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Speaker - Success Coach - Author

Brian broke his neck playing football at the age of seventeen. He went on to graduate from college and then law school. After working in the law field for several years, Brian took his talents into the corporate world . Soon he rose to be one of the top sales professionals and then spent his last ten years as a top manager, developing, inspiring and leading. Brian has been at the inception of numerous successful start up companies.

His ability and desire to develop and inspire drove him into coaching football and basketball. He has spent over twenty years coaching football from youth to high school. His philosophy of CIA Commitment, Integrity and Attitude is a core strategy for success. Brian is the father of three great kids and is married over twenty-four years.
Brians is an author and speaker who, through his engaging style and practical wisdom, leaves audiences inspired and challenged to face life's struggles with hope, faith and purpose.

Brian was nominated for the 2013 Best Dads on Wheels Contest. Brian has been chosen as one of the ten finalist by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

President of Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation (SOAR)

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SOAR is a 501 c 3 Non profit Foundation empowering people with disabilities participate in recreational outdoor activities.

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What defines us is how well we rise after falling. Getting Up is the Key to Life: Down but Not Out - Slowed but Not Stopped - Bent but Not Broken: Strategy of success, CIA: Commitment, Integrity, and Attitude: There comes a time in your life when you finally get it ... When, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out "ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on." Then, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside and you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes. This is your awakening. Your Quickening, the receiving of all the power and knowledge another immortal has obtained throughout his/her life. It is like the receiving of a sacrament.

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The Take a Pie Challenge by SOAR

