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ben troupe UNITED STATES NFL motivational speaker bentroupe84.com

Who has been your most influential role model? Why? My mom has been the greatest influential role model in my life, as a polite, honest, hardworking woman she taught me the values of leading by example, respect, responsibility, and integrity. She has always been a source of strength, as a Christian woman she prided herself on living life with integrity, truth, and love. She is not perfect though her positive attitude, compassion, and unwillingness to give up or give in has been the very thing that help make me the man I am today.

What WAs the biggest challenge in your life and how did you overcome it? The biggest challenge in my life was overcoming the fear or failing and thinking that no matter what I tried to achieve it wouldn't happen because I felt that I was destined to fail. I overcame it by changing my mindset and being willing to get out of my comfort zone and realizing that failing was just a part of success and just like night and day you can't have one without the other. 20

So now I use failure as a tool and because I use it as a tool it meaning failure it has afforded me tremendous opportunity and many successes in my lifetime although the best is yet to come.

Proudest moment? In 2012 I had the privilege to show my respect to the military and acknowledge the sacrifices they've made for all by participating in a celebrity basketball game honoring both the Cpl. John Stalvey Foundation and the Wounded Warriors. Cpl. John Stalvey, a 22-year-old Marine serving our country was killed in 2005 while in Afghanistan. That day was overwhelming, but at the same time, it was one of the proudest moments.

What words do you live by? "To whom much is given, much will be required."(Luke 12:48) Always remain humble, keep God first. Lead by example. Don’t compromise yourself. Speak truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Don't compromise yourself. Speak truth,even though it might create conflict or tension.

Kids Nation Magazine - Edition 16 March/April 2017  

Edition 16: Raising standards World's first free digital magazine, dedicated to empowering kids around the world, with global contributors

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