Ep 59: 72 Hours From Playing Pro Basketball….And Then POP! Cornell Thomas Drops By To Chop It Up!

In this episode of The Ryan Holtz Show Podcast, I chop it up with my man Cornell Thomas. Cornell is a human like not other with a story that is compelling and true form to raw life. In this episode, we chat about how Cornell went from almost playing pro basketball…actually just 72 hours away and then POP! Cornell had an injury that changed his whole trajectory and used this to learn empathy, fierceness and become a student of life.

Cornell’s Bio (Written From His Perspective)

I am the youngest son of Bobby and Tina Thomas. That sentence is very important in regards to who I am. If not for my parents I wouldn’t be the man you see today. My father passed away when I was just three years old, and although my time with him was brief I have learned through others the amazing legacy that he left behind, as a police officer and community leader.

My fathers passing forced my mom to become our everything. She was now our main provider, mother, and life educator. She was forced to become an expert problem solver, and that skill was passed down to her children.

My mom raised us on the adage, everything happens for a reason”, and that one lesson out of the myriads of others she has taught me was never forgotten. It’s what I remembered when I suffered a career ending basketball injury, (right before going to play professional basketball) and the first thing I think about when any adversity comes my way.

I am a global speaker, multiple title author, mindset coach, team builder, and corporate trainer. But more importantly than any of those titles I’m a husband and father to my son Bryce (5) and my daughter Niya (3).


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