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John Amaechi

When Apr 24, 2015
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where 117 Henderson
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"More Chance of Being Hit by a Meteor: What to do when your dreams defy probability and exceed other people’s imagination" 
John Amaechi

John decided he would leave England and come to the United States only weeks after first picking up a basketball. When he finally had the courage to express his goals, his physics teacher pulled him aside and showed him a calculation that (rightly) stated the probability of playing in the NBA was less than the likelihood of being hit by a meteor. Rather than revise his goals, John refined his plan to make it both visionary and pragmatic, so he could achieve the impossible.

For those interested in learning how to beat the odds, create their own plans for the future, and rise above adversity to achieve their own “impossible dreams,” John’s own remarkable story is a blueprint in terms of the process required to defy convention and achieve your own definition of success. Chronicling a tumultuous childhood and an extraordinary journey from 17-year-old “fat, geeky, British kid” to NBA starter in six short years, and then another transformation from athlete to a career as a psychologist in professional services and educational environments, John will highlight the processes and mind-set adjustments that create the chance to beat the odds and achieve your own impossible dream.