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As human beings, we all have values. As a speaker, I want to share my values—positivity, empowerment, and self-awareness—to impact audiences everywhere.
I believe a positive mindset will set you free. Negativity is a trap it stunts growth and success. And we know how important it is to grow and succeed. Looking for the positive isn’t always easy. But being thankful for things, even the little stuff, is a great place to start. Positive attitudes are like a magnet and attract good things. With the mental strength of positivity, I know anyone can tackle life’s tough challenges and grow from their experiences
Raised on KC’s Eastside, I never knew what opportunity was.It took being paralyzed for me to understand that opportunities come to those who create them. I am grateful for the experiences that have challenged and inspired me. Now I’m motivated to empower others to be more confident in themselves and realize their potential. It’s important for everyone to pursue their passion and goals, and I especially want to fill that void in my boyhood community.
It took me a while, but I finally made it: I AM comfortable in my own skin. I know who I am and I’m happy with it. Realizing who you are can help you realize who you want to be, where you want to go, and how you can get there. And gaining confidence takes time and effort. For me, life isn’t about being better than anyone. It’s about being the best version of myself. You have to know and care for yourself before you can care for others. Being self-aware is invaluable.
My story begins here.
Years ago, I suffered from a spinal cord injury after being shot multiple times. After the SCI, I went into a deep depression. I found myself as a single father in a wheelchair, adjusting to a completely new and difficult lifestyle. I was also dangerously overweight.
But my daughter inspired me. My love for her is greater than she’ll ever know. And that love inspired me to take action, and I decided to become a good role model for her. I began a weight loss journey with a fitness and nutrition regiment.
My physical and mental transformation was something that I realized had potential to help others who may be in similar situations. So I founded my non-profit, Disabled But Not Really. Individuals with disabilities should feel empowered to overcome any mental limits they may have that’s the driving force of the organization. I have grown personally and professionally, all because of my inspiring daughter.
My daughter Nevaeh is my heart and soul, motivating me to be the best version of myself that I can be.
I have become who I am because of my spinal cord injury. Truly, my two wheels have been a blessing to me. I wouldn’t change a thing. Some may give in to the pressure of depression or their unfortunate circumstances, but I firmly believe that a positive attitude can make a difference.
I strive to stay humble in my success and set a good example. Positive attitudes go a long way when you’re battling the tough stuff. And fitness and nutrition play an important role in building and maintaining positivity. One of my main goals in life is to encourage others to believe in themselves and achieve their own greatness.