Uniquely Brilliant Podcast

The podcast with strategies for creative, quirky, and extraordinary people of all ages. Diana Bader and Becky Berry accompany you on the adventure of living with unique brilliance. Whether or not you have an ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, or dyslexia, learn and share strategies from uniquely brilliant people and other experts in differences. If you sense your ideas, dreams, and thoughts are just a little bit bigger than "normal," and you are tired of feeling lost, frustrated or just plain wrong, this podcast is for you! Learn how to squelch those voices in your head that say you're wrong because you think differently and learn how to reclaim your best self!
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Dec 28, 2015

Episode 9: The Adventure of Mindsets Part 3 - Why Change Your Mindset?

Becky and Diana continue to explore the book Mindset by Carol Dweck, and discuss why anyone would decide to change their mindset, especially if things are going okay.

They discuss:

  • Figuring out your pain point – how much pain do you have to experience before you decide to change?
  • Your Mindset is just one piece of the puzzle that is your personality.
  • Your Mindset can change completely, or depending on the situation.
  • One aspect of the Growth Mindset is being vulnerable enough to ask questions.
  • Working on acquiring a Growth Mindset can start with a baby step.
  • Fixed Mindsets frequently look at situations as all or nothing – good/bad, succeed/fail.
  • Effort, in a Fixed Mindset is assumed to be bad. The Fixed Mindset assumes things should come easy.
  • When you have a Growth Mindset, you expose yourself to the journey of effort.
  • It can be challenging for someone with a Growth Mindset to have a Fixed Mindset leader.
  • Uniquely Brilliant people have Growth Mindset in a Fixed Mindset World.
  • Growth Mindset people work to figure things out – they don’t jump to label experience as either good or bad.
  • The Fixed Mindset assumes there is one right way to do things.

STAMP OF BRILLIANCE – When you take the time to make a situation work for everyone involved, you are modeling the essence of the Growth Mindset. You are putting effort into understanding everyone’s needs and creating a solution instead of assuming that someone is wrong and someone else is right.Stamp of Brilliance

Dec 14, 2015

Episode 008: The Adventure of Mindsets Part 2

Becky and Diana continue their 4 part series on the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. In this episode they discuss abilities and resilience.

  • The 2 mindsets look at abilities differently.
    • Fixed Mindset - Talent will take me where I need to go.
    • Growth Mindset - If I work hard, I can go anywhere.
  • Fixed Mindset is not always negative, in many cases it is comfortable and non-threatening.
  • Growth Mindset is not always positive, because it can be hard to stay in the present moment.
  • The power in Failing Forward
    • Fixed Mindset sees failing as personal. Something is wrong with me. Somebody did something wrong. It’s also about blame.
    • Growth Mindset sees failing as a learning experience.
      • Thomas Edison taught us the power of surrounding ourselves with people who compliment our abilities so we can be successful.
      • His life also shows us that there is freedom in starting over
    • Are you holding on to things you should let go of?
    • If you learn something from a situation that didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to, it’s not failure.
    • When you learn from failure, you start learning what’s important to you.
    • Uniquely Brilliant minds sometimes seem to shut down and be still.
      • When that happens, embrace it.
      • Figure out what you can do to get past the shut down.
      • Strategy: begin naming everything in your surroundings to help bring you back to the moment.


Podcast referenced in this episode: Hack the Entrepreneur with Jon Nastor. Jon asks interview subjects about how they handle the entrepreneurial gap – jumping from one project to the next without taking the time to recognize what they accomplished in their last project.



Another way to figure out your Mindset is by examining how you react to failure. People with growth mindsets see failure as a learning experience. People with fixed mindsets see failure as personal, that something is wrong with them, that they are not good enough.

Dec 7, 2015

Episode 7: The Adventure of Mindsets: Part 1

Becky and Diana begin a 4 part series on the book Mindset, by Carol Dweck. In this episode they introduce Growth vs Fixed mindsets.

  • Imagine a bad day… how do you react? Do you feel like a failure? Do you blame someone for your bad day? Or, do you move through it, assuming the next day will be better?
  • Fixed Mindset believes things are the way they are. They are static and out of your control
  • Growth Mindset believes things can change. They are dynamic and in your control.
  • Mindsets are learned, so they can be changed.
  • Growth Mindset understands that there is no growth without risk.
  • Expectations always influence the journey to an outcome. They can be premeditated resentments. If you have an expectation of an outcome, and that outcome doesn’t happen, do you resent it? Are you angry about it?
  • Your mindset isn’t always fixed or always growth – there are plenty of gray areas.


You can identify your mindset by looking at the difference between your gut reaction to a situation and the next action you take.

