Last night I was fortunate enough to hear and meet Ruben "Hurricane" Carter. For those that don;t know him...he was once the top contender for the middle weight championship of the world...that's before he was wrongly convicted for three murders. He spent almost twenty years in prison...TWENTY YEARS....for this. I always say going to prison would be bad enough but to spend that amount of time knowing you are innocent!!
But he is not a bitter man. Not at all...he loves life and his speech was all about Dare to Dream. As he did...
When all others thought he would rot in prison in New Jersey...his dream was to get out. He never ever gave up on that dream. And through patience and perseverance he was exonerated. He never gave up. And do you think in the darkest days of his prison time he ever ever thought he would have a song written after him by Bob Dylan, after his release have a movie made after his story starring Denzel Washington, be invited to the White House and travel the world speaking and helping innocent victims find their path. My bet is he did not ever think his life would end up the way it did...
But here's what I was told by him last night in the packed crowd. If he can do it....so can I. And if I can do it...so can you. Protect your dream...don;t let anyone take it no matter how hard it may seem sometimes
You think you have it rough protecting your dream? How would you like to be in prison for twenty years for a crime you did not commit..trying to protect your dream.
Grab life..and Happy Trails!
- Rivers Corbett
- Rivers Corbett, MBA is an award winning entrepreneur, speaker, and author of "13 Fears of Entrepreneurs" He has received numerous business honors including Entrepreneur of the Year, Canada's Hottest Start-ups List and Canada's Fastest Growing Companies list through Profit magazine and most recently recognized as one of Canada's 10 Mentor RockStars.. Rivers is presently a member of Startup Canada's National Advisory Council, founding entrepreneur of StartUP Fredericton & the "Entrepreneur in Residence" at the University of New Brunswick. His real joy and expertise is being a StartUP Advisor and "zagging while everyone else zigs"...like his two newest businesses ventures the Relish Gourmet Burgers restaurant chain and TheRockStar StartUP for StartUP entrepreneurs. Oh... he is also the leader of a team of over 25 chefs through his other company The Chef Group. Not bad for a guy who hates to cook. Always looking for a new idea to help businesses' succeed...this is his newest marketing discovery for StartUPs The Lyoness Advantage. "Rivers is a 21st century entrepreneur, he's the one to watch" - Jim Gilbert: Canada's Huggable Car Dealer!