LOGAN, W.Va. — Motivational speaker Morris Morrison will visit Logan County this week to speak to students about making choices and having the life they want to have.
Morrison will present “This is Your Life,” a program which will urge the students to take responsibility for their life.
“The ‘This is Your Life’ program is motivational. It’s inspirational,” Morrison said. “It’s to show the kids that no matter what you face in life you can still make a choice…To set goals… To dream big and go after the life you want to have.”
Born in New York City, Morrison was orphaned by the death of his birth parents. As a teen, he found himself on his own once again after the loss of his adoptive parents. After finding a way to transition through the adversity that he faced early in life, Morrison learned a secret after experiencing tough challenges — motivation. Morris used this motivation to shape his mindset towards personal and professional development.
After he received his Bachelors and Masters Degree’s from Fairmont State University and West Virginia University, Morrison continued his learning and development as he successfully navigated the ranks of some the worlds top corporations such as Equitable Resources, BB&T Bank, and Pfizer Inc. — in professional roles spanning from HR and Talent Management to Sales and Business Development.
“People who have known me when I was young tell me that I’ve always been the same. Ever since I was young I have always known exactly what I have wanted… I remember being a teenager and looking at everything around me… Saw people doing drugs… Saw people skipping school and I saw people not taking their lives seriously,” Morrison said. “Don’t get me wrong, I love to joke around and have a bunch of fun. I love it. But, when it comes to your life and dreaming it and going after what you want… I believe that is something everyone should think seriously about.”
Morrison said he keeps his motivation strong by having gratitude.
“You have to be thankful for who you are and what you have. Expressing that gratitude and that thanks to people… well, let’s just say that I once heard that the more you say thank you the more you have to be thankful for,” Morrison said.
Morrison said students will learn at seminars that their life matters.
“I want them to know that no matter who they are, their voice matters and their life matters,” Morrison said. “Sometimes that is inspiring. When you state that you are someone that changes the way you see yourself.
“I want the kids to look at themselves differently. I want to help change the way they see themselves. Kids today do have confidence. They just have confidence about different things. Kids today play video games, they been connecting with computers… they are confident. They are things they know how to do that you do not know how to do. They are just not confident about the same things you used to be confident about… like walking in a room and shaking someone’s hand… making eye contact… confident enough to go out for a singing part in a play. Their confidence may be a little different. That’s where we all got to do our part to get these kids to try to reach and achieve as much as they can.
“Once your eye sees something is possible, it changes they way you envision how big you can dream.”
Morrison said he still has dreams.
“In Hollywood I want to win an Oscar. I want to win a Grammy one day. I want to go to heaven one day,” Morrison said. “I have one kid… I want to have more children. I might even come back to West Virginia and run for Governor one day.”
The seminars, held at Chief Logan State Conference Center, will be Tuesday, December 8, at 9:30 a.m. for Chapmanville Regional High and Chapmanville Middle Schools students, and at 1 p.m. for Logan High and Logan Middle Schools students. Man High School and Man Middle Schools will attend at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 9. A seminar for parents and the public will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The event is part of the Logan County School’s Every Student, Every Day Campaign.
“The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of student attendance, achievement, and increasing the graduation rate in Logan County,” said Cathy Adkins, Director of Attendance for the Logan County Board of Education.
Martha Sparks is a news reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks.