I grew up in the carpentry field. My playground was the job sites. My jungle gym was the wood framed houses where I would climb to the roof rafters so I could be on top of the world. After many years as a successful home builder, I realized that swinging a hammer was not my purpose in life so I started to look for my purpose. (Continues below photo).
When I was trying to make my departure from being a carpenter, I went scuba diving. A lot. I thought I want to do something related to scuba diving. I got my certification as a dive master and I could have easily got a job working on a boat in the Caribbean. Or maybe even started a dive tourism company. I was certain this is were my life would go. I had such a passion for scuba diving and I dreamed and prayed for an opportunity to open up. But after a few years of diving around the world I decided that I would go back to school instead and finish my bachelors degree. That choice led me to the world of #motivationalspeaker. It wasn’t intentional, but a perfect storm of opportunity and chance that changed the trajectory of my life.
I sat close to the stage in a seminar of 2,000 people. It was the first time I saw someone speaking from the stage that wasn’t a preacher in a church. I didn’t even know that public speaking was a business profession. Speaker after speaker gave their talk and presentation about real estate and business. Then a motivational speaker came out and I was mesmerized. I sat on the edge of my seat. I hung on every word. Ninety minutes later I said to myself, “That! – That is what I want to do!” as I watched and listen to advice on how to transform your life from the inside out.
Sometimes God’s unanswered prayers are the best gifts you can receive.
Had I got a job working a a scuba dive master in the Caribbean, I never would have been on the journey I am on now. I would have missed out on my purpose.
What may seem like a dead end, may be a new start.
What may seem like a loss, may be you biggest gain.
What may be a heartache, may lead you to your greatest love.
What may be your your greatest challenge, may be your greatest comeback.
In my motivational keynote speeches I share this philosophy …
“Failure is falling down and not getting back up.
Success is getting up one more time.”
Follow your dreams and goals.
Always get up at least one more time.
Life Transformation and Peak Performance Expert, author, professional speaker, and global traveler. Croix is the Author of Dream Big Act Big, Dream Big Life Planner, Morning Manifestation, and the host of the Zen Warrior Podcast. He travels full time living the speaker and laptop lifestyle living part time in Costa Rica and wherever he feels like experiencing.