Rags-To-Riches Lecture Highlights Homecoming and Ammons Inauguration
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Andres Lara was homeless at 16 and a millionaire 10 years later. Today, his compelling story of perseverance over obstacles is a testament and inspiration to thousands. On Tuesday, October 28, Lara, also known as “The Cuban Guy,” will speak at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and share his story of triumph over tragedy. His lecture is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Lee Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the general public.
The lecture is one of several events to be held during the week of October 26 through November 1 in observance of the official installation of the University’s tenth president, James H. Ammons, Ph.D.
Lara is the CEO of A Success Training. He is the former president of Inspiration Magazine and a national known speaker. His messages reach millions in 23 countries around the world.
At age 16, Andres Lara escaped from communist-ruled Cuba with only the clothes on his back. He arrived in the United States with no money and no where to live, and faced the difficult challenge of making his way in a country where he didn’t know the language. In less than 10 years, Lara was the CEO of his own training company, a national speaker and the author of several books.
“His rags-to-riches story is so compelling,” said Saundra Inge, director for the FAMU Office of Student Activities. “I knew we had to find a way to bring him to our campus.”
His now-famous lecture titled “How to Move Forward When You Feel Like Quitting” is a modern motivational story that mixes humility and perseverance with self-effacing humor and a challenge to everyone in the audience to realize their personal best. The highlights of the lecture include how to stay motivated during difficult times, how to turn setbacks into comebacks, and how to gain and maintain momentum.
The week of October 26 through November 1 commemorates both Homecoming 2008 and the inauguration of FAMU President James H. Ammons.
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