I am Parker Stewart and this is my LIMU Experience.
We’ve all had battles to overcome. I myself look back and see my own virtual battlefield. There have been times I found myself thinking that if only I could hit the “reset “button, not once but as many times as I could, until I could get things right. I’ve found that I CAN hit the “reset” button. The difference is I don’t get to go back to the beginning and start over – I get to stop right in my tracks and learn from the battles.
Each battle I fought – whether a success or an unforgettable failure – I made a decision to make it work for me. In fact, I’ve learned how to think of every battle as a “gift”. Sobriety for me in my 30’s is a gift and one I thank God for.
I’ve been raised to be the best I can be. I was a multi-sport athlete through high school, and spent my summers traveling with clubs. I always had a very full schedule of activities. I even found it within me to lead a group of prayer each morning before school.
College brought me to audio engineering school where my love for music would also become a gateway to my greatest battle with sobriety, lasting into my 30’s. Suddenly, I was a young man losing sight of who I was raised to be, and the battle began. But it wasn’t lost.
I was raised by 2 generations of entrepreneurial business men. They taught me to live life to the max, pushing myself to do more. But when you begin to struggle with addiction, all those gifts are suddenly used as weapons. I began to take for granted the very things that were the most deserving of my gratitude.
I was like a bad Tinder profile: two thirds Adrenaline Junky, laced with compulsive tendencies, a dash of OCD, topped off with a rebel spirit. All you had to do was add the “alcohol of the day” and you had yourself the beginnings of a rocking concert …
Of course, it wasn’t long until the law was not fond of my crusade for fun. I’ve been in and out of court and even in the times it appeared all was lost, I now see I won. In the middle of this battle I met a girl. I fell hard and 2 months into our relationship I found out she had an 8-month-old; son. That relationship imploded over time but forever altered the course of my life.
I’m here to say, I’m in my early 30’s, sober, and the single parent to 3 little boys. I spent the past 6 years battling to adopt 2 of them. They’re my greatest successes to date.
I’m an overcomer. I was meant to do great things and to raise mighty men of God. But there’s a fire in me to build legacies for my children.
In 2013, I began a company with my cousin. We were tired of working for the man and wanted to BE the man. We dug in and with help from those who love us, we launched into what is now closing in on 26,000 clients across 123 countries!
Thing is, it still wasn’t enough for me. Because it was only part of my dream to be financially successful. We built a business but the men in my life kept setting the bar higher. My grandfather built an empire. My father grew into ministry and enlarged his business. I realized that success was more than just about me and mine. My root desire was to be able to be successful not for just us but for others as well. I’m done with giving a man a fish. I want to teach them to fish.
I want to teach others to:
• Live each day with a fresh new start
• Be true to who they are
• Quit Complaining
• Be proactive
• Think “now is my time”
• Focus on “What” to do vs “How”
• Create opportunities
• Live consciously every day
When the LIMU Experience was shared with me, I saw the opportunity to share and build with others. To live with others every day in the best and worst of times. To build a team that had an impact on more than just a few people in South Dakota. I want our team to be global. I’ve had help from many people in this company who didn’t even know me a year ago. They believe in me just like I believe in my team. Thank you, Gary Raser and LIMU for creating this arena where people like me can WIN every day we choose to. I choose to live out my dream of helping others.
If there’s one lesson I could pass on from my battles, this would be it: Wherever you are in life, it’s’ not over until you’ve given up. Just the fact that you’re here at LIMU should persuade you that you’ve already won. There’s still hope to make all your dreams come true.
So, I will hit the “reset” button as many times as I need to … but I will always start right here with LIMU.
I’m Parker Stewart and I am LIMU!