Dec 2, 2015

The Adventure of Giving Feathers and Building Wings instead of Anchors

Diana and Becky discuss how learning life skills adds feathers to your wings that help you soar, regardless of your age.

  • The Myth of “I’ll pay someone to…”
  • Building skills increases self confidence.
  • Anchors keep you stuck in one place.
  • Throughout your youth people add feathers to your wings when they teach you new skills.
  • As an adult you get to choose what feathers to add.
  • Anchors = Expectations of an end result.
  • Anchors = Assumptions about your ability to grow.
  • Anchors = dependence on others for basic necessities of life (cooking, laundry, communication).

Stamp of Brilliance

Anchors keep you stuck right where you are. Adding feathers to your wings makes your wings stronger and helps you soar!

Dec 2, 2015

The Adventure of Self-Advocacy

In this adventure Diana and Becky discuss the importance of advocating, especially for yourself.

**A special note for support people like parents, teachers, coaches, and bosses. Give your uniquely brilliant people wings not anchors. Trust your gut and let go of the outcome. Allow them to become the star in their own lives, and get comfortable in your supporting role.

It’s important to know yourself, know your strengths, and know your limitations (the limitations you know, not the ones people tell you are your limitations) so you can help people understand how you function best – at home, at work, and at school.


  • Ask for the help you need.
  • Ask questions!
  • Don’t assume there is only one way to complete an assignment. If you can do it another way that works better for you, suggest it to the teacher.
  • Remember, you aren't the only one who will benefit from your ideas and questions.


  • Learn what works best for you. Do you need chores written down? Do you need them scheduled for a specific day? Do you need a chart, or a list?
  • Let the people around you know what you need help with and what you can do on your own.
  • Ask to take on more tasks and responsibilities as you feel ready.


  • Create a schedule that works for you
  • Don’t be afraid to set boundaries, like how fast you respond to emails. We have to teach people how to treat us. It won’t take long for them to catch on.
  • When you are working in a way that is best suited to you, you are automatically more productive.


  • True friends like you for you.
  • Never try to be something you aren’t just to fit in.
  • Don’t make friends just to make friends. Having the wrong friends (friends who don’t like you the way you are) will keep you from making true friends.
  • There are plenty of people in this world who will get you and accept you, so never stop looking.


You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”  - Jim Rohn

Dec 2, 2015

The Adventure of Introverts and Extroverts

In this Adventure Diana and Becky discuss the differences between being an Introvert and Extrovert.

  • Introverted is NOT the same as shy. Shyness is the result of something that triggers a “pull-back” response in certain situations.
  • Introvert and Extrovert IS about energy and how you recharge.


Understanding your energy and the energy of the people around you gives you the knowledge you need to respect what different people need to re-charge.


Dec 2, 2015

The Adventure of: You Are Not Wrong

Diana and Becky discuss how being Uniquely Brilliant can make you feel wrong, even though you are not. 

  • You can be labeled as wrong for thinking outside the box.
  • Side effects of feeling like you’re wrong include low self-esteem, depression, acting out, and worse.
  • There is more than one way to do things and see things…and that’s a good thing!
  • Henry Ford's trial teaches us we don’t have to know everything, especially when we surround ourselves with people who know what we don’t.
  • Focus on what YOU are really good at and build from there.
  • You don’t outgrow your Unique Brilliance, you just develop new strategies that work for you.
  • Until you learn how to honor your Unique Brilliance, you will always feel like something is missing in your life.
  • Assessments are a great tool to better understand yourself, and often validate what you already know.


Different does NOT equal wrong.

Dec 2, 2015

The Adventure of Trusting Your Gut

When you learn to trust your gut you empower others to do the same. Trusting your gut will help you recognize strategies to help you and the Uniquely Brilliant people in your life.

  • Study after study show parents know their kids best.
  • Support and encourage the Uniquely Brilliant people in your life to trust their guts, too.
  • Actively look for solutions and strategies.
  • Don’t Give Up!
  • Being Uniquely Brilliant is a superpower.
  • Many companies are beginning to embrace the idea of unique brilliance.
  • The Uniquely Brilliant brain is wired differently from a typical, and there's nothing wrong with the wiring!!


Don't stop searching for solutions and strategies that work best. There are people who want to help!

Dec 2, 2015

In this episode, Diana and Becky introduce the Uniquely Brilliant Podcast. They talk about their backgrounds, their take on Uniquely Brilliant people, and why they were compelled to create this podcast. The "You might be uniquely brilliant if...." feature invites audience feedback and participation. They also offer their first gift to listeners, their live holiday webinar "Wrap Your Holidays in Calm and Comfort!"