The Unexpected Power of Love | Titus O'Neil on Impact Theory | Transcription

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Introduction

Intro (00:00)

People gave to me and my family and my mom and other kids in my situation when they had nothing to gain in return. And that's character. You know, when you can give someone something, do something for somebody, and it's really not about you, it's really about helping them. And you're not expecting anything in return. Hey, welcome to ImpactGree. You were here, my friends, because you believe that human potential is nearly limitless, but you know that having potential is not the same as actually doing something with it. So our goal with this show and company is to introduce you to the people and ideas that will help you actually execute on your dreams. Alright, today's guest is world famous WWE superstar Titus O'Neill. He is one of the most extraordinary examples that I have ever seen that your circumstances do not determine what you can become. On paper, he had everything going against him. He was born into extreme poverty when his mother was raped at the age of 11 and gave birth to him at 12. He was told that he would end up dead or in jail by the age of 16 and honestly in his early teens that seemed not only likely, but probable. He was drawn to the streets fiercely rebellious, wildly disrespectful and completely out of control. Fortunately for him, his mother sent him to the sheriff's ranch and there he began to turn his life around. He poured his passions and aggressions into football and even though people told him he was too small and uncoordinated to ever play in college, he graduated as one of the most decorated football players in the country. With unending discipline and drive, he got so good that he had his pick of schools and was ultimately offered a football scholarship to the University of Florida where he played under legendary coach Steve Spurrier. His tenure was so successful on and off the field that he graduated in three years and was inducted into the University of Florida football Hall of Fame. He also went on to get his master's degree in higher education and played professional football in both the NFL and the Arena Football League before joining the WWE. His accomplishments in the spotlight however really do pale in comparison to what he's done off the field and out of the ring. In 2014 he was honored as the humanitarian of the year by the Rainbow Coalition. In 2015 he was named Celebrity Data of the Year and this year the NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning named him the community hero. So please help me in welcoming the man who is as comfortable on the TED stage inspiring people as he is in the ring finishing people off. The driving force behind the joy of giving charity which gives 10,000 deserving kids gifts and family services every year. Vadius Bullard aka WWE superstar Titus O'Neill.


Titus'S Journey And Lessons

Titus Personal Style (02:46)

Thank you for joining us today. Thank you. You are an absolute wall of humanity. I cannot imagine facing you in the ring that would be pure insanity. It can be pretty physical at times. I can imagine. Yeah I can imagine. So talk to me about the outfits man. They are absolutely dynamite. You and I were talking before we started rolling about what they mean to you. What is that all about? Well I mean just based on how I grew up you know I couldn't afford nice clothes. So I got picked on a lot and bullied a lot about clothes that I wore and always had to be a good person. I had the desire to make a statement with fashion but I just didn't have the money and stuff to do that. But as I got older I realized you know people look at you differently when you dress a certain way. And your appearance means everything to some people right out of the gate. I just try to represent for the job that I want and not for the job that I have. I want to be able to be on talk shows like this and then platforms like this where I can be an inspiration and also draw people into just a different mindset of like what it is to be an African American. What it is to be an African American athlete, a father. All these stereotypes that come along with you know my demographic of people. I kind of for a very young age I've always wanted to just to spell all those rumors. What athlete acts like. What a student athlete should or shouldn't be. And I think a lot of that had to do with me just taking pride in how I felt about myself and how I treated others.


