ML25 – A Ski Accident Left Steve Lawton Nearly Dead, But Full of Positivity

After a life-threatening ski accident in Colorado, doctors weren’t sure Steve H. Lawton would survive, but because of his attitude, his helmet, and a rubber chicken named Henrietta, he lives to share the wonders of positivity.

Steve holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA from St. Edward’s University. Plus, 27 years of business experience in roles like: engineer in the Astronaut office at NASA an executive at Dell and TEDx Speaker.

Steve is the author of “Head First! A Crash Course in Positivity,” a story about how his attitude literally saved his life after the skiing accident. As well as practical advice on how to create a positive mindset, lead with positivity, and achieve better outcomes for individuals and organizations.

And if all that isn’t enough, Steve and his lovely wife Deanna have 26 years of marriage and 2 teenagers

Steve Lawton Henrietta

Episode Summary: A Ski Accident Left Steve Lawton Nearly Dead, But Full of Positivity

Eight proven ways to stay positive

  1. Remember: Everything happens for a reason
  2. Focus on what you can control
  3. Learn to laugh in the midst of your pain
  4. Take smaller steps to work to a larger goal
  5. Know when and where to push yourself
  6. Invest positivity into your network
  7. Create a personal positivity practice
  8. Embrace growing pains and learn from your struggles

Steve Lawton Henrietta

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Current Book: Insight Meditation: A Psychology of Freedom (Shambhala Classics) by Joseph Goldstein

Best Movie Ever: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Leadership Superpower: Positivity 

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Additional Items Mentioned

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey

Steve’s website & Link to the quiz


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