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Rene Godefroy Biography
History is replete with people whose actions radically changed the world. Some are household names and others are ordinary people from obscure corners around the world. Yet, they all have one thing in common: They are not afraid of change. In fact, they are the very people who create change in their lives in order to expand their horizon. Rene Godefroy is one of those rare individuals...
A sought-after authority on performance and change management, Rene has inspired thousands to accept and embrace change; to unleash their creative geniuses in order to use their available resources and do what they can with what they have where they are. His story of grit, perseverance, courage, and growth through change -- one that shatters the ceiling of doubt and fear (of change) -- touches the soul and rekindles the spirit.
His journey began in an isolated and impoverished village in Haiti. As a child, he was often tormented and tortured by malnutrition, dysentery, cholera and other deadly diseases. Too weak to withstand the strong tropical winds in his village, Rene often spent his childhood days on a dirt floor fanning flies off of his face.
His father abandoned him before he was even born. His mother left him behind with a neighbor when he was only nine months old. It was a painful separation, but his mother had to venture out to find a better way to provide for her son.
Young Rene survived primarily on breadfruit and the occasional rare fish he caught with a string and a bent hook. Many gave up on him and predicted he would not survive. But he continued to defy logic. The frail and ailing boy built up strength by climbing coconut and mango trees for survival.
At the age of seven, he left his village. He went on to the city to join his mother in a little shack infested with rats and roaches. There, Rene began a new and different uphill battle with poverty. But when an American couple of tourists gave him a dime and compassionately patted his head and gently touched his shoulder, a transformation took place in his life. A dream was born. "I want to go to America to eat lots of rice and chicken and enjoy a good life." said Rene. Sure enough the dream became a reality.
Rene`s American Journey
In 1983, at the age of 21, Rene left Haiti for Montreal, Canada. But Montreal was not the dream -- America was. He took the ultimate risk that almost cost him his life. He paid a truck driver to smuggle him into America. Rene arrived wedged between the rear tires of a tractor-trailer covered with ashes and dust. His personal possessions were five dollars, two shirts and one pair of pants housed in a tattered briefcase. And he didn`t speak any English at all.
Where many would see nothing but overwhelming odds stacked against them, he saw an abundance of opportunity and a chance to live the American dream. But he knew intrinsically that he had to go an extra mile in all his endeavors in order to enjoy the good life that many wish for. In fact, he has been going the extra mile since leaving his village at the age of seven.
Whether Rene was washing cars on the streets of Miami, taking care of a sick and elderly man, or being a doorman at a hotel, he has always gone above and beyond the call of duty. He also has the gift and talent to inspire others to do the same.
One day while working as a doorman, Rene`s talent was discovered by someone who asked him to speak for about 2,000 people. And yes, he didn`t shy away from stepping into the limelight. He finally had the chance to do what he naturally does everyday... Inspiring others to shake off mediocrity and to go an extra mile to excel.
Today, Rene energizes, empowers, and inspires audiences worldwide. His favorite motto is, "if you are not going an extra mile in everything you do, you are jamming the highway to success for yourself and others."
His unquenchable drive and heroic triumphant story stirs in others laughter, tears, and deep reflections but more importantly, it gives them the permission to excel. Today, companies such as AT&T, Charles Schwab, and Coca cola are among the many organizations that seek out Rene to help their employees re-fire their work cylinders, embrace change as their good fortune, and to recognize the opportunities that exist on the extra mile.
Kick Your Excuses Goodbye!
Enough thinking about it. Enough excuses. If you are not happy with the way things are for you, do something about it. Thousands the world over have already benefited from this life-changing and heart-tugging book. The testimonials are pouring in. Now it`s your turn!
No Condition Is Permanent!
This is the flagship keynote that is inspiring teams all over North America to embrace change and have a positive attitude in the workplace. No audience under any circumstances should bear seating and listening to any keynote speaker without taking away something they can put into application to have better results in their lives.
The Shepherd Center
Foundation Health Services
Grady HealthCare, Inc.
The City of Memphis
The City of Marietta
Metro Atlanta Dfacs
Cobb County Government
The National Speakers Association
The Georgia Speakers Association
Kennesaw State University
Clark Atlanta University
Society of Consumer Affairs
Smyrna Business Association
Atlanta Metropolitan College
Women In Networking
Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Renaissance Pine Isle Resort, GA
ARC of Georgia
Head Start, GA
Airport Chamber of Commerce
Housing Authority of Decatur, GA
"Your fascinating story was not only inspiring, it provided a great foundation for our mentors and mentees as they begin setting goals and establishing expectations for their new partnerships."
Jerry S. Wilson
The Coca Cola Company
"Rene Godefroy`s presentation was the highlight of our annual provider conference. His inspirational message, warmth and wit are unsurpassed. Rene is the best keynote presenter in our 35 years of sponsoring conferences."
Robert L. Stein
Michigan Assisted Living Association
"It was a pleasure and a privilege to have you join us at Aflac`s Focus 2007 meeting. Your address provided great motivation for our team as they face their daily challenges. Thank you again for taking part in Focus 2007 and for delivering a powerful message that drove home our theme.
Ronald E. Kirkland
Senior Vice President
"Based on comments from our team, Rene was encouraging, inspirational and thought-provoking. He clearly shows the positive impact we can all have on the lives of others if we have the right attitude and demeanor!"
VP & Chief Marketing Officer
AT&T Advertising & Publishing
"Your message at Sales Mastery was perfect! Your joy, energy, and humanity were a powerful combination that really motivated the group. Thank you for your closing comments on freedom -- powerful."
The Duncan Group