"What would happen if we told kids the truth?" According to SaskNewsNow.com, motivational speaker Ron Glodoski posed that question to students during a presentation describing youth resiliency and the power of choice, challenging them to believe in their own lives and the importance of respecting themselves.
"You think alcohol companies care about kids? You think tobacco companies care? You think your local drug dealer cares? I'm sick of flipping' lies. You have to be careful out there. Most of what you see on TV is lies," Glodoski told students. This former drug lord and gang leader went on to tell students about his life of abuse, drug and alcohol dependency, crime, and ultimately his change in life. He turned his life around, becoming the president of The Spinoza Company which markets talking teddy bears that play messages of self-worth and acceptance.
"I'm a gang banger to a drug king to a teddy bear maker- and I'll tell you what- I am more proud of that than anything I've done in my lifetime," Glodoski said. He began The Spinoza Company 20 years ago, with a two-person staff. Now, the company employees more than 35 people and boasts sales over $2 million a year.
"People can change any time they want. It's a matter of choice. I don't care how old or young you are- if you want to change, you can change," Glodoski told the students. Keeping the kids captivated with a humorous and animated presentation, he relayed his message about peer pressure and the power of choice. he said, "You always have a choice."
Glodoski will soon celebrate his 28th year in recovery, and now he encourages young people to make the right choices and avoid many of the mistakes he made. He emphasizes the importance of making the right decision when it comes to attitude and behavior. An underlying message of self-worth and self-respect became clear throughout the presentation. He also stressed the importance of having hopes, dreams, and goals for the future. He reminded the kids of three "dream killers," which are drugs and alcohol, hanging out with negative people, and kids that stop believing in themselves.
"If you remember your hopes and dreams, and keep them alive, they will happen," Glodoski reminds the youth. "Without hope, what do you got? Nothing, man. You got nothing."
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