*Content warning: depression and suicidal ideation.
Today I’m talking to Jevon Wooden, an Army Veteran, certified mindset in perception coach, author, speaker, about learning to live not loathe despite challenging chapters. Jevon faced many challenges while growing up, eventually finding himself facing prison time for assault and robbery charges at just 17 years old. When he was released after praying to God for another chance, he did his best to turn life around and find his way, but depression and suicidal ideation led him to nearly give up completely. Thankfully for the world, Jevon was able to find his way through that darkness and into his purpose work, which is all about empowering others to increase their self-confidence, improve their perception of their worth, and design their lives through a mindset shift from scarcity to abundance. He does this through transformational group and one-on-one coaching sessions, on-demand courses and training, seminars, and workshops.
What to listen for:
- Starting out with a rough childhood in a polyamorous household
- Getting arrested for assault and robbery at 17
- Not caring about facing 7 years in prison until he saw the effect on his family
- Praying to God in his cell and promising to make a change
“When I was sitting there, speaking with my mom and my sister, something came to me. Like, I woke up that day. I was sleepwalking through life the whole time. I was just numb to it. I didn’t care. Until I had to look at the people I loved face to face, and I had never seen that look.”
- Getting an answer to his prayers and avoiding jail
- Working multiple jobs, signing up for the military, and keeping his word to God
- Realizing the power of collaboration while in the military
- Learning to work on his mindset and release negative thoughts
- Feeling suicidal after trying his best at life and how family redirected him again
“I was having PTSD episodes where I was having the same nightmare over and over and over and over and over again. And I was just like, I’m ready to end it. I’m ready to call it, God. You know, I did my best. You know, now I just feel like I want to come home to you, you know, I’m ready.”
- Realizing that he needed help and entering therapy for the first time
- Learning how to lean on others and stop feeling like a burden
- The power of good friends and having a support system
- His awakening and how it led to his purpose work
- Having a relationship with God and faith
- Understanding that adversity is always a part of life
“Adversity is a part of life, right? Failure is a part of life that really is put in place, I believe, as the counterbalance to joy and the counterbalance to ease because that helps you to be humble. That helps you be grateful for what you have. I think that you need that, right?”
- Learning the power of positive thinking
- The essential questions he asks himself to stay motivated
- Understanding that pain is temporary
- How trauma and emotions are stored in the body
- Starting his business as a motivational speaker
- The advice he’d give to anyone who’s struggling like he did
About Jevon Wooden
Jevon Wooden is an Army Veteran, certified mindset in perception coach, author, speaker, and the founder of Live Not Loathe, LLC. He has overcome adversity, depression, and PTSD to earn multiple certifications recognized throughout the coaching community and an MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith Business School and an M.S. in Cybersecurity from Fordham University. His mission is to empower others to increase their self-confidence, improve their perception of their worth, and design their lives through a mindset shift from scarcity to abundance. He does this through transformational group and one-on-one coaching sessions, on-demand courses and training, seminars, and workshops. He is an avid traveler, voracious reader, and fitness enthusiast.
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