Fighting and Florida Sheriff Boys Ranch (04:30)

So walk me through like you're clearly deeply introspective. What was your internal life as a kid like when people are making fun of your clothes and you know saying that your shoes are talking and stuff like. What is the internal story about you that's going on in your mind. I mean my first result was to fight you know somebody and a lot of times it resulted in somebody talking about my mom. And I just never I just never had been wanting to talk about anybody's mom you know they as a younger age you know sometimes kids get caught up in. You know ragging on or however they determine nowadays. I was going to say you're dating yourself of that one. I didn't have a male role model at the house that can tell me teach me how to fight or teach me how not to fight. My mom would just get upset just because she had to come out you know off her job which she wasn't making much money at the time waiting tables. Come to the school constantly because I either fought or custom out of or you know just cause trouble. And I just felt like that was the only way that I was going to be able to keep these people from picking on me. But they never stopped them I either get jumped or they just come back the next day and do the same thing. So you mentioned in the introduction I went to a place called the Florida Sheriff's Boys Ranch and it was there that I still got into fights early on. Still custom people out early on. How old were you when you went? I was 12. But there was a man there Patrick Minogue that just took a liking to me. He was one of the directors at the time. So when everybody else wanted to kick me off because this kid just ain't going to get it. And so even at the Sheriff's Ranch you were like the most trouble making. But I was also like one of the bigger kids so it was a threat there. This kid really got upset. He could really hurt someone. And then they ended up moving me to the cottage with the older kids and nobody picked on me there and they kind of taught me how to be a teenager. And it helped me grow up fast you know being around kids that were more mature. They still had their issues every kid that was there had issues. But they were a lot closer to understanding it's going to take hard work discipline and learning how to work with other people in order to get to the next level. And for many of them just like myself it was going to be a first generation college student. Some of them will be you know first time graduating from high school. They come from a level of poverty or whatever. So it was a good move for me. It was a good learning lesson. But also at that point I think when Mr. Minogue did to me was when he told me I love you and I believe in you. You know I never heard anybody come to me and tell me that and he was a stranger to me. And the day after he told me that our relationship just flourished. If I was getting ready to get in trouble or whatever I was the only person on campus that would be able to call him you know. And he'd come out and play basketball with me. He was a huge Chicago Bulls fan too because he was from Chicago. So we had that tie in together. But he also told me something that was very critical in my way of thinking. He had asked me the question you know why do you think it is that you get into so much trouble. And I said man I don't know I'm just a bad kid you know that's all I've ever done you know. And you know up to that point that's all I had been labeled was a bad kid. I was put in specific learning disability SLD classes and I was never done. You know I just never applied myself. And so Mr. Manot you know to me was the epitome of just genuine love. It didn't matter what religion you were or color I was or what background I came from. He just saw something in me that made him say to me I love you and I'm believing you. And he wouldn't tell me why he told me that there's no such thing as a bad kid. He told me as I got older I'll find that out and I realize yeah there's no such thing as a bad kid. There are kids that are in bad situations around bad influences making bad decisions. And you take those same kids you put them in a good environment around good people. And there are nine times out of ten going to have greater success.


The mindset shift (09:10)

Walk me through the mindset shift because I want to frame what your story seems like from the outside. So I've worked in the inner cities a lot and I worked with a very aggressive young man in a one-on-one sort of big brother. And I was too young and dumb to really understand how to help him. And so my only thing was I just want to show him beautiful things in the world because he never saw anything beautiful. So I used to take him to see movies in Beverly Hills just because even though I was broke it was like movies cost the same. So I wanted him to see something beautiful. But I never felt like whatever was going on like whatever story or belief system he had that was making him so angry like it never changed. And I told him I love you and all of that. So there was something that is either unique to you or the way that you thought or Mr. Minogue and what he said. But what do you remember sort of what you were thinking at the time that began to change? Was it a thawing of your anger over your situation when he said he loved you? How could you replicate that with other kids? Well I think every kid is different you know in every situation. If your situation with the kid that you were with he might have heard people tell him that they love him a thousand times. But then they turn around and proceed to call him dumb or stupid or whatever it may be. And so to him that's what love was and he didn't like it. So it takes a lot to try to mold that relationship. Just saying I love you is great and going to the movies is great but find out what his interests are. I'm a big supporter of public education and private education but I'm not out here telling these kids go to school, get a good job, go to college. College ain't for everybody. I went to college with me that were superb students and they still don't have a job today. But there are some kids out there a lot of kids out there that are very creative. So what we have to do is try to find a way to take what you're good at and find out what other person is good at and find a way to make that work. Because yeah go ahead. Well it's interesting because you've talked so much about the power of education and I've seen so many interviews where you're like look I'll be alright. I've got my education. I was doing something before. I got into the WWE and I'll be doing something after. So like what are you saying to your kids? I find that's a pretty good litmus test. Well so we have three rules in my home. The first rule is to love and respect everybody you come in contact with. You're not going to agree with them. You're not going to even like them on some occasions but you love them and you respect them. Number two is to be your best. If your best is to see on the test, even if it's D or F on the test, you can never be disappointed if you know you gave it your all. And then number three is we don't use the word can't. It's not an our vocabulary. I was told my entire life you'll never do this. You'll never do that. You can't do this. It's impossible for you to do that. When you tell somebody what they can't do, for some people that drives them. You're not going to tell me what I can or cannot do. But for other people when you tell them are you'll never be able to do that.


