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Jason Eien Was Shot in The Head While Sleeping, And Lives With Grace
Episode 4410th August 2023 • Hope Without Sight • Saylor Cooper and Tyler Evans
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An unbelievable life story of Jason Eien, born in 1971, at the age of one his mom committed suicide. And then at the age of seven. Well, my dad was a famous trombone player. He was in the Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton, Steve Miller's band and 14 movies. And then at the age of seven, my dad shot my brother and I while we were asleep at night in bed, you as he came home from performing an ad on the internet, it says they think he shot us because he wanted us to die with him because we had no mom and he loved us. But I found out that the nice thing is he wrote two years before he shot us in the head. He wrote whoever survives the gunshot wound gets all his royalties. That's what I live off of.

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About the Host:

Introducing Saylor Cooper, an accomplished author and a true inspiration. Despite facing the challenges of living with a disability, Saylor has fearlessly pursued his dreams and emerged as a beacon of motivation for others. His journey in entrepreneurship, alongside his trusted ally Tyler, has propelled him to extraordinary heights.

 At the core of Saylor's mission lies an unwavering belief in the power of hard work and determination. As the creator and host of Real Variety Radio, Saylor has established a remarkable internet radio station that offers a diverse range of programming spanning every genre of music and shows. 

 Additionally, he has taken the helm of the Hope Without Sight Podcast, where he engages in thought-provoking interviews with individuals who have triumphed over adversity, becoming a source of inspiration to people around the globe.

Saylor's ambitions extend far beyond his current accomplishments. He actively seeks opportunities to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and share their remarkable journeys at renowned networking events like Podapolooza and Speakers Playhouse. Through collaboration with speaking coaches, he is honing his skills to grace different stages and deliver his empowering message to diverse audiences.

But that is just the beginning of Saylor's extraordinary aspirations. With plans to monetize his internet radio station and organize life coaching events, he aims to empower others in their pursuit of dreams. Furthermore, Saylor envisions a future filled with numerous literary works, including a captivating autobiography chronicling his own life and a collaborative masterpiece featuring the remarkable stories of his podcast guests.

Above all, Saylor's ultimate goal is simple yet profound: he strives to demonstrate to individuals facing challenges that anything is possible when dreams are fueled by unwavering dedication and hard work. With Saylor blazing a trail of possibility, the potential for each and every one of us is boundless.

 Join Saylor Cooper on this remarkable journey of empowerment and achievement, and discover that the power to transform lives resides within us all.

To connect with Saylor and learn more about his inspiring work, please visit his E-business card here: https://ovou.me/livefasetiyacehe

About the Co-host:

Tyler Evans is an integral part of the entrepreneurial journey of his best friend and business partner, Saylor Cooper. Despite facing his own unique challenges, Tyler is determined to make a difference in the world through his hard work and unwavering dedication.

As an active participant in the day-to-day operations of Real Variety Radio, Tyler plays a crucial role in the success of the internet radio station that offers diverse programming from all genres of music and shows. He's also a key contributor to the Hope Without Sight Podcast, where he helps to bring inspiring guests who have overcome adversity to the forefront.

Tyler's passion for entrepreneurship is matched only by his love of networking. He enjoys attending events like Podapolooza and Speakers Playhouse, where he can connect with fellow entrepreneurs and learn from their experiences. While Tyler may not have founded or created anything on his own just yet, he's an important member of the team and his contributions to the venture are invaluable.

Looking to the future, Tyler shares Saylor's vision of making a difference in people's lives and inspiring others to pursue their dreams despite any challenges they may face. He's excited about the possibility of monetizing the internet radio station and hosting life coaching events alongside Saylor to help others reach their full potential.

Tyler's ultimate goal is to collaborate with Saylor on writing books that share their individual and joint experiences, including an autobiography about his own life. Together, they hope to demonstrate to the world that anything is possible if one has the courage to chase their dreams and put in the hard work necessary to achieve them. With Tyler's unwavering determination and entrepreneurial spirit, there's no doubt he'll continue to make a positive impact on the world around him.


