ATEC - Episode 52: What a Father Leaves Behind ft. Samuel Burwell

Episode 52: What a Father Leaves Behind featuring Samuel Burwell

The strongest person Samuel Burwell knew was his father who was his sole parent after Samuel’s mother passed away when he was just 6 years old. Raised by his father and a community of family and friends Samuel learned that hard work and taking care of one another were what help people survive and endure even what seem to be the most hopeless of times.


Throughout his life and up until his death Samuel’s father strove to make a name for himself, create a way forward for his children, and leave a legacy for his family. Even in his last year of life when he was sick from diabetes and suffering from liver damage he refused to slow down and continued building a way forward for his children. When he died in July 2019 Samuel, now a father himself, grieved in isolation, without words for his loss. A year passed and then Samuel admitted his sadness was profound and that he needed to accept help. And when he did he was able to honor his father, continue his legacy, and show up as a parent himself.

As a young man, Sam spent most of his time on the set of his father’s radio show; watching as his father wrote, edited, and produced his own content, all based on serving others. The youngest of six children, Sam inquired of his siblings their father’s mission for creating the radio show and one answer stood out: To leave a legacy. Samuel’s father accomplished just that. Becoming a loving husband and father of two, Sam found himself not only adding value to his family, but also to those around him.

His passion for helping others to remain inspired became a part of his life. Pushing to find a way to dive into serving others, Sam decided to tap into his father’s legacy. Operating within his unique ability to bring people together, Sam created Diamond Mind Results to provide a space for others to speak their truth while encouraging others. Understanding that adding value to others is what he is called to do, Sam has established a way to keep his father’s legacy alive. 



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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