About The Book

From failing third grade, scoring below average on the ACT, and barely earning his bachelor’s degree to redefining himself to earn his master’s degree.

In the summer of 2012, José Angel Contreras realized his value and took the responsibility to focus on creating the best version of himself. He was tired of sitting on the sidelines watching others succeed and accomplish their goals. José also overcame depression, self-doubt and negativity to achieve his personal and professional goals. José’s drive has motivated countless of people to believe in themselves and reach their personal and professional goals. José believes that everyone has a gift that the world needs, but it is up to the person to operate in it.

He shares his compelling story of encouragement and actions he used to be successful in developing the person he is meant to be on earth. It is a must read for anyone who has questioned themselves in pursuing their aspirations.

About The Author

José  Angel Contreras grew up on the south side of Milwaukee, WI.
He is the son of a hardworking woman from Oaxaca, Mexico and a loving father from Jalisco, Mexico.
Growing up on the south side of Milwaukee, José  witnessed gangs, crime, and violence that led him to develop into a leader to protect and serve his community.
His parents and three older siblings made sure he stayed on track by being strict at home.
He was able to stay out of trouble and fulfill what came to be the beginning of his goals and dreams through higher education.

José graduated from St. Thomas More High School (2005), earned his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice (2009) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) and returned to UWM to earn his Master's degree in Administrative Leadership, with a concentration in Adult and Continuing Education Leadership (2016).
He continued to develop his skills in facilitating workshops, through public speaking, and coaching sessions to assist students and adults reach their personal and professional goals.

Book Cover