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Saylor Cooper:

Okay, everybody, welcome to the hope without

Saylor Cooper:

sight and shine podcast together. Our podcasts have a

Saylor Cooper:

lot in common we both teach people we both interviewed

Saylor Cooper:

people have overcome challenges in life and wanted to shine

Saylor Cooper:

their light and live in Dallas. We're here at the NFB National

Saylor Cooper:

Federation of the Blind 2023 convention here in Houston,

Saylor Cooper:

Texas is awesome. And we've had with me some great people. We

Saylor Cooper:

just got finished. Having an interview was pretty heavy with

Saylor Cooper:

dead Wow. Yes. Yes. Yes, yeah. But now we have another guy

Saylor Cooper:

who's incredible. He's, he believes in God, which is good.

Saylor Cooper:

Lives in Arizona. But he has quite a remarkable story. Please

Saylor Cooper:

welcome Jason Eien Jason. How you doing?

Mark Sedgwick:

I'm great. Yes, good to be here. It was so nice

Mark Sedgwick:

to meet you, man. Whenever we heard a little snippet of your

Mark Sedgwick:

story, which we really would love to share us as much as

Mark Sedgwick:

you're willing to with our audience. Now we were thrown

Mark Sedgwick:

back, man. And that's Yeah, it's really a miracle that you're

Mark Sedgwick:

even here with us. So let's go ahead and start off with your

Mark Sedgwick:

origin story. My friend. Tell us about the start of your story.

Mark Sedgwick:

Some of your background and yeah,

Jason Eien:

okay. Well, my name is Jason I and I was born in

Jason Eien:

1971, at the age of one on all committed suicide. And then at

Jason Eien:

the age of seven. Well, my dad was a famous trombone player. He

Jason Eien:

was in the Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton, Steve Miller's band and

Jason Eien:

14 movies. And then at the age of seven, my dad shot my brother

Jason Eien:

and I while we were asleep at night in bed, you as he came

Jason Eien:

home from performing an ad on the internet, it says they think

Jason Eien:

he shot us because he wanted us to die with him because we had

Jason Eien:

no mom and he loved us. But I found out that the nice thing is

Jason Eien:

he wrote two years before he shot us in the head. He wrote

Jason Eien:

whoever survives the gunshot wound gets all his royalties.

Jason Eien:

That's what I live off of. I get his I get his story. I get his

Jason Eien:

social security and his royalties. And that's why I have

Jason Eien:

Medicare even though not 65. I started getting it when I was

Jason Eien:

20. Because when I was 20, and my dad would have been 65.

Jason Eien:

That's why I get Medicare. Well, we, my name used to be Jason

Jason Eien:

Rosalina because I'm Italian. But after I got shot, I got

Jason Eien:

adopted by my second cousin. Oh, yes. And I was in a coma for two

Jason Eien:

months after I got shot in the hospital thought I wasn't gonna

Jason Eien:

live. That's why they gave middle the middle name Lazarus

Jason Eien:

because I came out of a coma.

Mark Sedgwick:

Well,

Saylor Cooper:

to find compelling Jason that you with

Saylor Cooper:

us? Yeah,

Mark Sedgwick:

yes. We are grateful to God for that

Mark Sedgwick:

miracle, man. Oh, yeah. That is amazing. So Tamar, do you have

Mark Sedgwick:

any questions yet?

Tamor:

Um, I'm very impressed to on basically, after, you know,

Tamor:

surviving a coma, like, you know, I want to know, like,

Tamor:

like, how you over came that coma? You were able to, you

Tamor:

know, accomplish what you have accomplished and make a

Tamor:

difference out there. Yes. Because that is something I was

Tamor:

struggling struggling with. And for the longest time ever, I you

Tamor:

know, it was like a grey area that I did not know how to, you

Tamor:

know, accomplish basically

Mark Sedgwick:

overcome, overcome. Yeah, because you were

Mark Sedgwick:

in a coma as well. Oh, Tamar, a month and a half. So tell us a

Mark Sedgwick:

little bit about that story before we bounce to Jason.

