At fifteen years old, I knew that I wanted to become a motivational speaker. At seventeen, I travelled the globe as a speaker. Today, I am still mesmerized by the stage — not by the applause, nor by the attention. But by the connection between speaker and listener, between the performer and audience. The verbal and non-verbal communication. The exchange of truth. The shift that occurs in mere minutes. It is why I perform. Why I break bread with strangers so readily. Why I will always take the stage.