(48) #100DaysOfExtraordinary If you were to think back to when you were 14, what would you remember? Well, memories of a balmy summer come to mind, the end of which would mark the immaturity of elementary school and the (supposed) sophistication of high school. One's 14th year began with memorizing Algebraic equations, mixed with the basics of US History and 6th period PE classes that were really not appealing. Not to mention our first or second crushes. But for Taylor Ramon Wilson, being 14 meant that you'd end up being very very extraordinary. You see, Taylor is the youngest person in the world to construct a device capable of triggering nuclear fusion (yeah- that happened when he was 14). As a child, he was preoccupied with being a genius. He loved directing traffic (as in orange vest, wild arm movements, real cars- the works) as a 4-year-old, and a whole year later he began operating cranes. A few years later, in his spare (spare) time, he managed to build a bomb using household materials. And at the tender age of 11, he started mining for uranium in the deserts of New Mexico. And so it should come as no surprise that the next logical steps for this child genius were to shock the entire scientific community with a brand new fusion reactor at 14. Taylor, now 24, is a nuclear physicist and has received a score of awards and honors for his work in the scientific community. He has built radiation detectors in his parents' garage, owns a number of patents for his inventions, and is scared of roller coasters. He's a Thiel Fellow and even shared his own counter-terrorism inventions with President Obama. He's also a frequent TED speaker and loves to share his passions with the world. And so today we share Taylor's story with you to remind you that even you can dig deep. What are you passionate about? What are YOU good at that no one else is? Maybe that's your genius, and you should share it with the world! . . . . __ Do you know an extraordinary person? Introduce them by tagging them below- maybe we'll feature them in the next 100 days!!! . . . . #200Deep #MadScientist #Scientist #nuclearphysics #instascience
(47) #100DaysOfExtraordinary John Mittel's dream was to be an ophthalmologist. And so he dutifully went to school, got his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and proceeded to medical school. One late night, John was studying. And after ingesting copious amounts of Red Bull with a goal of regaining lost energy required to focus, he realized that the drink wouldn't be healthy in the long run. And so he dreamed up @drinkphocus- a healthier option to the market's current offerings of caffeinated products. Each 8.4oz (250ml) can contains caffeine derived from green tea, natural flavoring and the delicious and refreshing experience of carbonation. Their niche is untapped, as Phocus is vegan, gluten-free and kosher, and contains no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, no sugar or carbs, no calories, and no sodium. Yet it can give you the same boost that a cup of strong coffee or three cups of tea provide, and is healthy for your body. John and his investor/business partner Tom O'Grady have been so successful in launching this product in Louisville (and now further abroad via Amazon) that John decided to focus on Phocus (see what we did there? 😉🤣 ) rather than medical school. They now have a team of full-time employees and sales that exceeded their expectations, and a quickly growing fan-base of Phocus-ers. Their story is a testament to what can happen when you come up with a great idea and ship it- congrats guys! . . . . Image via CNBC. . . . . __ Do you know an extraordinary person? Introduce them by tagging them below- maybe we'll feature them in the next 100 days!!! . . . . #DiveDeep #ItsALifestyle #200Deep #DrinkPhocus #Phocus #water #drinkwater #instahealth #delicious
(46) #100DaysOfExtraordinary Sujatha Gidla is a woman of contrasts. Hailing from the deeply ingrained caste system of India, Sujatha was among the lowest of the low- the Untouchables. Each of the major castes is drawn from a body part of Brahma the Creator, such as the merchant castes from the thighs and the Brahmin from the forehead of the Creator. The Untouchables are so severely disparaged that they aren't even assigned any part of The Creator. Their status is derived from the work that they are assigned- the type of work that is associated with filth and contamination. Sujarta's sub-caste is the Mala- those who participate in agricultural labour. We say that Sujatha is a study in contrasts because she has learned to fight, and in so doing obtained a Masters Degree in Physics even though her lecturers did all they could to fail her, due to her caste. She moved to the US in 1990 and worked as a software application engineer, and then after being let go during the 2008 financial crisis, decided to join the New York City Subway as a conductor. And psychologically, being a member of the lowest caste system in India has had its toll on her. And emigrating to the US where equality is the basis of all the rights of all the citizens has been a tough pill to swallow for someone whose entire belief system was framed by her society. In 2017, Sujatha released her first book- Ants Among Elephants- a memoir that chronicles her family's history whilst living in India, taking over 15 years of research to complete. Her poignant writing has been positively received and has won several awards and accolades including being one of the best book in 2017, as recognized by Publisher's Weekly and the Wall Street Journal. And so today we commend Sujatha in learning to embrace her contrasts. Her learning and her history, as portrayed in her current work, is a reminder to us all that we all are indeed equal and deserve the very best in life, if we only just continue to fight for our dreams. Keep up the fight Sujatha! __ #200deep #bookstagram #sujathagilda #breakfree
