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Everyone Has a Story…..What is Yours?

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

In the movie Pursuit of Happiness, Will Smith plays the character of Chris who is looking for a job. This is one of my favorite movies for so many reasons. Many of them have to do with the character of Chris. In this scene, Chris is at a job interview.

The following characteristics came across during the scene that people should reflect on.

1) Persistence and Determination go a long way…..don’t ever give up. If there is something in life that you aspire for, GO FOR IT!

2) In life, we need Problem Solvers! You can learn a lot from books and lectures, but if you can’t figure things out on your own and you always need someone to hold your hand, you will have a difficult time, finding not only a job, but also success in life.

3) Humor goes a long way. If you have a good sense of humor and are willing to laugh at yourself or laugh with others, it will help you through the difficult times. Find ways to embrace humor.

4) Be humble! Many times life may serve you the short end of the stick. Sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. I’m sure you didn’t choose this route. But true character stands out when you figure out how to accept it. Be humble and know your strengths and weaknesses and move forward. Once you find those who support you….be loyal to them!

Everyone has a story…… you know yours? Have you had a chance to share it with others?

I’m honored that I have been the voice for so many people in the Tourette Syndrome community as well as the education community. My opportunities to write the book, Front of the Class, and have it made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie was amazing. And now as I continue speaking across the country I get to share my story and be the voice for so many.

My hope is that more people can stand up and share their story!

Write a book, post a Blog, do a tweet. Whatever it is….go out there and share your story and my hypothesis is that it will make a difference in the life of someone else.

It may motivate them, it may take them to that next level or it may just make them think….either way, it’s time for you to share your story.


Brad meets the King of Leadership, John Maxwell!

Monday, June 4th, 2007

June 4th-6th, Cobb County School District hosted their Annual Leadership Institute. The Keynote speaker this year was John Maxwell, author of several books including The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, 360 Degrees, The Difference Maker, and many more. John’s speech on Leadership hit home to many of the themes I speak about. It was neat to see we were thinking along the same lines.

Cobb also gathered some of their biggest leaders including Senator Johnny Isakson to speak on leadership.

Later in the conference, I also presented a session I titled, Front of the Class, and Celebrating Abilities and Winning the Game of Life.

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"Brad Cohen is a walking billboard for the idea of living positively. He is like a cold drink on a hot day--refreshing, energizing, and likely to put a smile on your face."
Tim Shriver - Chairman of Special Olympics

"I have observed the magic of Brad Cohen in the classroom. He has turned Tourette Syndrome into an asset, and his life into inspiration."
Senator Johnny Isakson, Georgia

"Brad Cohen's story is a triumph of hope, determination, will and relentless good humor."
Peter J. Hollenbeck, Ph.D., Professor and
Associate Head of Biological Sciences,
Purdue University

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