The three rules (12:35)

Like that could be the breaking straw and that back for that person, that's their spirit to actually go out and succeed. So I never tell my kids if they come to me and they may have the most outrageous idea. I say, "Alright, cool. Let's figure out how we're going to do it." I never say, "Oh man, you can't do that. We ain't doing that." Because I try to live by example by them seeing this whole thing with the joy given that you talked about earlier. I mean, we've done that for the last seven years. I think on average we give them between 800 and 1,000 gifts per year. So now I talk about growing. And I said it last year, I want to be able to have this event so big that we have to have it in Raymond James Stadium. And I want a football stadium to be the focal point because everybody knows where the stadium is. And then I want to do it on the outside of the stadium because I want people to drive by and say, "Oh, what the hell's going on over there?" And then they actually pull in and find out. So I've gotten pretty much all the law enforcement agencies and churches and some secular organizations and the mayor and everybody else involved in this whole thought process. It's not just like the gift. The gift is just a carrot. It's like number one, we can do stuff together. If your agenda is to help make an impact on people's lives, it shouldn't matter if your name is at the top of the banner. It shouldn't matter if your gifts have certain name tags or whatever, however you want to do it. They won't be wrapped. We want these kids to see you're getting a good quality gift. We're not just going to hand them some stuff and say, "Oh, I give you a teddy bear at 12 years old." And you're looking, "I don't want this teddy bear." And then next thing you know, somebody saying, "Well, the kid was ungrateful." Well, that's your impression. So these kids are accustomed to saying, "You're going to live in this government housing. You're going to go to this school. You're going to do this." This is all you're good enough to have, and this and that. And I want to be completely opposite, not only in the sense of what kind of gift they get, but then how it's presented to them with dignity. And then also too, we all do these things given baskets and we feed the homeless and feed the needy. We do it around Christmas time. We do these big Christmas drives.


Engage 364 (14:59)

But what happens to the other 364 days? These kids that are coming out there in need, their needs just not going to disappear because they got a toy or because they have food. So we have another aspect of this thing that I'm really excited about. It's called Engage 364, where we're taking agencies that do different support services throughout the year and inviting them to come out and present their services. And we have a guide so that people when they leave there, "Oh, I need life insurance, but I don't make enough money." But we got a company that's going to give free life insurance. We have the United Way who's been big, great partners with me. They have services that help people fill out college applications and the tests and grant forms and they're going to do all that stuff for free. But they've been doing that stuff for three year round. Some people just don't know because they don't have access to that information. So we want to try to bring all these folks together with the hopes that we make these resources work together to really make significant change, not just put a band-aid on this issue. Buying school supplies is great, but what can we do to have it so that they don't have to buy as many school supplies every year, get a sponsor to already have that in place, or have an event where we can do a big backpack giveaway and serve thousands of kids. No, that makes a lot of sense. I want to go back to what you said about Kent. So you don't say Kent in your household. You were told Kent a thousand times as a kid. And I love what you said, like that one Kent could be the straw that broke the camel's back for that kid and then really, truly, he believes it. Why didn't you ever break? Like literally reading your story on paper is crazy, man. I don't know how you ever got out from under that story. So what was it about you that made that you were just impossible to break? Well, I'm super competitive. So nobody's going to tell me what I can't do. And that's what you were thinking even as a kid? Even as a kid, like I might not have been good at it. I mean, somebody don't, I can't say, but don't tell me I can't sing. Because I'm going to give you my best singing possible. It's not that I can't sing, it's just I don't sing well.


