Why Jeff Moore Became a Motivational Speaker

My name is Jeff Moore and these are the reasons I became a motivational speaker.

There are so many reasons why we fall into different jobs and career paths.

For me, I have never really been too concerned with a job.

But I have been deeply influenced by the concept of impact.

In my household, we never really focused on, or spoke too much, about money.

My mother was a teacher.

My father was the head of our city’s Section 8 program.

Serving people, working for the public – that’s what we did.

The impact that simple things have on our path

As a child I loved movies.

I have so many favorites!

However, I have a penchant for movies with heroes.

Movies that have people who find their true potential for the benefit of others are the best.

I love to see a hero in action.

I think growing up and watching movies like Superman, Batman, Malcolm X, Gandhi, Lean on Me, Stand and Deliver, and Schindler’s List all had a profound impact on me.

By watching those movies, I was subconsciously programming myself to express myself in the highest way possible.

I didn’t even know it at that time.

As a kid, my mother wouldn’t let me go outside and play until I read, wrote, and then spoke about what I learned.

I think she was training me to be a speaker and didn’t even know it.

My father, on the other hand, loved to talk, lecture, and impart his wisdom.

He passed his worldview down to me while he spent time building me up.

Now, I am paying it forward.

But at the time, I had no idea this was happening.

I hope that lays some groundwork for what I am about to share.

I hope you enjoy my reasons for choosing to be a motivational speaker!

Jeff Moore became a motivational speaker because…

1. I realized I had a message and motivational speaking meant I could share it.

What’s YOUR story?

If someone was to ask ‘who are you’, what would you say?

I used to think my story was nothing special and didn’t have any value.

I thought that my story was just like anybody else’s.

Truthfully, I never knew it mattered.

But when I became a teacher, that all changed.

I started working with students and found that my voice and stories DO matter – they have the power to make a difference.

At times, I was shocked by my ability to empower and inspire young people by sharing stories.

From tales of my childhood to college days about overcoming obstacles, dealing with peer pressure, finding my voice, and developing my confidence.

2. I want to be somebody.

Just like in all my favorite movies, I wanted to be somebody who mattered, someone who makes a difference.

When I was a kid, my father would always ask, “Son, what do you want to be when you grow up?”

I just answered, “I don’t know.”

But, I always knew I wanted to be somebody.

As I got older, I got upset and frustrated by seeing too many of my family members and friends settle for jobs that didn’t fulfill their basic human needs of service, purpose, joy, and growth.

I was determined that my life would be different.

I was determined to NOT settle.

3. I want to fulfill my potential.

Throughout my entire K-12 career, on every single report card I ever received, it read: “Jeff is not fulfilling his potential.”

You know what, they were all right.

This even continued throughout most of my undergraduate time.

While finishing my Bachelor’s and earning my Master’s, I became deeply committed to maximizing every second and every opportunity that came my way.

I started studying the self-improvement sections of libraries and bookstores.

I started asking myself questions like, “What would my life look like if I gave it 150 percent?”

Now, I knew what it was like to give 70 or 60 percent.

Sadly, I knew what it was like to be easily distracted.

I knew what it was like to go for social acceptance instead of following my own voice.

So, I made a commitment to see what I was really capable of.

4. I want to reach more people.

I love being a teacher and Dean of Students and getting to work with students.

Who knew I would fall in love with speaking at assemblies and school-wide functions?

I even began to fall in love with making an impact on social media with people telling me that they look forward to going on Facebook and seeing my updates.

That feeling when people would tell me that when they’re stressed out, they would log on to Facebook just to see what I said. It was a sign from the people.

I took it as a true calling and I decided to answer the call.

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Me in Sri Lanka, Thanksgiving 2014

5. I want to be an entrepreneur.

I think we all want more control and freedom in our lives.

Controlling your paycheck is really the only way to control your destiny.

It’s funny, when I think back to the sixth grade, my mother would always make me cold-cut sandwiches.

Every day I would eat half, and sell the other half.

I was a businessman from the start.

Even though I didn’t know it at that time.

6. I want to show people it’s possible.

I want to show people that great things are possible.

It is important to show people that we can do other things besides be athletes and entertainers.

I wanted to let people know that you can share a positive message and create a life of meaning.

Too many people quit too easily.

I want to be an example of perseverance and resilience.

Once, I heard somebody say, “Why settle for average, when greatness is possible?”

These words stuck with me through the years.

7. I want to live my message.

There was no way I could tell people ‘be all you can be’, ‘stand up for what you believe in’ and ‘express yourself at your highest level’ – if I am not.

How could I say ‘serve the world and serve people at your highest possible level’, if I’m not living it?

Even before becoming a motivational speaker, I dedicated my life to embodying my deepest and highest commitments.

The best way I could inspire people is not by giving them a great speech, but to live with meaning and a deep sense of purpose.

Like Gandhi said, “Your life is your message. Make it an inspiring one.”

8. I want to inspire my past and present students.

When it comes to success, and even growing success, my past and even present students are my biggest cheerleaders.

