Arel Moodie

Arel Moodie

Author / Speaker

Founder of the College Success Program

Brooklyn, NY USA

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


By Roadtrip Nation

Arel Moodie


My road in life took a while to figure out.
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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Author / Speaker

I speak and create books, curriculums and other trainings to help students succeed in school and in life.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

As a professional speaker, I have spoken to over 500,000 people in 48 states and 5 countries. I often give TEDx talks and other speeches on topics such as likability and innovation. I also host one of the top career podcasts on iTunes, The Art of Likability, which is listened to in over 135 countries worldwide. I work with hundreds of schools and teach students how to succeed in the college environment by becoming a student leader that actually learns real-world skills.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Find motivation to succeed wherever you can, even in the negativity. Turn those things into fuel.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From undefined:

"It would be so much easier to feel nothing than to wake up and face the reality of my life again. "

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence

Interviewed By

Ready to Rise

Ready to Rise

Confronting systemic barriers to success