In this speech, Dr. Gaines shares his drive to give hope to others because his own story grew from hopelessness. John earned his nickname “PUSH” (Persevere Until Something Happens) because he believes in the power of perseverance and teaches others to “keep pushing” and LOVE through life’s obstacles to become the best version of themselves

In this engaging talk, Dr. Gaines covers his tough road to doctoral academia, a career with a Fortune 500 company, winning a college football championship, and ringing the opening bell at 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’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 thanks to a caring adult.