“It’s great to have a gift, but to use it in a way to help other people is dream come true.” - Scott Flansburg
Scott Flansburg, “The Human Calculator” and multi-award winning Guinness World Records holder, joins The Brink of Midnight Podcast with John Brenkus.
Scott Flansburg has a powerful relationship with and understanding of numbers. He’s on a mission to help kids (and grown ups) feel great about math. His most powerful moments of self-discovery occurred in third, fifth, and eighth grades, so he knows a thing or to about guiding kids toward a confident and fun relationship with arithmetic.
He’s a New York Times best-selling author, has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Larry King, Tony Robbins, and has appeared on CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and countless other major outlets. My production company also produced Scott's History Channel show, "Human Calculator." Scott travels the world speaking to educators, parents, corporate leaders, and thousands of students each year and has even visited our own kids’ school!
Remarkably, Scott didn’t graduate high school, got kicked out of the Air Force, was homeless for a period of time, and by chance met comedian Jon Lovitz, who ended up spearheading his career in becoming an “edutainer”.
This conversation will truly spark the pathways in your brain as Scott teaches us some fun number patterns, the origin of Roman numerals and the shape of modern numbers, why we should question our calendar, and how to delight in the math in our everyday surroundings, biology, and economy. He has a contagious energy that makes you want to look for math all around you!
SCOTT’S WORDS OF WISDOM
“I want to help inspire people use their God-given or natural abilities to their highest potential to make the world a better place.”
“It’s great to have a gift, but to use it in a way to help other people is dream come true.”
“Numbers are a very powerful language and most popular language on Earth that you need to tune into.”
“It’s become socially accepted to be bad at math, and now that we have calculators in our pockets, it’s only going to get worse.”
“Right now it’s so easy to get out there and experience things to find out what your gift ISN’T. Through the narrowing process is how you find your gift, not by having it drop on your brain one day.”
“Most of the time, when people fail, it’s that they’ve fallen short of the expectations they set for themselves and nothing else.”
“When you discover your passion, you chase it down, and you live it, breathe it, and you’re using it for the good of others, it never feels like you’re working. It feels like you’re giving.”
Scott's end-of-day meditation: “How can I best add value to this planet and the people on it?”
SCOTT’S PROJECTS + CHARITABLE WORK
Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation believes a renewed sense of self-worth and purpose provides a meaningful foundation for the youth in local communities. Solid Rock’s goal is to provide a landing place for teens.
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