For over 25 years I have worked with school
boards, superintendents, state departments of education, parents, teachers, administrators, and students throughout the United States. My work has taken me beyond America’s borders to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Africa. I have received proclamations from Governors, Keys to Cities, been recognized by the United States Congress, and received plaques and awards from numerous school districts, churches, and community organizations. I have written twenty books (and still writing) that are considered to be some of the most insightful, inspiring, and enlightening. The poems in my book of poetry, Don’t Quit, have been recited by students at graduation ceremonies and in oratorical contests. My story, The Eagles who Thought They were Chickens, has been told and retold by teachers, ministers, motivational speakers, and storytellers. My book, Ten Steps to Helping Your Child Succeed in School, has forever changed the lives of parents and their children as they have worked together to discover their dreams.
I have shared my thoughts and ideas with superintendents, school boards, teachers, administrators, government officials, business leaders, and parents about how to create schools of excellence. And, I have talked to over five hundred thousand students about discovering their dreams and aspirations.
In the midst of it all, I have been so busy working to turn schools into places of passion and purpose that I have never taken the time to write about how my passions (writing and talking) developed into my purpose (helping to create great schools) and my career (writing and speaking).
Despite being born poor and having my second grade teacher predict that I would never make it out of elementary school, I am living my dreams. After growing up in an apartment, amidst the gangs and violence of Chicago’s South Side, just a stone’s throw away from the projects, I now own homes in California, Georgia, and Florida. After being given up for adoption, I now have a loving wife and two handsome and intelligent sons. And, despite the frustration of never being able to find a summer job while growing up in Chicago, my wife and I own our own business and have worked for ourselves for over twenty years.
Many students have asked, “Mr. Wynn, are you rich?” If being rich is measured by how many people respect, admire, like or love you, (as it should be) then, yes, I am rich. I have the best job in the world ... I am doing what I love to do and I get paid for doing it. I have my faith, my family, and my health. I am rich beyond measure.
I am sharing my story because I want to inspire you to discover your dreams; work toward your dreams; set goals to guide your efforts toward achieving your dreams; and, I want you to live your dreams so you, too, may live a rich life.
Perhaps one day you will share your story with others and inspire them to discover their dreams.