About Rodney Flowers
I’ve guided the journeys of hundreds of people in search of fuller, happier lives—in spite of the inevitable setbacks that cross their paths. Thanks to the massive, lasting change they experience as a result of our work together, these courageous men and women often refer to me as a “giver of hope” and “source of inspiration.”
But don’t let these titles fool you. You see, I wasn’t always in a position where I was strong enough to help lift others up. Arriving at this fulfilled and fortunate place has been a long road paved with immense struggle.
When I was a young man, life unceremoniously issued a much less desirable label than those mentioned above—quadriplegic.
My story is inspirational to many, but I promise you there’s nothing inherently special about me. My story is merely proof that you CAN overcome. You CAN triumph. You CAN create a life you love. With the right mindset, tools, and strategies, you CAN prevail—regardless of the challenges that come your way.
The Direction of Your Life Can Change in an Instant—How You Respond Defines You
Rewind the clock to 1993. I was a star high school athlete, determined to impress top college recruiters and secure a spot in the NFL. Football was my ticket to success. I could feel it in my bones, and nothing was going to stop me from achieving my dream. And then, on the third day of my sophomore year, that dream became a nightmare.
It was the very first game of the season. A single ill-fated tackle abruptly made it my last. I remember the hit being a fierce one. I remember feeling as if all my energy suddenly jumped out of my body. I remember my teammates shouting, “Get up, Rodney! Get up!” And lord knows I tried. My brain went through the motions, as it had thousands of times before, but my body was unresponsive.
The Most Tragic Blows of Your Life Can Give You Passion and Purpose—If You Choose and Commit
In that moment (and in the days and years that followed), I was forced to acknowledge the brutal truth of the situation—the only thing I had full control over was my own head.
Make no mistake. Dark thoughts entered my mind while I was lying helplessly on that field (and on many other occasions). In an instant, so many open doors had slammed in my face. Is my life over? I knew the odds weren’t in my favor as there is no cure to reverse paralysis.
Doctors told me it was highly unlikely that I’d ever walk again. They did their best to convince me that it was possible to live a happy, productive life from the confines of a wheelchair, but the thought of spending the rest of my days completely paralyzed and wheelchair-bound was something my mind could not compute. I rejected the prognosis; I denied the designation I’d been given. Paralyzed for now, I thought, not forever.
The blow my body suffered was catastrophic, but I refused to let it cripple my mind and decide my destiny. A pledge was made: I would get up, stand on my own two feet, and walk again—no matter how hard or how long I had to work. Regaining my strength became mission-critical, and I was relentless in pursuit of my goal. Failure was not an option.
Thanks to a steady dose of discipline, commitment, faith, and persistent effort, I no longer use a wheelchair. That disabled label has been overshadowed by words like college graduate, MBA, Procuring Contracting Officer in service of the U.S. Department of Defense, and ambassador of hope.
Master the Art of Bravery, Determination, and Positive Mindset, and You Can Bounce Back From Any Setback—Stronger Than Ever
My work (and, I believe, my purpose on Earth) revolves around finding answers to this question:
How can we live better, more fulfilled lives regardless of the scars of our past and the setbacks of our present?
We all have challenges—my biggest one yet has literally been the inability to move in the direction of my dreams. The problem was overwhelming at first, but the options in front of me were actually quite simple: take the hit and stay down, or resolve to get up and change the game.
My choice made all the difference in my quality of life and has allowed me to be a positive influence on the lives of others (probably more so than if I’d made it to the NFL). A tragic incident redirected my dreams; I didn’t give it permission to dissolve them. My renewed passion is helping people become the engineers of their futures instead of victims of their circumstances.
Sure, my past is part of my story, but it doesn’t define who I am. The same goes for you. An extraordinary life is waiting for you just over the horizon of your self-defeating beliefs, your doubts, and your excuses. I promise you that.
Are you ready to reinvent your reality?