A person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency.
I am a blessed man but I am also a victim, well I use to be. As a child I was diagnosed with a learning Disability. I had ADD, ADHD, Sleep Apnea, dyslexia and a form of narcolepsy. My parents started me on ritalin as an elementary schooler. I was told that I wasn’t stupid, I just learned differently than all the other kids… The truth was,
I was a dummy when it came to studying and a genius at excuse making.
I didn’t pass many of my grades from 7th grade on. I would either attend summer school or just get pushed through to the next grade. I quickly convinced myself that school and education was not right for me. Thankfully I was blessed with enough athletic ability for colleges to still want me on their basketball team.
I was recruited and given a full scholarship to Liberty University where I continued my poor grades and endless excuses. My 1st year of college I earned a whopping 1.4 GPA. My second year, I earned a 1.9 GPA. Then my life changed, or should I say, life changed me.
I had a head on collision with a woman who would not let me make anymore excuses. Her name was Sarah and she was the athletic guidance counselor. She sat me down and told me I had been lied to. She told me I had just as much ability to learn and succeed as anyone else. Of course I gave her every reason why I couldn’t. I figured she didn’t know about the documents that were given to me in elementary school. She obviously didn’t understand that my case was different. As I was explaining my disabilities, Sarah looked at me and said, “I don’t care what you have been told, all I care about is what you believe.” I was shocked! Didn’t she understand that I was different. I was a special case. Unlike some of my friends that didn’t do well in school because they were lazy. I was lazy only because I didn’t have the ability to excel. So why try?
Sarah took me under her wing that semester. She somehow convinced me that I could learn, I could succeed and I could accomplish the things I decided to accomplish. All I had to do was make up my mind.
That semester I finished with a 3.9 GPA. After that, I never had a semester under 3.0. I am now an avid reader. Before Sarah, I had never read a book. Sad, but it’s the truth. I have lived the life of a victim for the majority of my life. I know what it feels like to have an I can’t attitude. I have lived with a sense of entitlement that crippled my ability to grow and mature. But I have also lived a life that understands that
Success is only as far away as you want it to be.
I have always had a passion for people. As an adult, the vehicle I use to live out my passion is Sales, Marketing and personal development. I started out selling furniture in my family’s retail furniture store at the age of 12. After college I came back to the family business for a few years before I accepted a sales position with a national bedding company. Now I work for an amazing local retail furniture company in Raleigh, NC. There’s not a days that goes buy where I don’t get excited about what I do.
I have been blessed with an amazing wife who I love very much. In September of 2011 we were blessed with our 1st child. Words cannot express the joy that I feel to be able go out and do what I love everyday then come home to the two most beautiful women in the world. God has truly belssed me.
I am an avid reader. Sales & business books are my main appetite. Some people may say that experience is the best teacher,
I say experience is the teacher of fools.
I do my best to learn from the things I see and read, but trust me, I have taken my licks and I have paid the stupid tax many times. On this site you will get a peek into my daily experiences in the sales word and hopefully find something you can take away that will help you. Enjoy!
“I live my life for One, but before many”
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