Stevens story of the god that he worked to change (17:13)

But you know what I'm saying? So it's like, for me, I always had a drive to not prove people wrong, but to prove God's right. You know, God said that he has great plans for me. And my attachment to the homeless is that there was a homeless guy that used to come out to her high school football practices. And he asked, you know, he asked, he said, can I talk to you for a second? I was like, yeah, what's going on? Because I used to start giving him the stuff, you know, that we didn't use. I'd give him the muffins or the danish or whatever. Whatever we had left over, I'd just give to him if he wanted it. And so, you know, he said, I just want to tell you that God's got a huge calling on your life to change a lot of people's lives. And if I wanted to be a jerk at the time, I'd be like, well, why aren't you so, you know, in tune with God, why are you in this situation? But I wasn't, I received it. And you know, it was my first thought process of like, if this guy is saying this to me, he sees something to me. But I also want to find out how he got into this situation. And so I ended up asking him and he said, you know, if I told you that I used to be an executive living in a really good place, and I was doing in a really nice house and beautiful wife and kids, would you believe me? And I said, well, if that's what you say, then that's what I got to believe. And he was like, well, that was the case, but gambling drugs and alcohol took me away from my family. And you never really like understand people's pain and why they are in certain situations, even me with my pain, and why I was feeling a certain way. Until you actually have a conversation and they're willing to open up and talk to you about it. And, you know, probably a few months after meeting him, you know, I'd ask one of my teammates to, you know, kind of help them find work because they had a pretty good business there that was doing really well. They ended up giving him a job, giving him a place to stay. And then, you know, the next thing I know, maybe not two years later, he's running the whole southern region. And he goes from being a God as homeless to being a God that has a job, and a God I end up having a good relationship with through high school. And I kind of help bring this kid, God's family together at 13 years old. So I'm like, well, maybe this is what he means, you know, connecting people. I'm a man of faith, I believe in God, and Jesus. Somebody else, and their interpretation of what God and Jesus is, may be completely opposite of mine, and maybe Lutheran, Catholic, you know, Baptist, whatever. And they have different modes of religion, and they do things in a religious way. Well, if they read the Bible, the same Bible that I do, Jesus walked amongst everyone, and he died for everybody, whether you went to the church or didn't go to the church. And then from a political standpoint, like it's like, there's cricket people on both sides, right? Democrat and Republican, not all of them are, just like it out, not all police officers or bad police officers. But at what point are we going to come together and make it about people? And not just people from the upper class, or not just people from the lower class, but just people in general. Because if me, you and your wife are all sitting in a hospital, my mom has cancer, your mom has cancer, your wife's mom has cancer. I'll guarantee you not one time, will you come out well, you know, are you a Democrat or Republican? You know, what church do you go to? That's the least thing that we were about trying to have commonality between whether or not we have shared the same religion or political background. We care about, we're all here for the same purpose. Our moms are dealing with cancer. We want to do whatever we can to keep them on this earth, and that connects us, right? So we can actually find the genuine side of who we are, what we represent. And whether you're a Democrat or a Republican or Republican or a Democrat, it doesn't matter, because we learn each other as people. And it's okay to agree to disagree. And then this whole saying of