Motivational speaker inspires Beaver Dam students

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Brandon Lee White, a motivational speaker, gave a presentation Feb. 18 to Beaver Dam ElementarySchool students.

Born with a speech impediment, White said he was unable to communicate for many years and he showed a video of himself as a child. He told BDES students he overcame with perseverance and support. He uses his story to encourage others to never give up.

He spoke about negative and positive energy. Negative energy makes excuses, blames others, gives up and can show itself in bullying, White said. Negative energy is selfish and hurtful. Positive energy, however, involves courage, and taking responsibility.

He said fears are real but when we face them, our fears start to lose their power. Students joined him on stage to illustrate his points. Ethan Garlick and DJ Gonzales danced in front of the student body. Libby Sisson closed her eyes to hold a tarantula (which turned out to be made of rubber). Yarely Garcia danced a ballroom tango and fellow BDES eaglet Jeffrey Starks became an actor. White told students they should not expect themselves to know everything, but to try.

“Being brave is doing what’s right even when it’s scary,” White said and encouraged students to “set an example, to turn negative energy into positive energy.”

The presentation ended with the audience rocking to “YMCA” that filled the room with positive energy.

BDES staff and student families also attended the presentation to learn about living with positive energy. Everyone enjoyed Indian taco dinner prepared by the Beaver Dam staff.

White explained how his message has taken root and grown. He said he an accomplished ballroom dancer and uses his talent to help people.

White encouraged the crowd to never define themselves by their weaknesses.

“The biggest limitations are often the ones we put on ourselves,” he said. “Anything worth working for takes time and patience. Just because you mess up, it doesn’t mean you have to give up.”

White lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and six-month old son. He has taken his message to 45 states inspiring audiences to focus on the positive aspects of life.

Principal Phyllis Leavitt brought White to BDES. She is a good example of a positive-energy person. The community thanks White and Leavitt for the meaningful and inspirational evening.