Heeey my name is Deremiah *CPE and this is my 10th year Anniversary Thanks to Nightingale Conant and I Welcome you to Celebrate it with me!
Very few people have had the opportunity to have such a rich and exuberant life giving to our youth. But I've really been fortunate to have some AMAZING things come back to me as a result of giving my heart to children. I can assure you there have been no regrets. I don't believe in regrets...I just believe like my mentor Benjamin Franklin, that we have to "Pay it Forward" and pay it forward I have.
Back in 2004, when I was in my second year of mentoring over 98 boys at an all boys school in America, I unexpectedly received a phone call from Nightingale Conant the company that birthed the Professional and Personal Self Development Audio Industry right out of the backyards of the Great Lakes in Illinois. By 2004 I had already been a part of the Nightingale Conant family for 5 years.
They instantly recognized my talent for speaking, my gift for changing peoples lives and also my exuberant Passion to Live what I believed as I marched to the beat of a different drummer. They immediately put me on their roster and placed me on some recordings with some of their Top Speakers like Brian Tracy, Denis Waitely and the legendary master of speaking Earl Nightingale...of course I was honored by this.
But on this particular day that they called me I was totally caught off guard when Dan Strutzel told me that after they looked at their Roster of hundreds of Top Speakers their executives had decided that there was no one who deserved their coveted "Acres of Diamonds" Award more than me. I must say that I'm not into comparing myself with others and never even knew that they had such an award until I got the call. I quickly told them that I would only receive the award under one condition...and that would be that they would allow me to invite several kids I mentor to the award ceremony...(because the children were one of the primary reasons why I was getting this award). I quickly said that if there were no Children At-Risk I could mentor or educate this award would not even be possible for me to receive....and since this Life Time Achievement Award by them was in part given to me for making a contribution to our world through serving children, having children there would reflect what I'm about. Well fortunately for me they agreed and that's how these young children who appear with me in these pictures got their chance to make history with me.
Some of these young boys are now young men...a few have Graduated from college and have followed in my foot steps by going on to serving our youth by teaching. It's really quite surprising what happens to the life of a child in 10 years but I'm sooo glad I've been there for so many of our youth. I know some of you have never truly got a chance to hear this story of how Nightingale Conant so graciously came to this decision in my favor in 2004 but that's how it happened and now you know.
They say in life there are three reasons why most people never do what they believe they should be doing or what they Dream. First they "Don't Believe" what they'd like to do could happen for them. Second they're "Not Clear" about what they really want to do...and Third "They're Confused" about the step-by-step actions they need to take in order to get there. So if you could begin by getting clear about those three things you should be on your way to over coming anything else that may arise. I hope you have enjoyed what I've shared and remember now more than ever our children everywhere across this earth really could use your support or volunteer efforts.
I would only like to add one more thing and that would be that as you reflect on your childhood consider taking a step up and "Paying it Forward" to youth in your community. If you don't know how to do that effectively please feel free to invite me out to your community, schools, churches or synagogues, Boys & Girls Clubs or Kiwanis meetings where I can INSPIRE other adults like you who truly wished they knew how to go about it. If you or your community need a little more Inspiration in order to gain the confidence and motivation to "Pay it Forward" and make a significant difference in the lives of children please send me an email on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Google Plus and I'll be in contact with you as quick as I can....I love you and KEEP SMILING for the children!!!
Lovingly Deremiah *CPE
To learn more about me on the Nightingale Conant website please go here: http://www.nightingale.com/authors/deremiah-cpe/
To introduce me to a School Principal in your area who may be interested in having me come out to share my story which has been proven to lead a child away from the perils of Suicide or rescue them from a disastrous life of Drugs or Gangs reach out to me on social media at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/deremiahcpe , http://www.youtube.com/user/DeremiahCPE , http://twitter.com/Deremiah_CPE