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From Jim Tilmon
“It is my passion to bring a message of belief and confidence to as many as will listen.  My primary topic is: The Power of Belief – in Yourself and Your Life.

It was belief that my dream would become reality that took a 5-year old boy from Oklahoma to the cockpit of an airliner as one of the first five Black commercial pilots in the United States of America.  Was there adversity?  Absolutely.  Were there obstacles?  Many.   Did my belief ever waiver?  No.

Know that you can dream your own dreams and they can come true if you are willing to truly develop an unwavering belief in yourself and your capabilities.  It happened for me.  Let me share my story with you.

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    • Conquering worry and fear
    • Using positive self-talk
    • Training the “man in the mirror”
    • Embracing reality
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    • Use courage and confidence to provide the wind beneath your wings
  • Belief
    • It’s the power that has what it takes to conquer every challenge
  • Scripting Your Future
    • Dream it and live it
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On Belief - by Jim Tilmon

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Jim Tilmon has the unique capability to take what he knows and present it to a wide variety of audiences to educate and motivate in an interesting and enjoyable manner. Whether you are an individual, represent an organization or a business, you will benefit from time shared with this unique personality

Jim's life is a clear picture of the results of drawing upon motivation to reach a live a dream. Much of his motivation came from within.

The image in his mind of what he wanted to do was never in doubt. His family, particularly his parents, encouraged him where others dared not.

Another large portion of his motivation came from outside, often negative influences that served to increase his determination to succeed. As a 5-year old in Oklahoma, he knew he wanted to be a commercial airline pilot - a goal reached by a small handful of people overall and by no African Americans at the time. It would take another 25 years for that historic event. In 1965 Jim Tilmon was the third African American hired as a pilot by American Airlines and the fifth in the United States. It was not an easy road. There were challenges and obstacles the entire journey that Jim was able to meet, overcome and use to his advantage. Also along the way came many incredible opportunities Jim was astute enough to accept resulting in additional careers in television news and media production. Because of his varied, extensive and interesting background he is often called upon to be the keynote speaker for many organizations and functions.  For many years Jim has shared his experiences as a means of motivating others to reach their full potential in any area of life. He continues to do so today.


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If you Google Jim Tilmon, you'll discover a wealth of information about an AMAZING man that has broken barriers, achieved goals and overcome obstacles of all kinds. But if you have the good fortune to be in his presence, either one-on-one as a Coach or in his audience where he is the Keynote Speaker, you will discover a passionate and powerful man with a laser focus on belief that will set you free from self imposed doubt and boost your self confidence to new heights. I have had the honor of being in both places. This professional speaker, mentor and friend has helped me to see me in the way that he sees me. Everyone needs someone who believes in them. No one believes more that Jim Tilmon that there is greatness in all of us. Let Jim help you or your group discover the greatness within. There certainly is greatness in him. I know. I've seen it and experienced it.

Is this man authentic? Are a pig's assets pork?

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You Gotta Believe

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