Why Did I Become a Motivational Writer and Speaker?
I’ve been a motivational speaker for so many years. Probably going on 20 at this point, but I’m not really keeping track. I first got into it after I had completed drug rehab dilatation program and went on to get my PhD in social sciences including an emphasis in childhood development. So I started doing the speaking circuit after a friend of mine who is a principal at a local high school, had said that she would like to have somebody with real life experience come down and talk to them about the impact the drugs had upon my life and what recovering from drugs has done for me.
I was able to overcome my issues in my youth and going to become an extremely successful adult.
I understand that this is really not the case for everyone, some people get so deep into rabbit hole that is the world of drugs that sometimes it is hard to come back out. But I find that I through perseverance was able to come out the other side and be a better person for it. I think the real issues that there’s just too much access for teenagers these days to get into things like that that will not only ruined their education that ruin their entire lives and relationships for the rest of their life.
Once I had gotten done with speaking in doing speak speech circuits through high schools explaining my experience in the downfall that medication and drugs have against people, I decided that it would be nicer to be able to reach a new mass of people and the best way to do that would be to write for students.
Writing for teenagers even if you’re a novelist who wants to focus on something really trendy like vampire stories or whatever the hot topic is at the time, writing for teens is extremely complex. It’s not something that you can just do. Teenagers are children to put it simply. And you cannot reason with them the same way that you would an adult.
They’re not interested in adult topics because they are not adults.
Well I know that I am a living success story, I don’t really like to think of myself in that way. I like to think of myself as just an example of one way that things can go. But as we all know people that suffer from substance abuse issues have a much deeper situation and some are much deeper than others. Some people have to try to drag as a survival mechanism to cope with reality. So if you have had such a traumatic upbringing or suffered so many abuses that drugs are the only way that they can feel alive again. The optimistic part of my brain says that everyone can recover and find themselves again, but the realist side of my brain understands that sometimes it’s hard to separate who you are from the addiction is. But I hope to do with my motivational writing is to let people know that you are not your addiction.