Tamor:

So I had a child I got a I got leukaemia and it was acute

Tamor:

leukaemia, so it was very hard to to cure. And the doctors told

Tamor:

my parents, I'm not gonna survive, but I did survive.

Tamor:

After a month and a half, I suddenly woke up from the coma.

Tamor:

And at that time, I did not know anyone. And it took me time to,

Tamor:

you know, to know, everyone around me. And it was where I

Tamor:

was a baby again. And from the coma, I lost my vision because

Tamor:

my optic nerve got busted. And I had it was like when I was a

Tamor:

baby again, I had to relearn everything over and

Mark Sedgwick:

that's what brought you here to the United

Mark Sedgwick:

States isn't isn't chemical warfare. Were out again. When

Mark Sedgwick:

you're working on Palestine. That's where you were born

Mark Sedgwick:

initially. Right?

Tamor:

Right. Yeah. So you know, I had to endure or cancer and go

Tamor:

through chemotherapy and go through all of that. As a child,

Tamor:

and I think thanks to the US for having, you know, all the

Tamor:

medical advancements, because, you know, we don't have that

Tamor:

back home. So I survived. And now, you know, I'm, I guess,

Tamor:

enduring the effects from that. tragedy has the correct you

Tamor:

know, I have short term memory, but it's, it's not affecting me

Tamor:

heavily, but it's affecting me where, you know, maybe with

Tamor:

employment. And, you know, I'm trying to now see how I can

Tamor:

overcome that. I'm, you know, optimistic. I'm ambitious, and

Tamor:

I'm outgoing. So yeah, sir. You know, I'm trying to see how I

Tamor:

can, you know, get employment and not you know, not struggle

Tamor:

with these these

Mark Sedgwick:

challenges. Yeah. As we learned from our friend

Mark Sedgwick:

Derek, so Jason Yes. So how have you overcome your circumstances

Mark Sedgwick:

and and what how are you shining your light today?

Jason Eien:

I've overcome because I as I can't overcome

Jason Eien:

with comments like a child again and but a nice thing is by by

Jason Eien:

staying active, if you're with my adoptive family, and I'm I

Jason Eien:

went to school and I stay active, I always do work and as

Jason Eien:

an adult, I was a volunteer helping people out and doing by

Jason Eien:

keeping busy and my family knows that that's what helps me stay

Jason Eien:

happy and healthy and helping people I like to do that. And,

Jason Eien:

and no one else helped me as I was living in group homes for a

Jason Eien:

while, while everyone was asleep at night. I was reading my Bible

Jason Eien:

all lights off because never too dark to read the Bible. Hey,

Jason Eien:

yeah, amen. Amen. Well, Bible, that's what helps me reading the

Jason Eien:

Bible.

Saylor Cooper:

Jason, I mean, I know it's very hard times. I

Saylor Cooper:

mean, it's a good thing. Like you said he was sleep whenever

Saylor Cooper:

he was shot, so you never assaulted but I know you

Saylor Cooper:

remember your dad before? But did you ever think I couldn't? I

Saylor Cooper:

can't stay here. Did you ever worry about going to join them?

Saylor Cooper:

Did you ever get that low?

Jason Eien:

Oh, well, no, because my dad has been out most

Jason Eien:

mostly performing. I was hardly ever home with him. And but the

Jason Eien:

I'm really thankful that my dad wrote his will. That's all like,

Jason Eien:

each each year I get his checks. Praise the Lord for that. And

Jason Eien:

yeah, get his royalties, because some actors like Jennifer Garner

Jason Eien:

pays me.

Saylor Cooper:

It's good that I mean, I was no longer here. You

Saylor Cooper:

know, he's looking down, like, yes, they say when when people

Saylor Cooper:

commit suicide, they say don't go to heaven, which I don't

Saylor Cooper:

believe it's true. Like, maybe you intentionally kill yourself.

Saylor Cooper:

Maybe that's the case. But if you're suffering, and you're in

Saylor Cooper:

deep pain, God understands it, right? Oh, yes. Yeah. Yes.

