’t know what you’re capable of doing until you HAVE to do it.”
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Find the RESILIENT PEOPLE podcast and more information at www.resilientpeople.ca
To contact Janet Fanaki, Creator and Host of the RESILIENT PEOPLE podcast and website, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Episodes can be found on all platforms and https://resilient-people.simplecast.com/