Hope in Guatemala’s Garbage Dumps with Jacob Wheeler | POP 817

A photo of Jacob Wheeler is captured. He is an author and journalist. Jacob is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Are there issues in your community that catch your eye and attention? Have you been cautious to step into positive change because of other people’s uncertainties? What is the impact that you want to make in the world?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about hope in Guatemala’s garbage dumps with Jacob Wheeler.

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Meet Jacob Wheeler

A photo of Jacob Wheeler is captured. He is an author and journalist. Jacob is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Author and journalist Jacob Wheeler lives in Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife Sarah, and children, Nina and Leo. He publishes the Glen Arbor Sun newspaper and teaches at Northwestern Michigan College.

Wheeler’s reporting has won awards from Project Censored and the Michigan Press Association. A native of Denmark, he has filed stories from five continents, and his work has appeared in such publications as The Rotarian, Teaching Tolerance, Utne Reader, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Visit Jacob Wheeler’s website and connect on Facebook and Instagram.

In This Podcast

  • What compels people to stay?
  • Find something small to do something small
  • The process of portrayal
  • Jacob’s advice to private practitioners

What compels people to stay?

I wanted to examine what [it was] about Hanley Denning that compelled her to stay in this very difficult environment and essentially, in the end, become almost a martyr for the cause because she died there doing that [work].

Jacob Wheeler

When people become focused on solving a problem, righting a wrong, or equalizing something that severely impacts a community, what inspires them to stay?

Alternatively, what is it about these people that forces them to stay while others can more easily move along?

Find something small to do something small

It can feel daunting to make an impact in the world because the scale of some problems is incredibly vast.

However, people are many, and if each person did something small, it would have a cumulative impact.

If you see a need right [where you are], support that, but don’t let yourself be paralyzed by the inequities of the world. Do something, look anywhere. Do good work, [and] support a project anywhere.

Jacob Wheeler

The process of portrayal

Jacob’s Angel of the Garbage Dump starts as a book about a person, Hanley Denning, but she has passed away, and so the book connects her story with the grander reach of the work that she started, and where this work stands today.

I use a lot of voices in the story … [and] it can be a challenge when you use so many different voices but the tie, the strand, that weaves them all together is that this is all about a person, and the journey that she led all of us on.

Jacob Wheeler

Jacob’s advice to private practitioners

You can be the good in a tough situation. You can step in, step forward, and make a positive change despite the naysayers around you. Don’t let other people’s uncertainty make you question what is important work to you.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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