Arel's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Opportunity Youth

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Brooklyn, NY

AREL MOODIE

Author/Speaker
Founder of the College Success Program

“You control your life, your life doesn't control you. And you control your thoughts, your thoughts do not control you.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Negativity Opportunity Perseverance Fear Hard Work Individualism Instincts Doubt Self-Reflection Transitions

FOUNDATION:

Communicating / Sharing Stories

TAGS:

books, choice, control, family, feelings, frustration, fulfillment, gangs, inspiration, money, motivation, moving forward, negativity, positivity, society, success, thought, trying different things, violence, welfare

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up on welfare in the projects of Brooklyn, New York.
  • He noticed that every family and community had that one person that had "made it out" and done something great.
  • Made it his personal goal to be that person who would do something great so that his family and community would look up to him.
  • When he was 16, the violence and darkness around him became too much; he went up on to a rooftop and considered suicide.
  • He was suddenly struck by one thought: "Not yet."
  • Says that your negative thoughts are much like lions behind glass at the zoo; they're there, but they won't hurt you unless you let them.
  • His "secret to life" is: "Negative thoughts never go away, and it's not your job to make them go away-your job is to believe them less."
  • Says that when life starts getting you down, finding positivity is as simple as watching a motivational YouTube video or reading a good book.

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