(45) #100DaysOfExtraordinary Rachel Shechtman is a breath of fresh air in the retail industry. As a fourth-generation retail entrepreneur, Rachel founded STORY- a retail concept that takes the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store, (thisisstory.com). This means that every so often (about 8 times each year), the New-York based space is stripped down to its bare bones and a new concept is installed, with different brands invited to participate in the new theme. Brands come on board as sponsors and their products are placed in the store- a lucrative deal due to the fact that the space is a well-known and visited location in Chelsea. Story's themes have been wide and varied, including Creativity, Well Being and Home For The Holidays, and brands have forked hundreds of thousands of dollars for an invite. In essence, the store is a brand-building machine disguised as a billboard, where visitors experience products (Forbes.com). The concept has proven to be extremely lucrative as the brand has been acquired by Macy's and has held over 40 stories or themes since its inception in 2011. And so congrats are due to Rachel and this absolutely brilliant idea!! . . . . Image via WWD. . . . . . __ Do you know an extraordinary person? Introduce them by tagging them below- maybe we'll feature them in the next 100 days!!! . . . . #200Deep #retailtherapy #shopping #fashionandbusiness
(44) #100DaysOfExtraordinary Just a few weeks ago in Thailand, a whale died after ingesting about 17lbs (or 8kgs) of plastic rubbish. And in April, a sperm whale was found already dead on a beach in Spain with 60lbs (or about 28kg) of plastic in its digestive system. Currently, over 100 million marine animals are killed due to complications related to plastic in our oceans every year. The global epidemic of disposing of plastic in our oceans and seas is now mind-blowing. In 2015, it was estimated that the human race threw away is 4.8 million metric tons of waste and plastic into the ocean, although scientists believed that the actual quantity was more than three times the estimated amount (current and precise 2018 data is yet to be validated). Enter Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins- a power couple who randomly met on a boat, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and bonded over their mutual love of pollution research. Marcus' and Anna's mutual passion for ocean conservancy bore fruit when they realized that small fish mistook broken-down plastic for food. These small fish were the prey of bigger fish that ultimately ended up on the plates of many a seafood connoisseur around the world. Armed with this dire fact in hand, they founded @5Gyres Institute- an organization that works to reduce the amount of plastic that flows into our water systems through academic research, education, awareness, and adventure (5Gyres.org). They published the first paper detailing the global estimate of plastic pollutants in the ocean, and tirelessly work to educate the masses on the perils of plastic usage regardless of strict recycling habits. So much so that their efforts have led to the banning of microbeads in cosmetics- a huge step forward in driving change for the better. And so today (on National #SharkAwarenessDay), we commend Marcus and Anna for their diligence and tenacity in tackling this global issue. So what are you doing to eliminate plastics from your day-to-day living? Tell us below! . . #200Deep #oceanconservation #biodiversity #green #environment
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(41, 42, 43) #100DaysOfExtraordinary Alex Riley, Paul Kaser, and Patrick Beal (not pictured) are revolutionizing the way general and skilled laborers are employed in Detroit- a city that boasts one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. After experiencing frustration in obtaining skilled workers for a construction job in Detroit, Alex realized that the laborers who showed up didn't have the skills required to complete the project. And after coming up short trying to source these skilled workers to complete tasks such as the project's plumbing, lighting, and painting, Alex was inspired to launch MeritHall Inc. along with Paul and Patrick. Fast-forward to 2018, and the company is now providing employment to over 300 individuals (the greater number being Detroit residents), bringing in about $10 Million in revenue in 2017 alone. And since they provide access to non-union workers, these employees are promoted (and therefore paid) based on skill and ability, rather than seniority, giving every worker a chance to level up if they show up and perform. The company is swiftly becoming one of the more trusted in the city, as it reduces headaches that many companies would experience in actively recruiting new staff. With a strong focus in transportation, landscaping, construction and facility maintenance, MeritHall is providing quick and confident solutions. And so today we commend these three innovators on identifying a problem and solving it, all the while providing employment and boosting the local economy. Kudos! . . . . Image via INC Magazine. . . . . . __ Do you know an extraordinary person? Introduce them by tagging them below- maybe we'll feature them in the next 100 days!!! . . . . #Jobsearch #nowhiring #200Deep #hired
