Northern gets motivated

Von Lanier

In continuation of the Martin Luther King Jr. week celebration, NMU will feature motivational speaker and best-selling author Dr. Antoine Moss who is referred to as “The Man of

“I’m the CEO of my dreams, and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Moss said as his mission

The speech is titled “3 Steps to Becoming Unstoppable with Your Purpose and Mission in Life” and will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 in the Huron Room of the University

Moss stated that the purpose of the speech is for NMU students to identify themselves with the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to use it as a mechanism for reaching not only their personal dreams but also a greater society.

“It’s time for us to wake up and follow our dreams instead of just talking about what we want to happen,” he said.

Moss was the youngest African American man to receive a Ph.D. from Cleveland State University (CSU) in 2011. He also earned a master’s degree in public administration from CSU in 2005 as well as a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Baldwin Wallace

Despite the prestige Moss acquired during his post-secondary education and the success he’s had in his career, he experienced many levels of adversity, growing up with a single parent on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio.

Moss said he had to work hard, and even though he fell on his back at times, the most important thing was to get back up because “you can’t stay there.”

Moss’s three steps to success in a nutshell are realization, hard work and being amazing at what you do. He said that you have to first realize your dream in order to chase it, you have to be willing to put in the hard work it takes to achieve your dream, and you have to be amazing at it.

“It’s not enough to be average if you don’t have average dreams,” he said.

Moss said these three steps are the platform for everything he does which is through self-empowerment. He used his failures and obstacles as a bridge to get over the troubled waters to success.

“You must have an intrinsic desire to succeed,” he said. “These steps are very practical for everyone, and even though the average person in life will fail at some point, you have to be persistent.”

Moss is one of the most highly requested motivational speakers in America. He is called the “Man of Inspiration” because he is also a success coach to many people and inspires them to overcome past failures, present obstacles and the lack of confidence that leads them to self-defeat.

He has been featured in magazines such as Forbes and Black Enterprise Magazine. Moss said, “reaching Dr. King’s dream was an over-arching goal, and I honestly don’t know if we will achieve it in our generation, but the good thing about generations is that you can and must pass the torch on.”

He went on to say that a socially conscious population must contribute to society at the highest possible level and that the population must also operate from the highest possible

T.J. Aiyash, graduate assistant and student worker at the Multicultural Education and Resource Center, said Moss is inspirational, and everything he’s doing in his career right now goes along with Dr. King’s vision.

“Hopefully students will walk away from the speech with the realization that they can be influential in their own lives,”
Aiyash said.

The speech and other events of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week is sponsored by the Center for Student Enrichment in conjunction with the Multicultural Education and Resource Center, OUTlook and the President’s Committee on Diversity.

The Martin Luther King Jr. week celebration will conclude with the Diversity Common Reader book distribution that will take place on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Hedgcock Atrium and the 20th Annual Drag Show that will be at 8 p.m. Friday in the Vandament Arena.

Moss is the author of “Learn to Intern CEO Style: 71 Leadership Principles That Got Me and Now YOU Money, A Free Graduate Degree, and Respect” and the Amazon No. 1 bestselling book “Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s

Moss can be reached on social media sites like Instagram
@ManOfInspiration and Twitter @2PositiveTweets.