This afternoon I was given the opportunity to present my Roll Models talk, “Hurdling Life’s Obstacles: Going from “I can’t” to “I can,”” to the Urey Middle School track team. This was a very special talk to me for a couple of reasons. First, I actually went to Urey Middle School many years ago, and it is always an honor to speak at your alma mater. Second, they asked my mom to introduce me and watch my talk, and since she had never seen me speak before this was really cool. My grandfather even got to see it as well. So for myself personally, this talk was a true privilege that I am really excited I got to enjoy.
I cannot say enough about how great this audience was. When you speak via webcam, especially to children and teenagers, you never know how well the audience will connect with your message. These young student athletes were a perfect audience though. They were attentive, they connected emotionally, and asked great questions. It was a really fun group to speak to, and I am confident that they enjoyed themselves too. With any luck they will think about my words today and apply them to their own lives to achieve their dreams and overcome life’s obstacles. At the very least, they will remember that they can achieve anything they set their minds to by simply changing their perspective.