Ron Blake has been motivating audiences with his incredible story of survival and perseverance and with his unique project, as he overcomes severe PTSD from a violent sexual assault. Audiences respond positively to his authenticity, high energy, and to the powerful takeaways he leaves with them.
Blake's story is unique. As a means to take back his life from severe PTSD that ensued as a sexual assault victim, Blake has taken a journey. He has gone out into the world for more than 664 days in a row, four hours each day, and has met 22,798+ complete strangers. These strangers have all shared with him their amazing messages of support and hope -- in 85 languages, with 26 Sharpie marker colors, on 2,800 square feet of boards that he has carried with him.
Blake harbors an as-of-yet unrealized part of his journey, that being his dream of appearing as a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. When he explains the significance of this, it excites people to reach for their own dreams.
The Governor of Arizona has even shared Blake's story of hope with 500 attendees at a significant event at the state capitol, to inspire everyone to model his project as an example of finding success in life.
His journey has been featured on Inside Edition, CBS 5 News Phoenix, and over 20 other news outlets around the U.S. An Emmy-nominated documentary was produced about his journey by a group of journalists. Two more documentaries by filmmakers are in production about Blake's story.
Ron has delivered many presentation to organizations, including a TEDx talk. His aim is to inspire individuals to achieve and surpass their goals in their endeavors. This desire includes sharing his presentations and message to motivate student leaders at 18 universities and colleges.
Ron Blake has achieved a wide variety of successes in life. He graduated with an MPA in Public Affairs from Indiana University, was elected as a city councilman in suburban Chicago at a young age, was a high school physics teacher, and was honored for his work with many students as a high school cross country and track coach for 15 seasons.
Additionally, he has been inspiring millions of readers with his more than 200 motivational articles over the last 12 years as a writer for 22 newspapers. On a personal note, he has run 5 marathons and 80 other races.
He continues to engage people with his themes of “Follow the Fear” and “Keep Moving Forward”. Ron gives audience members simple and powerful moments that they can take with them to create their own amazing successes in their professional and personal lives.