Wesley A. Lyons, Jr. is from North Braddock, Pennsylvania, where he and his brother Devon, were raised in a split home by their mother, Marva LaMar and father Wes Lyons Sr. Wes attended Woodland Hills High School, where he earned academic and athletic honors, and excelled at football during those years. After graduating in 2006, he received scholarship offers from many colleges, and decided to attend West Virginia University. There he continued his education and became a valuable member of their football team. He graduated a semester early in 2009, and pursued his interest in football on a professional level. His passion and hard work paid off — Wes was picked up by the New York Jets for their off-season, and eventually signed to play with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wes is a new author, who focuses on speaking to the youth and being a role model. With conversational candor that young athletes and older sports fans alike can understand and enjoy, Wes gives an inside look at his childhood in Pittsburgh, takes you behind-the-scenes of the college recruitment process, and delves deep into his world of football and family — a world that created a professional athlete and an inspirational voice.
It has been my experience that leadership plays a key role in being successful. Taking initiative has allowed me to achieve many goals throughout my journey. Everyone has one life and it is up to you to determine what you choose to do with it. It is important to take advantage of the opportunities provided to you, as well as be proactive by creating your own opportunities where they do not exist.
Leadership is about having the ability to drive people to achieve a common goal. It is easy to sit back and allow others to take the lead, but it is more advantageous to challenge yourself to be the motivating force behind key decisions. The power of persuasion and influence is a gift and often necessary to be prosperous.
The following quote by Charles Swindoll, an evangelical Christian pastor and author, was very inspiring to me, perhaps you will see the same value as I do:
“Leadership calls for the stretching of creativity. If you are a leader, you will occasionally find yourself up against a blank wall. It’s big and intimidating, and usually tall and slick. You can’t push through it, climb over it, or see your way around it. That’s when it gets exciting! That’s when innovative juices start to flow and you begin to think about possible ways to get beyond that wall. Innovation and creativity team up, determined to find an answer and a way.