like, can't we all get along and just get scrawn around all the time? No, we can't all get along. I can't get along with a person that is a bully. I can't get along with a person that's manipulative to people. I can't get along with racist folks. I just never have and never will. But I can't get along with those that have a like mind that want to make change in their own way. You've called yourself a bridge builder in the past, and you've got a pretty amazing story I'd love for you to share with us about. When your grandmother was dying of cancer and you were visiting her in the hospital every day, and there was a pretty hateful woman, tell us that story. So my grandmother passed away from breast cancer in 1995. I was going to the hospice, the woman that was her roommate per se, was very... She was from the south, and she was very racist. Every time I come in the room, she'd say, "Oh, well that goes that **** boy. I had to do everything I could." I knew I had grown because I didn't respond the way I probably should have responded. Has she caught me a couple of years earlier? My grandmother, after a few weeks, reached over and pulled grandma arm. She was like, "If I happen to die before she does, I want you to come back and see her." I'm like, "No." It's just not my grandmother talking right now. It ended up happening three weeks after my grandmother said that my grandmother passed away. My grandmother saw something at the time that I really understand why she was doing it, but I went back and I go into this room. The lady sits up on her seat and she just starts balling crying. This is the racist lady. She's like, "I'm so glad I got a chance to see you again. I'll never see you again. I apologize for how I treated you. I've gone to church. I've done so many things. In church, I've served the homeless, etc. I wasn't doing the one thing that I know that God would have approved other most than I was loving his people. She asked me if I could give her a hug. I said in my tent, I was apprehensive about doing that because she could have shanked me or something like that on the side. I hugged her and when I hugged her, she said, "You're like the son that I never had and I'm going, okay. I didn't understand it at the time. I'm walking out." The lady said, "The lady's up front. That was so beautiful to witness because essentially the reason why she had so much anger towards you was because she kind of got dropped off, which happens a lot in nursing homes or care centers. The family dropped off and she has two daughters and the daughters just couldn't handle seeing their mom in that position. My grandmother saw that before I would have ever saw it. She just saw an opportunity for even the hardest of hearts to be changed, even in the dying days. When that guy told me, "I love you. I believe in you." That changed what I thought of white people. That changed what I thought of people thought of me. I even did the exercise at the TED Talk where I said, "Everybody take your phones out. I want you to text anybody in your phone and you can do it here too and text them exactly what I tell you to text them. I love you and I believe in you." For some people, that response was, "I told you you're going to get one or three responses. Number one is, "Hey, are you okay? What's going on? Do I do something wrong?" Because it's out really out of nowhere. The other one is, "Man, I really needed that. I was having a tough day. It came out a good time." Then the third one, they're going to reciprocate what was said to them. They're going to say to you, "I love you and I believe in you too." If you can have impact on somebody that you know that way, then just imagine what's going to happen when you do that to a complete stranger. It may not be, "I love you and I believe in you." It may be the action of showing, "Hey, you're worthy of nice clothes or nice pair of shoes or you're worthy of being able to go and enjoy a movie." In college, the more successful people are the most of the time the people that are more well-rounded. In business, it's the same way. Investors, the more well-rounded their portfolio is, 9 times out of 10, you're rich.


