Game Changers

Whether it’s personal or professional, what drives you to overcome challenges and achieve your desired goals? What motivates you to forge ahead, ignore pain, naysayers or competitors?

My friend, Pat Brogan, spoke at the Currie Hair Skin and Nails’ company meeting this past Tuesday. This was his first official, motivational speaking gig. He talked about his passion for basketball, his drive to be a great athlete and the happiness created from living a life with purpose.

Pat was very emotional when describing the hit and run accident in 2001. 18 months after the accident, Pat was diagnosed with dystonia. This is an involuntary muscle movement disorder. Pat was featured in a PBS Documentary, Twisted, that tracked his life for two years. This included deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery in 2004. I strongly suggest you watch the trailer to understand what life was like before DBS:

Pat gave a few examples of his very long, arduous journey, but continued to tie in his mantra of living a fulfilling, happy and healthy life.

One of his goals is to compete in triathlons; he was training for his first when struck by the car. His motivation to do this has changed, however. Pat attended a dystonia conference years ago where he met a lot of children with the disease. Pat strives to set an example for them. He wants all of them to achieve their dreams and overcome the adversity created by dystonia.

My neighbor, Brad Verrico, led the creation of a video of Pat competing at his 4th triathlon last September. Watch here: Brad’s oldest son, Cole, was asked to write about his hero at school. The first person he thought of was Pat. Although he never Pat in person, the making of the video and stories shared about Pat’s life were inspiring to Cole, heroic in fact.

Cole stood up after Pat was finished speaking and read his essay. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. From there, we went to Greenwood Elementary where Pat spoke to the 5th grade class. Shawn Weigel, reporter from the Kennett Paper/Daily Local, wrote the following article about the visit:

While people’s passions vary, how we choose to spend our free time is probably the most honest gauge of what we find intrinsically rewarding. In business, understanding these deep motivations could help you put together a team with similar aims, character and cultural fit. Let me know if you would like Pat to speak at your next company meeting. After all, dealing with game changers are the foundation to success.


About alisonguzzio

A marketing and public relations veteran, Alison Guzzio has directed projects for a range of high-tech, pharmaceutical, security, ecommerce, manufacturing, chemical, global trade and broadband companies. Strengths include positioning companies to maximize visibility among key stakeholders such as media, investors, channel partners and customers. Alison has a strong understanding of business objectives and she effectively translates this into results for her clients. In addition to her experience managing the demands on emerging companies, Alison is skilled in taking products from conception to roll-out, developing creative marketing plans, generating media coverage along the entire product lifecycle and leading brand awareness campaigns during critical growth stages.
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2 Responses to Game Changers

  1. Dayna says:

    We met Pat at the Dystonia Symposium in Nashville the Spring of 08. Our son also has Dystonia. Pat is such a great advocate and a wonderful example of living on purpose!

  2. Pingback: Game Changers written by Alison Guzzio, aka Pig Pen | Battery Powered Person

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