We had the good fortune of connecting with Gene Mosley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gene, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
The social impact that my business is having in my community as well as in the world is helping people overcome their “Empty Closet Moment™” so they can feel worthy of the greatness inside of them. I’m sure when you read the phrase I’ve coined, Empty Closet Moment™, it most likely have you wondering “What are you talking about?” so let me explain.
When I was eleven years old, the Elementary school bus dropped my sister and I home from school. We ran into the house only to see our mama standing in the living room wearing her white night gown crying. I walked up to my mama and asked “What’s wrong Mama?” “Jr. go into the room and ask your daddy if he is going to leave us.”
When my mama said my daddy would leave I figured he would be taking a long train trip since he worked on the railroad. I obeyed my mama and as I walked down the hallway towards my parents room I could smell the oil and gasoline stench coming from my daddy’s uniform and I could also smell a burning cigarette.
I walked into the room and my daddy was smoking a cigarette and watching his favorite TV show. “Daddy.” “What you want Jr?” “Mama said you are going to leave us is that true?” My daddy grabbed my shoulders, looked me in the eyes and said “No Son, I’m not going to leave, I’m going to put us in a better home outside this bad neighborhood.”
After my daddy told me this, I ran back into the living room and said “Mama, daddy is not going to leave, he just told me.” She walked off and didn’t say a word.
Over the next two weeks I started to notice the oil, gasoline, and cigarette smell in the house was disappearing. I went into the kitchen and asked “Mama, where is my daddy?” My mama looked at me with tears in her eyes and said “Jr., your daddy is gone he left 2 weeks ago.” I did not believe my mama because as a eleven year old kid I couldn’t accept that my own daddy would look me, his son in my eyes and say he wouldn’t leave and then leave.
I ran into my my parents room, opened up my daddy’s closet door and it was totally empty. At that moment I felt my daddy left because I wasn’t Good Enough, I was Unworthy, and my life had No Value. This was my Empty Closet Moment™ and I believe we all had an Empty Closet Moment™ in our life that makes us feel we are Not Good, Unworthy, or we don’t have value so my mission in life is to help others Overcome Their Empty Closet Moment™ so they can start to believe they are worthy of the greatness inside of them.
I’ve been doing this by teaching the principles from my book “Overcome Your Empty Closet” to help young people in Middle School, High School, Juvenile Detention Centers and Colleges develop the Self-Discipline, Social & Emotional Skills that will help them enhance their self-worth so they can find the confidence to realize the great potential inside of them. To develop mindset of believing they are worthy of the greatness inside of them and take the necessary actions that aligned with this belief. This mindset is what I call a “WORTHY TO BE GREAT®”
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m currently writing on my 5th book and hope to have that done soon. Now that schools are starting to let speakers back on to their campuses reaching out to schools all over the country for an opportunity to serve their students. I’m also putting the final touches on my new “WORTHY TO BE GREAT®” keynote that I’ll be presenting in schools. My mission is to help as many young people as possible overcome their Empty Closet Moment™ through Self-Discipline, Social & Emotional Skill development so they can start to believe they are worthy of the greatness inside of them. I’ll be presenting keynotes as well as conducting my “Overcoming Your Empty Closet Moment™” workshop.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a best friend visit me, believe it or not one of the most exciting places I would take them is inside of the Juvenile Detention Center. The reason I say this because I’ve discovered several years ago that doing so can be both life changing for the friend as well as the teens incarcerated.
I took one of my best friends in there who didn’t think he had much value to give to others. He shared his story with the teens and they responded positively, which resulted in him realizing that the struggles he endured in life gave him the power of empathy. This friend went on and help me teach Self-Discipline, Social & Emotional as well as Job skills to 200 incarcerated teens.
I’m in Texas so other exciting places to go are walking and biking trails, as well as the gym. I have a Masters of Science Degree with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology, & Counseling so anything dealing with health and fitness is always exciting to get involved in.
We have great Barbecue places here in Texas so we will definitely be visiting a few.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a shout out to Jesus Christ, mama Betty Mosley for raising me as a single parent. My big sister Angela Doby Odums for always supporting me. My Mentors, Speech, and Business Coaches which include Robert Menard, Albert Mensah, Dave Lieber, Jerry Silhan, Robi Ley, Tony Di Rico, Chuch Inman, Lauren Midgley, Fellow Professional Speakers in The National Speakers Association of North Texas, Toastmasters International Clubs, so many others!
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Other: Get a E-Book copy of my book “Overcoming Your Empty Closet” on my website: genemosley.com Hard copies on Amazon.com Tik Tok: gene_mosley I post a daily “inGENEious Motivational Minute” video on my Instagram: gene_mosley Book Gene Mosley for Speaking Engagements at your Middle School, High School, or College Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 940-236-5036