Host of FDTV, Michael Varma, sits down with the 2018 Founder’s District International Speech Champion, Ricky LaCorte, for an in-depth interview. Ricky talks about his early life that lead from being a gang member, to band member, and then a Toastmaster winning the District speech competition on his first try. Ricky will be competing for the World Champion of Public Speaking in August 2018 at the Toastmasters International Convention in Chicago.

Also, Mabel Kong gives an editorial – Attitude of Gratitude

Sometimes, I feel like nothing is ever good enough. We live in a comparison culture. I see people with nicer cars, bigger houses, fancier clothes, or even taking wild vacations, and it’s easy to get caught in a trap. That trap of envy, of jealousy, of feeling like what you have isn’t enough.

But then, I came across this amazing quote from Oprah Winfrey: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” It was like someone was smacking me upside the head.

Here I was, looking at everything I didn’t have and at people on social media that I wanted to be like, when in reality, I have so much to be grateful for right in front of me. If you’re stuck in a rut, here are three things you need to remember to feel grateful for.

1: Security. Whether it’s having a roof over your head or having a job you feel comfortable in, take a look around you and figure out what makes you feel safe and secure in your life. That is a privilege.

2: People. You have friends and family of all kind surrounding you. Remember to show them how grateful you are for having them in your life. Give your friend a gift just because you were thinking of them, tell your spouse you love them one extra time today, or heck — even write a letter!

3: Life. This world is a beautiful place, and you are LIVING in it! So enjoy it! Take a minute to appreciate your surroundings, to appreciate your own breath.

Practicing gratitude is a lot easier said than done, but it’s worth it in the end. I’m trying to think of something new that I feel thankful for every day, and it helps me have a more positive outlook on life.

So stop feeling down about yourself and worrying about how your life compares to someone else’s. Have an attitude of gratitude, and you’ll attract even more to be grateful for.

Ricky LaCorte Interview

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About The Author
- Daniel is the Executive Producer and web developer of Founder's District TV. He has been a member of Toastmasters Founder's District since 2005 and is now serving as the Club Growth Director for 2015-2016.