Episode 18: Nelson Lauver, Author of Most Unlikely to Succeed: The Trials, Travels, and Ultimate Triumphs of a “Throwaway” Kid
Nelson Lauver learned at the age of 29 that he was dyslexic.
Unfortunately, throughout his school experience no one knew this. As he struggled in school, he had to face a choice…be the dumb kid or be the bad kid. He chose to be the bad kid.
As he progressed through each grade what was really happening was that they were promoting him to get him out of their classes and eventually out of the school. He graduated 104th out 104 students.
Nelson and I talk about his experiences as a kid and as a young man trying to hold down a job.
Nelson has the following statement on his website: “A better world starts with the courage to believe you have something to contribute.” He has an amazing story and explanation surrounding this wonderful thought! As you listen to him, you will say, “You know…I think that he is talking to me…that he is telling me that I could contribute to this world…”
His memoir will touch your heart and make you wish that you could have been there to help him.
In response to this…He says that he can only move forward and take these experiences and use them for good.
My favorite part of our talk is when he starts talking about…Don’t give up on that kid!
After you listen to his story, I hope that you will take time to check out his website and look at his foundation and the work that he is doing to help promote literacy.
Also, listen to his wonderful talks under the link “audio stories.” You will not be disappointed.
His memoir is the winner of three book awards….
Gold Medal: Book of the Year, Independent Publisher Association 2011
Gold Medal: Inspirational Category Winner, INDIE Book Awards 2011
Silver Medal: Memoir Category INDIE Book Awards 2011
Find out more information about Nelson at his website…
You can order his memoir at Amazon. Click on the title to go to that page. Most Unlikely to Succeed
Carl has been working at The ACT now for the last eight years and is assigned to both secondary and post-secondary schools.
He helps secondary schools understand what their data is telling them and how to respond.
With post-secondary schools he assists them in looking at the student data with a focus on what admissions and scholarship decisions could be made from that data.
We discuss everything from understanding about the organization known as ACT, what the organization offers besides the college entrance test, what the ACT test scores mean, and what the fundamental differences are between the ACT and the SAT.
Carl states, “The ACT is focused on college and career readiness but also work preparedness.”
He explains the ACT standards and benchmarks and what they mean to an educator, parent, and a student taking the test. As Carl recalls, These components help “you understand what the scores on the ACT tell you about what you are ready to do.”
He also shared that there are ACT apps that students can use with their Smart phones and tablets.
We had an awesome conversation!
I think that you will learn so much whether a teacher, administrator, student, or parent you will want to listen again and then share this podcast with others. You will also want to take time to explore the ACT on the web.
Also look for them on Twitter and Facebook.