(40) #100DaysOfExtraordinary 200 Deep is all about the Extraordinary. The Boundary-pusher. The Trendsetter. The Overachiever. The Dreamer and the Hustler. We celebrate and welcome all who, through life's ups and downs, have continued to dig real deep in order to push through. We celebrate successes in all forms, winners from all creeds and communities, champions and conquerors in their own right. And to find out how we embrace you, check out our brand new website- 200deep.com!! ________ Amber Venz Box began her fashion blog (Venz Edits) when she was 23. After a while, it began to draw a lot of attention from customers who purchased her recommendations directly from brand sites. Realizing that she was being left out of this lucrative equation, she and her then-boyfriend launched rewardStyle- a content monetization platform that allows influencers to make a living doing what they love- sharing their love for fashion online. And with the success of rewardStyle, Box launched its sister company targeting the popularity of Instagram- Liketoknow.it, allowing followers and fans to shop from their favorite Instagram accounts. Making both platforms invite-only, Box has created a lucrative community within the influencer market, allowing brands all over the world to have an even greater reach to customers who trust these influencers that they follow. Currently, the company works with over 30,000 influencers and 4,500 retailers around the world, ringing in a whopping $1 Billion in annual sales. The company has also enabled some of these influencers to make over $100,000 annually, with a few even raking in $1 Million! For her efforts, Amber has a few awards under her belt. She's been named Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year for Technology, an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Fashion Group International's Innovator of the Year, 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30, a Business of Fashion 500, Entrepreneur Magazine's 15 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch, and Inc. Magazine's 20 Most Influential Millenials, to name a few (venzedits.com). If this doesn't inspire you, we don't know what will!! . . #200Deep #fashionblogger #influencer #instastyle
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(39) #100DaysOfExtraordinary 200 Deep is all about the Extraordinary. The Boundary-pusher. The Trendsetter. The Overachiever. The Dreamer and the Hustler. We celebrate and welcome all who, through life's ups and downs, have continued to dig real deep in order to push through. We celebrate successes in all forms, winners from all creeds and communities, champions and conquerors in their own right. And to find out how we embrace you, check out our brand new website- 200deep.com!! ______ Today we celebrate Harriette Thompson, one of the world's most underrated yet amazing conquerors... plus she's one of our own so we're a little biased. In case you didn't know, Hariette is the world's only woman of her age to have run a marathon. Some might mistake this as a mild accomplishment, as the world is filled with organizers of marathons who would much rather prefer to subject their participants and their knees and hips to the endured stress and pain of continued running over long distances. And so, should we be surprised that one little old lady can run a full 26.2-mile race? We gather that we should- absolutely! In fact, it has been roughly estimated that close to 2 million Americans participate in a marathon each year, and with the population of America topping 326 million people, that's only 0.0061% of the population. Hariette is one of the very few who embraced the sport wholeheartedly, participating in her first race at the tender age of 76 years old!! Later, she started entering herself into longer races, until, at 91, she ran an entire marathon in 7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds- over 2 hours faster than the previous record for a woman over 90 years old. Her more recent marathons had her running in white tights that covered open wounds from treatments for cancer. What a BADASS!!! Sadly, Hariette passed away last year from drawbacks from a nasty fall, and we are so sad to have let her go. Her achievements should encourage you, whoever you are, wherever you are, to get up and go confidently in the direction of your dreams, to live the life you have imagined, (Henry David Thoreau). So what are you waiting for? Get up! GO!! DIVE DEEP!!!
