5 Big Life Lessons To Learn From Our New Show 'Conquered'

by Shahrzad Warkentin

It’s not every day a television show actually changes your life, but it’s impossible not to learn some major life lessons from the incredible stories shared on Z Living’s new series, POPSUGAR Presents: Conquered.  Not only will you be inspired by these stories, but you'll learn some critical lessons that you can apply to the obstacles you may face in your own journey to health and happiness.

For the premiere episode, host Laura Ling — herself a survivor of imprisonment by the North Korean government (read more about Ling here) — features two amazing people who have worked hard to overcome tremendous obstacles: breast cancer and paralysis.

Missed the an episode, or don't yet get Z Living from your provider? Watch it now by signing up for Z Living GO, where you can watch all the episodes plus live TV — you'll get a free 30-day trial. Catch Conquered Tuesdays at 10 PM, only on Z Living. Find out where you can watch the show.  

THE LESSON: Never, Ever Give Up.

Even when she was stopped multiple times by police officers as she made a thousand mile journey topless to raise awareness for breast cancer, Paulette Leaphart (shown above) never gave up. There will always be stumbling blocks as you work towards your goals, but what you'll learn by watching the perseverance of people like Paulette, is that you must fight on. Each small obstacle you overcome will make you that much stronger and push you forward on your path, the same way it has for the people featured in ConqueredWatch a clip of Paulette's episode here.

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THE LESSON: You Can't Change Everything, But You Can Change Your Mind.


After being paralyzed overnight at the age of 15, Mia Schaikewitz desperately wished that she could walk again. Her desperation was so strong that she even contemplated ending her life. Instead, she came to a realization that it was more important to be happy than to walk. Instead of focusing energy on something she couldn't control, she shifted it to something she could: her happiness. Sometimes there are factors that are out of your control, and while you may be forced to accept that, the one thing that you can always change is your own point of view. Watch a clip of Mia's episode here.

THE LESSON: Don't Let Yourself Be Bound By Preconceived Limits. 

Rather than seeing her disability as an end to her ability to walk, Mia began to see it as the beginning of a new journey as a swimmer and as an athlete. Remember, just because you're limited in one sense, that doesn't mean you can't find another way to your goal. Push past others' expectations and you'll be able to redefine your own life, no matter what challenges you face.

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THE LESSON: One Person Can Make A Difference.

Paulette's journey from Biloxi, MS to Washington DC was about raising awareness for a disease that claims so many lives. Despite being alone in her mission, however, she managed to make a difference in people's lives and collected signatures to introduce a bill that would help women like her. No matter the size of the fight you are taking on, a single voice can matter and affect real change.

THE LESSON: You Can Do Anything You Put Your Mind To.

Despite coming from all walks of life and facing a variety of obstacles, there is one thing all of the people featured in Conquered have in common: they all learned to believe in themselves. Though the odds were stacked against Paulette, Mia, and all the other courageous people featured in the series, they succeeded because they had faith in themselves. You are as strong as you think you are and no challenge is too big to conquer, as long as you believe you can do it. Watch a sneak peek of Paulette and Mia's episode of Conquer'd here.

Catch Conquered Tuesdays at 10 PM, only on Z Living. Find out where you can watch the show.  ​

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