Testimonial on Learn Success Today for John Baumann The Inspiring Esquire by a college lacrosse star

October 2, 2010

Shootin’ It With Bergan

Second edition of Bergan Foley’s Blog

Sept. 3, 2010

Hello! Much has happened in the past week here with the Louisville lacrosse team! As soon as classes started, we jumped right into our fitness and lift testing. Early morning on Wednesday, we tested our mile which went really well! Freshman Nikki “the BOLT” Boltja set a new record time, which I’m hesitant to say because we want her to stay on the lacrosse team, and not be recruited by track. Later that day, the team tested in our squats, bench and cleans in hopes to reach our personal bests. Sophomore Meg McCarthy took the crown on PB’s by beating all her weights and measurements from last year, helping her summer team get a nice lead in our competitions.

Friday night was our first ever “Cards Dine In!” The seniors and freshmen got together and ordered in some pizza at the Yum! Center, got to know each other and talked about funny memories from year’s past. They soon learned how goofy our team is and that there is no limit to our weirdness. The sophomores and juniors went to Bardstown Road to a local favorite pizza spot and enjoyed a nice meal. Overall, it was a great way to get closer and start the fall!

After doing well on our fitness tests, we received some sweet Adidas gear, including our practice t-shirts that read “Pay the Price” in bold on the back. This saying, “Pay the Price” comes from a great book the whole team read over the summer, titled “Training Camp” by Jon Gordon. One thing our team has realized is that our work ethic this fall will reflect our success this spring and in the future and we need to “pay the price” or “do the work” to get there.

In order to continue to get into the correct mindset for the fall, we had a guest speaker come educate us on the ways to achieve the goals that we desire. John Baumann, a professor here at the University and a huge lacrosse fan, helped us set goals and taught us how to maintain focus in order to achieve them.

This week, we started agilities and conditioning as a team, focusing on our defensive footwork and slides. Next week, we have our first practice on Monday! I know the freshmen and veterans can’t wait to start playing with a stick again and have fall ball start!


What a wonderful presentation, John! You were wonderful and I am so grateful you shared your story. We were receiving excellent feedback in the chat too:

That was fantastic information, thank you for your candor and humor! Awesome 🤩 talk and info ! Thanks much. It’s hard, thanks for sharing. Thank you for sharing your story and for your positive attitude. It’s important to hear this message. This was just what I needed. Thank you so much. you are an inspiration, thank you!

As we stated, we hit 100 participants at 3:09!

Thank you again,

Eden Feldman, LCSW Associate Director, Community

I do not have the words to thank you enough for making the trip to Dallas to do two presentations for us at CC young. You truly are special and a rockstar and clearly touched many lives today. It is a victory! I was able to run all over campus and welcome guests and host you. It was a victory. Thanks to you for helping me think that way. We will catch you on the next round. Get some rest my friend. Safe travels. And know we love you from CC Young and Dallas!

Patty CC Young and Dallas

“After two years of not being able to hear speakers in person , I was thrilled to have John Bauman as a speaker at our “ Living Well With Parkinson’s’ Gala!. Not only was John engaging and inspiring to get to know off stage , on stage he truly drove home the theme of empowerment to our audience and left our growing community of attendees with several “ aha “ moments and desire to hear more. He spoke from personal experience as a Parkinson’s patient ,inspiring the audiences motivation to truly wish to make a difference and uniting us all in our humanity. Attendees after listening to John , felt inspired to make a difference in the world and do their part to create change for those living with Parkinson’s. My only regret was not being able to spend more time with John and I look forward to having him speak again to our audience.”

Naomi Wong WPP Program Manager

John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.