Jason Eien:

That's like, I just thank God for our technology to

Jason Eien:

that's what else helps me. I'm so independent. I live by

Jason Eien:

myself. It's our technology and, and people, when people read

Jason Eien:

about me on the internet, they see that I'm as patient as job.

Jason Eien:

Because if you put my name on Google, you'll see all about

Jason Eien:

this. You'll see that my dad on YouTube and YouTube and Google.

Jason Eien:

My dad's name was Frank Rosalina.

Saylor Cooper:

So Google your name, and I'll find it that

Jason Eien:

Jason ei e n. Yeah.

Mark Sedgwick:

So how do you share the light today, my

Mark Sedgwick:

friend, what are you doing now?

Jason Eien:

Well, I'm working. I like going out and I'm

Jason Eien:

independent. I take walks by myself and I teach people

Jason Eien:

Braille and I technology help out and when I'm out, I'm always

Jason Eien:

I like walking by myself and people like how good I cross the

Jason Eien:

streets. And yes, in fact, they videoed me in Omaha, Nebraska,

Jason Eien:

walking to work how fast I do it. Hey, yes. And I was also

Jason Eien:

doing I was the Statue of Liberty in a couple states for

Jason Eien:

Liberty taxes. Yes, I want the sign and a little caesars I did

Jason Eien:

that, too. I signed spin for them dancing with the sign and

Jason Eien:

singing. Oh.

Mark Sedgwick:

So Oh, talking about dance. You told me you

Mark Sedgwick:

were in high school dance a little earlier during our lunch.

Mark Sedgwick:

So tell us about that. Because I know there's a lot of kids out

Mark Sedgwick:

there who might be overcoming challenges. You know, we're not

Mark Sedgwick:

seeing disability right now. But overcoming challenges of fear or

Mark Sedgwick:

hesitation they think I can't dance. Why would I join dance?

Mark Sedgwick:

I'm I'm shy. I don't want to do that. That's gonna make me

Mark Sedgwick:

uncomfortable. Tell us about your journey in that and maybe

Mark Sedgwick:

how you overcame the fears?

Jason Eien:

No, since I got music in my blood banks. My

Jason Eien:

dad's a famous trombone player. Yeah. And I was playing drums at

Jason Eien:

one time I performed with my dad. I played to play drums on

Jason Eien:

TV and he played trombone and but anyhow, music is so much

Jason Eien:

Indymedia. Yeah, that's why I like dancing and I just mean, we

Jason Eien:

did clogging in high school, tap dancing. And we also did drama

Jason Eien:

and But musics just that's natural enemy AI. That's good

Jason Eien:

for you too. I heard that music is good for stress too.

Saylor Cooper:

Oh yeah, yes.

Jason Eien:

I gotta tell people. What I like about being blind is

Jason Eien:

I watch less TV but more music. Yeah. Yeah, yeah, that's

Saylor Cooper:

me. It's me cool. When you're

Jason Eien:

blind, you're less tempted to the world and you're

Jason Eien:

more people. It's good to be playing and you have more self

Jason Eien:

control and wow.

Mark Sedgwick:

The Bible says, like, pluck out your own eye

Mark Sedgwick:

that causes you to sin. Yeah, right. So you got you got to you

Mark Sedgwick:

got to I flunked out anyways. Yeah.

Jason Eien:

By faith, not by sight.

Mark Sedgwick:

Oh, that's beautiful, man.

Saylor Cooper:

I love the Bible. Yeah. Jason, as I said, you're

Saylor Cooper:

an interesting guy. You're God fearing Christian. Good, man.

Jason Eien:

Thanks. Yep, I've already moved to different six

Jason Eien:

different states the past six years.

