Ep. 49 - Don't Let Your Differences Define You with Sam Mitchell
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At the age of 20 years old, Sam Mitchell is a true Pioneer fighting to end the stigmatism around mental health, and more specifically, from the perspective of Autism Awareness.
I had the honor of meeting Sam in person at Podfest Expo 2022 when he attended my talk on podcasting in the mental health space to stop the stigma. Sam has such a carefree and light spirit despite all his challenges in his youth, and his story to rise above his circumstances is a true light and blessing in today's world.
His mission is to spread the mission + mantra "don't let your differences define you" and this episode brings much light and clarity to help you capture the spirit of this message to rise above whatever you're going through right now.
Sam now wants to change the perspective of autism, destigmatizing the negativity that often surrounds this type of brain wiring. Sam is using his platform to first and foremost, help those on the spectrum or anyone that feels as though they do not belong because they simply feel "different."
Sam has Autism and runs his own podcast called, Autism Rocks and Rolls.Sam Mitchell, himself, has autism. He was diagnosed at the age of 4, and today at 20 years old, is a well-known podcaster, entrepreneur, writer, podcast coach, public speaker, TEDX Speaker, and Executive Director of Autism Rocks and Rolls NonProfit 501c3. Sam also has a published TED Talk called Souled Structure.
Sam just hosted his first GALA in Bloomington, Indiana, called “Success for All and How We Get There,” with his keynote speaker being Dr. Temple Grandin. Sam has also spoken at The Griffin Promise Conference in OK, the ASET conference in Ontario, Canada and the Podfest conference in Orlando, FL. He is scheduled to speak in Texas, Maryland, and Indiana in the fall.
Sam is doing what he preaches: Those on the spectrum can be successful, if given the correct opportunities and chances. Sam runs his own podcast called, Autism Rocks and Rolls. It has grown over the last three years and has become very, very successful.
Podcasting was an outlet for Sam. It actually saved his life. All self-taught, Sam wants to share what worked for him while he built his podcast and nonprofit and to spread the message that the definition of success is in the eye of the beholder.
Sam has gained several sponsors and this has boosted his mission and business exponentially. He is nearing 10K downloads.
He has had some big names on his show: Armani Williams, first NASCAR driver open about having autism, and American Idol Rocker James Durbin who has autism and Tourette’s. His biggest guest of all was Dr. Temple Grandin, professor in Animal Science at Colorado State University and Autism activist. He recently had the actress Sara Tomko on his show, well-known for her roles in Sneaky Pete and Resident Alien. He also got to meet his idol, WWE Hall of Famer, Mick Foley, and Foley was on Sam’s show.
Sam has a mission: To take the stigma off of autism and show people that he is not broken, therefore, embracing autism. Sam is not ashamed and wants to be the voice of those with autism or other disabilities. His podcast helped him be successful and is helping him change the world just a little bit at a time.
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