“In my heart of hearts, I wanted to do the right thing, but selling drugs was easy. Everyone was doing it. I mean, I’m not using that as an excuse, I made my own decisions. But I grew up around these Robin Hood figures who would sell drugs, then buy supplies for kids who were going back to school, or pay rent for an old woman who was about to get evicted. All my friends were doing it. It almost seemed fashionable. I never felt proud of it. I always thought I’d transition to a job with the Transit Authority, or a job like this– something I’d feel good about, but instead I transitioned to jail. I did six years. When I got out, it was tempting to go back to the easy money, because everyone around me was still doing it, and I couldn’t get a job. But luckily I found an agency that helps ex-cons, because there aren’t many companies looking to give people a second chance. I’ve had this job for a few years now. You know what product I’m selling now? Myself. Everyone around here is my client. Times Square is a drug to these people. And I’m picking up all the trash so that they can have the full Times Square experience.”
Talk For Hope: Given a Second Chance
About the Author: Eva Grayzel
Eva Grayzel is a nationally recognized motivational storyteller. With twenty-five years of experience in the spotlight, Eva’s expertise in interactive storytelling techniques is incomparable. Exuding the kind of onstage charisma that cannot be taught, she delivers a proven method to educate and inspire audiences. A late-stage oral cancer diagnosis threatened to hijack her ability to talk the talk. After regaining her vocal chops, she crafted a thought-provoking story of survival, taking what could have been a tragic end and turning it into a powerful new beginning. Eva conveys the realities of her journey, emphasizing relatable and meaningful life lessons. The power of her personal story is the motivation behind creating a model to teach story development for building business.
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