MW007 — Low-Income First-Generation College Student, Due Quach: Overcoming Adversity

Imagine for a moment, that you and your family decide to leave your home country on a boat; the journey then includes two years in a refugee camp. You’re welcomed into the new country and settle in one of the rougher neighborhoods of Philadelphia, where violence, crime, poverty, and dropping out of school are the status quo. What do you do with that? What meaning do you find?

If you answered, you go to Harvard, have a very challenging time assimilating, so you teach yourself neuroscience, self-directed work to expand your neuro plasticity (the brains ability to change), develop mind hacking techniques for healing and raising potential, then you must already know our guest.

Due Quach (pronounced “Zway Kwok”) is the founder of Calm Clarity, a social enterprise that combines science and mindfulness to help people across the socioeconomic spectrum master their minds and be their best self. Calm Clarity creates social impact by using revenues from corporate training services to deliver the same high-quality training to disadvantaged groups such as low-income first-generation college students and inner city teenagers.

If you’ve ever come across adversity, here’s the key to finding a more meaningful way.

Key Takeaways:

Ditch the uncertainty! How do you find your identity, fight stigmas, and embrace who you are? The no-fail mindset you need to succeed… [7:02].

Be the misfit! Competition and comparison can weigh us down. You might look at your best friend and wonder why he/she has the good grades or the coveted dream career. The signs that you might be looking too far outside yourself and why being the “smartass” will set you on the right path… [11:18].

Feed the brain! Self-defeat or self-care? Which would you choose every day? The science behind listening to your body’s rhythms and the balancing act that places you on solid (not shaky) ground… [20:25].

Version 3.0! You don’t have to “selectively” be your best self – you can be your best in every situation. It involves turning on a switch…once that light is on, it naturally and effortlessly shines bright. Learn more about this trick here… [31:29].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. That’s how we Live Lead and Play! 

Meet the host, Luke Iorio
All you really need to know is this: Luke Iorio is a dad, a spouse, an entrepreneur, a conscious growth strategist, coach, blogger, podcaster, a wide-angled observer, and enthusiastic participant in the game of life who seeks to ask and answer, “What’s truly possible?”
So where does that all come from? Well, for that we need to answer this: How does a shy kid from the suburbs of New Jersey grow up to become a conscious strategist, sought-after coach and speaker, and disrupter of life’s “good enough” status quo?
In a nutshell, Luke intentionally pushed through some of his most palpable moments, or what he calls inflection points. These moments included standing on stage, gripping a microphone, and getting totally out of his comfort zone. This repeated intention to “choose different” has catapulted Luke toward stellar success.
So, what happens AFTER you choose…when you start to take meaningful action? That’s when an inflection point becomes an open road — a pathway to living your intended purpose.
Luke’s path looks something like this…he became President of The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching at age 32, and has since graduated more than 11,000 coaches, leaders, athletes, and professionals across 44 countries, all of whom share his vision and desire for expanding our human potential and creating lasting, conscious change.
You could say Luke’s manifesto reads something like an everyday philosopher and spirited entrepreneur having been inspired early on by the likes of Napoleon Hill and Og Mandino. Nowadays, his intrinsic curiosity and wisdom is paying off as a media personality quoted on The Huffington Post, Fox Business, and Next Avenue, and most recently taking to the airwaves to entertain life’s pivotal questions with the help of celebrated thought leaders, mentors, and everyday unsung heroes.

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