John PUSH Gaines

"Start Every Day with a Great Thought"


John Gaines aka “John PUSH Gaines” is a former at-risk kid turned youth advocate.


Dr. John “Push” Gaines is a professional speaker, author, leadership consultant, and mentorship expert. He has devoted himself to the world community. He has proudly appeared as a guest speaker at Universities, Corporations, nonprofit events, NBA skill camps, school assemblies, and youth camps across the country. As a graduate of East Central University, where he was named Outstanding Student in Business and won a football championship as captain of the football team, he is the picture of success. With a Master’s degree in Business Leadership and a Doctorate in Business Administration, he demonstrates great dedication and personal achievement. His goal, however, goes beyond personal accomplishment. He is driven to give hope to others because his own story grew from hopelessness. John earned his nickname “PUSH” because he believes in the power of perseverance and teaches others to “keep pushing” through life’s obstacles to become the best version of themselves. John’s childhood was one of extreme adversity. Growing up surrounded by drugs and violence, facing personal struggles, and being bullied for his differences, he had every reason to give up, but he pushed through. Now, as a professional speaker and author, John strives to help & teach people to overcome and to rise.


Tacoma man selected to ring NYSE opening bell by Tacoma Weekly

John Gaines continues to PUSH and inspire by USA Today

ECU Graduate, Former Football Player Gaines to Deliver Parker Ethics Lecture by East Central University

John’s Previous Clients

John's Previous Clients

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Start Every Day with a Great Thought: LOVE

Teaching students the importance of loving themslves and loving others.

The purpose of this speech is to give students practical tools to incorporate into their daily lives. It will help students realize the importance of having a positive mindset. It gives students the confidence to make the right choices, to stand up to BULLYING and to be kind to others. This program will focus on developing a CHAMPIONSHIP mentality to help students win in the classroom and in life. #pushlove

ASK about the PUSH for Dreams Leadership Academy’s character development breakout session. This session is geared toward smaller groups after an assembly or event. It focuses on developing a positive self-image.


Teaching people how to PUSH to become the best version of themselves.

In this engaging talk, discusses his personal struggles and trials of overcoming his inability to read and write.

John covers his tough road to doctoral academia, a career with a Fortune 500 company, winning a college football championship and his cameo on Wall Street during the New York Stock Exchange.

He provides practical tips to the audience about perseverance, and a step-by-step guide to achieving one’s goal or dream.



John PUSH Gaines