Overcoming Tragedy to Serve Others with Matt Manzari
Chasing Independence: From Podiums to Prosperity
Drop everything and check out this special episode of Chasing Independence with pro wakeskater Matt Manzari! Matt's ability to take his experiences and help others makes this episode one of our most inspirational yet. At a young age, Matt went pro in wakeskating, giving him the opportunity to travel the world, compete and learn the ins and outs of the industry's business. He was truly living the pro action sports athletes dream. Matt breaks down how his outlook on life changed and the near-death tragedies he endured before being able to return to his calling. A man who not only has a passion to serve but Matt says the dearest things to him in life are his faith, family and friends. I hope you all enjoy this rockstar episode with Matt Manzari! Visit Beyond The Burn Follow Matt Manzari Matt's Book Recommendations: 1. How to Win Friends & Influence People 2. Love Does: Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World3. Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People ______________________________________ Episode Sponsors: Go-Cord: Wear Your Phone. The smartphone case that helps you juggle more and worry less. Use code "GoChase" for 20% Off the online store.GLOBHE: Crowddroning by Globhe is helping people and the plant through drones. Sign up to fly with Globe as a pilot and make money through their gig economy platform. ______________________________________Visit Kanga Marketing Online Kanga In This Together Giveaway WIN $15,000 For Your Small Business Subscribe Chasing Indepence YouTube Follow Chasing Independence Facebook Follow Kanga Marketing Follow Chase Sellmeyer
Miracle Matt Manzari is Dano’s guest on episode 87 of the podcast. Matt persevered through some heavy times over the last six years. Dano and Matt discuss his pre-pro days, Cassette Wakeskates, Gator Boards, Randall Harris and more. He also talks about his two injuries and his road to being here today.
"Don't forget what you learned in the light." Matt Manzari was a professional athlete sponsored by NIKE and traveling the world all by the age of 15. It seemed like everything was going according to plan and he had his path laid out before him. Until Matt felt a calling to ministry and suffered a horrible accident while competing. But his biggest challenge still laid ahead of him. While trimming trees at a church, a power line arched over the metal bucket Matt was working in, sending 12,000 volts of electricity through his body. The electricity caused 4th and 5th-degree burns, which melted the skin off of most of his chest and arms. The burn went deep enough to kill muscle and bone. Yet, Matt is a survivor. He teaches us that at the top, it can still feel empty and through tragedy, we can find salvation. Today, Matt joins us to share his story of faith, family, struggles and going all in on life. SHOW NOTES: Matt has two kids, Justice & Trig and wife Bobby Jean. He went to University in Tennessee to become a Minister. He is currently working on a book. The working title is, "Unfair God." "If we would just look beyond our walls, we would see the creator of it all. You." "We create walls around us and we can't see beyond them. We build walls for many reasons, mostly fear. Beyond the Burn. Everybody is broken. Everyone is facing challenges. Look beyond our walls." Doctors told Matt that the amount of electricity that went through him was equivalent to being strapped to 6 electric chairs. "We live in a broken world, but one day we will have salvation." Matt encourages people to start "choosing to be more than anyone else is telling you is possible." MATT MANZARI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell & Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill. 2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I love digging wells. I work with World Vision. I'd give some to them. Buy a classic truck. Lastly, I've always wanted to build a rehab center. Lost my leg but gained my life. 3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My first reaction would be "let it burn." After that...my dad's tools. 4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Anne Frank. "How did she do it?" 5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The difference between good and great isn't much. But there is a difference. Also, "find out what it is in this world that breaks your heart and spend the rest of your life trying to fix that." 6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Remember when we were little kids and you would hear something in the room and go flip the lights on and see that everything is fine and there's nothing there. Then you turn the light off and get back into bed. Pretty soon your mind starts playing tricks on you again. In the darkness you forget what you learned in the light. What's planned is bigger than you can imagine, so just hold on. 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Matt went all in. *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast wherever you get your podcasts. I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired. Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning