Dubbed a “serial entrepreneur” by the Kansas City Business Journal, John Shuchart is a successful businessman, educational innovator, and author. John began his career as a middle school teacher before entering the insurance industry and developing a breakthrough product that made it possible for parents to insure their mentally handicapped children.
John later sold his thriving insurance business and ultimately returned to the classroom. Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, he worked with students to develop a unique curriculum that eased the anxiety of young people impacted by those horrific events. That led to two books, Kids’ Letters to Terrorists, and Israeli Kids’ Letters to Terrorists, a project that included a foreword written by Israeli President Shimon Peres.
A victim of verbal and emotional abuse by his parents, John has battled depression for years. Recently, he decided to speak openly about his condition and, in fact, draw attention to it as a way to help others by directly addressing the stigma associated with mental illness.
In “You are not the brightest of my four sons”…and other depressing things that have been said to me, John details the verbal and emotional abuse he endured from his parents, and the astounding number of incidents and accidents that contributed to his depression. John also describes how he’s used humor to reframe the incidents and help “un-stick” the negative emotions tied to them. His story is touching, funny, and ultimately uplifting.