(38) #100DaysOfExtraordinary Today marks the end of the week where we have honored modern day heroes, in celebration of our Independence. We believe that these individuals are the dreamers, the boundary-breakers, people who are doing their best and taking no prisoners. People who have dug deep and found their true calling, and are not ashamed to stand strong in their beliefs all the while giving of themselves for their fellow man. We salute our heroes, for without them, we wouldn't enjoy our freedoms today. ______ Shane Alejandro Ortega is arguably one of the most outspoken supporters of LGBTQ individuals in the US Military. His passion for the Military stems from his family background- both parents served in the Military, and every male in his family has also served in every major war. And as one of the country's transgender veterans, Ortega's history with the Army is nothing less than incredible. Having been deployed three times (twice in Iraq and once in Afghanistan) in his 10-year career with the army, he has completed over 400 combat missions. During his tenure with the Army, Ortega campaigned for the rights of his fellow LGBTQ soldiers, often using his own record as proof that on the battlefield, one's gender identity is never called into question. And, of course, his support for Transgender service people was further deepened when the ban on DADT was effected (and, after public outcry and lobbying, was repealed in 2016). We, therefore, salute Shane Ortega for his selfless support of those who are often times marginalized and condemned for who they truly are. Because as Shane says... You're not the person who gets to choose who is good enough as a human being. . . . . Image via GQ. . . . . . __ Do you know an extraordinary person? Introduce them by tagging them below- maybe we'll feature them in the next 100 days!!! . . . . #200Deep #AmericanHero #IndependenceDay #LGBTQ
(37) #100DaysOfExtraordinary This week where honoring some of our heroes, as we celebrate our Independence Day. And today's hero is upending the well-known narrative that women are emotional, sensitive individuals who aren't bred for active combat. ------- Women can't be ruthless killers, can they? Well, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester begs to disagree. As a United States Army National Guard soldier, Leigh Ann Hester was deployed to Iraq in 2005, where she along with her fellow soldiers were shadowing a convoy truck. Shortly, they were ambushed and she and her squad proceeded to block the insurgents' escape route. I remember hearing the bullets hit the ground beside me and hit my truck behind me. Our squad leader had us sneak around and flank them. From a trench line that overlooked the field, we laid down fire, and I know that I shot, and made fall, three. After twenty minutes, most of the insurgents out in that field were incapacitated, but there were three more still left in the trench line opposite us, about thirty meters away. We knew that the only way we were going to end this is if we took them out. The staff sergeant and myself (sic), we jumped in the trench; our teammate followed us along the top. I was so concentrated that I couldn't hear the bullets. I didn't even hear my own rifle. We hugged the wall of the trench on the right side. It kind of jutted out a little bit and gave us cover, but we couldn't get the right angle to kill them with our rifles. We resorted to throwing grenades. That did the trick. Looking at what was left of them, I felt nothing. A woman can't be a killer? I beg the contrary. - Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester. For her valor, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester received a number of awards including the Silver Star (America's third-highest military decoration specifically for valor) for close combat. She is also the first woman since World War II to receive the award. Her other awards include the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, to name a few. We commend Leigh Ann for her bravery in battle, and for being strong and assertive- kudos Leigh Ann!
(36) #100DaysOfExtraordinary Daniel Inouye is arguably one of the most eminent Asian-American military heroes of modern times. He's also one of the most influential having served as Hawaii's Senator for close to 50 years, winning his seat 9 consecutive times! At one point he was third in the Presidential Line of Succession making him the highest-ranking Asian-American in the country's history. What's interesting is that he actually witnessed the Japanese military strike on Pearl Habour, and his family was spared from internment camps due to their influence on the local economy as successful business owners. As a passionate patriot, he was finally able to enlist in the US Army in 1943 and was quickly promoted to the rank of Sergeant within one year. His brave actions in Europe during World War II earned him a Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and a further promotion to Lieutenant, even though he lost his arm in combat. 55 years later, he and 21 other Asian-American soldiers received the Medal of Honor for their bravery during the war, presented by President Bill Clinton. Sadly, Daniel Inouye died in 2012 due to respiratory complications. And so we recognize him today for being an amazing example of what it means to selflessly serve one's country. . . . . __ Do you know an extraordinary person? Introduce them by tagging them below- maybe we'll feature them in the next 100 days!!! . . . . #DiveDeep #ItsALifestyle #200Deep #July4 #AmericanHero #Hero #IndependenceDay #AmericanIndependence #DanielInouye #WorldWar2 #selfless #sacrifice #brave #FreedomStories #Diversity #Dreamers #Inlfuencer #Extraordinary #HustleHard #FightForLife #DreamCatcher #DreamBuilder
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(35) #100DaysOfExtraordinary This week we're honoring some of our heroes, as we celebrate our country's Independence Day. It is a fact that women account for less than 16% of active-duty members of the military, with the Marines having the lowest representation at about 7.6%, and the Air Force with the highest at about 18.7%. And it was only as recently as 2013 that women were allowed to serve in combat. Therefore it comes as no surprise that we don't hear much about women who serve in combat or their sacrifices. And so today's hero is Army Captain Jennifer M. Moreno- an Army Nurse Corps officer who was one of the women serving in Afghanistan in 2015. Having arrived in the country as a nurse on her first deployment, she volunteered to serve in a cultural support unit that required her help in engaging with Afghan women. In October, this unit was on patrol when she received conflicting orders after a suicide bomber detonated a vest filled with explosives. Choosing to move forward save one of her fellow soldiers, she stepped on a mine that took her life. Many have commended Army Captain Moreno's sacrifice including the commander of her cultural support team who stated that “none of us would have done what [she] did, running into hell to save [her] wounded brothers, knowing full well [she] probably wouldn’t make it back,” (Capt. Amanda King). In recognition of her sacrifice, Jennifer was posthumously awarded the rank of Army Captain, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge. Additionally, the Fort Sam Houston Primary Care Clinic was renamed the Capt. Jennifer M. Moreno Primary Care Clinic in her honor, and currently serves close to 30,000 individuals in Fort Sam, Houston, Texas. We remember her today as we honor those who have gone before us, protecting us in countries far-flung and providing us with the freedomes we currently enjoy. And to all the women who have and still continue to serve- thank you. . Image via San Diego Union-Tribune. __ Do you know an extraordinary person? Introduce them by tagging them below- maybe we'll feature them!
