Travis' Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Why Not Us

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Dallas, TX

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Why Not Us

TRAVIS SIMONS

Pastor
The Potter's House North Dallas

“No matter how hard it gets, no matter what setbacks stand in your way, don't you ever give up, because there's somebody in your life--a little cousin, a kid in your neighborhood--that's looking at you and looking at the things that you're doing. They're watching you--that'll keep you moving.”

INTERESTS:

Non-Profit Organizations Philosophy & Religion

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fear Hard Work Passion Perseverance Self-Reflection Confidence Failure Success Character Values Struggle Beliefs & Faith Choices Negativity Transitions Desire Doubt Education Determination Focus Support & Encouragement Hobbies & Pastimes Societal Pressures Experience Opportunity

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

TAGS:

advice, calling, car accident, college, dreams-shattered, empowerment, failure, fear, generation, helping others, identity, inner voice, journey, passion, pastor, perfection, stepping stone, success, teaching, young-adult

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, where his father was the pastor of their rural church.
  • At 17, a car accident ended his football career and left him feeling like his world was collapsing.
  • Says that everything in your life will teach you one of two things: What to do, or what not to do.
  • That time of introspection gave him the drive to find his calling: helping and teaching people.
  • First in his family to go to college; studied religion and philosophy and got a master's in divinity.
  • In college, found that people constantly sought him out for help and advice, and he was good at it.
  • Says failure is inevitable and part of the journey; it's a stepping stone to bravery and courage.

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