Today we’d like to introduce you to Lorenzo Davis.
Hi Lorenzo, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I was raised in Ferguson, Mo. I grew up playing sports all around the St. Louis area, mainly in different neighborhood parks, which sparked my interest in street life. I fell off my path and began going down a dark road of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, crime, and drug dealing. Making that horrible choice led me to be robbed, shot, and paralyzed at the age of 21. With God on my side, I could stand on my own feet 8 months later. Even though I gained my legs, I lost my mind and started to abuse the painkillers I was prescribed. Which led to more problems, and the following year I was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. After that 60-day jail vacation, my eyes opened to my life path.
My family and I moved to Jefferson City to start over. While there, I began a youth basketball team which led me to create a nonprofit organization giving back to the community. This is where God showed me who I am supposed to be. Now that I’m back home, that purpose is still with me. I am a published author, motivational speaker, truck driver, and agent of the UnGun Institute, a trauma-informed organization. We serve globally to help others heal from a traumatic experience and move forward in life. I got to where I am today by not giving up and going against the negativity surrounding me. Life is a forever fight we must all learn to face to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This road has been challenging; at times, all I could do was cry because I didn’t know what else to do. I’ve had many doors slammed in my face, I’ve dealt with racism, my family being disloyal, and I’ve been stabbed in the back by other leaders who say they are positive role models. Overall these things made me who I am once I changed my perspective on how I viewed these challenges.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a published author, poet, community leader, and inspirational speaker. I work in the community as a trauma agent for The UnGun Institute, where we help others to heal from traumatic experiences. Most people know me for leading the way to change the mindset that we have been cursed with growing up in a rough city. I am not afraid to be transparent in my struggles as I know my story may help the next person. We all have obstacles to overcome, but many people give up when they feel alone. I’m here to help change the city in a peaceful way for the generations to come.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I believe the mindset of never giving up has been the most important thus far. Life is about growing and changing. Nothing really should stay the same.
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