About Richard

unnamedRichard A. Cross was born in Alexandria St. Ann, Jamaica in 1982 to parents Phillip Cross and Pauline Joyce Pennant.  The burgeoning motivational speaker has a devotion that has come from years of persistence, dedication and faith.  He always knew he was destined for greatness, but that greatness has taken different forms over the years leading him to his current position on his journey to prominence.

His outlook on success began while he was running track at Aabuthnott Gallimore High.  He was the star of the team and received overwhelming support from the community.  He wanted to become a professional track and field athlete or coach.  However, when he decided to go to college many people, including his teachers, didn’t believe he was capable.  Cross refused to believe that.  His mother told him that he should keep knocking even if the door is closed, and he did.  He kept pressing forward while remaining humble.  One of his favorite quotes is that “manners will take you through the world without a penny.”  In 2001 it paid off when he received the opportunity to attend G. C. Foster College.

Though Cross sometimes worried about the cost of financing his college education and the negative thoughts of others, he pressed on to complete the program and received a Teacher’s Certificate in Physical Education in 2003.  Cross continued to pursue his track and field dreams through different ventures.  In 2006, while working in the Jamaica Constabulary Force as a police officer, he was awarded a track and field scholarship to Lincoln University in the United States.  With all the stress that comes with being an international college student, an athlete, and working multiple jobs, Cross found an outlet in writing poetry.  He never saw writing as recreational, but it became a new passion for him.  He went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Lincoln while making the Dean’s List each semester.

Although Cross had an idea of what he wanted to become, he realized that he could not achieve it alone.  He needed guidance.  He met Mr.  Lin Appling and began reading his book Be Somebody, which is a roadmap to success.  As Cross read the book, his vision for his life became clearer.  It also began to evolve into more than athletics.  Cross always admired successful people, thinking there must be a secret in being successful.  He then realized that it all starts within.  He believes that everyone can be somebody if they only believe in themselves, because possibilities are endless on this journey.  His vision is to now relay that message to others, especially young men.  Cross wants others to know that they can achieve their dreams despite adversities in their lives.

Cross is now on a quest to becoming the best motivational speaker.  He currently conducts public speaking seminars and is a member of the  Plus Factor Toastmasters Club. He published his first book The Experiences Through the Human Eyes in 2010.  It is a compilation of some of his most inspiring poetry and stories of his life.

Cross is also a facilitator at the Family Court of St. Louis County doing restorative justice which is a impact crime victim class (ICVC) that educate youth who got themselves caught up in the justice system.

Currently Cross is the president of Energize Your Thoughts where his focus is to motivate, empower, inspire, challenge and educate the young minds of the future. He also, created his own collection of motivational posters that will help to share his passion to the masses.

This is my WHY…Too many times we have been told that we can’t do a thing and that is a behavior I have unlearn.

A man on a mission to do the best he possible can do.


47 responses to “About Richard

  1. Continued success in all you do. You are close in age to my eldest. While I am semi-retired…mostly watching my grandson during the week. I have always enjoyed writing poetry.
    Mostly for myself. But through blogging I have found a wonderful supportive community.
    Be well and carry on! Cheers.

  2. Hi! I hope you’ll accept the Very Inspiring Blogger Award :

    Keep up the good work!

  3. My first thought was on my this is a young man. Then as I read along I became more and more impressed with your achievements. I, then, adjusted my opinion. You are a remarkable man, with an exciting sense of self. I thank you for choosing to follow my blog. I am following yours as well,. From what I have read I know I will enjoy reading more of your posts.
    Ta Ta for now, Cathy the Bagg Lady

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  6. Your drive to succeed and your determination contributes to where you are now. And guess what? With that kind of drive and determination, I know the sky is the limit for you.

    I am also an alumni of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, although not mentioned in my autobiography. Keep up the great work. I look forward to hearing more from you, as I follow your blog. God bless you.

    • I appreciate you. I appreciate your kinds words and I know you know how it was growing up in Jamaica.

      However, nice to know that you were apart of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and I want to extend the same sentiment to you…continue to do great work.

      May God Blessings be with you!

  7. I’m on the same mission as you.
    Keep doing the good work you are doing. I wish you all the best.

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  9. Hi thanks so much for liking my post ” Respect Amongst Women” and for stopping by my blog at: http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com. Have a blessed day! Betty

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  11. hello Richard, your blog is shining as a beacon. It is a source of guidance and inspiration. thank you very much for reaching out. http://kintal.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/shine-on/

  12. Very interested in your writing! I am working on a Graphic Design Thesis around the topic of personal connections, much of what you have written resonates with my own thoughts. Can’t wait to read more.

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  14. Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama 🙂

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    All the best with your mission,

  16. Very inspiring biography, speaking as a fellow Jamaican. Much success!

  17. Very inspirational!!!

  18. Richard, your growing presence not only in higher education and justice fields but also, equally critical, your powerful engagement of your readership and subscribing audience through your mentoring and inspired, motivational and empowerment speaking engagements position you as a leader in your field. Your perspective through your publications are MUST_HAVES for anyone’s library collection who aspires to achieve more.

    To instill solid belief and discovery models in your audience which empower them to realize their true potential and take their lives to the next level is remarkably significant for your audience of all ages. You speak to simple inner truths that so many of us fail to recognize or act on.

    As a scholar you have the good fortune to inspire our youth through the educational system of higher learning. They will take with them invaluable insight and motivated desires to excel in their chosen field. In a broader sense you share a powerful perspective on human potential in the pursuit of dreams. You instill in us all the will to believe…in ourselves, in our abilities, in the critical choices we have in our personal and professional lives.

    Through you we can take a giant step forward in the pursuit of happiness and success and realize how significant each and every step along the journey truly is.

    My heartfelt thanks to you, Richard, for opening our minds to possibilities…and how to reach out and embrace what has been within our heart, mind and soul all along.

    • Don thank you. I had to hold the tears back as I read what you share here, because as I reflect on not too long ago I didn’t sure what I’m suppose to do. I came to the states just over 8 years now ’06’ and although I was working as a police in Jamaica I was still searching… Life become more meaningful as I am able to impact someone else’s life.

      Thanks Don as I am about to make some changes to the web/blog I am definitely going use this that you share here on my front page. THANK YOU!

      Have a bless one.

      • You’re truly welcome my friend. Just as you so readily inspire the thoughts of others through all that you share here, our sharing of appreciation for all your heartfelt efforts is so easily returned in kind Richard.

        When someone shows such a strong commitment to helping others better their lives, their well being, their happiness and overall focus and sense of direction, as you do so well Richard, recognition is fully your due. Your conviction is most admirable.

  19. Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too. I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Be safe.

  20. From a fellow Jamaican to another; our best is all we can do, indeed.

  21. Hey! Hello! This is Amreen Shaikh from Paint The World With Words & thank you for the follow!
    You’ve an amazing blog and some wonderful posts!
    I wished to contact you, but did not find a suitable contact ID, so could you please drop in your email ID on painttheworldwithwords@gmail.com

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