Spotlighting Standout Success For Alexander Knoll Because He Sparks Straightforward Success

When he was about age nine, Alex Knoll of Post Falls, Washington saw a man in a wheelchair struggle to open a door to his grandparents’ store. Alex looked for an app that would give people information about access before they left their homes. He found none, so he decided to create one.

Ability App will include information on:

Locations of wheelchair ramps

Accessible boat launches

Accessible hiking trails

Locations friendly to service animals

Restaurants with Braille menus

Grocery delivery

Occupational therapy

Transportation and mobility

Job listings

And more

Alex wants to include voice-activation and eye-tracking features in his app. The Ability App will spark straightforward success for people who have difficulty participating in the world.

Spotlights for Alex Knoll’s standout success include:

Won best in show at Invent Idaho
2014

Explained his app To Governor Butch Otter, first lady Lori Otter, and state lawmakers in Boise, Idaho.

Won Grand Champion at I Cubed
2014

Gave presentation to Think Big Festival in Coeur d/Alene
2014

Gave presentation to University of Idaho computer sciences students and faculty in Moscow, Idaho.

Addressed teachers at the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy in Rathdrum, Idaho

Shared Ability App at Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland
2015

Marc Boudria of Chaotic Moon Studios gave Knoll insights on improving the user experience.

Guy Fraker of Senndex in Illinois offered to partner with Knoll to provide background checks on service providers included in the app.

Met with Christine Fox of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

Appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where Ellen presented Alex with a $25,000 check to help
him launch his app.

The spotlights for Alexander Knoll will likely increase as people use it and participate more frequently in the world around them.

“Young inventor’s Ability App gains traction”
Scott Maben
The Spokesman-Review
October 14, 2015

“Young Post Falls inventor meets his hero, Ellen DeGeneres, leaves with $25,000”
Scott Maben
The Spokesman-Review
May 25, 2017

Paula M. Kramer
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Standout Success For 19 Year Old Joey Prusak

Originally published May 14, 2014

Revised and republished November 10, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Spotlighting Standout Success
Other people responding positively to you
because you created a success they value

In September 2013, Joey Prusak was a 19 year old store manager of a suburban Minneapolis Dairy Queen. One of his regulars was a visually impaired man. That day, the visually impaired man dropped a $20 bill without realizing it. Another customer picked up the money, looked at the man who dropped it, then put the money in her own purse.

When the woman reached the window, Prusak asked her to return the other customer’s money to him. She refused. Prusak asked again. The customer refused again. Finally Prusak said, “Please return the $20 or get out of the store, because I’m not going to serve someone as disrespectful as you.” The woman “stormed out”. Prusak served the other customers in line, then went over to the visually impaired man and gave him $20 of his own money.

Another customer who saw the entire event sent an email to Dairy Queen. Owner Dave Pettit received the email. He posted it at Prusak’s store. A fellow employee posted a picture of the email to Facebook. Billionaire Warren Buffet called Prusak to thank him “for being a role model for all the other employees and people in general.” Buffet’s company owns Dairy Queen. He invited Prusak to the 2014 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

Queen Latifah invited Prusak to be a guest on the “The Queen Latifah Show”. Asked what he likes to do in his spare time, Prusak talked about a passion for NASCAR and said he competes in local Twin Cities races. Latifah had discovered Prusak’s passion ahead of time and played a prerecorded video from NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick. Harvick invited Prusak to be his personal guest at the Daytona 500. Harvick told Prusak he could bring three guests with him. Prusak brought his father as one of his guests. Joey’s father was a local racer who had won a number of regional championships. Prusak learned to love racing from his father.

Other people took time to spotlight Joey’s success as well. A woman gave Prusak an envelope of money for his college fund. When Glenn Beck had Prusak guest on his radio show, he offered to buy Prusak his own franchise. Minnesota Wild, a professional ice hockey team, gave Prusak a suite for himself and 20 guests for a Saturday night game.

All of the success spotlighters valued what Prusak had done for a man who did not even know he had been treated unfairly.

“Joey Prusak, Dairy Queen Manager In Minnesota, Gets National Attention For Awesome Good Deed”
Huffington Post
September 20, 2013

“Teenage Good Samaritan Joey Prusak rewarded with trip to Daytona 500”
Jordan Bianchi
SB Nation
October 2, 2013

“Warren Buffett Offering Options For MN’s Famous Dairy Queen Manager”
Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield
WCCO Television
September 19, 2013

Paula M. Kramer
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Spotlighting The Standout Success Of A 12 Year Old Boy

Originally published August 7, 2013.

Republished November 1, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Spotlighting Standout Success
Other people responding positively to you
because you created a success they value

As told in A Grandson Creates Spectacular Success for His Grandmother, 12 year old Noah Lamaide, grandson of Janice Sparhawk, saved Sparhawk’s house from foreclosure. As news of Noah’s success spread, Internet and television news organizations featured Noah in admiring stories. Noah and Janice appeared together on CBS This Morning.

The spotlights on Noah included:

“‘I never knew that there were so many good people in this world’: Boy, 12, saves grandmother’s house from foreclosure by raising $10,500 in a month”
Daily Mail
England

‘I called our local representative, the governor, the president, not asking for money but asking them to help me find a program and they couldn’t do it. But this 12-year-old could. He saved the house.’
Janice Sparhawk, Noah’s grandmother

“Wisconsin Boy Saves Grandma’s House From Foreclosure”
ABC News

“…always putting others before himself”
Jill Sparhawk Lamaide, Noah’s mother

“12-year-old Philanthropist Noah Lamaide Saves Grandmother from Foreclosure”
Itsy Bitsy Steps

“What a hero!”
Joni Ricar

“Bubby’s Boy! 12-Year-Old Raises Money To Save Grandma’s Home”Global Grind

“…grandson of the year!?”
“The world needs more kids like Noah; what an inspiration.”
The Decider

“Local boy named hometown hero”
KITV News
Sioux City, Iowa

“It is my honor to present a hometown hero award to Noah LaMaide,”
Wisconsin State Rep. Louis Molepske

On The Road
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley

”…what America really is.”
Steve Hartman

Paula M. Kramer
Resource Rock Star (See websites below.)

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Choose success instead of failure for yourself.

Recognize when other people are choosing failure for you.

Standards For Success Posters

Success & Failure Choices

Resource Rock Star Details

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