Brian P Swift
Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation
SOAR’s mission is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in outdoor accessible activities and help provide them with accessible equipment.
SOAR provides outdoor accessible recreational opportunities for physically challenged people and families and individuals in need with a key focus of improving the lives of those with spinal cord injuries. We will motivate, inspire and create opportunities for people with disabilities who are emotionally, physically and therapeutically in need.
Take A Pie For SCI
How can you help?
The fundraiser “Take a Pie for SCI and SOAR” essentially, will be similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge from years ago for ALS. Consumers will have the option to donate funds to the fundraiser for Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI), or they can post a video on social media of them taking a pie to the face. The pies, of course, could be a paper plate topped with Reddi Wip.
Share your videos on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook with the tags #SOAR #SCI #Pie4SCI.
Email our challenge to your friends and family.
Donate, even five dollars, it will help make a difference
We hope you will partner with SOAR to enrich the lives of children and adults with spinal cord injuries and help them to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Feel free to contact Brian Swift at 708-269-7064. This particular campaign, Take a Pie for SCI is set up to help SOAR reach their goals of helping others that are disabled and to get involved in outdoor recreational activities.
So, please join me in taking a Pie for SCI ….. post your video and donate on the go fund me link below.
https://www.gofundme.com/take-a-pie-for-sci-amp-soar
Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation – SOAR http://soarnonprofit.com/take-a-pie-for-sci/
Donate to GoFundMe for Take A Pie For SCI
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Mokena, IL 60448
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It is rare that someone can take a “tragedy” as an opportunity to change their life and help others. That is exactly what Brian P. Swift did. In 1979 on the day after Christmas, Brian Swift, at the age of 17, broke his neck playing football leaving him a C5/6 quadriplegic, with permanent paralysis from his chest down. In the process of his rehabilitation, he became aware of the importance of recreation for rehabilitation, not only to improve mobility, but to improve mental well-being. Brian saw this event in his life as a challenge and an opportunity to assist others. This life-changing event developed into his personal crusade.
Brian went back to school and received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Xavier University and his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul College of Law.
Brian Swift overcame the challenge of his disability utilizing sports for himself and others by coaching football and basketball for over twenty years. He continued hunting, fishing, and taking long rides in the outdoors after his accident to combat the emotional and physical strains of his disability.
The father of three adopted children and a husband of over 27 years, Brian developed his strategy of success, CIA: Commitment, Integrity, and Attitude. By using this strategy, Brian leaves people invigorated to face their own struggles with hope, faith, and purpose!
In his own words: "This is a TRUE STORY At the age of 17 I broke my neck playing football the day after Christmas. A month later while I was at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago my I was faced with a decision that would forever change my life and the lives of others.
Both of my parents had an amazing impact. My mom has a faith based strength about her that is unmatched and she has instilled that in me. She is selfless and gives to others like no other. As for my father, his integrity, commitment and work ethic are unmatched and this story will tell you more about my dad.
My dad came up to visit me at lunch from work. It was several days before my 18th birthday. After 15 minutes he stood up and put his overcoat on and started to walk out. He turned to me and said “ if your going to be negative I will not come up to visit you”. He said “ IT IS YOUR JOB TO KEEP OUR FAMILY UP”. If you’re up we will all be up!There was no decision to be made, I am a Swift and I have never let him, my family or friends down, I have been blessed.
What a shame for a person to grow old without truly knowing the beauty & strength of what you are capable of. There was a big change in my attitude after my accident. I had an appreciation and zest for life that I never had before. In life you can either get bitter or get better. I chose better and created my own reality.
I always felt blessed in certain ways. I just jumped back into life and one thing I always wanted to do coach football and basketball at my grammar school. Two years after my injury I starting coaching football at my grammar school. I fell in love with inspiring people. I spent over 30 years as a leader responsible to inspire and develop others and I was very successful at it. I was born to inspire and motivate, it is a fulfilling way to live. The perspective, knowledge and wisdom I gained through 39 years of being disabled is indispensable. I am also aware of what the human spirit or soul is capable of when you push it to the limit and beyond. I try to inspire and teach others to live with strength and substance, while constantly feeding yourself with the good, pure and positive.
My wife and primary care taker is an amazing angel. Like my kids words can not do her justice. She is beautiful inside and out. I have three kids ages 16, 18 and 24 and they can outwork any kid out there. At a young age they learned how to give to others because they did, with my guidance, the things I could not physically do. Giving and helping others is just a part of their lives.
I have spent years thinking of a BIG idea to create more awareness and funds to assist more people. I was out on one of my two mile wheelchair rides thinking about SOAR and BAM ''Take a Pie for SCI &SOAR" came to me. SOAR has one big fundraiser every year. We apply for grants and seek out corporate giving to help with raising funds. We also have a go fund me movement going. At this time no one gets paid for the time they donate to running SOAR.
SOAR’s mission is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in outdoor accessible activities and help provide them with accessible equipment.
There are many benefits to accessing the outdoors: 1) mental, physical & emotional health and wellness, 2) spending quality time with family & friend, and 3) most importantly to view and enjoy all of God’s outdoor creations.
We believe that recovery consists of healing the mind, not just the body and that recovery is a journey, not a destination. Being in touch with God’s creation draws us closer to the healing journey of love, grace, peace and joy of fellowship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
SOAR’s ultimate goal is to create an accessible outdoor recreation park that will provide families of individuals with physical disabilities with the opportunity to participate in activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, four wheeling, bicycling, and more. SOAR is trying to acquire 30 to 40 acres to build this accessible recreational park. If you know anyone with land that may be willing to partner with SOAR please pass on our contact information. We hope you will partner with SOAR to enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities and help them to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
Other goals include helping more people year after year. The people we help have a wide range of disabilities from all over the country. We help disabled veterans get out fishing and hunting. We help kids get therapeutic tricycles and hand cycles. We sponsor wheelchair athletes looking to participate in outdoor recreation or sports. We sponsor a disability hunt and a triathlon. SOAR is always open to hear what your needs are."
It is our hope that SOAR can provide a place and services to help others build their bodies and minds to be healthier and happier. As SOAR grows with the help and generosity of others, it is our goal to positively effect as many lives as we can through the wonders of the great, accessible, outdoors.
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Please send soar@soarnonprofit.com an email request for our grant form and we ill send it to you, or you may download a copy by clicking here .
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Get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We look forward to hearing from you!
We hope you will partner with SOAR to enrich the lives of children and adults with spinal cord injuries and help them to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Feel free to contact Brian Swift at 708-269-7064. This particular campaign, Take a Pie for SCI is set up to help SOAR reach their goals of helping others that are disabled and to get involved in outdoor recreational activities.
So, please join me in taking a Pie for SCI ….. post your video and donate on the go fund me link below.
https://www.gofundme.com/take-a-pie-for-sci-amp-soar
Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation – SOAR http://soarnonprofit.com/take-a-pie-for-sci/
Donate to GoFundMe for Take A Pie For SCI
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soar@soarnonprofit.com
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708-269-7064
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10254 W 195th St
Mokena, IL 60448

