Steve Pemberton: From Orphan to Beacon of Hope (ep. 348)
Publisher |
John O'Leary
Media Type |
audio
Publication Date |
Apr 08, 2021
Episode Duration |
01:03:03

Research suggests that our experiences in childhood will have a profound impact on the overall wellbeing + trajectory of our life.

Never acknowledged by his father and abandoned by his mother at three years old, Steve Pemberton spent his childhood being shuffled through the foster care system where he was abused, neglected and forgotten.

Yet small gestures of kindness from ordinary people helped Steve forge a new path that that led to personal and professional success. Today, Steve is a husband, father, bestselling author of A Chance in the World and a trail-blazing executive championing workplaces where employees feel recognized, respected, and appreciated for who they are and what they do. This conversation is a reminder that we’re all able to impact others simply by being a beacon of hope.

SHOW NOTES:

  • “Comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.”
  • As Chief Human Resources Officer for Workhuman, Steve champions leaders worldwide to build workplaces where every employee feels recognized, respected, and appreciated for who they are and what they do.
  • Never acknowledged by his father, three-year-old Steve was placed in foster care while his mother was losing her battle with alcoholism.
  • Dual battle: While fending off a terribly abusive family for 11 years, Steve was attempting to solve the mystery of his identity.
  • Reading was Steve’s sanctuary, allowing him into a great student and providing a vision of a world outside of the world he was currently suffering in.
  • The Lighthouse Effect: Ordinary people in young Steve’s life provided hope + encouragement including a construction crew that reminded him he was not a boy of circumstances but of possibility.
  • Struggling to find permanent foster placement, high school counselor John Sykes took in Steve, changing the arc of his life.
  • Despite numerous social collisions, Boston College provided Steve with a sense of belonging and security.
  • On a mission to find his identity, Steve meets his late mother’s + late father’s families, providing insight to inform his life moving forward.
  • “Be careful about the labels you assign to people and the judgements that you make.”
  • “If the most important thing I think I can know about you is your label, I miss this deeper, richer narrative.”
  • “We are a society of correction. That correction requires us to take stance to understand we’re not enemies.”
  • Coming full circle: Hoping to surprise a fifth-grade fan, Steve reconnected with his second-grade teacher who was now the principal of the school.
  • Not for themselves to enjoy, but for the benefit of future generations. A Greek proverb reads, “A society grows great when the elders plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
  • Directed toward eight- to 12-year-old, Steve Pemberton’s young readers adaptation of A Chance in the World with sensitivity, honesty + hope. Get a copy here.
  • Get Steve Pemberton’s bestselling book A Chance in the World here.
  • Pre-order Steve Pemberton’s book The Lighthouse Effect, available Fall 2021, here.

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Join our Live Inspired Together community, text PODCAST2021 to 314-207-5010.

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About our sponsor: Keeley Companies wholeheartedly believes that if you get the people right -the results will follow. They set themselves apart with a forward-thinking culture that empowers their people and fosters loyal partnerships. Keeley Companies are a proud sponsor, partner, and super fan of the Live Inspired Podcast. Learn more about Keeley Companies.

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Never acknowledged by his father and abandoned by his mother at 3 years old, Steve Pemberton spent his childhood being shuffled through the foster care system where he was abused, neglected and forgotten. Yet small gestures of kindness from ordinary people helped Steve forge a new path that that led to personal and professional success. This conversation is a reminder that we’re all able to impact others simply by being a beacon of hope.

Research suggests that our experiences in childhood will have a profound impact on the overall wellbeing + trajectory of our life.

Never acknowledged by his father and abandoned by his mother at three years old, Steve Pemberton spent his childhood being shuffled through the foster care system where he was abused, neglected and forgotten.

Yet small gestures of kindness from ordinary people helped Steve forge a new path that that led to personal and professional success. Today, Steve is a husband, father, bestselling author of A Chance in the World and a trail-blazing executive championing workplaces where employees feel recognized, respected, and appreciated for who they are and what they do. This conversation is a reminder that we’re all able to impact others simply by being a beacon of hope.

SHOW NOTES:

  • “Comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.”
  • As Chief Human Resources Officer for Workhuman, Steve champions leaders worldwide to build workplaces where every employee feels recognized, respected, and appreciated for who they are and what they do.
  • Never acknowledged by his father, three-year-old Steve was placed in foster care while his mother was losing her battle with alcoholism.
  • Dual battle: While fending off a terribly abusive family for 11 years, Steve was attempting to solve the mystery of his identity.
  • Reading was Steve’s sanctuary, allowing him into a great student and providing a vision of a world outside of the world he was currently suffering in.
  • The Lighthouse Effect: Ordinary people in young Steve’s life provided hope + encouragement including a construction crew that reminded him he was not a boy of circumstances but of possibility.
  • Struggling to find permanent foster placement, high school counselor John Sykes took in Steve, changing the arc of his life.
  • Despite numerous social collisions, Boston College provided Steve with a sense of belonging and security.
  • On a mission to find his identity, Steve meets his late mother’s + late father’s families, providing insight to inform his life moving forward.
  • “Be careful about the labels you assign to people and the judgements that you make.”
  • “If the most important thing I think I can know about you is your label, I miss this deeper, richer narrative.”
  • “We are a society of correction. That correction requires us to take stance to understand we’re not enemies.”
  • Coming full circle: Hoping to surprise a fifth-grade fan, Steve reconnected with his second-grade teacher who was now the principal of the school.
  • Not for themselves to enjoy, but for the benefit of future generations. A Greek proverb reads, “A society grows great when the elders plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
  • Directed toward eight- to 12-year-old, Steve Pemberton’s young readers adaptation of A Chance in the World with sensitivity, honesty + hope. Get a copy here.
  • Get Steve Pemberton’s bestselling book A Chance in the World here.
  • Pre-order Steve Pemberton’s book The Lighthouse Effect, available Fall 2021, here.
***

Join our Live Inspired Together community, text PODCAST2021 to 314-207-5010.

***

About our sponsor: Keeley Companies wholeheartedly believes that if you get the people right -the results will follow. They set themselves apart with a forward-thinking culture that empowers their people and fosters loyal partnerships. Keeley Companies are a proud sponsor, partner, and super fan of the Live Inspired Podcast. Learn more about Keeley Companies.

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