Trent Shelton, a former NFL wide receiver-turned-popular motivational speaker, released his debut book The Greatest You: Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose where he reveals his definition of true success.
Shelton, who has over 50 million social media followers and 1 billion viewers to date, the largest of any online influencer, had a long fall from glory after his NFL career came to an end.
Raised as a Christian, he began creating faith-filled motivational videos and tweeting them out with the hashtag #RehabTime to get him out of a dark season that followed losing his dreams. To his surprise, the hashtag picked up and his videos became an inspiration to thousands.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post‘s interview with Shelton where the world renowned influencer discussed his inspirational talks, many of which are in his new book, and revealed what he’s learned about the true meaning of success.
CP: What made you want to write The Greatest You: Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose?
Shelton: One of the main reasons was my community. I just wanted to bring a long format of my content Rehab Time, which is reality, release, repair. It’s a three-part process. In this book, you get my journey but also you get the practical steps to be able to help you to become the greatest.
I wanted people to know that no matter what you’ve been through in your life, God has a plan for you and there’s a greatness inside of you. It’s not like the world has that person. It’s already there because you were created by a great God. So hopefully people that read this book will discover that.
CP: You had a thriving football career that was short lived. Can you share why it’s important not to make those kinds of successes part of your identity?
Shelton: Chapter 2 of this book, titled “What’s My Purpose” [is how] so many people think purpose is an external thing. And the thing I tell people is that it’s not an external thing, it’s an internal gift. Your purpose isn’t something that you must search for in the world. What most people are trying to find is placement.
So [for me], the NFL was a placement, a job is a placement. When you tie your purpose into those things, those things you can lose. So I thought my purpose was football and I lost it and felt like my life was over. So what I tell people now is that you are purpose! You were created with purpose; God set you apart. So now, you can go into the world knowing that you have a placement.
Like Rehab Time, I don’t think Rehab Time is my purpose, it’s my placement. So if I ever did lose Rehab Time, I still use my life in another avenue or placement to actually better the world.
I just want people to know that all the external things that you think will make you happy or fulfill you, probably won’t, it’s about an internal journey of really discovering yourself and finding that peace within.
CP: Can you share how you went from hopelessness to Rehab Time?
Shelton: It’s a long journey. A lot of people don’t know that I started Rehab Time in 2009 so it’s been a 10-year process. I started making my videos at that time but it became my actual career in 2011–2012. The thing that I tell people is that when I started Rehab Time, literally, it was for myself, it was my rehab. It wasn’t to be a speaker or to be an author, it was literally just to rehab my life. In doing that, I started to share my journey, to hold myself accountable.
If I’m going through this and I’m feeling this, the struggle is universal, then there’s a ton of people who are going through these same things. So what I try to do is, I try to make it like super broad to touch people’s lives.
CP: Can you explain the three Rs of Rehab Time and how you use them in the book?
Shelton: Forgiveness is a big chapter. When I’m dealing with those things in my life and find it hard to forgive, I’m thinking about, “Well, if I’m dealing with this, so many people are too.” So it makes me want a deeper dive to really figure out how to change this and how to make things better.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law