Motivating and inspiring people as a professional speaker became my dream 25 years ago when my high school English teacher, Mr. Vollmer,
taught me the essence that is public speaking. (It was either that or become a Country Western singer, but I found cowboy boots to be uncomfortable.)
From there, it took me 15 years to convince myself I could actually pursue that dream.
I wouldn't change those 15 years because it's that very experience from which I draw the content for my presentations. I will encourage you though to NOT follow my path.
Dreams are meant to be lived! In fact, that's one of several motivational speeches I present: "Don't Just Dream, DO!" (It was about time I start taking my own advice.)