Darryll Stinson

After attempting to end his life due to a severe career-ending back injury, Darryll Stinson got a second chance and discovered his purpose. Darryll now inspires students to defy the stats, believe they matter, and lean into vulnerability when it comes to mental health.


  • Athletics
  • Character Development
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • First Year Experience
  • Mental Health
  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Orientation
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience


Darryll Stinson, educating students on the importance of their mental health.

Getting to know

Darryll Stinson

Darryll Stinson’s ultimate goal in life is to be known for how he loves and gives.

He is a former Division 1 athlete, dynamic 2xTEDx speaker, hip-hop artist, pastor and best-selling author. He shares his life experience of overcoming addiction, childhood rejection, mental illnesses, bad “street-life” decisions and multiple suicide attempts to produce success in his life. He’s been featured on FOX, ABC, NCAA, and some of the top podcasts in the world.

His unique speaking style combines mental health practices with high performance habits to help audiences lead from their most authentic, powerful self.

Darryll received his Bachelor’s of Applied Arts in Integrative Public Relations and continues to invest in his education earning respected certifications in speaking, coaching, sales, and marketing.

When he is not working, Darryll enjoys rapping, reading, entertainment, music, sports and spending time with his wife and three beautiful daughters. #girldad


Many athletes grow up wanting to be a star – Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Michael Phelps, Cheryl Miller, Usain Bolt, or Lionel Messi. As they journey through sports, their athletic identity strengthens. They get used to the attention, influence, and confidence that comes from being an athlete.

The challenge is that all athletes, whether amateur or seasoned, will have to transition out of sports, many unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with their new life.

Who Am I After Sports will help you:

– Discover why athletic transition is so difficult, and why some commonly suggested solutions don’t produce long-term fulfillment

– Learn effective tools and strategies that will help you overcome common challenges facing athletes in transition

– Develop beliefs, systems, and resources that will help you build a life you love more than your life as an athlete.

Darryll Stinson, a TEDx speaker, business coach, former athlete, and suicide survivor submits a bold theory about athletic transition – the best days of an athlete’s life, no matter how successful, are always ahead of them. This book shares Darryll’s personal story as well as Second Chance Athletes’ signature Transition Roadmap that helps athletes find a new identity and purpose to build a career and/or business they love.


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Connect with Darryll
I’m slated to deliver my 3rd TEDx talk on Feb. 1 in CA and everything in me wants to cancel… 

I don’t feel prepared. 

I feel so much pressure to create another “hit”

Every time I take space to work on it I get hit with a ton of resistance… 

My chest gets heavy. My creativity hits a wall. I get mad, angry, frustrated and trigger my depressive thoughts…

Many people have offered to help me but I don’t want them to see my drafts
This photo is of me crying… wondering “why am I doing this?” 

I’m already a well known speaker… 

I’ve already done two TEDx talks… 

So why! What am I trying to prove?

The answer is nothing… 

 I have nothing to prove and nobody to impress. 

I have an idea worth spreading… 

That vulnerable communication can transform the speaker just as much as the audience. 

But we have to reframe how we see vulnerability. Not just as strength, which it can be. But as a tool to grow…heal… evolve…

Why are we so afraid to be seen in our process? 

Why does everything have to be so polished? So “professional”? So… one-sided… 

I get it. Some people be doing the most just to get attention. 

This share could even be interpreted as that…

But to be vulnerable is to be open… 

And openess… similar to open-mindedness.. but better… is a game changer… 

I guess you’ll have to tune in Feb.1 to find out how. 

If you want to be a practice partner who gives me critical feedback - DM me. 

If you want to learn step-by-step how I craft these messages to resonate with the world drop a 🎤 below… 

If you want to speak in a way that transforms you… shoot me your email. I’ll add you to a list where I’ll trade you resources for sharing this talk if it goes live on the TED platform. 

May the world forever be blessed by this surrender… 


#tedxtalks #tedx #vulnerability
I wish I would have know that booking speaking engagements would be the least of my concerns. 

I spent so much time reaching out trying to book gigs. When I could have been moving more strategically. 

And while some movement is often better than no movement. 

I wasted a lot of time and opportunity because I was too busy and afraid to sit with my message. 

Too afraid to face where I was really at in my growth and development process.

“I’ll just keep studying and get better and better “ is what I told myself.

But studying was only making me an iteration of other people vs more of myself. 

