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An Oprah Circle: DeVon Franklin, Paolo Presta & Win Gabrielle Bernstein

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This weekend on The Shaun Proulx Show I’ve been fortunate enough to welcome three incredible guests: Gabrielle Bernstein, Gayle King and DeVon Franklin, and a Twitter party has allowed listeners to share their thoughts and ideas as these chats air.

To say thanks to everyone listening and tweeting – especially you super-supportive OWN Ambassadors! – here are some special treats:

  • my interview with huge Oprah show fan favourite Paolo Presta (you’ll recall Oprah helped Paolo get a part on Will & Grace)
  • a re-post of my 2013 interview with DeVon about his book, Produced By Faith
  • a chance to win a copy of Produced By Faith
  • and a chance to win a copy of Gabrielle’s latest book, Miracles Now

It’s all waiting for you below! I appreciate everyone more than words can convey.

- Shaun X

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The Truth About Courage (Courage Isn’t What You Think!)

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Last week my friend Erin Trafford, a news anchor on Global Television in Halifax, gave me a shout out in her fun DIY blog for my courage. It was a flattering surprise and I appreciate it.

My understanding of courage (as a person who has been called courageous over the years, be it for my recent HIV-disclosure, or quitting my lucrative job in finance so long ago, or just always going for my dreams and goals) contradicts the false premise within many people’s understanding of what courage really is.

Most seem to pay the courage compliment with a sense of, “wow, you’ve got something I wish I had.”

I have even been asked “where” I got my courage from.

Dictionary.com says courage is “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear”.

This definition of courage isn’t true for me. Courage is not something you own, that you tap into, or access. It isn’t something you are born with.

And it certainly comes with fear.
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The Shaun Proulx Show Episode 2

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We’re finally getting The Shaun Proulx Show online – thanks for the demand! You can hear the first episode here, featuring transgender reality star Jenna Talackova, infamous for suing Donald Trump when she was disqualified from his Miss Universe pageant when officials found out she was born a boy. As I’ve said many times, I find the transgender moment to be one of the most inspiring phenomenons to witness. To be so determined to live authentically as trans people are is the most powerful thing to see and discuss, and Jenna is no exception. You can hear my chat with her, Real Housewife of Vancouver star Robin Reichman, and Johnny Carson biographer Henry Bushkin, here.

Episode 2 of The Shaun Proulx Show is below, and we get to talk to icon Bo Derek about one of my favourite topics: animals. Learn about the extraordinary work she is doing with WildAid, and also meet rapper Solomon, who has risen from a past that would have held many back (his mother was a drug addict, his father eventually imprisoned) and find out why he reminds me of when I met Lady Gaga just as she exploded. Also in this episode: TheEdito.com editor Max MacDonald discusses the world’s fascination with Alex Minsky, the US Marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan and now bravely bares all in sexy modelling shoots, plus Helen Kennedy, the executive director of EGALE Canada, takes us through why it’s important that Facebook now has many different ways for people to identify their gender.

I hope you enjoy this episode!
#ThoughtRevolution