The Live2Lead live simulcast aired throughout the nation and the world for that matter is the brain-child of John Maxwell – a near septuagenarian pastor who has become a mega star motivational speaker and best-selling author. Maxwell was flanked at the worldwide simulcast by a talented coterie of speakers at Live2Lead including Valorie Burton – a celebrity life coach, who regularly appears on Dr. Oz, the Today Show, and Good Morning America as well as B. Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft.
Although this might seem like an event solely for entrepreneurs and business professionals Karen Corcoran-Walsh, owner of The Cove, believes this is a great place for people in recovery.
“The reason we took our Cove clients to “Live2Lead” was simple,” said Karen Corcoran-Walsh, founder of the Cove Center for Recovery as well as Inspirations for Youth and Families teen drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. “It is absolutely essential for people that suffer from drug and alcohol abuse to learn life-skills like self-leadership and what better place than to attend Live2Lead.”
One of the speakers, Burton was the most relatable to Cove clients. She spoke about being relentless in your life pursuit. Her life changed dramatically – after hitting a rough patch as a divorcee without children. Her fortunes changed when she practiced being resilient. Burton married her second husband and became a “bonus” mom to two sweet, loving girls, But despite experiencing crushing disappointments – she never gave up on her vision of attaining a better life.
She felt frustrated, helpless, and discouraged just like someone suffering from alcohol or drug addiction may be feel, but she refused to give up hope. For Burton, to give up hope would be to give up on her strong conviction to her faith.
Her message especially rang true to a client from the Cove.
“It was comforting to hear that one of the speakers (Valorie Burton) had gone through something difficult in her life and she thought she was the only person who felt that way,” said a Cove client that requested to remain anonymous. “I had and continue to share a similar experience and it is a good feeling to connect with someone who encountered the same thing as me.”
Corcoran-Walsh encourages her clients to set goals for themselves while under treatment in her addiction treatment program and to start to think about what they want to do after they are discharged and enter the real world.
“People recovering from drug or alcohol abuse definitely benefit from learning self-leadership skills,” added Walsh, “While not everyone is born with leadership abilities, they can definitely learn from the professionals. This is why we took our clients to what we believe was a transformative event.”
Overall the Live2Learn outing was a success for the clients and staff that attended, they left feeling hopeful towards their futures and with a better understanding of how to cope with life’s challenges.