“If you do tomorrow what you did today, then I guarantee that you will get tomorrow what you did today. Be successful today, and you will be successful tomorrow.” – Greg Walker
This past week Four Pillars Executives had the honor of hearing from motivational speaker and entrepreneur Mr. Greg Walker, better known as Big Dreamer. His words of wisdom reminded us that success is possible for anyone and that we have no excuses.
Mr. Walker was born on the south side of Columbus, Ohio to a family of 14 siblings, many of whom have not survived adulthood or who are spending time in correctional facilities. He was the first in his family to graduate high school and college, although most of his teachers did not believe that he could. He struggled to balance his education and extracurricular activities while taking care of his siblings and niece, as no one else was there to take care of them.
Despite who he came from, Mr. Walker wanted to be different. After working at a Subway Sandwich Shop for a time, he was promoted and given his own store to manage. Mr. Walker’s work ethic gave him what he needed to succeed. He even slept at the shop, ensuring that he would be there early enough to open everyone else. Failure was not an option. As he opened more shops, Mr. Walker eventually grew to own three national franchises.
Retiring at age thirty-six, Mr. Walker overcame all the odds and is now a motivation speaker, successful author, and life coach. He has been able to put both of his daughters and his niece through college, and has been able to provide his family with tenfold what his family provided for him. Mr. Walker strives not to be average because ‘average is easy’.
As he travels to speak in Africa, Las Vegas Nevada, and Detroit Michigan, we at Four Pillars will be taking his advice with enthusiasm. He encouraged us to embrace all the “no’s” that we receive from people, because each one gives us an opportunity to learn. A student mentality is emphasized in our office as we believe that there is always something new to be learned. Mr. Walker also reminded us that every day we make an impact on someone in our lives. It is up to us to determine whether that impact is a positive or a negative. We strive in our office to positively influence everyone we work with so that they can all success, including our account executives, trainers, and directors.
If Mr. Walker can overcome the situation and mentality that he was born into, there is no excuse for any of us to succeed as well. We have the ability, resources, and coworkers to overcome the negatives in our lives. As Mr. Walker said, if we are willing to increase the lives of ourselves, then we certainly have the ability to increase the lives of those around us.