Travis Wolfe was born into poverty to two drug-addicted parents. At the age of 8, his family placed him in the foster care system where he was physically and sexually abused. A runaway at age 15 and homeless by the age of 16, his life was on a downward spiral and he was destined for failure.
But today he’s an author, transformational speaker, entrepreneur, sergeant in the police department, and the owner of WolfeMpowerment Group. His story is a testament that when you become determined not to lose, it becomes impossible not to win!
TWEET: “I hated my father because he forced me to grow up, fight, and be a man for my mother.” #traviswolfe
A Life Without Dreams
Can you even imagine not having the capacity to dream? Travis shares that, as a child, he had no hope for anything better, but knew only poverty and hopelessness. He couldn’t even see other possibilities for his life, because he knew nothing better. When he was 17, a mentor changed his life when he said he “believed that I was greater than I believed I was.” Only then did Travis allow himself dreams of going to college, having a family, and becoming a police officer.
TWEET: “All I knew was #poverty, #hopelessness, and #homelessness.” #Traviswolfe
NO doesn’t always mean NO
When someone says NO to your dream, how do you react? Travis was told “NO” 14 times by 6 different police departments. He was discouraged and doubtful, but determined through perseverance to make his dreams come true. He remembered his WHY and knew that God’s purpose for him was BIG, which included fulfilling the dream of becoming a police officer.
TWEET: “If you truly #desire something, the #universe will conspire to help you achieve your #dream.” #TravisWolfe
“How can I tell my story to impact and empower others?” This is the question Travis asked himself at a pivotal time in his life. He was in a “funk,” bordering on depression after undergoing a surgical procedure on his back. He saw Lisa Nichols share her inspirational story on the Steve Harvey Show and knew that he had an amazing story to share. So, Travis wrote a book with complete honesty and transparency, and it’s become a guide to help you get to where you want to be in your life.
Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take—“Start. Take that one action and start where you are. Make that decision. Believe that you can achieve what you dream. If you never start, I can assure you that you’ll never get there.”
OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:
[1:10] Travis’ background: Why could he move forward when so many people can’t?
[4:45] Travis’ childhood with NO dreams for the future
[6:25] Believing that dreams ARE possible
[8:35] Attaining the dream of being a police officer
[11:35] Not taking NO for an answer
[16:05] Fighting off the doubts of others to achieve the dream
[21:25] Giving back
[24:50] Travis’ book and how it is changing lives
[27:20] No apologies for addressing fears
[30:40] How actions manifest desire and beliefs become reality
[35:10] The common theme of not giving your all
[40:50] Not giving yourself enough credit
[42:35] Travis’ ONE action for a dream chaser to take