Oct 14, 2020
I’m excited to share this conversation with Ros Smith today.
I’ve wanted to feature Ros on the podcast for a long time! She’s
had an enviable career in design and philanthropy. Her life was
interrupted by a surprising cancer diagnosis in 2019, at just 58
years old. Her journey has continued to amaze me, and I know that
you will also glean a lot from what she went through and the
message she now shares from the other side of this experience.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- The details of Ros’s story, beginning with her first cancer
diagnosis and through to where she is today.
- Why fear was never a factor in her recovery and death wasn’t
part of the equation in her mind.
- How going through an MRI procedure flicked a switch in Ros’s
mind, moving her from fear to courage (even when others might have
- The importance of journaling through her recovery and how it
led to her book,
- Ros’s essential distinction between what we do and
who we fundamentally are—and how that has colored both her
recovery and what she plans to do next.
- What happened when Ros’s cancer recurred, and how it relates to
all of us and lessons we can apply during the worldwide COVID-19
- How to look at our situation with COVID right now as a gift, if
only we can relinquish control and accept that we aren’t always
“driving the bus.”
- What I’ve learned from interviewing Ros and dozens like her who
have all gone through extraordinary illness and come out the other
- How this lesson shows up in my own life, too, and how it has
influenced the way I schedule my time nowadays (hint: it has
nothing to do with using every available moment for work!).
- A revelation Ros had on the Gold Coast that changed the way she
looked at her life and her purpose, and what she believes she’s
here to do now.
- Our discussion about creativity, and Ros’s unique definition of
what it means to be creative (and how we can all tap into our own
- Finally, Ros shares her vision for the future and her notion
that we each need to “be the light we want to see in the
I’m so thankful for this enlightening conversation and how Ros
openly shared her journey. I hope this episode sparks a few “ahas”
for you as well.
One of the major lessons I took away from Ros’s story is the
importance of examining what we really want to do in our lives and
get down to the very core of what we value. And then, to let go, to
trust the path and to have faith that things will work out for
us—because each one of us has something special to share with the
Links from this episode: LIGHTBeamers community
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