How do strong communities create resilient individuals? In the face of challenges, is it possible to turn pain into power and positivity?

Through his mother's fight with lung cancer, Adam and his family were forced to cope with these questions first-hand. He shares his perspective, and the lessons he learned.

"I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"

"I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"



How can we manage the part of our brain that says "I can't"? What gets in the way of our passions and dreams? For some of us, it's hard to determine what really gives us meaning. 

Adam touches on these questions by encouraging audience members to focus on their own dreams, not somebody else's.

Living Fully

Living fully means creating joy in the deepest corners of life - yes, even through the "bad" parts. Through videos, pictures, and Adam's impassioned delivery, audiences are left inspired by his mother's effervescent energy, spirit, and soul, and come away feeling like they are ready to dance through life, despite inevitable obstacles, just like Susie always did.



Lung Cancer

Many people don't know that lung cancer kills more people than the next top three cancer killers combined. And yet it is stigmatized, underfunded, and misunderstood. Victims of the disease are presumed to be lifelong smokers, have unhealthy health habits, or have "brought it on themselves." Adam has become a leading advocate for lung cancer awareness and research. He aims to reduce the stigma and help bring understanding and attention to an often over-simplified disease.

Public Service

Common threads in Adam's work and passions are a connection to helping others, investing in the common good, and creating opportunity for everyone. He challenges typical notions of success, encouraging audiences to look outside the models they may be familiar with to find fulfillment. Adam especially loves to show young audiences that success and service are not mutually exclusive.



Success via Relationships 

"I'm not here to make friends."

This refrain is typically heard by contestants on CBS's Survivor. The reality is - Adam's ability to befriend others and build authentic relationships were essential to a winning strategy in Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. Adam broadens his scope and shows that your relationships and your reputation matter more than your pitch, both on and off the island.

Modern Masculinity

The image of a dominant, completely-independent, and emotionally withdrawn man is not only common in society, but often encouraged. Adam offers a different concept of masculinity, speaking to the importance of emotional vulnerability, empathy, and concern for others.


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On Survivor and in life, you can only keep a facade for so long. It's not only personally draining; it doesn't work. Adam highlights the importance of celebrating others for who they are and leading with your authentic self, allowing you to find greater success and satisfaction in life and professional pursuits.



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