One man's journey to revive the American Dream with a 410 mile walk through history
A Web Series on Living Your Dreams in the 21st Century
The time is now to revitalize the “can do” spirit that our ancestors held so dearly as they built our country, and their lives, into an environment filled with hope and opportunity. With millions of people unemployed or underemployed who are struggling just to survive day-to-day, Part 2 will inspire people to look at life and the opportunities that anyone can create through hard work, dedication, sacrifice, persistence, and the tools and resources that The Lannin Walk Part 2 is designed to offer to other dream seekers as they pursue their personal and professional goals and ambitions.
The Lannin Walk Part 2 will demonstrate to people around the world that, indeed, living your dreams to your fullest potential, is still possible in today’s society. Through my 2-week web series program, I will establish an online community of people who are searching for a better quality of life, living a life of their dreams, those looking to be inspired, and uniting people for positive social change.
Throughout history, people have been inspired, and supportive of, “underdogs”–that strange breed of people who despite overwhelming obstacles reach their highest potential and personal success. Part 2 of my journey is the tale of such an underdog, my great-grandfather Joseph J. Lannin, who despite being orphaned, penniless, and with no formal education went on to become a very successful business man, husband, and father. And, Part 2 is a story about my life and the challenges I am facing as I strive to live my dreams during the 21st Century.
As Maslow’s hierarchy of human motivation outlines, aside from the basic necessities of life for food, water, air, and shelter, people innately have the desire, and more importantly need to possess the self-esteem, to self-actualize and realize their personal and professional dreams. My Part 2 webseries will become a learning tool for people of any age who are looking for inspiration as they pursue their personal and professional goals in life.
Although Mr. Lannin was best known as a former owner of the Boston Red Sox and other minor league teams, my great-grandfather’s passions were developing real-estate, owning and operating a string of luxury hotels and golf courses, to his ownership of Roosevelt Field where Charles A. Lindbergh took off in the Spirit of St. Louis, and raising a family.
With the loving support of his wife Hannah, Mr. Lannin raised two children and instilled in them the importance of giving back to those less fortunate and their community. Many questions were raised when he “fell” from the ninth floor of one of his hotels in Brooklyn, NY; questions that my team along with our online followers will seek to answer as The Lannin Walk Part 2 continues the story of Mr. Lannin’s life after baseball and the mystery surrounding his death.
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On April 30, 2012, I began my dream of walking in my great-grandfather’s footsteps to recreate his life’s journey, physically and spiritually. Traveling with 45lb. backpacks on our backs, my chief navigator and I walked 8-10 hours per day that turned into a 4-week walking and hiking expedition from Lac-Beauport, Quebec to Fenway Park in Boston…The Lannin Walk Part 1.
The Lannin Walk Part 1 journeyed into the past by referencing historical information to better understand the mindset of prior generations who came to the “Land of Opportunity” with an inherent belief that anything was possible through hard work, sacrifice, determination, passion and the support of family, friends, and even strangers At the same time as retracing my great-grandfather’s journey, the walk also sought to answer the questions, “In today’s society is the opportunity of being upwardly mobile a reality for the majority of people?” If not, why not? And, what can we all do to keep the spirit of the American Dream alive and make our world a better place in which to live?
Arrived in Boston, Massachusetts. JJ was the owner of the Boston Red Sox from 1913-1916 during which time he saw his team win two consecutive World Series titles — the most consecutive wins by any Red Sox owner in history. And, it was JJ who sold the Boston Red Sox to Harry Frazee that brought forth the era of the “Curse of the Bambino.”
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