Mark Sedgwick:

Amazing. And so you know, I've made quite the

Mark Sedgwick:

transition to my life from listening to you know, worldly

Mark Sedgwick:

music about you know, junk, you know, earthly temptations, money

Mark Sedgwick:

guns, women all kinds of bad stuff. And now I've transitioned

Mark Sedgwick:

to listening to only music about God and good and stuff like

Mark Sedgwick:

that. I really feel convicted to not listen to anything like

Mark Sedgwick:

that's that's junk like that and fill my mind up with good guard

Mark Sedgwick:

my eyes guard my ears. So what kind of music do you listen to

Mark Sedgwick:

my man,

Jason Eien:

oldies, but goodies because I My mind's on the words

Jason Eien:

that they sing. It just keeps me moving. Yeah. Because like when

Jason Eien:

I listen to music, especially with earphones on I daydream of

Jason Eien:

nice things. That's why I tell people I never get lonely,

Jason Eien:

because when he can't see just having music on my ears, I dream

Jason Eien:

of things. Yeah. Yes. Yeah. And plus I workout I jump roping on

Jason Eien:

a trampoline and

Mark Sedgwick:

oh, wow, that's a good workout right there. And I

Mark Sedgwick:

Oh, you

Jason Eien:

also see on the internet in 2007. I was a blind

Jason Eien:

bowling national champion. accomplishment with American

Jason Eien:

Blind boys Association. Yeah.

Mark Sedgwick:

So tell us about how you got into that.

Jason Eien:

Well, in and when I was in California, I started

Jason Eien:

joining a bowling league because my adopted family knows I like

Jason Eien:

to keep active and do fun things. So I joined a bowling

Jason Eien:

league. And I went with them. I also did all kinds of other kind

Jason Eien:

of sports like swimming and like your workout. Because because I

Jason Eien:

just by by staying active and helping others is what helps me

Mark Sedgwick:

so tell us I mean some some skills with how did

Mark Sedgwick:

you become a champion? How did you score like over 200? Yeah,

Mark Sedgwick:

283. Now you didn't use no bumpers? Did you? Oh, no. Come

Mark Sedgwick:

on. Dude. That's amazing.

Jason Eien:

With our left hand, we hold onto a rail so we know

Jason Eien:

when to stop. And with a right hand, we throw the ball. Wow.

Jason Eien:

Yeah. So how can we throw the first ball they tell us how many

Jason Eien:

pens we have left. And I'm good with aiming.

Mark Sedgwick:

That's impressive. Amazing as amazing.

Mark Sedgwick:

So maybe to wrap this podcast up. And if you guys have any

Mark Sedgwick:

other questions, Saylor and Tamar, you guys can feel free to

Mark Sedgwick:

ask it after ask this one. But so what do you want to tell to

Mark Sedgwick:

the youth out there and maybe maybe even the younger yourself?

Mark Sedgwick:

who maybe is scared to jump on the next challenge, you know,

Mark Sedgwick:

scared to take a risk and take a dive and to trust God and lean

Mark Sedgwick:

on him instead of leaning on their own understanding? When

Mark Sedgwick:

you want to tell them?

Jason Eien:

I don't let what people tell you stop you from

Jason Eien:

being what you want to be because all things are possible

Jason Eien:

for those who trust in the Lord and think positive. Because even

Jason Eien:

though you're blind, it's still possible to do things like like

Jason Eien:

I do a jumper up on a trampoline, I take walks and

Jason Eien:

dancing and and socialising too. I like being a social person.

Jason Eien:

And people some people think I can I can see. Because how could

Jason Eien:

I get around? Oh, look, I look at them. And

Tamor:

yeah, and yes, I have

Saylor Cooper:

no intention of actually. I'm gonna ask my

Saylor Cooper:

camera roll

Tamor:

was. So I did hear how you basically try to be focused

Tamor:

and be mindful. Yes. So I found this time ever did not know that

Tamor:

about about myself. I went to work for Apple and thinking I'm

Tamor:

going to be successful. So I did indoor. Similarly what you did

Tamor:

endure. And I was pressured for the longest time ever doing that

Tamor:

job, because it was dealing with customer service. And the tools

Tamor:

I was working with were inaccessible. And I was

Tamor:

basically provided with tools that were making me frustrated

Tamor:

making me uneasy, and they did not give me any solutions to

Tamor:

those problems. And at the end, I figured out that it was you

Tamor:

know, making my life so miserable.

