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Before we all take the leap into 2012, we want to remind you just how great your year can be. That's why we're highlighting some of the most popular and inspirational Growing Bolder stories of 2011. Below, you'll find our Top 5 most viewed videos of the year, as well as a few of Team GB's favorite stories. What makes our stories so unique is that every single one showcases a person just like you. These aren't people who set out to be role models, but through their passion for life and desire to smash stereotypes, that's exactly what they've become. Make this the year that you decide once and for all to live boldly. We're going to show you how!
 
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THE TOP 5 OF 2011
 
 
 
#5: WHY RED GREEN IS WHITE HOT
THE POWER OF LAUGHTER

"The Red Green Show" was one of the longest running series on television. But, years after ending production, the world's most inventive handyman is still in demand. We catch up with the man behind Red Green to find out why people across the world still turn to Red for advice on love and duct tape!
 
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#4: MEET THE HORNMAN
WHY RETIRE?

From a conch to a tuba, Bill Nemoyten plays them all. See how this pied piper uses his unique collection to delight audiences and spread his passion for music to all who will listen! Now in his 80s, this former music educator tells us he is living a richer, fuller life than he ever expected!
 
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#3: THE GOSPEL OF GOOD
SELF-MADE CORPORATE ICON PROVES GIVING FEELS GOOD 

With the daily news filled with stories of unethical businessmen and out-of-control corporate greed, we're happy to shine the light on a Fortune 500 company and a retired CEO who are proving that giving back is the best way to move forward. Joe R. Lee helped make Red Lobster and Olive Garden two of the most successful restaurants in the world, yet he's never forgotten his humble beginnings and the power of education for ALL children.
 
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#2: SHORT AND SWEET
FROM MISSION TRIPS TO MISSION STATEMENTS

More and more Americans are taking a page from Paul Newman's book and starting businesses they love as a means to helping others. After many mission trips, Jane Hursh felt obligated to share the blessings of her life. So she turned to sweets.
 
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2011's #1 VIDEO: STILL THE ONE
ROCK GROUP ORLEANS IS STILL HAVING FUN

Who sang "Still the One," "Dance With Me" and "Love Takes Time?" Orleans was the band, but who was the singer? Leave it to Growing Bolder's Bill Shafer to introduce you to one of the most recognized voices but least-known names in music.
 
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RICK SPRINGFIELD REVEALED

More than 30 years after he shot to superstardom, Rick Springfield retains a nearly mesmerizing hold on legions of fans. Two of those fans were inspired by Rick himself to convince him to reveal and explain this phenomenon in a documentary.

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MEET A MOM WHO WALKS ON WATER

As a teen, Karen Putz lost her hearing while barefoot water skiing. More than 25 years passed, but her desire to get back on her feet kept burning within. So she decided to listen to her heart and pursue her passion.

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IN FOR THE LONG HAUL

Siphiwe Baleka is a one-of-a-kind Yale graduating, globetrotting, God-fearing, truck-driving, fast-swimming family man. And he's got a new mission -- to help long-haul truckers everywhere improve their health, fitness and quality of life.

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THREE PROMISES

One moment Carolyn and Chad Moor were celebrating their love. The next, he lay dying, the victim of a hit-and-run car accident. During their final moments, Carolyn made three promises that she's spent many years and tears trying to keep. Her story and the power of a renewed spirit offers hope to anyone dealing with life's toughest losses.

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BEATING CANCER ONE LAP AT A TIME

Susan Helmrich is one of the best swimmers in the world in her age group. She's also a three-time cancer survivor and a victim of one of the greatest drug tragedies in history. How does she keep beating the odds? A great attitude.

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10 WAYS TO MAKE 2012 YOUR BEST YEAR YET

Happiness, health and prosperity to you in 2012! Don't you say that every year? We're sure you mean it and you're very sincere. But instead of just “wishing” it, would you be willing to help someone -- or even help yourself -- increase the odds of achieving it? It's really very simple. All you have to do is stop being a passenger and make this the year you take control. Growing Bolder's Bill Shafer offers 10 ways you can start truly living life TODAY.

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