I grew up in a small town in Central Pennsylvania. I’ve always had a passion for helping others – most likely because I always needed help myself.
My family never had much money and I moved frequently growing up. When I was in elementary school, I did great academically. My guidance counselors labeled me as gifted and I received one of the highest grades on the state’s standardized test for my grade level during this time.
High school hit me like a bus and my academics slipped – more like fell hard. I failed a course or two and received the lowest possible passing grades in a handful of others. But I was good at sports.
I loved football, track and field, wrestling and basketball. And if you know anything about high school sports, you would know that basketball and wrestling occur at the same period of time in the year. There was a time when I was doing both simultaneously, and doing them well.
Throughout high school I qualified and placed at the state tournament in track and field and was a highly ranked wrestler before I switched to basketball fulltime in the winter.
When I went to college I competed in the decathlon and had a love/hate relationship with the event and the sport. I struggled mentally and my academics started to slip again.
One evening, I got a call from my coach asking me to meet with him and talk through some things. I knew it was about my grades and I hesitantly went into his office to me. It was then that he told me I wasn’t eligible to compete in my next season of track and field because my grades were too low.
This was one of my five major lessons in life and it led to a series of events where I learned the Power of Deliberate Momentum. After learning these lessons and applying them in my life, I have achieved things I’ve never thought possible.
Since then, I’ve been invited to numerous national conferences like the NCAA Leadership in Sports Conference, became one of the Top 20 Decathletes in the nation, started businesses and helped others start businesses and mentored young men and women going through similar situations and much more.
This is all thanks to the major lessons I’ve learned in life. I want to share them with you now.