You DO Deserve a Wonderful Life with Sammy Rangel – 10-22-16
August 29, 2016
When you were young, what did you imagine your life would be like when you grew older? You might have had images and expectations of a family, a home, a fulfilling career, or many of the other trappings of what most would consider a rich, wonderful life. But sometimes perceived wrongdoings in our past, or a low sense of self worth can make us believe a story that we don’t deserve to have a rich, wonderful life. Or maybe those around us have led us to believe that we are not qualified or worthy to fulfill our dreams. This story that we tell ourselves about what we “deserve” in life can be a roadblock to achieving our own potential and keep us from seeing our life unfold in ways that would fill us with joy and satisfaction. How can we change the story in our heads so that we truly believe we deserve to live a wonderful life?
Joining us this week is one of our most popular guests, who has overcome his own challenging past to help inspire and coach others to truly believe that they too deserve good things in their life, for themselves and their family.
Sammy Rangel was born into abuse, and spent most of his early years in mental institutions, foster homes, and detention homes. He embraced violence at the age of 11, joining the Maniac Latin Disciples gang and spending long periods in prison. It wasn’t until a drug abuse program helped him rehabilitate that Sammy began to further his education and start working for a Safe Streets Outreach Program in Wisconsin. Today, he serves on the board of the organization Life After Hate and consults with law enforcement on addressing and curtailing gang behavior. Sammy is the author of the autobiography FOURBEARS: The Myths of Forgiveness.
In 2004 Sammy graduated from Gateway Technical College-Racine and from Carthage College with a Bachelors of Social Work Degree with a minor in Psychology, Cum Laude. In 2009 Sammy graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree, Summa Cum Laude, with a mental health focus, from Loyola University-Chicago.
Sammy currently serves as the Senior Director for Program Management and Development for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Wisconsin. He previously served as the Programs Director for the Re-Entry Division of Racine Vocational Ministry.
Sammy has also worked at the Racine County Jail as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor helping men and women with addictive and criminal lifestyles. Sammy contributes to the community by sitting on various committees that address race, homelessness, crime, gang activity or drug abuse issues among our youth and adults. He is also the founder of Formers Anonymous, an organization with a mission to help people move beyond their addiction to street life.
Sammy is an in-demand speaker and has spoken about his story to audiences around the world. In May 2015, he appeared on stage at the TedX Conference in Budapest speaking on “The Power of Forgiveness”. Sammy’s presentation is available on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOzJO6HRIuA&feature=youtu.be.
Sammy has been a guest on our show before and we are honored to welcome him back to inspire our listeners.