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Inspire Through Openness and Acceptance

During my childhood I suffered severe bullying about the way I looked, but also about my sexuality , even before I knew it myself.

By the time I reached the age of fifteen I had started taking drugs. I had very low self confidence and low self esteem.

My education suffered due to the bullying and I started to play up to protect myself.


I went through many cosmetic procedures, because although the wounds from bullying had healed, the scars were still very much still there.

By the age of 21 I was a crack cocaine and heroin addict. I hit rock bottom.

The questions I sometimes ask myself are:

  • What if I was shown how to love myself and accept being Me ?
  • What if I was shown how to control my thoughts and beliefs ?
  • What if I had been inspired towards a better future ?

I know the importance of all of these questions.

I think a great way to inspire the next generation is to start youngsters in personal development alongside the normal education system.

Helping children to see outside of the box to learn how to control their thoughts and beliefs will help them see the mind is very powerful.

I know that learning to use my mind at a younger age would have made a dramatic change to my life.

I would love to see more children getting involved in meditation, learning to use their imagination to visualise happy and good things, learning to journal thinking and writing down all that has made them grateful for during the day.

These simple things would would help young people to feel more motivated and inspired to do better, be better and to get along with each other in a loving and peaceful way.

I did not start to grow up until the age of 25. I have invested thousands in my own personal development and it has taken me many years to fully accept myself and to be inspired to follow my own hopes and dreams.

If personal development had been available to me during my school days I would have saved time, money and some of the toughest days of my life.

Inspiring the next generation starts in schools and at home.


Schools could ensure that young people have more access to motivational talks about life: stories that explore bullying, addiction, self-image issues, and sexuality.

All these subjects should be made more open to to bring awareness and create more acceptance.

In the words of Whitney Houston “teach them well and let them lead the way”.

Mark Stephen Pooler

Mark Stephen Pooler

Motivational Speaker | Author | Confidence Coach | Hairstylist


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