I created social content, YouTube videos, courses, and even wrote a best selling book all in the spirit of “taking action” 

But deep within…I was avoiding myself and finding crafty ways to avoid God too…

And the crazy thing is that no one noticed. I knew how to market. I knew how to sell. I knew how to show up better than most people. 

And I grew… and made an impact. And produced some freaking amazing results.

But I was hiding behind my ability to be successful bc of my fear of being seen. 

Seen for what I didn’t know vs. what I did. 

Seen for who I wasn’t vs. for who I was. 

Seen for still needing the same work… the same hope… the same message that I so passionately preached to others. 

And so… as successful as I looked… as passionate as I was… as “impactful” as I was being… 

I was robbing people of the greatest gift I could give them - me.

…But how do you give fully of yourself when you’ve been hurt…ignored…betrayed…misunderstood? 

… and is anybody even listening or care?

These are the types of questions leaders ask themselves when they know they have the ability to command a room…

The question isn’t are people listening.

It’s what will you say when they do…?

#messagetomovement #resonance #authenticexpression #impact #legacy #truth
Will you step into the fire? 

In 2022, I was introduced to an ancient spiritual practice called fire walking. I had so much fear and resistance. 
- I was worried that I was seeking a source outside of God for growth + clarity 
- I was concerned I would lose friends, colleagues, and... respect
- I couldn't understand how walking on fire was possible 
- And, I was afraid of what facing the adversity of the fire would reveal about who I was on the inside...

It had been so long since I felt like I was "dominating" life like I was when I was a US. top 100 athlete in two sports. 

"What will people think about my mindset... my toughness... my resilience if they see me quit/fail/give up," ... is what I said to myself. 

Thankfully... I did it afraid... and decided to push the edge of my own evolution... 

Not 1... not 2... but 200+ times... I walked across the fire over the course of 3 firewalls!

The results: 
- Grew my business by 140% 
- Impacted 3+ million people (both directly and indirectly through my clients. This metric is not social following. These are butts in seats live and virtual, course/coaching sales + unique views on training videos)
- Had the best year of my marriage 
- Completely transformed my diet. Completely! (We're talking broke some generational, cyclical illnesses) 
- Grew light years personally and so much more! 

AND... it wasn't the fire walk! 

It was who I was being in response to the "fire" in my life walk!  Write that down. 

Who are you being in response to the fire in your life? 

What would your life look like if you stepped into the challenge vs. wrestle with or avoid it? 

2022, the fire stepped TO ME. 

2023, I stepped IN THE FIRE! 

Will you?

#messagetomovement #firewalker #personalgrowth #spiritualdevelopment #letsgetit #newyear #newyearsmantras #2023
Happy birthday to yours truly! 

Here my top 25 lessons I’ve learned through this gift of another year: 

1. God loves me more than I could ever comprehend
2. Fear is an invitation for me to grow 
3. Awareness to my limiting subconscious patterns is a game changer 
4. My every word matters to people 
5. Playing small is the most incongruent life I could live 
6. Every second I hold unforgiveness is a second wasted 
7. People change… and that’s OK
8. Competing with others is a scarcity mindset
9. Accepting all of who I am is much harder than I thought 
10. It doesn’t matter how many people believe in me… if I don’t believe in myself
11. Just because one grows old doesn’t mean one grows wise 
12. Wounds from a friend are better than kisses from an enemy 
13. Indecision costs me more than failure ever has 
14. Being present is one of the most powerful disciplines/practices 
15. Surrender is where I find supernatural strength 
16. Assuming and prejudging are poor patterns. Avoid their path. 
17. Being still (physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.) will always bring me back to reality/abundance/opportunity 
18. When I am confused, the best thing I can do is stop thinking, and start listening to God. 
19. If I’m still confused after listening to God “doesn’t work” then ask myself “what would I say to someone I loved if he/she were in the same situation?” Or “what what would I tell my son/daughter to do in this situation.”
20. Humility requires star-gazing affection to truly possess
21. Money is an exchange for (perceived) value. And there’s more than enough for everyone to circulate.
22. It’s OK to need to be reminded often that life is not just about me.
23. Always be clear on my intentions 
24. Continue to be deeply grateful 
25. Enjoy life. Have fun. Smile. Laugh. Jump. Sing. Kiss. Dance. Hug. Say thank you. 

This has been one to remember.  Thank you to every single person who has crossed my path in person or virtually. I’m so grateful for you. I am blessed to the highest degree. I am loved and prosperous in my soul. 

All the feels today ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. 

Thank you! 

