Somebody asked me one day “Dude, I followed you on social media. Are you a motivational speaker?” “Not really. I am a physical therapist.” he said, “you inspire, you motivate. You helped me out so much.” You know, there’s a lot of people that stalk and lurk on you but you don’t really know who you are influencing. It’s crazy. Because my reach each day with my videos are about 2500 people. But, that’s what I know of. You don’t know who you’re reaching or impacting. Just do your thing.
Am I a motivator? Yes, I guess I am. But let me tell you my agenda. Because I really do have an agenda. My agenda is this. Growing up, I think I was in the twelfth grade, there was a man. His name is Patrick Hadley. I used to fly these remote control planes, I actually saved up all of my money – like my parent gave me three dollars per lunch. I never had lunch at school. I saved up all of my money. So that in a year, I was able to buy one of these radio controlled planes. And this man, Patrick Hadley, he’s going to the same church that I’m going in to used to fly them as well. And he taught me how to fly them. Now, looking back, he actually served as my mentor. Because while we’re flying – he had two young boys, but they are like babies and I am a seventeen, sixteen year old kid, whatever. One day he said something to me, because I didn’t do great in high school. But he said something to me that changed my life. He said, “well Greg, whatever you do in college. Just remember, you’re probably be doing it until you’re sixty five so, don’t shortcut it.” that’s all the dude told me. And that stayed in my head. And when I had to decide as an average B student if I should do physical therapy, that one comment from that man stayed in my head. And that’s what made me flip the switch when I got in to college. First semester college, straight A’s. Never had that in my life. Second semester college, all A’s, one B+. But that one thing he said completely changed the way that I approached school. I went into college working part-time and the hardest classes I have ever taken in my life. But just because that man invested in me, I said, “you know what? I needed to do the same thing for kids.” So believe it or not, some of the demographics I am trying to reach is like 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade because I know that a lot of people don’t have fathers. They don’t have fathers, men, even black men in the household showing them that it can be done. So that’s my agenda.
Here’s my second agenda. My pastor talked about this yesterday. My pastor gives me this analogy about encouragement. Back in the day when used to play baseball and when he was in a slump – coz I used to play baseball to and I used to get on a slump and can’t hit a damn thing. So he’s out there getting ready to hit the ball, and he gets up the bat and he hears the kids in the dugout saying, “oh crap, Greg’s up.” It’s just a confidence killer, right? You already suck, you already aren’t doing good and they’re like, “oh, crap. Greg’s up.” and it’s just a killer. I know how powerful because I built my career on this. I know how powerful a word of encouragement is to people. That are constantly broken down over and over again. And I understand difference, like right now every single one of you that are on – I tell you, you can do it. I know that little jolt of confidence, that little encouragement could be the difference with you jumping trying something versus you just saying, “I’m not doing it.” And I know that as a physical therapist are people, just like physicians are people. And I know my people in physical therapy because I have been there around a long time, they struggle with confidence. And they have this incredible skillset but they’re confidence is so low for the most part that they just don’t feel comfortable with decision making. With making that move. They’re always waiting for someone to tell them what to do in the form of a physician or this or that. That kills them, it kills them. And I don’t just see a whole lot of PTs out there saying I’m going to give somebody a word of encouragement. I’m going to do that for people. That’s my agenda.
Yes, many of my videos are gonna come across as motivational. And rightfully so. You know what? I am a motivator. Because every single time that I talk at any conference, people come up to me after and say, “you have inspired me.” I’m usually talking on how I use my website to build my business. But because my story is real and authentic and people realize that in my talk – a lot of times I am saying, “why can’t you do it? I believe you can do it.” I’ll go to people and I am looking at this white lady over here and I am like, “what’s your name?” “My name is Sussie” “Sussie, why can’t you do it?” and then I am looking over here, the black dude over here, “why can’t you do it Tyron?” and I didn’t realize that I naturally do that. I naturally want people to know that they can do it because they can. And I can’t see you all right now. But I am telling you – you can do it if you want to. But it’s not easy. Nothing’s easy that’s worth it. It’s gonna be hard. A lot of things in life are hard but that doesn’t mean you can do it. Of course, you can do it.
But sometimes, you do need a little encouragement. Sometimes, you just need somebody to believe in you. And I’m telling you right now, lack of belief is a bitch. It will mess you up. So, that’s what I am to you. I’m going to encourage you. I’m going to tell every single one of you that you can do whatever you put your mind to. But you got to have to come with a gameplan. You have to surround yourself with people that are going to encourage you. And if you don’t have those people around you, then you’re gonna need to surround yourself with people that encourage you. Are you getting what I am saying? If your mom is not encouraging, or your wife is not encouraging, or your husband is not encouraging – I am not saying to go hurt them, I am saying put some headphones on and listen to me. Or put some headphones on and listen to Tony Robbins. You gonna have to have more people around you that you are taking in. That are encouraging you. Then you’re going to have people that you are not, or else you’re not able to do it. You’re gonna have to surround yourself with others that really are just lifting you up. And if you do that, you can do whatever you want. You can do anything you put your mind to. And that is my agenda.
You have probably a lot of things that you do well and that’s great. But right now, what I would do is I would say, “you got to decide – are you trying to help people through your talents?” and you have to decide of the two or three things that you are the best at. To me, that’s the key. You have to decide, I am best with these two-three things right now, I just need to do those things consistently. And you will attract people that way. If you do too many things, you end up doing a lot for nothing. You just running hard in place. So take the two things. For me, I am a good physical therapist. I am good at motivating. I am good at teaching. This is what I realize, I still treat patients – going to my office and work today and treat again on Wednesday and I am done for the week. But what I am the best at is teaching and motivating. You just going to do the things that you are best at. You might have a lot of talents and I totally believe that. But just focus on the things that you are really good at. Just take two. And if two is overwhelming, take one. Start doing that and start honing your craft with that. Because you will attract people.
The mind is a battlefield. There are hours that I have massively high motivation and then I crash like two hours later. You guys have to understand, the mind is a battlefield. If you are not constantly working on making yourself better mentally, if you’re not constantly filling yourself with stuffs – you guys think I just have it? I listen to Eric Thomas, I listen to Tony Robbins, I listen to Les Brown, I listen to myself. I listen to my previous Periscope broadcast because I will motivate myself. You have to be constantly investing because if not, you lose your motivation. You can lose your motivation in five minutes.I am a bible-believer man so I am always in the word and I can pull from that. You got to have places that you’re pulling from. Because if you don’t have that and then when rough times come and you got no rock you’re on – you’re in trouble. Keep that in mind.