The Motivational SpeakerIn my days I’ve heard a few different motivational speakers. Some pastors, some regular folks with a
passion to motivate others and some that are over-comers. While they all had a message that resonated
with me long after their speech, I absolutely recall one speaker during my time in prison that had an
exceptional ability to inspire me in my change and current way of living.
Bobby Mecado, from Los Angeles California, came to speak at Tehachapi State Prison during my first year
into my prison sentence. I was new to my spiritual walk and I was especially new at trying to change my
ways to have a better future when I paroled from prison. He was a short Hispanic man and his wife Patsy
came along with him, who also shared her story. Before he began his message, he talked a bit about
himself and his life as a criminal and the many times that he had went in and out of prison. He
established common ground with his audience, a group of convicts- some young, some old. It wasn’t just
his personal life story that was motivational though. He chose a very interesting biblical story to drive
home a point that has to date made him one of my favorite motivational speakers.
There is a story in the bible about a man named Jephthah. He had been born out of wedlock and was
cast away from the family by his half-brothers. When he left the family he traveled to a city far from his
native homeland. There he surrounded himself by “worthless” men and squandered his life to
carousing. The clever about Bobby's motivational speech, was how it was used to show us what we would have been doing if we were Jephthah. He said that Jephthah had left because of his
unfavorable circumstances in life, as well as his family disowning him, to go to a different part of the city and
hangout with a bunch of thugs, using drugs and living a life of crime. Bobby said, he was destined to be
no one and his hopes were crushed, until that one day. His homeland would be in need of a commander to
fight a war and they sent for Jephthah. He came back and lead his city in the war and they conquered
their opponents and he became the king of their city
Bobby then explained that some of us have been beaten down by life’s circumstances, family’s given up
on us and we have lost all hope for ourselves. He explained that we’ve surrounded ourselves around
worthless friends that were robbing more from us and getting us nowhere in life. The silver lining was
that we too could come back and be conquerors as Jephthah did. For the first time listening to a
motivational speaker I felt like he was talking directly to me. I felt the urge to continue pushing forward
in my journey and to fight for my life to turn over a new leaf. It was a speech I would never forget and a
speech that felt so real and passion filled. It was one of the speeches that gave me my first spark toward
becoming a motivational speaker myself, and from that point forward I pushed to where I am today.
Thanks Bobby Mecado, you helped change my life with your powerful and motivating message.