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Secrets to the Doc Machine: From "Bad Boy" To Good Man...
Some people espouse they have come from humble beginnings; I was destitute, from “the bottom of life.” I was one of many at-risk students in public school and a high risk gang-involved youth in my community. I was reared by a single-parent mother in an inner-city housing project. I witnessed and was often a part of intense violence. My oldest sibling and only brother was murdered when I was only eleven years old. I did not meet my father until I ventured to find him when I was 18 years old. I was homeless. I experienced severe poverty. I was a wayward juvenile delinquent. I was lost, but I was hungry. I had a genuine hunger for God as I was struggling for the correct path.
I may have been from “the bottom of life,” but I was growing up under the influence of Godly role models of my mother, my grandfather, and my aunt Lorraine. From an early age I knew I wanted to be a part of sharing the Truth with others...(I humorously refer to as REAL TALK ™ in my presentations) I knew my faith could move mountains! I knew the truth shall make you free! I also knew how to fight the good fight of the faith! Nowadays, as a professor, education/clinical psychologist, author, philanthropist, television talk show host, and master teacher (quite frankly I am more honored to be teaching for the Master), I give others the essential tools and resources to transcend a life of “mediocrity” to a life filled with supernatural success and joy from the stage as well as from programs geared towards troubled youth, as well as youth leaders. Our 100 Young Leaders program is making a positive difference both nationwide and globally.
Life isn’t about getting through the storms, it’s about dancing in the rain! It’s about staying positive even in tough times. We must continue to remember, "It is not how you start, but how you finish that matters!"
The true secret is in the word that embodies how I live - “Enthusiastically.” Enthusiasm originally meant “God in you.” This meaning still applies to my life.
Dr. Adolph Brown, III
Adolph is special. He was special when we met back in our college days. He was always a bit challenging to understand, but always easy to love. He was always a passionate teacher and brilliant entrepreneur. He continues to demonstrate he can handle any situation with great poise, maturity, and intelligence...and often coupled with humor. Adolph meets each challenge head on and refuses to quit! He does not let the fame or the pressure weigh him down. He doesn't carry it on his shoulders. He's modest about it. You can see he absolutely loves life and people. Truth is, fans appreciate Adolph no matter what. Maybe, it's the zest evident in the way he views life and carries himself through life. Or, maybe, it's because he is so authentic, warm, and approachable. Regardless of what Adolph is going through personally or professionally, he walks his talk...dancing through the storms of life with a smile on his face and joy in his heart.
Wife of Doc
When Adolph was a child, he was often picked on and teased for being poor, not having a father present, being named "Adolph," and living in the projects. I would often remind Adolph of two very important statements that he would eventually internalize: 1. "You are the 'Adolph' who inspires the BEST in others!" and 2. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:5-6. Adolph adopted the life attitude of "Hurl at me what you will, I will not go down!" Adolph never asked why has this happened to me. He always asked how could he help those who had unfortunate events happen to them. Adolph has always loved challenges - big and small. Today, he is quite successful at helping others allow nothing to stand in between themselves and their dreams. He is a powerful youth leadership speaker, education consultant, and business leader. Not too bad for a "poor boy from Virginia." We are proud of him, and his mission. Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever.
Virginia M. Brown - AKA Mama Brown
Brown Kids' Secrets About Dad
"Dad is an incessant reader, reading 3-4 books a month."
"He loves the smell of books."
"Dad likes to hear us pray."
"He is 'Big Silly' to us."
"Daddy loves seafood, sushi, and pho."
"Dad is cranky when he is awakened."
"He is afraid of mom."
"He loves PBR."
"Dad is a VERY accomplished amateur boxer, martial artist & pole vaulter."
"Daddy waves at everybody...policemen, schoolbus drivers, joggers,.."
"We know dad works hard when he snores."
"Daddy loves to eat Reese's Pieces"
"He loves cirque du soleil productions!"
"Dad loves to pray."
"Most don't know that our Dad is really an introvert."
"Daddy dislikes meetings. He says most are just intellectual exercises."
"Think he is hilarious on stage. At home he is outrageous..way too much energy!"
"Dad was born twice and we followed."
"Dad is firm, fair, and especially fun. He loves live music and dancing with us."
"He snores when he is really tired, loves yard work (which we avoid like the plague), and most importantly our father loves us and he is in love with our mother."
Great Aunt Lorraine "Auntie" Moore
Sunrise May 5, 1925 - Sunset May 23, 2011
Auntie, thank you for your unselfish love and understanding, your loyalty and generosity, your constant encouragement and concern. You were the true source of "REAL TALK!" I may not have had a father present like many of my peers while growing up, but you always reminded me that I had two mothers. Thank you for reinforcing my mother's lessons, coupled with many of your very own. I will never forget the lessons you taught me about the importance of having "grit." Death of a loved one leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal.