Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Courageous Blogger Award for Adversity University

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Christy from Writer's Review created a slew of awards that work like a meme where they are given out to bloggers who are found to be "inspirational," "courageous," "charitable," "thoughtful," or "creative." The recipients are then invited to pass it on to others who are deserving of the same award. Christy's idea is a marvelous way to create goodwill, recognize the work of other bloggers and generate lots of link-love!
Karen from A Deaf Mom Who Shares Her World was the recipient of the "Courageous Blogging Award" and paid it forward to me at Adversity University. Thank you Karen - I am both honored and humbled!
While I know of a lot of courageous people out there, I realized this presented a great opportunity for me to recognize those who have participated in the "Secrets of Dealing with Adversity" tagging experiment so far. A handful of people declined to share their secrets because it was either too personal or painful for them to do so. Therefore, I know how much courage it takes to participate in a project of this magnitude.
That's why I decided to narrow down the field of recipients to those who courageously took on the challenge of revealing their innermost secrets and tips when dealing with adversity. As a result, the granting of this award became much more meaningful to the receipients and added a lot more value. It just so happens that Karen was one of those people to be a part of my project at Adversity University. You can read about her secrets here. The other participants are listed below.
The list is by no means complete because I am not yet ready to shut down the "Secrets of Dealing with Adversity" project. My vision is that this interactive project will eventually catch fire and go viral because adversity is the one thread that connects all of us, no matter where we are on this life's journey. No one is immune because adversity never discriminates. In fact, adversity doesn't even need an affirmative-action policy!
You never know who you could be helping at any given moment by divulging your adversity secrets. Someone might read your story/tip and decide right then and there to make a life-changing decision because of YOU. Imagine that!
Don't be shy - even if you weren't tagged to participate, you can still join in on the fun and make a difference. Please go here for more information. Everyone is welcome - subscribers/readers of Adversity University, other bloggers and new/returning visitors. No one is turned away - NO ONE. There are no muscular bouncers at the door, picking the select few and turning the rest away. We are all in on this together.
Meanwhile, let's congratulate the following people for receiving the "Courageous Blogger Award" from Adversity University!!!

Meryl at
Marisa Haedike at Creative Thursday (Podcast)
Aaron Potts at Today is that Day
Scott Eggleston at Film Flap
Karen Lynch at Live the Power
Josh Johnston at CarolinaFlicks
Julie Gray at The Rouge Wave
Phil Gerbyshak at Make it Great!
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Blogger Karen said...

A well deserved award for you! :)

4:11 PM  
Blogger Stephen J. Hopson said...




5:45 AM  
Anonymous Karen Lynch-Live the Power said...

Thank you Stephen!
I'm looking forward to reading the others also!
I think you have a great project here. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see more and more people participate!!

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Laura Faeth said...

This is wonderful Stephen. Thanks for the award, and thanks for the terrific blogs you've brought to my attention by tagging them on your blog! I also hope more people participate in the tagging experiment.

I think being courageous is having the conviction to follow a dream no matter how much adversity we face. If we believe in ourselves, and trust the dream or vision that dwells deep within us is for the highest good of all concerned, then it can become a reality.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Stephen J. Hopson said...

Hi Karen (Lynch):

I am also looking forward to reading what others have to say about dealing with adversity. Thanks for participating and once again, congrats on your "Courageous Blogging Award"!


7:15 AM  
Blogger Stephen J. Hopson said...


You're welcome. I'm glad to be of service by bringing to the attention of readers at Adversity University other blogs with useful, inspiring content. I love playing the role of a "pimp" and helping others succeed. LOL

You are absolutely right that we are being courageous by having the conviction to follow our dreams. That's what my life has been about. It ain't easy but boy, how exhilarating it is when you finally see the dream come into manifestation!

Thanks for writing and thanks even more for caring!


7:18 AM  

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