Hi! My name is Derrick Evans, more popularly known as Mr. Motivator.
I’m Jamaican by birth and grew up in Christiana, Manchester in my early years. In 1962, I migrated to the United Kingdom with my adopted family.
For many years, I experienced hardship and was homeless for some time. At the tender age of 20, my life changed forever. I became a young single father and God blessed me with a bouncing baby girl. For many young men, the idea of becoming a single father would’ve been daunting.
This wasn’t the case for me. I was excited.
Becoming a father armed me with a renewed drive to succeed. I pushed even further to ensure that I was the best father to my beautiful daughter.
Being a young father wasn’t easy by any means. I took on menial jobs with a sense of pride because I knew that these jobs were stepping stones and I was making an honest living. I swept floors and cleaned toilets in order to provide for my family. I believe that if you work hard and you keep on working, good things will come to you no matter what.
So, with that mindset, I never allowed myself to wallow in self-pity.
It wasn’t until the age of 40 that I had a breakthrough. This happened in the 1990s when I received an amazing opportunity to be on television. It was at that time that I became Mr. Motivator. But this success did not happen overnight.
I had been working tirelessly as a fitness instructor for a decade prior to becoming TV famous. During my appearances on the UK breakfast television programme, GMTV, I gave viewers several tips on how to keep their minds and bodies in shape. My workout routines were performed live on-air much to the delight of what you could call, my large female following.
It is important to be an innovator in whatever field you find yourself. Innovation requires a strategic approach and some level of risk. You gotta to be bold! I like to be the first in everything that I invest my energy. I wasn’t afraid to confidently don my trademark workout attire – highly coloured, tight fitting gym wear back then.
You see, my clothes were a reflection of my brand, bold and vibrant.
At that time, they said I got the nation exercising. I thought to myself, “How can I earn more from this TV opportunity?” My name was out there and I had acquired credibility by earning the trust of many. I then decided to capitalize on my popularity as a fitness sensation by producing several workout videos for retail.
I also worked to establish myself as motivational speaker, sales and team building strategist.