Picture this. I’m a 3-time National Champion, 10-time All-American and the 6th fastest man in the world at the age of 22. I was just one year away from landing my first shoe deal as a track and field superstar. I was living out my ultimate dream and nothing could stop me.
And just like that. I would face a 99% tear in my right quad muscle, an injury that would debilitate my career. My dream, as I knew it, was over. My purpose, gone. My confidence was left bankrupt and my emotions were starving.
Following my injury, I began speaking voluntarily at local schools, giving them a watered-down version of my life with surface level motivation, never touching on the pain I was going through. I believed no one would want to hear me speak. I was fearful of the judgement I might face. I mean c’mon, even my mom was financially supporting me.
That’s when my whole agenda changed. I started actually impacting people with my story. I started putting on Thrive Events and traveling around the world impacting tens of thousands of lives each year. I became an expert in the things that had some people stuck: becoming mentally strong, improving habit, discovering purpose, vision creating and goal setting.
Thriving is all the things most people forget when they are determined to achieve a great goal. These are the dimensions that gave me a life of purpose and led me to impact people and organizations all over the world.
hit rock bottom
moved back home with mom after college
struggled with a devastating injury
dealt with depression
create a non-profit
put on my first fashion show
started speaking in high schools
started writing my book
worked with a hypnotherapist and mindset coach
my first speaker website
got my first check for speaking
retired from track
3x ncaa champion
6th fastest man in the world
moved to tampa
quit working at dicks sporting goods
launched my business full time
started traveling the world as a professional speaker
created the thrive planner
created thrive experiences
start the thrive tribe podcast
join toastmasters (made it to nationals in toastmasters)
first personal development retreat
worked with a business coach
hire a writing coach
launch my first speaking course
major business pivot
virtual speaking became a thing
hit six figures
started the journey to paid speaking gigs podcast
created the recap journal
reopen my business to in-person event
finished writing my book
Impacted over 600,000 people through events
I struggled to get passable grades and I found myself nearly failing every year. My confidence in school was at a zero, so I turned to track and field for the self esteem boost that I needed. As college neared, I was fearful that I wouldn’t make it in with my poor SAT scores and GPA. But this fact made my determination stronger. I had to get into college. I had to join a collegiate track and field team.
After missing out on a college semester and passing my entrance exam by a single point, I secured a full scholarship to Florida State University and became a three-time national champion on their track and field team.
Who would've thought that the same kid, who was ridden with failure and setback, would graduate from Florida State University to not only become 10x American and 6th fastest man in the world at 2009 IAAF World Championship, but would also make the dean’s list and acc honor roll.
I wanted to get them the resources they needed to succeed, but also give them the encouragement they deserved to get them to secure the gold metal in life. This passion led me to developing What Matters Foundation.
Since 2019, I’ve had the privilege of impacting over 30,000 students. I’ve given away over $20,000 in educational scholarships and put together the largest student inspirational event in Virginia with over 900 attendees.
a. Sleeping 90% of the time
b. Reading a business book
c. Catching up on emails
d. Watching a movie
a. My go-to smoothie
b. A run alongside Tampa Bay
c. Repeating my Will Statements
d. A inspirational podcast
b. Orange Juice
d. Iced Tea
one of the fastest men in the world
True or False
a. Roller Coasters
c. Florida Summers
Thriving is something we can all seek in every area of our lives. For me, it’s not just something I can experience on stage in front of thousands— it is all encompassing. Between my health, community outreach, and close relationships, thriving is a lifestyle. You too can step into a life of ambition, joy and purpose. Join Me.
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When my track and field career took a turn for the worst, I turned to books to give me insight on how to handle obstacles and how to become the man that I am today. Books have the power to change a life and completely transform the next generation. Children deserve to thrive. Please join me as we provide books that will impact the lives of world-changers to come.