Home Version 6Cornell Thomas
That’s the question most people spend their whole lives trying to answer. I thought my purpose in life was to play professional basketball. In 2003 I received a contract to play professional basketball in Portugal. A dream I had since I discovered the sport at 16 finally came to fruition. Two weeks before I was supposed to leave I suffered a career ending injury. Little did I know that injury helped me find my true purpose in life, which is helping and motivating others. In 2010, I decided I wanted to start a new movement. I was sickened by all of the negativity I was seeing online. I decided to start writing my own motivational quotes for my personal Facebook page. The quotes eventually led me to writing a blog, and the blog led to my first book “The Power Of Positivity-Controlling Where The Ball Bounces.”
About five years ago I realized what my purpose in life is. Through my motivational quotes and blogs I saw that I could make a positive impact on other peoples lives. Shortly after I started speaking and that purpose became clear to me. I was put on this earth to help others. Every opportunity I get to speak I see first hand the impact that my message has on others, and I will continue to spread that message worldwide for the rest of my life.
The first one is “Everything happens for a reason”. My mom raised my siblings and I on that quote and it holds true. Another one is “You don’t have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great”. So many people are afraid to take that first step towards their dreams; my goal is to eliminate that fear. The last thing would be, What Now over Why Me mentality. When adversity happens in our lives there are really only two ways to handle it. You can be about your problems or about solutions, I have always strived to be about the latter.