Robert Pipkin did a great job inspiring and motivating the students to be better and give back to their community. Some students were moved to tears, as he had them to reflect on the pain they may have caused others and how to move forward making better choices. He allowed them to see that they can be successful and he challenged them to strive for greatness....to be aware and break free of negative family cycles so they can be productive citizens. It was easy for the students to relate to Robert Pipkin as he shared how he was able to overcome difficult situations in his life. A month after the his visit, the students were still talking about him. Great Job!
Robert Pipkin is known as a dynamic motivator and speaker who can unequivocally share his message with students and adults on how they can make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Bob talks about his own failures in school and in his life that prevented him from developing into the person God intended him to be. “Failure after failure I refused to quit and give up on myself.” While in high school, one of my favorite teachers was Ms. Theil, who told me I had potential to be successful in life. It took leaving home and going to college far away to understand what she was trying to get me to see. And years later after developing The Power of “U” to help me confront challenges I was facing in my professional career I realized others could benefit from what I had learned on my journey. So, The Power of “U” was developed by me with these key points to help us all remember; everything we need to win is inside of us waiting to be nurtured but not visible from the outside.
* What is your why in life?
* Know that failure is a part of life
* You can never, never give up
* One must always seek the truth
* Remember to keep a positive attitude
* It is important to know your strength and weaknesses.
* Believe in yourself.
* It takes courage
* Dream beyond your wildest imagination and lastly
* Always forgive
The Power of “U” has been very instrumental in shaping and defining my life as I faced my own challenges and strived for success. Looking back, I see a young man who eventually found his inner self and used his abilities to earn a Bachelor's degree, a Master's in Education, complete my course work for a Ph.D. and become a change agent with a successful 40 year career in education.
My career in education attracted national attention from USA Today, LA Times, New York Times and many other national publications. In addition to my stellar work in education, I've chaired a hospital board, served as vice president of a foundation, was a school board member, and was selected for The National Parent Teacher Board (NPTA) and other community appointments. I have the most unbelievable opportunity in my life being able to sign a professional basketball contract and speak at the White house with the NPTA.
Robert is married and has two grown children and four grandchildren.