WeZBest Stories Episode #1 features Aaron Beverly, 2016 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking 1st Runner Up. We will get to know Aaron's journey from a quiet boy from Philadelphia to a top speaker on the world stage, what motivated him and how he has put his motivation into persistent actions, and his vision into reality.
"If I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.... From the bodybuilding days on, I learned that everything is reps and mileage. The more miles you ski, the better a skier you become; the more reps you do, the better your body."
Built upon the virtuous cycle of helping and being helped, American Dream is a whole lot bigger than individual success stories; at its core, it's more about enabling the dreams of others.
Unlike typical commencement speeches that tell students to find and pursue personal purpose, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took it one step further by encouraging 2017 Harvard graduates to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. "Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness." He outlined three ways to create such a world of purpose: 1. Take on big meaningful projects together. 2. Redefine equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose. 3. Build community across the world.
As I reflect back on this race, I realized I could only break through those self-imposed physical limitations after my mind did. Think BIG, Take ACTION, Think PROGRESS. I hope this experience can serve as a reminder for you and me that limitation is only a state of mind - we are much more powerful than we think.