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Creating a World Where Everyone Belongs: Ash Beckham (ep. 630)

Ash Beckham

John O’Leary welcomes Ash Beckham on the Live Inspired Podcast to guide us on building a world where everyone belongs.

Ash Beckham is an equality advocate, on a journey toward creating a world of inclusion, where everyone’s voice is heard and valued—even when our perspectives may differ.

Today, Ash shares stories of her own transformation from a place of isolation and anger to one of greater openness and connection. Reminding us of the importance of having empathy, humility and authenticity for each other,  Ash guides us to continue building a world where everyone belongs.

Whether your path involves cause-oriented work or simply cultivating a positive voice in your workplace, home, and community, this conversation is a reminder that, in the tapestry of humanity, each thread is unique yet contributes to the beauty of the whole.

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  • While having uncomfortable conversations may trigger self-doubt, self-judgement and isolation, Ash reminds us to have the integrity to do so.
  • Stop comparing hard. It’s just hard. “In saying, ‘John’s worst struggle would be my best day.’ That doesn’t get us anywhere in building a trusting relationship.”
  • “We need to create safe spaces and the more we can create empathy between people, the bigger those safe spaces can be.”
  • There’s a difference between calling people out and calling people in. – Amber Hikes
  • Ash reminds us that the vast majority of us realistically exist in the middle and each of us are so much more multidimensional than a singular issue that polarizes us against each other.
  • Duality in action: Ash shares about a conversation with a former coworker Maribel, who because of their respect for each other, could hold her cultural heritage, religious beliefs, all of the things in one hand and hold their friendship in another hand.
  • “If you want someone to be real with you, they need to know you bleed too.” When failure and mistakes aren’t shown or acknowledged, it’s sending a message that we can’t be fearful and resilient at the same time.
  • “Don’t start with policy or politics. Start with human connection.”

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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. The Catcher and the Rye by J. D. Salinger.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Being less conscious.
  3. Q. 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?
    A. The watch my dad wore.
  4. Q. 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?
    A. My dad.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. Love what you do and you never work a day in your life.
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Everything's gonna be fine. Don't judge yourself by the traditional track. Don't judge your success by how close you stay on track, but how much you love your life.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. She lived life fully and loved the people in it with her full heart.