Imagine for a moment, that the closet you live in is your own body. A body that keeps you hostage and you had no control over when you were taken hostage. In the blink of an eye, your entire life went from being free to suddenly being confined. Confined to the closet of a wheelchair. Most of us would probably rather die than endure this type of life. But not today’s guest.
Meet Jake French, a University of Idaho graduate and huge fan of anything outdoors – even in present day, given the life he now leads. Here’s the thing. Jake doesn’t feel anything from his collarbone down – he’s a quadriplegic. But that hasn’t stopped this inspiring young man who grew up in a small Oregon town with more cows that people. Through practices of focus, attitude shifting, and mastering the power of choice, he’s now an accomplished author, speaker, past president of the National Speakers Association Oregon chapter, and still pursues outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, This is his Life Uncloseted story.
- How living in the country shaped Jake in becoming the man he is today
- How are you defining “happy” and “proud?”
- The challenges we face doesn’t have to define our life
- Hear why playing the comparison game won’t do you much good
- Want to succeed? You’re going to have to do this…
Connect with Jake French
Jake French is a dynamic, young motivational speaker who is a living example of what’s POSSIBLE when the right ATTITUDE, MINDSET, and STRATEGIES are in place. Audiences are immediately engaged by his real-world story, empowering insights, and the kind of take-with-you-tools that allow them to leap forward and make a positive difference in their life.
Jake’s story? Truly is about the power of CHANGE. After a devastating accident, and some huge life-lesson choices left him a quadriplegic, he fell into the same pity pit so many people feel pushed into today. Life in a wheelchair at 23? What kind of an existence would that be? A light bulb illuminated when he noticed other patients who had much worse situations, but the severity didn’t seem to affect their ability to move on. There must be another variable here? It was in that hospital room where Jake realized the opportunity created by FOCUS, ATTITUDE and CHOICE.
While in the hospital, Jake felt the full range of raw emotions, but finally reached a breakthrough. He realized whether your wheelchair is visible or not, attitude has EVERYTHING to do with how we not only could survive – but once again THRIVE. He created a plan to claim victory over the chair – and life. That plan? Became personal development on steroids!
The foundation is rooted in helping others repeatedly, sustainably, and joyfully create positive, forward change in their lives. Too often people get caught up. They concentrate on what’s wrong, past failures, toxic relationships, financial stress, job uncertainty, low self-concept, physical and emotional limitations. What Jake found in his journey and what he teaches audiences today is we BECOME our EXPECTATIONS. So why not aim for the moon? Reach higher? Realize more? The truth is – life HAPPENS! And there will ALWAYS be circumstances beyond our control. But circumstances? Are temporary. How we CHOOSE to handle them makes all the difference in our SUCCESS. Our RELATIONSHIPS. Our LIFE BALANCE. And our HAPPINESS. That’s why as a motivational speaker, Jake French is PASSIONATE about sharing the tools, techniques, mindsets and strategies to ADAPT and OVERCOME and adopt a Life Happens – LIVE IT frame of mind!