How to Destroy Social Awkwardness, Associated with Aspergers, and Become a Certified Ziglar Legacy and Keynote Speaker!
Disability – dis·a·bil·i·ty – a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities; a disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law.
Men, I have had the pleasure of talking with many men who have been labeled with various “Disabilities”, both physical and mental. I’m actually a disabled Veteran and have the license plates on my truck to prove it. While that is a condition, I and others experience, that condition is not who you are, and should not define you.
Regardless of your physical and mental condition, you have extraordinary abilities. All you have to do is decide who you want to be seen and labeled as, and start becoming that person. Don’t worry about how. Just decide right now. Today.
That’s exactly what our feature guest did.
Meet our feature guest
Tucker Bearden is a Keynote Speaker, Theoretical Physicist, and Aspergers Advocate.
He was born with a neurological abnormality that hinders ones natural ability to understand social cues as well as emotional responses known as Asperger’s.
The more people that are around, the harder it is to sustain his composure so imagine a leisurely stroll through Walmart becoming a horrifying experience that leaves you hospitalized with life-threatening panic attacks.
Throughout his life, he was fired from over 20 different jobs because of his lack of communication skills.
After enduring homelessness, addiction, multiple failed suicide attempts, and a long walk through the darkness, he found his purpose in serving others by sharing the knowledge he has been blessed with.
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It was a long road learning how to control his self around others. There are still challenges and he struggles at times but if you believe in something enough to push towards it EVERY SINGLE DAY no matter the trials and tribulations, you will achieve the greatness you are designed for.
So where did all this begin?
He got a job working with thoroughbred racehorses as a farm hand
After a few years, he became a groom which is twice the pay and ten times the work.
He worked seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year but he loved the connection he had with the animals.
See, he doesn’t connect with people very well but with animals, it is a completely different story.
He can feel what they feel. He is comfortable around them. There is no anxiety or tension.
Since they worked every day and most days were mornings and afternoons, he had to find a way to entertain my self.
So he started looking for videos on Youtube and came across something known as TEDx… His world changed forever.
He felt a FIRE light in his soul! He had found his purpose! He knew THAT was what
He was supposed to do!
So he had to formulate a plan to overcome this dangerous level of anxiety he had, and in a flash, it came to him. PIZZA!!!
He began taking $50 out of every paycheck and going to Little Ceasers to get six Hot & Ready Pizzas each day.
He had a bicycle with a bungee cord so he rode his bike around town and found homeless people.
He would give them a pizza and ask them to tell him their story.
He did this every week for nearly a year before he began feeling comfortable talking to people.
Much wisdom was shared, many friends were made and within all of it, the man he is today was born.
Your greatest challenges will become your most POWERFUL strengths!
He became a public speaker because he believes that if a person obtains knowledge capable of improving the lives of others, It is a raw act of selfishness to withhold that information from the world.
Connect with our guest
Episode 036 – Tony DUrso
Veteran Business of the Week
Justin is a disabled combat veteran who honorably served for over six years as a Gunners Mate in our United States Navy. He is most known throughout our military and local communities for his gallant actions during the 2010 pirate attack on the amphibious dock landing ship, the U.S.S. Ashland. His valiant efforts led to the first judicial conviction for piracy in over 200 years, thus gaining the nickname “Pirate Hunter”.
Since transitioning out of the service, Justin has been solely focused on utilizing his military skill sets within the civilian business world to progressively develop into a Sales and Business Operations Professional. He attended Charleston Southern University, where he now serves on the Board of Visitors. To express his dedication to help veterans, Justin contributes to scholarships to aid in the transition for these students from military specialists to business professionals. He is now provides expert business advice and focuses on providing the tools for taking the skill sets developed inside the military and effectively applying them to not only the civilian business world, but to improve and develop one’s overall life. His self-proclaimed intonation, #ExcellenceExpected, is not just a hashtag, but is a mindset that helps support his dedications and wants for the rest of the world.
Justin is the former VP of TheSignChef.com, Inc., one of America’s most versatile online signage companies, providing top quality signage for many of the Fortune500 companies, as well as over 190,000 small business across the United States and Internationally.
In December 2017, Justin resigned from his position as VP to fulfill his life’s highest purpose: to develop the Veteran Community as well as those seeking to elevate their life.
In April 2018, he officially founded Signs By Veterans where his mission is to continue veteran development through selfless service for their clients. Justin believes that generating purpose in veterans will truly decrease the suicide numbers down from the current 22 a day.
Justin is recognized throughout the industry as a leading expert, and influencer. He has been featured in Signs of the Times and Sign Builder Magazine. He was Nominated for Forbes 30Under30, achieved top 3 finalist for Digital Output’s International Sign Application of the Year in 2017, and has appeared on over 30 different podcasts.