Jason Eien:

I teach people that. That's why it's why it's good if

Jason Eien:

you if you practice what you don't know, learn how to do it,

Jason Eien:

but not by depending on others, like, try to get books that

Jason Eien:

teach you like, like the technology I learned. I don't

Jason Eien:

learn from school from rehab, because I don't know if I get my

Jason Eien:

own books and read it and what I need to before I work

Tamor:

correct, but like, see, like, I went to work for an

Tamor:

employer that I thought they are fully equipped with

Tamor:

accessibility, and they know accessibility, but they don't.

Tamor:

Yeah, and I was at the end, you know, faced with so much

Tamor:

challenge, and it made me so much stressful. And that's what

Tamor:

made me leave the job because I wasn't ready for it. Not ready.

Tamor:

But like, you know, I was committed, I was, you know,

Tamor:

ambitious to do the work. But the the workplace wasn't

Tamor:

accessible for me. Does that make sense? Yeah. And I gave

Tamor:

feedback I gave. You know, I commented on what they need to

Tamor:

do, they never, you know, they never took that feedback.

Tamor:

Doesn't make sense. Yeah. So, I love how you share that. You try

Tamor:

to be, you know, mindful in the present, you know, saying like,

Tamor:

yes. And I wish I knew that about myself before then, and

Tamor:

not getting into that situation.

Jason Eien:

And I think you'll also feel good. If you get like

Jason Eien:

a self employed job, like I'm going to do and become a Braille

Tamor:

train. I'm telling you, I am now I know, I want to do

Tamor:

that. I'm gonna go back to college and learn self

Tamor:

employment. Wow.

Saylor Cooper:

Okay, now, Jason, I need player because I'm facing

Saylor Cooper:

a lot of challenges. As you know, starting a business is not

Saylor Cooper:

easy. So I need that. I have the right team and tools tools.

Saylor Cooper:

Yeah, yes. Okay. And so, um, yeah, but can we have finished

Saylor Cooper:

right?

Tamor:

I think so. Yes. But you know, what I'm like, what my

Tamor:

message is, is like, like, think about the thought process of

Tamor:

what you want to do. Before you do. It's, it's sad that in my

Tamor:

situation, I, you know, I was that person that was outgoing

Tamor:

and motivated, but my life experience was, you know, did

Tamor:

not allow me to, you know, like working for Apple and not

Tamor:

knowing you know, what is coming? Did sounds me if that

Tamor:

makes sense. Yeah. So, that's it. It's

Jason Eien:

kind of like, I learned like, if you love

Jason Eien:

yourself before you love others, then it's better than that's why

Jason Eien:

I've always depending on getting a job with others before I know

Jason Eien:

it, then that's yes, that's a self employed job. And

Tamor:

now I learned that I That's why I want to pursue self

Tamor:

employment.

Jason Eien:

Like you can get a telemarketing job at home. Oh,

Jason Eien:

who are you? Yeah.

Saylor Cooper:

So Jason, I asked this customer a new question on

Saylor Cooper:

my podcast. What advice would you give to a buyer struggling

Saylor Cooper:

live in does know what tonne and just doesn't seem to know that

Saylor Cooper:

there's a way out

Jason Eien:

of God with all your heart, soul and mind laid go.

Jason Eien:

he's been broken into love yourself before you love others.

Jason Eien:

Because if you love yourself first, and you won't let what

Jason Eien:

others think of you to stress you and you'll be positive on

Jason Eien:

going forward because God's for us.

Saylor Cooper:

Yes, yes. Yeah, he's, he's a man. Yeah. Like

Saylor Cooper:

Jason, thanks so much for being on the shine and hope without

Saylor Cooper:

side podcast. Thank you.

Jason Eien:

Thanks. That's like I even tell people since I can't

Jason Eien:

see I can only use my hands to do things like everything read

Jason Eien:

that's why I'm called handsome.

Saylor Cooper:

Anything No, nothing. Oh, nothing. Nope.

Jason Eien:

I remember what things look like. Yeah.

Mark Sedgwick:

Till next time, fellows. Yeah, keep on shining

Mark Sedgwick:

your light, shine and ours. peace. Amen. Amen.

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