Jim Morris thought his major league baseball career was over at age 5. Doctors told him it was. However, strange, and coincidental events placed him on the mound as a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at age 35.
His unusual story was made into a Disney film named The Rookie starring Denis Quaid. The film was a box-office success and won an ESPY for Best Sports Movie of 2002. It also earned a CAMIE award for Character and Morality in Entertainment.
Jim also authored two books with the last one titled Dream Makers. It’s a book that takes up the story from the end of The Rookie.
A seasoned motivational speaker, Jim has traveled since 2001 with participation in prestigious events as The Million Dollar Round Table. His profession is a school teacher, so his storytelling style works for many situations.
Jim was the 2008 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation and started his own foundation to help children in underserved communities through sports.
Remembering Who You Are
This topic teaches audiences about the importance of integrity. Remembering who you are in all circumstances, when people are watching and when they are not. Jim tells personal stories about keeping promises, always doing what you say or promise, and what you do when no one is watching at all…makes you who you are.
Finding a Mentor and Becoming a Leader
Jim focuses on being the mentor for someone that you would want for yourself. While being that dream maker for another, and by surrounding yourself with the best people to bring out the best in you, you give yourself and others the best chance for success.
Jim tells his own story of defeat while believing the wrong kind of people and shares about his successes while surrounded by key people who helped him believe in himself and pushed him to be the man he is today.
Jim speaks about chasing dreams, and being your best by surrounding yourself with the best mentors. He includes his life story and the dream makers who helped shaped his life. He incorporates client’s needs into his talks as requested, is entertaining with humor about himself and shows a seriousness regarding his own journey with Parkinson’s Disease as it relates directly to his grandfather’s struggle with ALS years ago.
Audiences of all ages will leave talking about Jim Morris and his inspirational message filled with emotional highs and lows.
“Your Story and experience was compelling and an inspiration to our quests. We also appreciate you keeping your commitment to speak to our group even after receiving an invitation to meet with President George W. Bush. That is just another example of your dedication and determination of character.”
“Jim was absolutely perfect as a keynote speaker for our audience; just normal people all looking to be inspired to achieve extra ordinary results. Jim spoke from the heart. Our franchisees ranked him top among all the fabulous sessions we offered over the four days. They said it was refreshing to hear a real story by the real person.”
The Dwyer Group
“Many of our conference attendees come back, year after year, and several said that you were our best speaker yet! We really enjoyed hearing your story and appreciate you taking the time to meet so many of our attendees.”
The Florida Credit Union
Barnes and Noble
The Dwyer Group
Securities Industry Association