KISH: Tell us about you..
I am an empowerment speaker, best-selling author of 14 books, college professor, and founder of the Eagles Academy.
KISH: What is your dream and how will accomplishing your dream benefit you and others?
Dr. Eddie: I believe the poorest person is not the one without a dime, it’s the one without a dream. Zig Ziglar said if you help people get what they want, then you will get what you want. I walk by faith daily as a dreamer and a doer by empowering people to overcome obstacles and walk in their unique purpose. I give back to help people move forward through my books, Eagles Academy, mentoring youth, teaching, training, and speaking at schools and churches.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to pursue this dream?
Dr. Eddie: Overcoming life’s obstacles became the fuel to pursue my dream. The commitment to greatness through the power of consistency has inspired me daily. You can’t overcome challenges without making changes. For anybody to pursue their dream they have to find victory over the nightmare of adversity.
KISH: What challenges have you encountered while pursuing your dream?
Dr. Eddie: The impending challenge to pursuing my dream came in the form of me being diagnosed with stage four cancer. I was depressed and mentally discombobulated as I endured chemotherapy and
radiation at the age of fifteen. I wanted to give up when my father never visited me in the hospital. People didn’t think I would make it and I didn’t think I would make it either. Thanks be to God and my praying mother I bounced back from a setback to live through dying places. Yes, cancer made me cry but it didn’t make me quit. I found the can in cancer and now use my test as a testimony to pursue my dream and help others do the same.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered?
Dr. Eddie: My mother and mentors have provided invaluable wisdom to inspire me through the years. Proverbs 15:22 affirms “In the multitude of counselors there is safety.” It is the power of their prayers and practical insight that has redirected me when I needed direction. They have also championed my growth through words of celebration. It’s a stark reminder that I’ve already been through the worst and so I can expect the best to come in my life.
KISH: Please provide final thoughts/advice for others by finishing this sentence… dream.
Dr. Eddie: Dream bigger than your bank account, budget, and background. If your dream is affordable then you’re not dreaming big enough. If you can accomplish your dream all by yourself then it’s too small. You don’t solely go as far as your dream. You go as far as your team. Surround yourself with dreamers and doers, so you can be a destiny fulfiller.