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Inky Johnson        

Sports Motivation Expert & Author; Former Collegiate Football Player

Inquoris “Inky” Johnson's life changed on September 9, 2006, after a routine tackle during a collegiate football game turned into a life-threatening injury. Nothing has been normal for Inky ever since, who had to adjust to a paralyzed right arm, daily pain and constant physical challenges.

His dream had always been to play professional sports. Instead of letting his injury destroy his motivation and crush his spirit, Johnson chose to take advantage of all that he can accomplish, in spite of his challenges – a lesson that applies to any organization or business audience. He harnessed his inner fortitude and transformed what could have been a tragedy into an inspirational success story, which he shares in his book, "Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance."

To even play college football, Johnson had to overcome the adversity of an underprivileged adolescence. He survived poverty and violence to make his dream a reality. When his dream of playing football crumbled in an instant, Johnson's true character and leadership qualities emerged.

After receiving a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee, he set out to spread his inspiration and motivational words. He is a mentor to underprivileged youth and football players, leading by example and living by his own words of encouragement. He could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy. But if you look deeper, you’ll discover something else.

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“Motivation” is often nothing more than forcing people to do something they don’t really want to do. In contrast, inspiration affects people from within, giving them the ability to accomplish what would otherwise be impossible. Through his walk and his talk, Inky embodies and imparts a truly inspirational message.

Not that Inky’s injury turned him into an inspiration. It just showed the world the inspirational life he’s been living all along. Executives, sports teams, church members, and young people all benefit from the raw energy of his charismatic speaking. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or perseverance, Inky inspires his audiences to embrace the challenges of life.

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