Today we’d like to introduce you to Mo Brooks.
Mo, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born in Lansing, MI. My mom and dad moved to Kalamazoo when I was 2 years old. I had a fantastic childhood, but there was a huge problem. My dad was an alcoholic, drug user, and abusive. I will spare the details, but I saw some things that no child should see. When I was 15 years old, my dad stabbed my mom 3 times, nearly killing her. She had open-heart surgery and barely survived.
I have always been a leader. Being a captain on every football and basketball team I have ever been on. My life began to spiral in high school. I began to drink and smoke a lot. I was depressed, and no one knew it. My grades dropped, and I ruined my opportunity to play college football. I grew up in a church, and no one (it felt like that) asked me any real questions. Are you struggling? How are you coping with your dad being in prison and your mom losing her job because she was in the hospital for so long? People talked about me playing sports, not the hell I was experiencing as a teenager.
It was December 31, 2008, at 10 p.m. I was getting ready to go to this New Year’s Eve party. I had a pocket full of money, a bottle of liquor, and a lot of weed or marijuana to smoke. My cousin Zack called and asked if I wanted to attend church with him. To this day, I don’t know why I said yes. I put everything I had in my pockets and went to his church. The wild part is he doesn’t attend church like that, or at least I didn’t think so.
The preacher got up and preached, and it seemed like the entire room had disappeared. It seemed as if he was talking only to me. I wept like a baby. My life hasn’t been the same since. I thought I would return to church because it was the right thing to do. God placed me in the position to help other young people dealing with real-life issues in the same church where I felt neglected as a teenager.
I became the Youth Director there full-time (Mt. Zion) for 6 years. I recently transitioned to Western Michigan University as a Student Success Navigator and am pursuing my Master’s Degree in Organizational Change Leadership.
I have a beautiful wife of 6 years, Dayon. I have 3 wonderful children, Moraya, Malia, and Ezra. I am the author of 3 books:
Unmasked: The Courage to be You
180: How to Turn your Life Around
Smoke-Free: 7 Mistakes to Avoid When You Decide to Stop Smoking
I am an ordained minister
I operate my coaching and consulting business
I have my own Podcast – The Mo Brooks Podcast
Video course on how to write your first book. I have a passion to help others write their own book. Everyone has at least one book in them!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
No! I had to battle my childhood trauma. I had to overcome addiction. I had to overcome being judgmental and hard on those I am trying to help. I had to overcome the fear of what others thought about me, failure, and success. I am sure there is more.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Mo Brooks Ignites, LLC?
My business is all over the place right now. It started as a pure motivational speaking business. When COVID hit, I shifted to coaching and consulting and still motivational speak. My business is all about inspiring people to make the changes in life they desire. That could be on an individual level or an organizational level.
I am pursuing my Master’s Degree in Organizational Change Leadership at Western Michigan University. Starting in 2023, I will release more of my organizational services. My current services include 1-on-1 coaching related to personal development (reaching your goals) or confidence coaching.
I am most proud (brand-wise) that it is authentically me. I want readers to know that life is a journey, and we all need help along the way. If you are the right client for me, I promise I will give you what you need to get results. If you are not the right client for me, I promise I will let you know and will not take your money.
Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I think taking risks is interesting. I think of risk not only as it relates to danger but also as it relates to staying in your comfort zone. We often increase our risk-taking without even knowing it, and we seem to risk more when we feel the safest. For example, drivers who wear their seat belts and have more safety gadgets in their cars are more apt to take more risks when driving (danger). Another example is the 30-year-old who lives with their mom. Their mother provides everything for them, and they are not saving money or working hard to invest in their future (comfort zone).
I often ask myself, what am I risking if I don’t take the risk? If I don’t start the business? If I don’t write the book? If I don’t invest $5,000 in this program for personal development? If I don’t leave the job that I love? If I don’t take the time to learn a new skill? If I don’t go back to school? The list could go on (these are some risks I took).
I will say, “Not taking risks is the greatest risk.” That is my view on risk.
- Smoke-Free (book) $7.99
- 180 (book) $14.99
- Unmasked $9.99
- How to Write your 1st Book (Video Course) $99.99
- Coaching & Consulting (individual/organizational) price is based on need
- Website: https://www.mobrooks1.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mo_brooks1/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mobrooks180
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPBCz82lBAfaLseN11LWSHg