Success Through Excellence
Jimmy Cabrera Bio
Jimmy Cabrera is a dynamic and energetic speaker, riveting his audience's attention through the very last sentence. Every presentation he gives is Jimmy's unique blend of motivation and education. His listeners receive practical techniques that can be used immediately. He has earned the National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Profession "CSP" designation. At present there are approximately 4,200 members within this association, and less than 8% have earned this prestigious certification.
Jimmy has been ranked by the research firm, Market Data Enterprizes of Flordia as one of the top three Motivational Speakers in the Nation.
Jimmy Cabrera has been a professional speaker and consultant for over 24 years, speaking in both the Corporate and Educational Communities. He has the ability to speak to both the adult and youth groups. As a leader, his philosophy is, "Don't count what you have, but what you have given--that total equals your success." He sees and seeks to fulfill the need for communication, education, and a positive influence in the lives of all individuals.
In the last 24 years over 1.5 million people - one million of whom were youths - have experienced Jimmy's high energy presentations. His passion is to help make a difference in the lives of all those who attend his presentations. He sees, and seeks to fulfill, the need for communication, education, and positive influence in our rapidly diversifying and culturally interdependent society. His commitment to his clients is to study their needs and customize the presentation to fit and meet the objective. We are challenged to create an environment where all our people can utilize positive encouraging ideas that will enable them to progress and become successful. Jimmy Cabrera wants to help create this awareness and process at your next conference or meeting for all to benefit.
Jimmy Cabrera's Personal Story
Jimmy learned some tough lessons early in his life. As a Hispanic he was reared in a predominately-segregated community. Except for his parents, he always had the feeling that no one cared. The system certainly didn't challenge Jimmy to be expressive and think about setting goals. He experienced, instead, bitter rejection and prejudice from a society that labeled him "different." Eventually he realized that though you cannot forget the past and the pain, you can forgive, learn from, stand firm, and move on. Handling, overcoming the damaged emotions, and rejecting rejection Jimmy Cabrera learned how to turn the negatives he experienced into POSITIVE learning experiences.
Jimmy's first motivational talk was a flop. This was when others told him, "You will not make it in sales or ever become successful." Something turned and tightened within him, and he decided that he would make it; he discovered that he was a self-starter. He remembers that day so well; it was a hot day in July, 1974, alone and full of fear. But, a commitment was made that day, and he moved forward to experience the taste of success. His first motivational talk turned out to be more POSITIVE than negative.
Jimmy Cabrera's friend, George Roach, encouraged him to read books to gain knowledge about sales, persuasion, negotiation, self-empowerment, business trends, etc. At first Jimmy was not receptive; up to that point in his life, reading was not a priority, not even a pastime. What jolted Jimmy into picking up a book was something George said to him, "Jimmy, if you elect not to read, you are as bad off as someone who cannot read at all." So, at the age of 28, Jimmy Cabrera read his first book cover to cover, word for word. What an experience. For the first time in his life the words he read came alive. He realized at that very moment that nothing was impossible; he discovered that there is life after high school. He started to attend various seminars and workshops on communication and persuasion skills. Jimmy learned to take the phrase, "Knowledge Is Power," to the next level, which is, "Applied Knowledge Is Power." A lesson he learned, and is now passing on to all his audiences is "Success is not an Art... Success is a Discipline."
Then came January, 1983, when Jimmy decided to respond to his calling. Becoming a professional speaker became bigger than a choice. It became a desire, a passion, and a commitment to help make a difference in the lives of people. The person that encouraged him and is his biggest supporter is his loving wife, Laural. By establishing and keeping his priorities in order - God, Family, & Career - Jimmy has become inspired to help others and develop their potential to be successful.
Besides his knowledge in communication skills, self-development, and self-disciplines, Jimmy Cabrera has the unique ability to counsel and guide youth, as well as adults, in the quest for professional and personal goals. His clients are assured success because Jimmy cares and makes certain that they use their utmost hidden talents.
Today, if you were to ask Jimmy, "Is there life after high school?" you know he would answer, "Not only is there life after high school, there is life after each adversity and challenge that we may experience. Always remember - "It is always too soon to quit!"
Through dedication, commitment, and the application of self discipline skills, Jimmy has learned to deal with adversity. By helping others, Jimmy Cabrera realized he was helping himself. Yes, it becomes a "win/win" situation for everyone involved.
Jimmy will never forget who helped him - His Parents, his wife, Laural, and his friend, George Roach. He knows that one real way to adequately thank them is to continue making a difference in this country and in the lives of others. For every person with whom he comes in contact, he must try to be the best teacher, server, helper, and friend he can be. As Zig Ziglar once said, "See you at the top."