The Power of Positivity: Cornell Thomas | The No Schedule Man Podcast, Ep. 41
Cornell Thomas describes himself as a father, husband, son, speaker, coach, motivator, world changer, free thinker, lion, doer, giver, and active dreamer. His mission in life is to serve others and make this world a better place.
He’s doing a heckuva job so far.
Originally, Cornell thought his purpose in life was to play professional basketball. And in 2003, he received a contract to play pro ball in Portugal. It was the realization of a dream he’d held since he discovered the sport at 16 years of age.
And then it all fell apart.
Two weeks before he was supposed to leave for Portugal, Cornell suffered a career-ending injury. Little did he realize at the time that the injury would help him find & embrace his true purpose in life: helping and motivating others.
Cornell continued to give to the game he loved so much, coaching basketball and empowering young people along the way. AS he was doing that, he became fed up with all of the negativity he was seeing online, and so he decided to start writing his own motivational quotes for his personal Facebook page. The quotes eventually led to writing a blog, and the blog led to his first book “The Power Of Positivity – Controlling Where The Ball Bounces.” He has since written and released a second book called, “The Power of Me: Army of One.”
Sometimes you’ve got to go through pain to find your purpose.
– Cornell Thomas
From there, Cornell’s efforts to pursue his purpose just continued to gain momentum. He has taken the opportunity to speak all over the United States and in other parts of the world, sharing his story with people from all walks of life, and daring others to say “What Now” instead of “Why Me” in the face of adversity.
Some of the key things I took from my time with Cornell include:
- You Can Always Sell the Cookies – In one of my favourite stories of any of this podcast’s episodes so far, Cornell tells a terrific tale of mindset , resourcefulness & hustle. Listen for what he did with the foul-tasting Weight Watchers cookies and you’ll see that there is always a way to take that next step and to create your next opportunity.
- If You Build It, They Don’t Always Come – You have to do the work. You better know your stuff. It’s not enough to just hang your sign and expect the world to come to you. You’ve got to go and get it. Cornell was reminded of that in the days when he started his first basketball camp and the results brought to mind a famous quote from a certain Kevin Costner movie … only in reverse.
- You’ll Never Arrive – I love this. With “No Schedule Man,” the whole idea is that the journey is the destination. The No Schedule Man will never arrive. And neither will you. And that’s a good thing. There is an irony here, because the acceptance of this fact is your gateway to freedom. Wherever you go, there you are. You’ll never arrive. Embrace it.
I’ll never arrive. I say it all the time. Once you arrive, your work ethic departs. You’ll never arrive. You’re always working toward being a better version of you.
– Cornell Thomas
Here is the conversation with Cornell Thomas on The No Schedule Man Podcast:
Podcast Episode Links:
Connect with Cornell:
Official Website: Cornell-thomas.com
Cornell’s books, and books he referred to:
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For Cornell, an injury derailed his life’s plan and sent him in another direction. What’s an example of when that may have happened to you; when you suffered through a bitter disappointment that, in the long run, turned out to be a blessing? Please add your thoughts to the Comments Section, below.
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