#newyearseve #newyearsevebaby #birthdayboy #lessons #life #wisdom
Anyone ever get tired of hearing cliches? 

If so, you may need to hear this the most… 

I’m not a fan of most cliches either, but some, like this one, I stand behind 

👉🏾There is strength in numbers. 

It’s really only potentially true IF. 

👉🏾If WE work together. 

Think about this question…
1. How  could you be more connected… more effective… more impactful… are  in your relationship with yourself?
2. What about your family?  Or, your clients? Mentees?
3. Your neighbors? 
4. Your community? 
5. What about your social media following? 

Just take a 360 assessment of where the center of you connects in all these different environments, roles and relationships.

See if there are opportunities to grow… the more people we get to work together… the better WE all become… 

#messagetomovement #tipsforleaders #leadersofleaders #leadership #wetoo #publicspeakingtips
Wow! Beyond honored to be listed #9 on Engage’s Top 15 Suicide Awareness Speakers. 

@bookwithengage is a web based platform disrupting and digitizing the process of booking anything from a speech to a once in a lifetime experience. It’s like the AirBnB for events. Speakers featured on their platform include Daymond John, Tony Robbins, Jade Simmons, Mel Robbins, Ed Mylett, Jamie Kern Lima & more. 

I’m so grateful to sow and water seeds of greatness into hearts and minds. 

Show some love in the comments if you’re celebrating with me. .. and feel free to include any way that you have been blesssed by my message(s).


#keynotespeakers #suicideprevention #messgaetomovement #publicspeakingcoach #publicspeakingcoaching #publicapeakingtips #vulnerability #vulnerabilityisstrength #vulnerablestorytelling
If you want to speak on more stages in 2023, here’s the blueprint:

1. Get aligned to your mission. Alignment = walking in sync with God’s path for your life. The🔑 is to develop a keen awareness to your steps because the difference between 70% alignment and 71% is minor in appearance but major in results! 
2. Get clear on your message. A preacher once told me, “Darryll, if your message is a mist in the pulpit, it will be a fog in the pews.” Meaning… your audience will always be less clear about your message than you are. So if you advance in your speech… coaching .. or leadership too soon, your message will be less effective because metaphorically, you just tried to teach algebra to an audience that was still learning the “addition of your subject .”🔑
3. Commit to an increasing path of deeper resonance of your message. The major difference between me and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. performing the “I Have A Dream” speech is that I know the words… but he lived the message. 🔑 ➡️ Mechanics will never replace the pursuit of mastery. 
4. Master the operations of running a highly profitable speaking business. Marketing/Branding. Finding consistent leads (🔐 There are 15 places to find paid speaking gigs.) Making sales. Securing repeat gigs, etc. 🚨⬅️ This is what most speaking coaches teach and it’s necessary, but overrated.
5. Learn to sell from stage and to/through your following. There are dozens of ways like books, courses, merchandise, curriculum, consulting, licensing, etc., to add additional streams of revenue to your business. And when your audience sells this and more for you, the impact you can make is unbelievable ❤️. 

…From here we can talk more about more advanced strategies that lead to greater impact, income and fulfillment but we must first become proficient at the fundamentals. 

If any of this resonated, provided insight or served as a powerful reminder, I recommend two things: 
1. Execute. 
2. Get coached. 

If you're interested in how I can support you to do the above at a high level then send me a DM that says "speaking" so we can open a conversation.

Albert Einstein once said, “You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”
Don't allow the fear of being seen to keep you from stepping into greater levels of resonance with your message. 

Listen y'all. I've worked with multi-millionaires and people who are living paycheck to paycheck... 

I've coached seasoned speaking vets + people just getting started speaking. 
In all cases, they all, including myself have a passion/calling to make a larger impact and a deep-seated fear of being seen. 

The point: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

And I know you KNOW that... but there's a big difference in knowing you're not alone and expressing like you know you're not alone. 👈🏾 (read that again) 

Knowing you're not alone will bring you some peace and empower you to keep doing what you're doing - showing up + serving. 

Expressing like you know you're not alone will radically transform how you show up as a leader/communicator because you'll push yourself to share with more expression, depth, and resonance - which will always lead to more impact and fulfillment. 

Expression is NOT about trauma dumping, playing the victim or giving a voice to the pain of your past. 

It's about sharing about your trauma from a place of HEALING, showing how you went from victim to victor and EXPERIENCING the power that was built from the pain of your past. 

More about this in the next post, but can I get an AMEN, "Me too", "Let's do it!" below!??? 

