Okay y'all, this week’s guest, Cornell Thomas, is my new best friend. Seriously. He is also the perfect example of turning a loss into a win. One week before accomplishing his dream of playing professional basketball, he suffered a career ending injury. And rather than stay in, “Why me?” mode, he turned his attention to, “What now?,” instead. Today Cornell is a global speaker, multiple title author, mindset coach, corporate trainer, and social entrepreneur. And you know what else he is? He is funny, endearing and passionate about fostering a positive mindset to overcome adversity. I absolutely adore him and I know you will too.
In this episode Cornell shares so poignantly his story of adversity and how he overcame it. He also provides some insight and advice to those who may be facing their own internal or external battles. Midway through the episode, Cornell and I both get fired up about writing and putting your story to paper. Just do it! We go on to talk about being resilient and how to actually practice resilience when a storm comes and knocks you on your ass. Finally, Cornell reminds us why gratitude is always the answer. Yes life is hard, but this episode is a reminder that you can be resilient and move past adversity with gratitude and grace.
In this episode you’ll hear:
- Cornell’s story of adversity and how he turned “Why me?” into “What now?” (9:30)
- If you have story inside of you, get it out on paper! (24:08)
- Saying, “No,” to things you like to, in order to do the things you love (28:42)
- Some ways to practice resilience in the face of adversity and the importance of weathering life’s “storms” (31:40)
- Fatigue mindset: what it is, how to overcome it and finding your finish line (35:36)
Cornell Thomas is a perfect example of turning a loss into a win. One week before accomplishing his dream of playing professional basketball, he suffered a career ending injury. Growing up with adversity his whole life he used the lessons of his mother Tina Thomas, to stop asking why me and start saying what now. After a stint coaching basketball Cornell has found his true purpose which is helping others. Today Cornell is a global speaker, multiple title author, mindset coach, corporate trainer, and social entrepreneur. He is also a father to Bryce 5 and Niya 3, and a husband.