Trenell Walker is a Ziglar Legacy certified trainer. At the tender age of 14, he experienced a tragic accident playing high school football that left him paralyzed from the neck down. In his eyes, temporary defeat does not mean permanent failure because nothing beats a failure but a try. This Caregiver Inspirational Series allowed CareStarter CEO Lamarque Polvado to talk with Trenell about his journey from desperation to inspiration.
Caregiver Inspirational Series: Trenell Walker - Beyond Limits
Trenell Walker's football career involved specific goals of becoming a professional with the dedication to make it happen. October 20, 1995 changed everything when a spinal cord injury on the field instantly paralyzed him from the neck down. After his injury, Trenell Walker had to reevaluate his goals and his life.
"I was in the intensive care unit for like 18 days. While I was in ICU … my heart stopped not once, not twice, but three times, and my lungs collapsed. The doctors didn’t know if I was going to live or die." -Trenell Walker
Trenell, with his mother and brother's support, had to find his path forward. He tried a bad attitude. He tried blaming others. Then, he realized he had a decision to make.
"One of the things that I had to realize when I was going through everything that I was going through was that I had to make a decision, you know? A decision to either be in misery or a decision to make things better. I decided to make things better.
I was bigger than playing football. I was here to make a difference.
Even though I decided that I wanted a better life, I had to take action to make it happen." - Trenell Walker
The TRENELL Effect
Desperation turned to inspiration, giving birth to a spirit that will never give up.
Trenell teaches seven principles of perseverance that he has used as a guide in overcoming challenges and to achieve goals. The principles are known as the “TRENELL Effect."
T - Take action
R - Resilience
E - Encourage
N - Never quit
E - Evaluate
L - Learn
L - Love
"These are the seven principles that I’ve used to overcome the difficult circumstances in my life daily, because I still struggle. But I have to realize, once I take action, once I’m resilient, I’m encouraged, I never quit, I evaluate, I learn, and I love, especially myself – because that’s one of the hardest things that I’ve had to do was learn to love myself despite having physical limitations – these are the things that I’ve used to be able to get from where I am to where I want to be." - Trenell Walker
"You’re here for a reason, you’re here for a purpose. Live it to the fullest. You have been given an opportunity to do something that no one can ever, ever, ever do. So go out there and learn what it is, and go out there and do it." - Trenell Walker
1) Trenell’s Story: A Football Life
2) A Life Redefined from Desperation to Inspiration
3) Trenell Effect: 7 Principles of Perseverance