I was not a very confident kid. I had low self-esteem, no self-worth, struggled in school and had difficulty making connections with peers. I was bullied. Throughout my adolescent years, I battled severe depression and anxiety and headed down a self-destructive path of substance abuse and self-mutilation. Being expelled from high school followed by a near death overdose landed me in an intervention clinic. I spent the next 4 years living in rehabs, group homes and institutions. I was lost.
In the last 2 years of incarcerations, I crossed paths with some great mentors who helped me turn my life around. I was amazed when I discovered how strong I am. I learned to believe in myself, realized my worth and slowly began to pick up the pieces. By 17, I was coaching leadership circles and mentoring new residents at the boys home I was living in. My journey to coaching men started there.
Check out the first chapter of my book (preview available on Amazon) for more history.