Not a famous athlete, military hero, or captain of industry
20+ keynote speakers, why do I only remember 2?
As I do, they tell relatable stories based on real-life experiences.
I will share my stories including living with undiagnosed bipolar depression when I was a police officer and how I was able to achieve so many successful ventures while battling mental illness. No Powerpoint presentations, handouts, statistics, charts, or homework. Just real-life experiences told in a way that that will give you passion, inspiration and motivation to achieve anything!
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"CREATE OPPORTUNITIES, DON'T LOOK FOR THEM"
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I am a father of three beautiful teenage daughters and have been divorced from their mother since 2017. Prior to the day I almost committed suicide, my daughters hated me, I had never had a healthy relationship with anyone, including family and friends, and was fired or lost every job or venture I was involved in. Of over 50 jobs, the only one I was able to keep for more than 2 years was a police officer, which I kept for over 10 years. Today, I have the best relationship with my daughters than ever before and stability in my life.
When I look back on my life, I feel like I’m trying to remember things from a book I had to read in high school, to pass a test. If you are like me, unless I read something that really interests me, I may remember the overall theme, or main events, but not the specific details that make them up. This is how I feel about my life, at least it was until November 19, 2019.
My sister and I were primarily raised by my mother when our father walked out on us when I was three and my sister just one. Throughout college, I never knew what I wanted to do with my life, nor did I really care because I always lived with the belief that things will just work out when it’s supposed to. This is something that I look back on and can’t believe that most things worked out, that is until I compare my definition of “worked out” versus the widely accepted version. After November of 2019, I came to the realization that what I believed was normal my entire life, was in fact, not normal at all.
I learned at an early age that I had a talent for making things work out at the last minute, for instance, I did pretty good in school because I became a master at preparing the night before any test or assignment due. I knew it was easier to do a little each day, but to me that wasn’t normal, cramming was. Besides, even when I did try to change my habits and prepare daily, it never worked, I was physically not capable of making it last more than a few days. This was the beginning of me being labeled “irresponsible, lazy, unreliable, and a good bullshit artist.” I just couldn’t finish something until I absolutely had to. I couldn’t help it, so it was normal to me, and nobody understood that, so they defined me. MORE ABOUT ME
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