I’m honored to be in contact with them and their families.

I love receiving messages from them.

They know I’m no different from them and they’re no different from me.

One student once told me, “Mr. Moore every time you go on stage, I feel like I’m going on stage, too.” You are!

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9. I love to encourage, inspire, and uplift.

Since high school, people came up to me for advice about relationships, gossip, obstacles, and family issues.

I vividly remember having a moment of reflection to myself and realizing how much I loved when I heard the phrase, “I never thought about it that way.”

Even at that young age, I knew that someone’s life was changed forever because they were thinking differently.

I believe that everyone has a gift.

Everyone has a calling.

Some people just never recognize it.

Some people never accept it and never own it.

I know that this is my calling.

I know this is what I’m here for and I will not deny it.

10. I want to make my family proud.

I come from a family with a lot of pride.

My mother is Jewish, an Eastern European who was born and raised in Borough Park, Brooklyn. My father was born in Tallahassee, Florida.

As a young kid, he refused to go to segregated fountains and bathrooms, which eventually put the lives of his brother, sister, and mother in danger.

He was sent up north to New York City, where he met my mother 20 years later.

Of course, their relationship was highly controversial at that time.

They didn’t care.

Me, well, I guess you can say I was born this way, cut from the same cloth.

(This of course, is the short version of their story.)

I remember coming home as a kid, and my father would ask to see my homework and class notes.

He constantly reminded me with his strong voice to “put your name on your paper.”

“Be proud of your name, be proud of who you are”, he would say.

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Honored to share the stage with my mentor, Les Brown.

I never let that go.

Their love and commitment have taught me everything.

The greatest gift I can give them is to make them proud.

With that said, making them proud has graduated to also making my city Glen Cove, New York, proud.

I aspire to make my country proud.

I aim to truly be a global citizen and be a voice for hope, faith, and hard work.

This is why Jeff Moore became a motivational speaker.

If any of these reasons resonate with a calling you have, then go after it!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts.

Feel free to share and comment!

Founder of Everyday Power, one of the world's most popular inspirational websites. Jeff Moore is an entrepreneur, educator, and motivator driven to help people realize their own potential for growth and impact. Jeff delivered a TEDx talk on Becoming The Best Version Of Yourself.
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  1. Israel Oluwabukunmi

    September 21, 2019 at 6:12 AM

    Thank you so much for this article, I was feeling a bit frustrated since yesterday night till now thinking of what I can do to make my life better and make impacts in lives around me until I came across your story. One thing I know is if you’re not fulfilling your purpose, living your goals, then life seems meaningless. I’ve been searching the internet about what ‘I don’t even know’ just to stumble on something that I can use as a compass to a starting point of my purpose. I would really appreciate if I could be mentored by you. While going through your story, it was like I was reading exactly about myself. I just do not know how to start. Thank you once again for the article

  2. Savu garg

    May 29, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Hello sir,
    Its absolutely relatable.for a minute I thought I was reading my story..I mean it is mostly like mine…I am just a 19 year old girl… Who is finding her way to do something for the society for the world.. i want to be a motivational speaker..and want to make a change through my words..as you are doing…can you tell me where to start…I am confused because I don’t know where to start from ..

    • Israel Oluwabukunmi

      September 21, 2019 at 6:13 AM

      Yes, I totally agree with you

  3. Justin G

    April 2, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Hello Mr. Moore,

    I found this because, more than anything now, I want to be a motivational speaker. I’m grateful that you said you used to think your story did not matter, and that you learned it most certainly does. I have felt that way and been worried about it, so thank you for that reassurance.

    I’m currently desperate to change my life, and I have always loved giving people advice, and knowing that I made a difference and helped others with life’s problems. Nothing has ever brought me fulfillment like that.

    I’ve never felt invested in my career either, and since what I do is staring at a computer screen 9 hours a day, I dread my work and am clawing to find a way to keep people from making the same mistakes I’ve made. I’ve changed careers, I’ve hit dark places. I’ve given up before.

    There is more to life than this. I did what was practical, instead of what was needed.

    Follow a passion, and try not to worry about how people will react. I have always been a respectable speaker, and want to grow that and make a living out of it if I possibly can. Even if a modest living for awhile, if I believe in my heart it is helping others, then I am paid well.

    I know it ultimately lies on my shoulders, but what do you recommend for someone like me with no official speaking experience other than great feedback during college and work presentations? Write a speech first & practice practice practice it? Go somewhere like Toastmasters and learn from others? Both, what order, etc.? Any specific self-help or books/classes you’d strongly recommend? Even though I have no social media presence, should I get a website going along with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and try to build that even though I am still working on my first speech and don’t have much content yet?

    I don’t normally do this, but I need to be relentless in this pursuit.


    I would be forever grateful. Thank you so much for your time.

    • Jeffrey I. Moore

      April 2, 2019 at 4:52 PM

      send me an email at jeff@everydaypower.com and we’ll talk

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