Dr. Allen Lycka shares his secrets to living a fantastic life in a post-pandemic world through enthusiasm, vulnerability, and love.

Dr. Allen Lycka shares his 13 Pearls of Wisdom on how to live a fantastic life today.

Choosing to Live a Fantastic Life

The day came when the shoe finally dropped slightly. Dr. Lycka and his wife were on vacation when his wife noticed that something was off on his gait. One of his feet was landing differently, slower than the other. As physicians, they knew it was not a stroke, but still something worth testing later…that’s when the diagnosis came in for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Dr. Lycka was faced with essentially a death sentence and went through the stages of grief and denial. It was fortunate that he decided to get a second opinion, and was re-diagnosed correctly. He had been bitten by a tick and was experiencing something much less fatal.

He has since lived with a renewed sense of purpose in life and shares his 13 Pearls of Wisdom on how you can live a fantastic life. 

In This Episode

  • When the foot drops differently
  • Diagnosed with Lou Gherig’s Disease
  • Re-diagnosed with Lyme Disease and a second chance
  • The love of a child toward a parent
  • Love is the only thing that multiplies by giving it away
  • It’s through vulnerability that we find beauty in life – finding victory in defeat
  • The connection between love and vulnerability
  • The connection between winning and vulnerability for a fantastic life
  • Taking a sense of ownership of our work – enthusiasm as a driver for a fantastic life

Dr. Allen Lycka

In 2003, Dr. Allen Lycka was diagnosed with ALS and given six months to live. After fighting the diagnosis, he is here today as a result of his courage and determination. Having been given a “golden ticket” to live every day to the fullest, Dr. Lycka used his experience to co-author the book The Secrets of Living A Fantastic Life with Harriet Tinka.

Dr. Allen Lycka is acknowledged as one of the leading cosmetic dermatologists in the world. A pioneer in cosmetic surgery, he helped develop several new technologies and has spoken at podiums around the globe. Dr. Lycka has written 17 books, 30+ academic papers, and was awarded 16 consecutive Consumer Choice Awards for excellence in Cosmetic Surgery – a feat no one has achieved before in the field.

As a transformational speaker, thought leader, coach, and mentor who is widely acknowledged as a leading expert in “Living A Fantastic Life” and “Turning Points,” he has been a guest on dozens of television and radio shows and podcasts, as well as featured in numerous newspaper articles, blogs, and magazines.

Driven by family values, he is happily married to his wife of 39 years, Dr. BernierLycka. They have four wonderful daughters and seven beautiful grandchildren. Dr. Lycka counts his family as his most important accomplishment.

Resources and Links

Learn more about Dr. Lycka’s work on his website at DrAllenLycka.com.

Listen to Dr. Lycka’s podcast, How to Live a Fantastic Life, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more.

Buy a copy of Dr. Lycka’s book, The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life: Two Survivors Reveal the 13 Golden Pearls They’ve Discovered, on Amazon. [Affiliate Link Disclosure]

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Episode Credits

Host, Editing, and Production: Jerry Dugan

Music: “Oceans Apart” is our theme song composed and performed by Scott Ian Holmes.

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