IT’S YOUR FUTURE: US-based motivational speaker Reggie Dabbs with Burnside State High School students Corben McCosker and Kiara Shepperd.
IT’S YOUR FUTURE: US-based motivational speaker Reggie Dabbs with Burnside State High School students Corben McCosker and Kiara Shepperd. Warren Lynam

Being a 'one-night-stand' baby isn't the end of the world

BULLYING and virginity are two topics Reggie Dabbs is keen to talk to teens about.

The American motivational speaker was conceived when his teenage mum had a one-night stand.

He was later adopted by his mother's school teacher and experienced his fair share of bullying while growing up.

But from an early age, Reggie was determined he wasn't going to let his "history dictate my future".

He has been travelling the world since 1987 to encourage youths to "be part of the answer" instead of being part of the problem.

It is estimated he speaks to 1.5 million people a year. His Facebook page has more than 121,000 likes.

Reggie visited seven schools on the Sunshine Coast yesterday with the message that "your life is a book".

"The day you were born, someone else takes the pen and writes the first chapters for you as you can't write about how you learnt to walk or talk," he said.

"But it doesn't matter who started the book. You have the pen now. You can finish the story.

"The past is my history. My future is my destiny.

"You can't change what happened, but you can change your future. It's your destiny."

When it came to bullying, he told students there were two types of people in the world - those who are part of the problem and those who are part of the answer.

"I want everyone in the room to be part of the answer," he said.

"We need to think before we speak. Become the hero instead of the villain.

"The choices we make today make a hero for tomorrow."

While Reggie didn't specifically address virginity during this tour, his views on the subject are well recorded.

He believes "virginity is the most honourable choice" when it comes to relationships until you are married.

"I did not sleep around at all," the married father says.

"I didn't want to make the same mistake that brought me into the world.

"And to achieve that, I had to say 'no'.''


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