By Jon Lee Brody
I was born and raised in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Chicago is a town known for its ‘blue collar’ and hardworking mentality. Growing up, I was the awkward and unathletic kid in class. Peoples’ favorite word to use towards me was ‘can’t.’ It seemed that anyone else in school was bound by nothing but when it came to me classmates and even teachers shot me down when I had an idea or goal. Instead of letting that define me, I adopted that very same Chicago blue collar mentality and worked harder than ever to achieve any of my goals. That mentality is what carried me to success in athletics, academics and in my current job as an actor/filmmaker. It’s that very spark that started in elementary school that keeps myself and others around me motivated. Henry Ford once said, ‘Whether you think you can or you can’t..you’re right!”. The power and the spark is within YOU! Nothing is impossible! There are many moments in life that give you that spark. And I’m thrilled at the chance to provide you all with one at TEDxYouth@Hewitt!