Motivated by his disability

Photo by CharityMezzell/ THE FLARE. Brian Brown is the owner of Open Arms Motivational Speaking, a motivational speaking company, which he launched in 2009.
Photo by CharityMezzell/ THE FLARE.
Brian Brown is the owner of Open Arms Motivational Speaking, a motivational speaking company, which he launched in 2009.

Disabilities can take a huge toll on people throughout the course of their lives. Some people with disabilities embrace them and others hide them. Sooner or later a person has to come the conclusion that they are who they are, and make the best of the situation.

Brown has cerebral palsy. He was born prematurely and weighed about two pounds and two ounces at birth, and had little blood flow to his brain.

He refers to it as “being a vegetable.” Since he has cerebral palsy he is unable to walk and has spent his life in a wheelchair.

He has use of his hands, but not complete use so he has to work around that, but he is still able to hold things in his hands.

Brown was told that he was supposed to be dead right after he was born, but he believes that God had a plan for him all along, and that is the reason why he is still alive.

“God has given me a disability so that I may be able to inspire people to keep moving forward along their Christian journey,” Brown said.

Brown attended KC from 2002-2005. He majored in speech and graduated from KC with an associate degree in speech and communications.

“I really liked my time at KC; being here helped me launch my career as a motivational speaker.”

Brown graduated with a bachelor’s degree from East Texas Baptist University in communications and journalism.

Brown now is the owner of a motivational speaking company called Open Arms Motivational Speaking, which he launched in 2009.

His main goal was to inspire other people with or without disabilities or that God is the answer to every obstacle that comes in a person’s life, and that no matter what the situation is God can make it all better.

Brown also is a author of a book titled “A Legacy of Faith.”

“The Lord has called me on a mission to help others realize that with God all things are possible, and no matter what life throws at you anybody can overcome anything through their faith in the Lord,” Brown said.

Brown has not let anything stop him from accomplishing his goal of being a successful motivational speaker and inspiring others to push on. As a atter of fact, in August 2013 Brown went skydiving out of an airplane from 11,500 feet in the air. Even though he has no use of his legs skydiving is something that he has always wanted to do, and he was not going to let his disability stop him from doing it.

“I had people that told me not to go, but I did it because I wanted to prove that it was more than just me jumping out of a plane. My disability isn’t going to stop me from enjoying life, and achieving my goals,” Brown said.

In addition to being a speaker and a published author, Brown is also a youth pastor for Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Hallsville.

Brown credits his success to the staying power of his grandmother, Josie Martinez, who has been with him since day one.

“She has been my backbone, and she has always been there for me, I’m extremely grateful for her.”

Brown has no regrets for the situation that he is in. He says “he feels no different.”

“I will not argue with what God has blessed me with,” he said.