It’s almost February … remember those New Year’s resolutions you made nearly a month ago?
It’s not too late to pursue them, and if you need a shot of motivation, here’s your incentive.
Motivational speaker and author Marcus Engel is coming to Pellissippi State Community College Feb. 7 and 8 to inspire audiences to achieve success—with “No excuses!” as he loves to say.
“It’s the beginning of a new year, and we scheduled Marcus early enough in the semester to encourage students to complete their courses with a no-excuses attitude,” said Michele DeFelice, coordinator of Pellissippi State’s Services for Students with Disabilities. The community also is invited to attend the free presentations.
To say that Engel is well equipped to share his ideas on motivation is to vastly understate his experience and his message.
While a freshman in college, he was catastrophically injured by a drunken driver. As a result, he lost his sight, endured unimaginable pain, and spent six months in rehabilitation school and two years in medical recovery.
“The best you can,” Engel’s trademark, was born two days after he was told he’d never see again.
“[After the accident] I did what humans normally do, and I asked, ‘Why?’ My aunt, who’s an R.N., was by my bedside and said, ‘You’re never going to get anywhere by asking why? You just have to do the best you can with what you’ve got.’”
He obviously took the recommendation to heart.
His motivational talks are full of humor and hope. His message of overcoming adversity and achieving academic and professional success will change the audience’s definition of “possible,” and his story should inspire attendees to get out and do what’s necessary to achieve success.
Now in his mid-30s, Engel lives in Florida with his wife and two children. He also has a new guide dog, Garrett, a 2-year-old yellow lab, which the audience at Pellissippi State will have the opportunity to meet.
Engel is the author of three books: the autobiographical “After This… An Inspirational Journey for All the Wrong Reasons,” “I’m Here: Compassionate Communication in Patient Care” and “The Other End of the Stethoscope,” a tribute to health-care professionals that offers insight and strategies for excellent patient care. He travels all over the U.S. as a motivational speaker.
Some of the questions he’ll tackle: What would happen if you learned to be truly optimistic, to view obstacles as opportunities? What if you could really change your life?
Engel presents “The Best You Can” at three Pellissippi State campuses:
- Feb. 7, 10:45-11:40 a.m., Magnolia Avenue Campus, with a meet-and-greet at 10
- Feb. 7, 12:55-1:50 p.m., Division Street Campus, with a meet-and-greet at 2
- Feb. 8, 12:25-1:45 p.m., Goins Building Auditorium, Pellissippi Campus, with a meet-and-greet at 2
Engel speaks a third time that day, at 2:30, on “Finding Hope for All the Wrong Reasons,” also in the Goins Building Auditorium. That presentation is part of the college’s Common Academic Experience, which revolves this academic year around the theme of happiness.
“Happiness is a choice,” Engel said. “Every day I make the choice to be happy no matter the circumstances that surround me. I hope the presentations at Pellissippi State will give the audience the skills to help them make their own choices to be happy.”
Engel also gives a presentation on “The Other End of the Stethoscope” to the college’s Nursing students and faculty Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Blount County Campus.
The events are sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Services for Students with Disabilities, Access and Diversity Office, Learning Division and Student Life and Recreation. Engel’s books will be available for purchase, or they may be ordered at www.marcusengel.com/home.html.
If accommodations or services are needed because of a disability, please contact Services for Students With Disabilities, (865) 539-7153, no later than Feb. 2.
For more information, contact Michele DeFelice, at (865) 539-7249.