Today I am fortunate enough to bring you an interview with Garrison Redd; Paralympic athlete, motivational speaker, model, equal rights advocate and founder of thegarrisonreddproject.
Garrison’s outlook and approach to life is truly inspiring. He is consequently fast becoming an example and source of inspiration to thousands of people through his social media.
We discuss a wide range of topics including his training approach, the influences that helped him develop such an exceptional mindset, and the mission of his incredible charity that he set up in 2017…
Can you give us a brief introduction into who you are, what you do and what you are trying to achieve?
My name is Garrison Redd I am the founder of thegarrisonreddproject, I am also a motivational speaker, a Paralympic athlete competing in powerlifting, model, and equal rights advocate. My goal is to try to make the world more inclusive for all people to live in and to create more opportunities for people that experience disadvantages.
What does a typical weekly training routine consist of for you?
A typical training routine for me consist of training 6-7 days per week. I try to work chest back triceps biceps abs and cardio throughout the week sometimes working one muscle group per day however I also try to walk outside at least one day of the week to strengthening the bones and muscles in my legs.
Are there any people, books, or experiences that you would be willing to share with us, that have really helped shape your mentality?
My mentality comes from my parents; my father is the do the right thing kind of guy he believes in hard work and whatever you put in is what you get out. So essentially from a child I had that hard work and help others mentality. My mother is the same way however she’s more assertive she wants things done on time and the correct way she doesn’t believe in doing things twice. Also, she is very big on self-esteem and the importance of loving yourself. My cousin Garfield has always been my right hand so anything I do he is the one that will approve anything I do for the most part.
What is the GarrisonReddProject?
Thegarrisonreddproject was started by Garfield Williams and I it is a 501c(3) not for profit. the reason we started it because we noticed through observations over a 10 plus years period that individuals were being overlooked for nothing other than what they look like. Especially the disabled so we decided that the best way to end discrimination and prejudice towards individuals with disabilities, it would be for me in particular to showcase some of my extraordinary talents in an effort to educate others that we are capable of doing everything. Thegarrisonreddproject is for all individuals that feel they are being overlooked not just disabled individuals. We go around to schools speaking as well as local parks and recreation center.
What do you think are the most important characteristics to develop in order to pursue your ambitions?
The most important characteristic I need to develop in order to pursue my ambitions is patience. The reason I say patience is because I often expect immediate results or want to see action taken immediately after I complete a task. However, I realized that things do not go as fast as I do work ethic and intelligence is great qualities to have but patience is also needed for multiple reasons. Sometimes we get discouraged when the reward for whatever we achieved isn’t fulfilled right away. So currently I am working on developing my patience.
What do you think is the number one thing that holds people back from achieving their fitness goals?
The number one thing that holds people back from their fitness goals I think is fear. People are afraid to start for whatever reason they will often put it off for the right moment I assume I’m not sure because I am not that type of person I am a self-starter. People sometimes need to be encouraged and motivated by others to start working out when it should be the other way around. When you think it, you should just do it because ultimately, it’s your health and your body so you shouldn’t need the approval of others to start working out. Also, you have to remember working out is judgement free.
Are there any specific principles that you try and live by and why?
The principles I live by are never to give up never to quit, success equals preparation plus opportunity and hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard also to always be honest. These are the principles I live by because they are true it keeps me level-headed knowing that all I put out into the world I will receive back in other ways and some will be unimaginable.
What are you plans and goals for the future?
My future plan and goal is to be Mayor of NYC I also plan on growing thegarrisonreddproject to becoming one of the largest not for profit organizations in the world, I will be doing more talks and speeches as well.
Please reach out to me at thegarrisonreddproject.org, Facebook: garrison redd, YouTube: garrison redd, Instagram: thegarrisonreddproject or bigmoneyygee, email is email@example.com please reach out and donate the funds will go to children with disabilities who need the proper assistive equipment to achieve success.
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