Who Do You Need To Become To Get What’s Next? – Speech @ Portage Rehab Center

Who Do You Need To Become To Get What’s Next? – Speech @ Portage Rehab Center

When I was 16 years old, I screwed up.

It wasn’t pretty.

There’s no way to sugar coat it…

I crashed a stolen car into a house while trying to escape the police. High on drugs. No driver’s license. Stolen handgun in my backpack. 

And I woke up the next morning… in a jail cell… wondering what my life was going to look like.

I was sentenced to 6 months in an adult jail, then got released to complete an 11 month program in a rehabilitation center. I had to rebuild myself. I wasn’t allowed to leave or I’d be arrested. 

I owe my life to that place. 

I walked in there as a broken teenager with nothing to live for and walked out of there determined to make something of myself.

Now 22 years later, I continue to visit the same rehab center 2-3 times a year to talk with the troubled teens that now sit in the same seats I once did.

I asked permission from Luc Desjardin, the man responsible for turning my life around, if I could bring my camera guy and share that experience with my community.

That’s my video for you today.

This video isn’t about your SaaS. 

No business talk. No software chats. No fussing over financing and investors. For the next 12 minutes, I want you to forget about everything stressing you out today…

…and just watch this video.

Because there was one thing I wanted those kids to know, and I want you to understand it too:

You Have the Power to Become Extraordinary.

This was the hardest lesson I ever learned but it’s foundational to every success I’ve had since. I took responsibility for my own life and stopped blaming anyone else.

Whatever feels impossible to change right now? Yea, you can change it. You can.

But you’ve got to take responsibility for it. Face your demons. 

I’m with you on this.

Can you do me a favour?

This video means a lot to me. So, if it means anything to you, I’d love it if you left a comment to let me know.

  • Keith Jusas

    Great story Dan, thanks for sharing!

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

      Thx Keith!


  • Fiona

    Amazing video and fantastic that you are reaching these young ones where they are at from the place of your experience…THAT is what resonates with others much more than just talking without all that you went through. Dan you are in the place where you can be thankful for those bad experiences, because without them you would not be the person you are now and be able to impact others the way you do. So many focus on the bad and allow it to become the defining aspect of their lives instead of using it to be different and do differently. You are right, in that the reason you are here is to ‘Make a Positive Difference others lives’ (My tagline and motto) – it is what makes our lives fulfilled and worthwhile – well done!

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

      Thx Fiona, means a lot.


  • chris_athleticgreens

    This is awesome mate. I had no idea about any of this but somehow it is not surprising – love how you are giving back. Appreciate everything you do. Be. Do. Have

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

      Thx Chris… appreciate you and our friendship!


  • Po Ming Lam

    Amazing stuff! I’ve always believe in remembering where we come from. Even if the past self is not the one we are most proud, the important part is that there was a reflection and bounced back stronger and better! And I have a lot of respect for people like yourself – giving back to the society once they’ve taken good care of themselves and close ones.

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