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?
Rodney’s Full Biography
- Keynote Speaker, Resilience Trainer & Game-Changer Expert
- International Best-Selling Author, Get Up: I Can’t, I Will, I Did, Here’s How!
- CEO of Inspirational Endeavors, LLC
- Host of The Game Changer Mentality Podcast
Rodney Flowers is the author of the life-affirming and highly-inspiring Amazon bestselling book, Get Up! I Can’t. I Will. I Did…Here’s How! which teaches empowering life principles to transform your spirit and motivate you to awaken the amazing power within you to overcome any challenge. He also authored the international bestselling book, Essential Assertions, packed with guiding life principles & inspiring stories that energize and motivate you to recognize your maximum potential, uncover and leverage your hidden strengths, & use your unbreakable spirit to capitalize on life’s opportunities. Rodney’s a co-author of the Amazon international bestseller, Unwavering Strength, Volume 2.
In addition to his writing, Rodney has been featured on several radio shows, podcasts, social media broadcasts, and stages. Rodney is the founder and host of the Game Changer Mentality Podcast, the place for motivational insights, powerful strategies, interviews, stories, tools, and actionable advice from people who have successfully ‘Changed the Game’ in some area of their personal and business life.
His purpose in life is to make a positive impact on the lives of millions of others, which he accomplishes by helping others remain resilient and relentless in the pursuit of greatness and self-actualization. His work has been endorsed by Bob Proctor, star of the film, “The Secret”, New York Times Bestselling Author, Peggy McColl, Keynote Speaker & Resilience Trainer, Adam Markel, and many others.
Rodney has gained a well-earned reputation as a vibrant role model who has a tremendous impact on every life he touches. Rodney’s joy for life is infectious. This is exemplified by his sincere, heartfelt passion for motivating, transforming and encouraging others to embrace and live their life purpose to the fullest.
After a traumatic high-school football injury in 1993, Rodney was bound to the confines of his wheelchair. Although he was told his prognosis for recovery was very unfavorable, Rodney knew he would turn things around, make an impact on the world, and walk again.
With self-determination and a faith in his ability to persevere, Rodney graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration. To further his education he earned a Professional Masters in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Rodney has contributed approximately 20 years of his life to governmental service with the Department of Defense (DoD) United States NAVY (USN) supporting NAVAIR at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station as a Contracting Officer responsible for executing and managing contract actions and performance across multiple major weapon systems platforms.
As a result of Rodney’s quality of service and outstanding support provided as an individual with a disability, he has been featured in the United States Government’s, Careers and the Disabled magazine.
Rodney is an avid reader who enjoys working out and traveling. He also has an unstoppable belief in teaching others how to get everything they can out of life.
As an internationally respected writer, superior communicator, influencer, and thought leader, Rodney is dedicated, tenacious, and fully committed to being a change agent for overcoming life’s adversities and maximizing individual achievement and success.