King of Hugs: Tim Harris on Inclusion and Spreading Joy

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About The Guest(s): Tim Harris is a motivational speaker, author, and former restaurant owner. He gained national attention when he opened Tim’s Place, a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, known for its friendly atmosphere and Tim’s signature hugs. Tim has Down syndrome and has used his platform to advocate for inclusion and spread joy through his positive outlook on life.

Summary: Tim Harris, a motivational speaker and former restaurant owner, shares his experiences and insights on inclusion and living an awesome life. Tim talks about his favorite memories from his restaurant, Tim’s Place, where he was known as the “king of hugs.” He discusses the importance of giving hugs and how he kept track of the thousands of hugs he gave. Tim also opens up about the decision to close his restaurant and the impact it had on his life. He shares his love for public speaking and the joy he finds in bringing happiness to others. Tim emphasizes the importance of dreaming big and standing up for oneself, and he encourages people with disabilities to embrace their awesomeness and be a light in the world.


Key Takeaways:

  1. Tim’s favorite memory from Tim’s Place was seeing people walk through the front door and feeling the world come in.
  2. Tim kept track of the hugs he gave by using a hug clicker and adding them to a hug counter on the wall.
  3. Tim’s decision to close Tim’s Place was sad, but his public speaking career has been fulfilling and exciting.
  4. Tim encourages people with disabilities to dream big, be awesome, and have fun.
  5. Inclusion means being accepted into the world and bringing light into people’s hearts.

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