Lewis Howes once dreamed of playing in the National Football League.
He struggled with childhood trauma and school bullying, but found comfort in athletics, eventually making it to the college ranks in football.
After setting an NCAA record for total receiving yards in a single game, Howes left school early to shoot for a career in professional football and landed a spot in the Arena League — short of his NFL hopes. But he suffered a devastating setback when a major injury ended his football career
Since then, Howes has built an inspiration empire, including: a podcast in the iTunes Top 50, best-selling books and a multimillion-dollar online media company.
On Friday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Glenn Beck asked Howes to share some of his “pivot points,” the moments when he knew his life must change.
When Glenn asked about his guest’s low point, Howes remembered a small but crucial moment from his school days:
The moment that just came up for me was when I was picked last in elementary school playing a dodgeball game. I remember I was the last picked by default. … At that point, [I said] I’m never gonna be picked last again. I’m going to train my body, my mind, whatever to be the best that I can be so this never happens.
Howes made it his goal to become a pro athlete and threw himself into football, training every day. While he tried hard in school, he couldn’t retain information and didn’t do well in a classroom setting, where he was picked on by other kids.
“I couldn’t wait till the bell at 3:30 to go on the sports team and just let it all out,” Howes remembered.