When Stevens grandmother passed away (26:50)

You're kind of having appreciation for what other people do and whatever the people are going through. But you can be inspired on any given moment, any given day, just talking to people. When you decide to start being honest about talking openly about what had happened, that in and of itself is such an act of courage. Yeah, because I used to have this pretend that. Really? Yeah, there was a guy that he was saying that he was my dad, but he was really never around.


The reality of foster care (27:24)

But you believed he was your dad? To a certain degree, I think we all have this ability to tell that something's wrong here. I call it discernment. I kind of knew I wasn't his kid, but at the same token, if he wants to step into that role, that's great. But the problem is him stepping into that role and just saying he's my dad is not enough. When you're not around, you're telling me you're going to do something one minute and next minute you're not. That's one thing, even with my kids, I always tell them, just be 100% honest with me. The beauty in that is that every school I go to, every organization I go to, every parent that I talk to, they're like, "Man, we love your sons. They're the sweetest, most humblest kids. They work hard. They're leaders, all these things." And that to me as a father, their character, and that's why I mean, I wear this band, Champions League with character. And talk to me, define character, because the way you define it is amazing. Yeah, so to me, character is being able to be a champion for cause based on not only your beliefs, but your experiences. Because we get taught certain things a certain way. Most inner city kids get taught, "Oh, well, you need to make good grades so you can go to school and do this and do this." But they never get taught, be on time, show discipline, show respect, tolerance for others, this and that. But they never teach that. And that's a character issue. Nobody's telling you how to be good to another person. They're teaching you how to do something from a book. And so for me, character is being able to authentically live out who you really are to the best of your abilities on a daily basis. I also once heard you add to that, that character is how you treat somebody when they can't give you anything to that. Yeah, my whole thing is like people gave to me and my family and my mom and other kids in my situation when they had nothing to gain in return. And that's character. When you can give someone something and do something for somebody, and it's really not about you, it's really about helping them. And you're not expecting anything in return. Speaking of your kids, I know at one point they were playing on a football team if I'm not mistaken. They didn't keep score or they didn't tell you who was winning. What was your reaction to that? Yeah, they were three and five. They were playing flag football. And I just like came. It was one of the few Saturdays that I was able to be there. So I'm at the game and I see TJ score a couple touchdowns. And then I see another kid score a couple touchdowns. And the other team might score it two or three times. But all this time the score is going on, I'm not seeing like a scoreboard. I just see a clock and they're playing time has. So I asked the game, I was like man, good job bro. You did good.


Exactly how to make character a priority (30:44)

You teamed up, you know, I'm dapping up all the teammates and telling the coach thank you for taking time to coach my kids, etc. And then I was like, you know, what was the score of the game? And TJ was like, oh dad, they don't keep score here. I say, well, just going to be your last game. I need my kids to learn how to win and learn how to lose. And everything that they do in life is going to be measured by numbers. You know, if you go to college, it's based on your GPA and test scores. If you want to get a job, it's based on numbers, you know, years of experience and etc. etc. What kind of degree you had this and that. If you want to go and play sports and be successful at it, they're going to look at numbers first. They're going to say, oh, he averages 31 points a game. You know, let's give this kid a look. Everything's based on numbers. And then the records, you know, they're not as important, but the numbers are definitely important. And I want my kids to learn how to lose and learn how to win. And if you don't even know, like, what the score is, and you don't know if you win it, it's a close game. You try to keep it in your head and listen that. No, look up at that scoreboard and you see your downout three with, you know, three minutes left. How are you going to respond? You know, how are your teammates going to respond? How are you going to get them to gather around and rally together in the fourth quarter in that short period of time to come from three and end up hopefully winning by one or three or five or whatever. So, yeah, I'm not with that. You know, we just trying to teach the kids to have a good time. That's not how I was raised. That's not how I think kids should be raised because they don't get taught how to lose. You know, they don't get taught how to win and win with character and win with dignity and integrity. Your life has spanned like this incredible range from where you started to the levels of success that you have now.


What you really need to be successful (32:35)

What does it take to be the best? Number one is a work ethic. You got to be passionate about whatever it is that you're going to do, whether it be, you know, an artist, entertainer, sport, speaker, political, like whatever it is that you decide to do in life. You have to have an extreme work ethic. You got to be willing to do stuff that other people are willing to do. You have to have respect. The first thing I taught my kids when they can understand it was how to shake somebody's hand. For me, as an African American, there were times where you couldn't look certain people in the eyes. You had to look down when you taught "Yes, sir, yes, sir, and this and that." I'm like, "Look people in the eyes." Because it shows confidence, it shows that you respect yourself, you respect them, and it draws them into being interested. And then make sure that handshakes for them, you know, no shape. And even kids now, I meet kids eight, nine, ten years old, and I'm like, "Hey man, what's going on?" They give me little two fingers, and I'm like, "Nah, bro, I'm pushing them off right in front of their mom and dad." And say, "We're going to try this again." And I tell them this whole thing about shaking someone's hand. And these are people that have been like sponsors and CEOs or whatever, that their kids learn something right there. And then they look at me and they're like, "Man, thank you for that." Their wife and the husband are like, "Thank you for that." So for me, it's like you have to set the precedence of like being authentic. You know, we live in a very, you know, inauthentic world where we don't do nearly as much as we could do if we didn't have an agenda. I don't have an agenda. You know, my only agenda is to literally change everybody's life that I could possibly change in one way or another. Being authentic and being me has literally changed my whole life because people are really starving for truth. What are you teaching your kids about adversity? How do you want to see them handle it?