(34) #100DaysOfExtraordinary Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and today's is no different. On Valentines Day earlier this year, Nikolas Cruz walked into a high school in Parkland, Florida, and embarked on a shooting spree. He managed to execute 17 students and staff, injuring a further 17. This shooting qualifies as one of America's most violent and deadly in the country's history. On that fateful day, many heroes emerged. However, it was student Anthony Borges and his absolutely selfless act that we are highlighting today. The 15-year-old managed to corral 20 of his fellow students and staff in a classroom as the gunman bore down on them. And as he was attempting to close the door as a barricade against the attack, he was shot 5 times across his body. He managed to save everyone inside the room. Anthony has endured 9 surgeries to save his life and was released from hospital two months later. He, along with five others, is now the recipient of the recent BET Awards Humanitarian Award, in recognition of his fearless act. The award honors their heroism, and thanked them for giving us hope and reminding us that everyone has an opportunity to do something extraordinary. - John Legend, Presenter. And so today as we celebrate our Independence, let us remember that our Independence Day reminds us that we are free, and that each citizen has unalienable rights. In giving his life for the 20, Anthony ensured that each of them could pursue their right to freedom. To life and liberty. To each of them, Anthony represented their salvation, and that they could go on to pursue happiness in their dreams. And for this, we do believe that Anthony is our hero today, and is extraordinary! . . . . Image via Sun Sentinel. . . . . __ Do you know an extraordinary person? Introduce them by tagging them below- maybe we'll feature them in the next 100 days!!! . . . . #DiveDeep #ItsALifestyle #200Deep #July4 #AmericanHero #Hero #IndependenceDay #AmericanIndependence #AnthonyBorges #selfless #sacrifice #brave #FreedomStories #Diversity #Dreamers #Inlfuencer #Extraordinary #HustleHard #FightForLife #DreamCatcher #DreamBuilder
(33) #100DaysOfExtraordinary According to US Census Data, over 50% of African American kids grow up without a solid father figure. This has led to deep-seated issues that the entire community faces, and Sheldon Smith is passionately working to mend this problem. Sheldon grew up with his own father routinely incarcerated and missed out on the guidance that he would have received as he matured into adulthood. As a result, his own childhood was punctuated with a stint in jail for robbery. This experience scarred him for life, and he vowed never to be incarcerated again. And so he founded The Dovetail Project- an organization that gives African American fathers the resources and support necessary to bring up their children. As a result, hundreds of fathers have benefited from this organization's training, having received parental skills training that has allowed them to navigate their children's lives as they grow. What's just as important about Sheldon's work is that he is passionate about changing the perception that many have about young African American fathers. The current narrative is not so positive, and so this hard heart-work at the center of his organization is making a huge impact amongst families in the community. And for that, we recognize Sheldon as today's hero, as he is working to shape up young men to be strong father figures within their families. . . . . __ Do you know an extraordinary person? Introduce them by tagging them below- maybe we'll feature them in the next 100 days!!! . . . . #DiveDeep #ItsALifestyle #200Deep #July4 #AmericanHero #Hero #IndependenceDay #AmericanIndependence #SheldonSmith #DovetailProject #brave #FreedomStories #Diversity #Dreamers #Inlfuencer #Extraordinary #HustleHard #FightForLife #DreamCatcher #DreamBuilder
(32) #100DaysOfExtraordinary Eight years ago, Marine Corporal Kyle Carpenter saved his fellow Marine's life when he threw himself on top of a live grenade. The blast took most of his lower jaw with it, and Kyle sustained numerous injuries to the rest of his body. His heart gave out at least three times before he was placed in a medically-induced coma for five weeks. Kyle lost his right eye, most of his teeth and the bones in his right arm were in shards. Kyle, after regaining consciousness, decided that life was too precious to give up. And so he decided that one of his major life goals at that point would be to run a marathon. So after almost three years in the hospital and 40 surgeries, Kyle walked out alive. He enrolled in university, and the year after Kyle run his first marathon. It was in the same year that Kyle was awarded the country's highest military honor by President Barrack Obama- the Medal of Honor. He was 24. And so today, in celebration of our nation's Independence Day, we salute Kyle- the second living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. His bravery and selflessness ensured that the life of his fellow Marine was spared. And for that, we believe that he is extraordinary. . . . . __ Do you know an extraordinary person? Introduce them by tagging them below- maybe we'll feature them in the next 100 days!!! . . . . #DiveDeep #ItsALifestyle #200Deep #July4 #AmericanHero #Hero #IndependenceDay #AmericanIndependence #KyleCarpenter #MedalOfHonor #marine #brave #Freedom #FreedomStories #Diversity #Dreamers #Inlfuencer #Extraordinary #HustleHard #FightForLife #DreamCatcher #DreamBuilder