Votes2 DateMar 7, 2019

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Brian P Swift

Brian P Swift
Husband - Father - Son - Brother - Success Coach - Author - Speaker
Brian broke his neck playing football at the age of seventeen. He went on to graduate from college and then law school. After working in the law field for several years, Brian took his talents into the corporate world . Soon he rose to be one of the top sales professionals and then spent his last ten years as a top manager, developing, inspiring and leading. Brian has been at the inception of numerous successful start up companies.
His ability and desire to develop and inspire drove him into coaching football and basketball. He has spent over twenty years coaching football from youth to high school. His philosophy of CIA Commitment, Integrity and Attitude is a core strategy for success. Brian is the father of three great kids and is married over twenty-four years.
Brian is an author and speaker who, through his engaging style and practical wisdom, leaves audiences inspired and challenged to face life's struggles with hope, faith and purpose.
Brian was nominated for the 2013 Best Dads on Wheels Contest. Brian has been chosen as one of the ten finalist by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
President of Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation (SOAR)
soarnonprofit.com
SOAR is a 501 c 3 Non profit Foundation empowering people with disabilities participate in recreational outdoor activities.
Brian is an Author
UP Getting Up is the Key to Life
Down but Not Out - Slowed but Not Stopped - Bent but Not Broken
Up is the creation of the author in which he shares his personal paradigm for mental, emotional, and spiritual recovery and facing the challenges of life as quadriplegic. It is the author's hope to inspire those with similar injuries and give hope to their medical caregivers, family, and loved ones. Interior photographs are from the author.Brian’s neck was broken while playing football with his friends on the sunny, chilly day after Christmas, 1979, at the age of seventeen. As he found the courage and strength to recover, graduate from high school, earn his college degree, and earn his Juris Doctor degree as a quadriplegic, he also found his purpose: to achieve more than expected, and to aspire to the best he can be. Now the father of three and a husband of over 24 years, Brian has developed his strategy of success, CIA: Commitment, Integrity, and Attitude. With his engaging style and practical wisdom, Brian will leave you invigorated to face your own struggles with hope, faith, and purpose!
A band of nine fathers want to wrote a book on fatherhood. We felt the need to share our struggles and successes. In a medley of stories, opinions and advice, the authors take you on a journey of men who don't hold back their enthusiasm of being proud fathers. You will find moments of joy, sadness, and triumph. Whether you are a father, a mother, son, daughter, extended family member or caregiver, there is something in this book for you! It will kindle your excitement to send a message of love.​
Go Ask Your Dad. It's features dads of all kinds, role models, heroes, men who have faced great loss, and men who have made even greater mistakes. Each tells a touching story that needs to be heard.
Go Ask Your Dad challenges fathers from different faiths, cultures, and generations to come together and answer tough questions dads, children, and families face today.
Fathers must learn from the past, be prepared now and in the future to discuss everything from sexual education and identity to what kind of career path a youth could choose. Fathers need to have answers on how to handle negative things such as cyber-bullying and ISIS, but also must encourage good choices for health, happiness and a brighter tomorrow.
The authors of Go Ask Your Dad don't claim to be perfect dads; they do promise, in this book, you will find valuable lessons from their mistakes and successes
Brian is a Certified Life Coach
Mastermind groups are relatively new to most people.
A mastermind group is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others.
How does a mastermind work? A group of smart people meet weekly, monthly, daily even if it makes sense, to tackle challenges and problems together. They lean on each other, give advice, share connections and do business with each other when appropriate. It’s very much peer-to-peer mentoring and if you are lucky enough to get invited to one, you will most likely see a marked change in yourself and your business.
Here are 7 reasons why a Mastermind might be right for you:
You’ll be part of an exclusive community. Joining a mastermind typically involves you being invited by the members or going through an application process. The other members need you just as much as you need them, so quality of experience and knowledge is crucial to all involved.
Advisement. Once you are involved in a mastermind, that feeling of “being alone” while running your business is gone. The other members of the group turn into business advisors of sorts and vice versa.
Collaboration is the name of the game. You may find someone in the group that is a perfect fit to work on a project with you. Or, you may be the perfect person to help another member as well. The group works together collaboratively, to achieve more together.
Extend your network. Joining a mastermind expands your network exponentially and rapidly. If you are in business, you know how important your network is. By joining a mastermind, you instantly add to your network and typically gain the networks of those in the group with you.
New learning. Everyone in the mastermind is unique in skill, experience and connections. By interacting and sharing your challenges, it’s almost certain that someone in your mastermind will have a solution for you and you may also be able to offer a solution, connection or tactic to help another in the group.
Cross-promotion. When you join a mastermind, you will most likely find ways to help each other by utilizing cross promotion. Finding ways to help each other through promoting to your respective networks.
Think bigger. Being in a mastermind will truly give you a Master Mind! You can’t help but think bigger and stretch beyond your boundaries when surrounded by amazing people doing amazing things.
Masterminds are incredible and can do wonders for your business as well as for you, personally. Growing in a group is not only more effective, it’s quite a bit more fun! Contact Brian Swift bswift62@comcast.net
Brian is Founder of SOAR
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Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation
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Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation, Inc. SOAR is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization
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“SOAR will offer programs, services and equipment to improve the emotional and physical quality of life for people with disabilities, families, and individuals in need by creating outdoor accessible environments.”
708-269-7064
It’s Your Time
There comes a time in your life when you finally get it ... When, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out "ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on." Then, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside and you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes. This is your awakening. Your Quickening, the receiving of all the power and knowledge another immortal has obtained throughout his/her life. It is like the receiving of a sacrament.
It is your time!! You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appears over the next horizon. You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you. Not everyone gets a trophy and there are winners and losers and that all right as long as you’re not a quitter.
You learn that your mother and father were more right than wrong. You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love or faith and appreciate or approve of who or what you are, and that’s okay. They are entitled to their own views and opinions. You learn that the best things in live are free. You learn smooth roads never make good drivers. Smooth sea never makes good sailors. Clear skies never make good pilots. Problem free life never makes a strong person.
You learn about real Friendship isn’t how you forget, but how you forgive.
Not how you listen, but how you understand.
Not how you see, but how you feel.
Not how you let go, but how you hold on!

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