The Turning Point
On top of the world with a thriving entertainment business and the birth of his beautiful daughter in 2001, Jada (the inspiration for DMU), Dream was unstoppable. But, on January 5, 2013, life as he knew it would forever change. His mother, number one supporter, and first love passed away from lung cancer. Dream, once again, felt abandoned and alone like the boy from his childhood. Dream struggled to find his purpose again after suffering such a devastating loss.
In November, Dream wed his best friend. She became his support system, partner and mother to their beautiful son Joaquin Jr, but there was still a gaping hole in his heart. Something was missing. Not knowing how this would change his life, a friend of Dream sent him a motivational message recorded by Dr. Eric Thomas, world renowned speaker, educator and pastor. After watching the video, seeing the message, and binge watching all of Thomas' other videos, he made up in his mind that it was his calling to become a motivational speaker as foretold by his mother before her passing. It was not happenstance that Dream got the opportunity to personally meet Dr. Eric Thomas shortly after, and Dream Motivates, the force, was born.
Run the Play
Dream is now a Dr. Eric Thomas CERTIFIED, motivational speaker who is known around the nation. His logo of capital letters “DM” is branded on his personal apparel line that features fashionable and trendy gear like the “Hustle & Grind” sweatsuits which are popular among all generations, and the “Moms Don’t Quit” shirts that are worn by moms all over the US. Dream continues to do his work as a motivational speaker in his community and is finishing his soon to be released book entitled “Out Earn the Problem.”
Dream so candidly refers to as his Ph.D. in life, which stands for poor, hungry, and determined. He made the best of his circumstances by out-earning the problem instead of making excuses. That has become his purpose - sharing his story and the knowledge he has gained with anyone who will listen, apply, and execute.