You can’t help but already be inspired by the contagious energy of Adrian Starks.
I attended “The Champion Within” tour in Buffalo, NY and as I thought it was going to be another typical motivational lecture filled with the usual cliches and story about someone who overcame a hardship, etc. etc. Adrian shared his story about his uncle who use to refer to him as “Champ” and then later how his brother referred to him as “Champ”, a lightbulb went off in my head!
It resonated with me that perhaps something as trivial as a childhood nickname shapes us into who we are inside or who we should strive to be.
After the lecture I met an older man who is autistic. He thanked me making room for him at my table and making him feel welcome. As we were talking more about Adrian’s message, the man said to me “thanks for making me smile”.
I told him he has a beautiful smile and thank you for sharing it with me.
He laughed and told me that when he was growing up his nickname was “smiley”.
I then thought about my childhood nickname and how it was created.
My Father would call me his little Coo Bear. Being so little I was just starting to talk and I blended it all together and it came out as Koo Per which then transformed into Kooper.
As I got older it was shortened to Koop and later added on to deem me the title, “Koop The Genius” because my father “liked the way I think”.
My sister and kids in the neighborhood would play this imaginary game and I always was the one to “solve” the hijinks we would get into. They’d then say, “Leave it to Koop the Genius”.
Just as Adrian’s family saw from such a young age that he already bestows what it is to be a champ and a champion helps others realize how to rise up and BE their own champion within.
Thank you, Adrian for the revelation of what has been buried deep within me that I had forgotten. More importantly, thank you for awakening me to take action in being an active participant in my life which made me make a plan to take steps towards achieving the life I want to live.
I highly recommend Adrian Starks for events, lectures, organizations, or anything we inspiration needs to be fanned.
Adrian is relatable and having him share his journey reminded me that we are not alone.
We all have hardships, shortcomings, trauma, grief - that’s part of life.
Grieving the loss of my Father crushed me. I completely gave up on everything.
I knew it was up to me to change that but I had been stuck for so long that I didn’t even know how to get up to even take that first step in change.
Your talk, Adrian, awakened me and I’m holding myself accountable that it IS time for me to be my own Champion and reunite me with my Koop The Genius.