Mr. Peter Connors Episode # 41

By Andrew Marotta

#ELB Education Leadership & Beyond is a high energy, leader-based podcast that shares ideas, thoughts, and tips about becoming a better leader in all areas not just education. Andrew has on guests from a wide range of fields including education, public speaking, gov’t, medical, etc just to name a few. Tune in live on voicEd radio, facebook, ITunes, and on the socials. Andrew laughs, cries, shares, and obviously talks with his guests about education, life, leadership and being your best self. If you want to be a better leader, this podcast is for you!

Education Leadership and Beyond: Surviving & Thriving with Andrew Marotta

Podcast #41 with Pete Connors of Shabby Studios

Cancer. Music. Chasing your passions. What a mix. This week we meet Pete Conners of Shabby Studios and the band Mr. LoveJoy. Pete is all three and more. In getting to know Pete and prep for the show, I reflected back to the famous, moving speech by Jimmy V in the spring of ’93.

This speech put Cancer on the map and really drew attention to the importance of fundraising for cancer research. The speech was raw & real. He was a NYer in NC and stood out in so many ways, including winning at the highest level in arguably the most competitive conference in the NCAA’s.

In his speech, Coach Valvano highlighted some very important things. Things we should do everyday in our life. I feel so blessed while writing this that my family and I are healthy and have made an effort to live life full with these passions. Coach V pleaded for everyone to do these actions each day:

1. Laugh

2. Think

3. Be moved to tears with your emotions

4. Enjoy your life, the precious moments

5. Be enthusiastic. Nothing great can ever be accomplished without enthusiasm.

His ending message was probably his most important:

Don’t give up…Don’t ever give up!

This has become the line that represents the V Foundation and inspires so many.

Enjoy the podcast with guest Pete Connors. If you are interested in learning more about Lynch Syndrome and/or making a donation to Pete’s fundraiser, contact Pete at:

Pete also is a great musician and writer. Pete created the opening sound to the show. Contact him if you are interested!

Enjoy the podcast. Order your copy of the Principal: Surviving and Thriving today!
Quote: “Don’t wait until you have cancer to live the life you want to live. Live it now! P. Connors.

Go out and change the world for the better.