"West Philadelphia, born and raised. On the playground is where I spent most of my days..."
Okay, not really. Clearly the opening lines to the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song can tell you I grew up in the 90's. Really, I am Cleveland born and Cleveland bred, raised in the suburb called Berea, home of the Cleveland Browns. For many years people would be embarrassed by that last fact, but I am proud of it. I'm not demonstrating a poor taste in football teams, but instead my support of the befuddled Browns franchise should tell you something else about me- my loyalty and appreciation for the underdog.
Just as the Browns have had their proverbial carousels of general managers, coaches and quarterbacks over the last 20 years, I have had my share of carousels as well that have led me to where I am now. Allow me to explain.
I have over 20 years experience in various customer service vocations- retail management, restaurant management, even a 7-year stint as a mail carrier in Central Florida. The consistent between all these vocations was my desire to meet and exceed the expectations of my customers, which I'd say I was pretty good at. The other consistent across all these jobs was the lack of sense of fulfillment I had despite how good I was doing at each. None of them made me feel like I was fulfilling my purpose. I enjoyed making my customers happy, but the gratification in those types of jobs leaves as quickly as it comes and it's on to the next sale. Deep down I knew there was something more.
It was during my time in Florida that the puzzle pieces started to fall into place. I began working out with my first personal trainer, having only previously played sports to "stay in shape." But during the course of working out with Drew for nearly a year, I noticed the effects that my workouts were having on not only my body, but my mind, attitude, and beliefs. I started to believe I was capable of more than the life I was living, I just had to work at it.
Another good friend, Jon, reaffirmed that belief when he took me under his wing and showed me a process he was undertaking to transform his life. While it was a fun and good job at the post office and I had a number of other friends and family in Orlando that supported and believed in me, I knew it was time to return home to Ohio to start the next chapter of my life. To find my mission to not only fulfill my dreams, but help others fulfill theirs.
"And I'm still figuring out just who I am, and who I could be. But all I know is who I was, wasn't nearly me." - Joe Wilson
Instead of a new chapter, it appears I started a new book in the series of my life. In the five plus years since I've been back in Ohio, my life is completely different. I found my gorgeous and loving wife, Leanne, and we adopted our beautiful dog Eva and have fostered several children over the course of the last year. I'm closer to my family than ever before and I have an incredible church family as I am also closer to God than ever before.
As for my fulfillment?
I mentioned earlier that I have worked many years in the customer service industry, striving to meet and exceed the expectations of my customers and clients alike. But it's been my time as a Certified Professional Coach, Personal Trainer, and Motivational/Public Speaker, or "Greatness Facilitator" as I prefer to call it, that has been the most meaningful to me. Having been able to give my clients the tools, encouragement and motivation to meet their goals and see it transform and impact their world- it is the fulfillment and gratification that my soul has been looking for.
"'For I know the plans I have for you' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11
Through my own life experiences with my wife and our combined history I believe that God created us all with greatness inside of us and He wants us to achieve and experience all the wondrous things there are in the world. However, sometimes we let the world, the people around us or even ourselves convince us that we are facing circumstances too large to overcome. When this happens we end up losing sight of what we wanted and what the Lord had planned for us.
My goal through my training, my coaching and my speaking is to remind people who they are and who they are meant to be. To help people find the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves. To dream- not just when they are asleep, but to dream of the things they really want out of life. And then I want to help illuminate the path for them to get to their dreams.
I would love to work with you and help you overcome any obstacle that comes up in your life. To help you "keep moving forward and step up to greatness."