Shawn Harper knows what it feels like to face unfathomable circumstances, yet make it through to the winning side.
Imagine, graduating last in your class with a 1.62 accumulative GPA and voted most likely to fail, yet making your way to the NFL and becoming a leading business owner. Growing up, Aaron Shawn Harper faced multiple learning disabilities. Many didn’t believe in him, but Shawn never settled for failure achieving beyond what everyone thought was possible. While attending Indian University, Shawn was drafted to play in the NFL which became a 7-year career as an offensive lineman with the LA Rams, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts and NFL Europe.
Shortly after the NFL, Shawn founded his thriving multi-million dollar security firm, American Services and Protection, by translating the skills and disciplines he learned from the NFL to corporate America. Author of Best Seller, The Winning Edge, Shawn is known as the “Winologist” and one of the nation’s leading motivational speakers. On the corporate stage with well-known companies including Dow, Proctor & Gamble, Chase Bank and more, Shawn is breaking down elite level strategies and methodologies used by major professional athletes into simple concepts to win in business, and in life. His paradigm-shifting approach has helped transform thousands of individuals and corporations by reframing their mindset from success to winning, and activating their greatest potential to compete and dominate at the highest levels.
Shawn’s heart to see lives transformed overflows to his innermost passion – to impact the youth. That led him to finding his non-profit initiative, For The Next Gen, that offers motivational speaking, life coaching and personal development programs in schools across the nation. Shawn’s story empowers students to write their own destiny by overcoming obstacles and developing what he calls the winner’s mindset. When Shawn speaks, students lean into his personable, powerful and humorous presentations. Shawn infuses his mantra, “We’re not born winners or losers, we’re born choosers!” It is Shawn’s ‘no excuses’ philosophy that has motived thousands of students to dream big, create opportunities out of their obstacles and believe in their true potential.
Shawn is a loving husband, father and family man who serves on the board of King’s Ransom Foundation and is actively involved in his church.
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