Adversity lessons (34:51)

Like obviously what you do is so physical. There's such a pain threshold that you have to be willing to deal with. And I'm sure you've got some pretty deep lessons about that. My kids, when it comes to adversity, they know since Kent isn't an option, they have no choice but to fight through whatever it is they have issues with because Kent is not an option. It's either I will or I won't. I can. I know I can, but I will or I won't, you know. And that's the thing. In some cases, you may try your hardest and you just don't win or you don't pass a test or you don't succeed. That's part of life. Alright, before I ask my last question, where can these guys find you online? They can find me at Titus O'Neal, WWE, Facebook, which I don't have any friend requests able to be pushed through, but you can follow me on Titus O'Neal. You can get through on that one. And then under Thaddeus Bullard is my real Facebook page.


His one-of-a-kind mission (35:51)

Alright, last question. What is the impact that you want to have on the world? The impact I want to have on the world, to me it's simple but I know it's very hard to do. I want to get people to understand the root causes and quit putting bad days over the issues, the root cause of the justice system being the way it is. Let's try to really figure out how to make that different. The root cause of public education and the travesty really that is saying. It bothers me that we're more willing to put money into prisons than we are willing to put money into educating people and mental health illness, which is a real thing to a lot of people, even those that have gone to college and been successful. I like to see our members that have served in the military a lot different and better. And I like to try to have an impact of hopefully consolidating some of this homeless environment that we have in the country. And I know I can't do that myself and my pastor used to say all the time, pastor pull used to say all the time. You know we can't do everything but we can do something. And so I just want to encourage everybody out there to do something. I love that. That is so much more. Thank you.


Significance Of The Show

Why this show will blow your mind (37:02)

Thank you. Guys, this is definitely somebody that's going to blow your mind. To me, what he really shows is how far a human life can go and how much you do not need to be defined by your circumstances. It really is up to you to tell your own story, to define for yourself what the things in your life have meant, how you meet adversity. It's absolutely astonishing to think how many times that he was told no and that if I gave you his life story on paper, you would say for sure this guy never goes anywhere. And the fact that he is just time after time after time, proven people wrong, from being told that he was too small and uncoordinated to play football and yet becomes one of the most decorated all American high school players, goes on to play in college, gets into the college hall of fame, goes on to the NFL and Arena League. It's absolute insanity and even post injury continues to play football and then goes in to have an astonishing career in the WWE as a phenomenal entertainer, teaching himself how to do all of that, never taking no for an answer. And the thing that I find most fascinating about him is he's a bridge builder. He's somebody that doesn't sit there and wallow and dwell in the things that went wrong or the hardships that he's had in his life. He's only looking for ways to make other people's lives better. And I really hope you heard and understood the part about as a 13 year old, making a connection with a homeless man that ends up seeing him reunited with his whole family. It's absolutely incredible. There are so many tales like that as you dive into him, so follow him socially, watch him on the WWE and look at the stuff that he's doing philanthropically. It will blow your mind. Alright guys, if you haven't already, be sure to subscribe. And until next time, my friends, be legendary. Take care. Hey everybody, thank you so much for watching and being a part of this community. If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe. You're going to get weekly videos on building a growth mindset, cultivating grit and unlocking your full potential.


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