My Struggle Led Me Here
I often get the question - “what led you to professional speaking on a personal level?” Honestly, my struggle is what led me here today. Hard times, and personal development led me here. I didn’t grow up listening to Tony Robbins or Les Brown or any motivational speakers like them. My mentors growing up were Tupac and Lil Wayne. I grew up as a hip hop kid, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, I think that music is a form of therapy. I wasn’t into reading books or anything like that, it was always only my struggle and my rock bottom that led me to my own personal development. To get to a different place in my life I had to learn new skills that I didn’t have. So eventually, I picked up a John Maxwell book, I went to the library, started listening to Les Brown and researching. I got to this place of growth and lived in that headspace for a while. As far as public speaking goes, speaking found me. Even to this day I don’t consider myself a professional public speaker because I was never formally trained, I didn’t go to a class or anything. I just spoke my heart. And that worked for me, it connected with people. It used to be one of my biggest fears to speak but now it’s my life.
I think that it’s important that you know my history because I wasn’t always where I am today, and I’m far from perfect but I think my story can help those of you out there looking for a place to start. When I think about how I got to where I am, I owe it all to my struggle. I owe it to my haters and the things that set me back. They became fuel to my fire and propelled me to where I needed to go. How many of you are letting the fear of what others think about you hold you back? Are you letting the fear of failure keep you from who you were meant to be? This is normal, and you are not alone. But I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to stay where you are. You have the power to change your circumstances, and you have what it takes to impact your world and the world of those around you. Maybe even the entire world. Recognize that your journey is always leading you to where you need to be. The only missteps are the ones that you keep taking after you know it’s not the right direction. Things are getting better all the time and you have to believe that, even on the days that it doesn’t feel that way. There is always a reason for the struggle. If it was easy, everyone would do it.
It all starts with you.