Motivational Challenges – Overcoming Obstacles
Motivation to Overcome Obstacles.
You need motivation to overcome obstacles. You don’t need motivation to do the things that are easy. So what qualifies George Torok as a motivational speaker?
George Torok became a motivational speaker because of the obstacles he overcame and the lessons he learned along the way. As a business consultant and speaker George knew that he was delivering practical content but what many listeners took away from his presentations was motivation.
So what motivational experience does George Torok have?
In high school he was a shy introvert who wanted to be high school president – yet he was ghastly afraid of speaking before the school assembly. He failed to even try.
Now he is a paid professional speaker who regularly speaks to thousands of people every year. He found the motivation to throw himself at the challenge of public speaking, despite many setbacks and embarrassing moments.
In high school he failed to qualify for the football team, so he joined the track team and gravitated to the cross country team where the nerds were. He failed to complete his first 6-mile race.
At last count George Torok has completed two full marathons, (26 miles), four half-marathons and five 30-K races. Persistence counts.
At the age of 20 he traveled around the world alone. It was a journey of 12 months that took him across five continents and through 22 countries. It cost him less than $4,600. True motivation comes from within – a belief in yourself despite all the odds and nay-sayers.
Early in his career he went through a rapid and unsettling succession of jobs. Just when he had a secure job – he left to create his own business. It takes a special kind of motivation to take the unknown fork in the road. Sometimes the unknown is less frightening then the status quo.
Without training in journalism George Torok created, launched and continues to host his own highly successful radio show. The show has been running for over 11 years. During that time he has interviewed over 400 business leaders feeding his thirst for motivation and knowledge.
George Torok graduated from university with a three year degree after six years of struggling and fooling around. He wasn’t dumb – mainly unmotivated. Somehow he finished despite the little voice and some professors telling him to quit. His marks were unimpressive – yet years later he was invited back to lecture to business students at that same university plus two other prestigious business schools.
Without training or natural talent for writing, his first book reached national bestseller status within the first six months and is now published in at least seven countries. Since then he has written over 300 articles and 400 blog posts.
A motivational speaker needs to understand pain, struggle and failure. Because from those things comes success. True motivation comes from knowing that you can get past the pain, obstacles and embarrassments. You don’t win all the battles but you learn to struggle and win some of them.
A true motivational speaker has suffered his share of embarrassment, failure and pain. Then he has the right to help motivate others. Maybe that is why George Torok is such a powerful and engaging motivational speaker.