Interview with Jacob Silveira (@ jacob__silveira)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Growing up I didn’t have the best environment to allow me to excel in life. That didn’t stop me from succeeding in helping others with the same situation that I was going through. I had a strong passion for public speaking so I made a career out of it and became is public speaker for schools. I would share the journey that I endured growing up and explain to them that no matter where you came from or what you’re going through you have the ability to achieve greatness.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

My favorite story came from Eleanor Roosevelt high school it was my third speaking and when I finished I had a student come up to me in tears saying how I inspired him and how he’s going to do better for himself and his family. I told his student that I would be there to personally help him guide him through this journey and struggles that he’s facing a sort of like a mentor. I still talk to him to this day and that was over three years ago despite the current situation he was in he is now graduating from a college he never thought he would get excepted into. Stories like this are what make my career worth it.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Honestly, the only tip that I would give them is to have fun with it. being a motivational speaker means that you were supposed to be there for others and guide others in their troubled times and help motivate them to be better and do better.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

That’s an easy question my junior year language arts teacher Miss Alondra. That was the person I confided in the most. She helps me get through what I was going through, and always reminded me that these situations don’t define who I am as a person or what I am going to become. A story that hits home happened during my senior year of high school. Word got out of my mother’s drug overdose and my classmates made fun of me because of it. I remember leaving my science class crying and headed straight to my language arts teacher’s class. Like I said she would always remind me that my past doesn’t dictate my future and that I am not going to end up like the wrongs that I have committed.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I travel all across the United States going to schools to help troubled kids or kids, in general, understand their value their worth.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

One of my favorite life lesson quotes is. “Sometimes in life, your situation will keep repeating itself until you learn your lesson”.

A short story would be I would always blame others for situations that are happening to me instead of owning up and understanding that I am the reason this is happening once I change my mentality bad things stopped happening to me the same occurrences stopped reoccurring because I changed my attitude and mindset.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

They can follow my Instagram page to see where I’m headed next.

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