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OJC Press Release ID: 2692

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Richard L. Taylor, Jr. message inspires OJC students


Richard L. Taylor, Jr. spoke to a crowd of over 150 students at Otero Junior College’s Learning Commons on Wednesday afternoon. His inspirational message encouraged students to tap into their inner potential to create the change they want to see in their lives and their world.

Taylor’s story of overcoming morbid obesity, depression, attempted suicide, failing in college and domestic abuse, struck a chord. Students and staff alike could be seen nodding along as Taylor described the masks he wore to hide his pain and depression; the stories of times he made less than optimal choices; and the process he found to work through the results of these choices.

Through humor and straight talk, Taylor provided specific strategies for working through the tough times and reminders that each person is responsible for the direction of their lives. Being alright with not having it all together; remembering the sacrifices others have made for you; and taking the initiative to make positive changes were themes of the discussion.

Taylor, a TRiO alumnus, took time to tout the benefits of the program and discuss the impact it had on his life. He finished the program by taking questions from the audience. The impact of the session could be seen in the lines of students waiting to purchase a copy of his book and to ask questions and get photos with Taylor following his speech.

At the age of 29, Taylor is on a mission to be one of the influential voices for his generation and generations to come. His high-energy motivational series “Getting Over the Hump” and three best-selling books have positioned him as one of the fastest growing speakers in the market.

Taylor’s presentation was sponsored by OJC TRiO Student Support Services, a federally funded TRiO Program under the U.S. Department of Education, and OJC Student Life.

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Richard L. Taylor, Jr. shares his story of perseverance through life’s challenges.

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Taylor connects with a group of students after the program.

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OJC wrestler A.J. Hinkle shares a laugh with Taylor.