Growing up in the small steel-mill town of McKeesport (situated 20 minutes outside of Pittsburgh) Adam learned the true meaning of hard work. However, his teachers, friends, coaches, and even family didn’t always see his ability to work hard. Having encountered many instances of failure and being overlooked, Adam developed a passion and desire to help inspire, uplift, and motivate people from a very young age. He’d carried that same passion with him during his time as a student at Florida Gulf Coast University, but never acted upon it because he believed he must first be “somebody” before he could become a paid motivational speaker.
After two career changes upon graduating college and a lot of pressure placed on him by family and friends to “stick with a career and make it work”, Adam decided it was at that point was the best to pursue his dream. It no longer mattered what people would think of him, it no longer mattered how much or how little experience he had speaking, he knew that with hard work, he could make it happen.
Or could he?
After just 3 months and having only been provided 1 paid speaking engagement, Adam had run out of money and had nowhere to go. His business was failing – miserably. And everyone who’d ever told him he’d amount to nothing in life, had appeared to be proven correct.