#messagetomovement #publicspeaking
So many great things I could say about New York. 

The people stand for what themselves and what they believe in. 

They’re frank. They’re committed. They’re almost all incapable of driving. 

See you again March 2023. ❤️ 🎤 

Til next time, 
Greatness doesn’t go on sale. 

It’s been interesting to watch all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday offers this year. 

Courses I bought for 2-5K at one point are now being offered in a stack with 2-10+ other courses for $997. 

“We’re giving you the secrets,” they say. But in reality, they’re selling you stuff that’s not going to work long-term for you. 


Because information doesn’t change lives. Mentorship does. 

✍️ Write this 👇🏾 down. 
What most people need to grow into their full potential in any area isn’t more information. It’s more wisdom. And, the best wisdom comes from great mentorship. 

More information takes HOURS to consume, HOURS to apply and then there’s no feedback about if you’re understanding + applying the information correctly. 

The result. You learn a lot and grow a little. 

On the other hand, wisdom comes from applying what you learn and reflecting on the entire integration process. This allows you to access the mindset, subconscious beliefs, misunderstandings, and skill gap in order to make minor shifts. 

The result: You learn a little… Discover A LOT… and grow exponentially. 

⬆️ That’s why greatness doesn’t go on sale…

So if you’re looking to invest in your greatness this year, and desire to speak on more stages (associations, colleges, corporations, masterminds, TEDx, conferences, high schools, etc) then shoot me a DM. 

I have no discounts to offer you (unless you pay in full) but I can promise exceptional results. 😊 

Results like some of my clients this year who: 
- Overcame her fear of speaking and secured an engagement keynoting in front of 2,000+ entrepreneurs in Dubai
- Got clarity on her core message and grew her TEDx talk to 1 million+ views 
- Healed from their old story and secured an additional 100,000+ in revenue from speaking 
- Learned how to share more vulnerably and prevented 60+ suicides from taking place! 

Hit me up if you’re looking for similar results in 2023.

I’m bringing on 5 more clients before the end of the year who want to grow their movement through powerful speaking, world-class storytelling, and fully expressing themselves. 

Let’s cultivate greatness and global impact - together!
Houston we have a problem! 

Little man won’t sleep unless he’s being held.

Our first child, Ava was the same way and it was brutal 👀.

No clue where they get this from … but if I had to guess… 👀 👀 👀 ➡️➡️➡️ @brittany_stinson 

Posting to remind you that blessings often come with battles. 

Or in this case, “to whom much is given, much is required.” 

#cutekids #babyzay #boydad #authenticpost #vulnerable #keepinitreal
SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY About Darryll Stinson!

Darryll was absolutely incredible! For a person to be able to engage 500 students without a powerpoint was truly a testament to the amount of passion and heart he puts into his story and authentic session. He connected with the students and showed them how to be the best versions of themselves.

— Cat Nanney

Director of Student Involvement, Florida Tech University

The impact Darryll makes when he speaks is immeasurable. You can feel his heart and passion in every word. If you’re looking for an uplifting message for your students, I highly recommend him as a speaker.

— Vinson Reynolds

Defensive Line Coach, Syracuse University

Darryll found a unique way to connect with our students as a presenter who is both approachable and informed in what he speaks about. He shared a balance of educational, fact based mental health information with his own personal anecdotes and experiences. We had many students who felt so connected to what he shared that they chose to stay after to connect with him about their own experiences.

— Danielle Schenkel

Assistant Director for Wellness and Programming, Bradley University


You’re Enough!: A Game-Changing Mental Health Belief

Society has lied to us.

The world has told us that we’ll be enough when we graduate magna cum laude, land that high-paying job, or reach the top of the socio-economic classes.

These are all great endeavors, but they can mislead us if we’re not careful.

Throughout this program, you’ll hear how fighting chronic depression and selling drugs across campus as a D1 athlete on a historic football team led Darryll to multiple suicide attempts, all because he never felt like he was enough.

You’ll hear how he overcame mental health stigmas to become a successful entrepreneur and family man.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to develop a system of self-care that supports your desired level of success,
  • Why your identity shouldn’t come from your accomplishments, and two strategies to develop a healthy source of identity,
  • Why your weaknesses and insecurities don’t diminish your value but instead reveal your humanity, and when properly understood and leveraged can strengthen your leadership.,
  • How to reframe mental health stigmas to take pride in your wellness versus feeling shame.
Navigating My Mental Health As a Minority

Mental health can be challenging for any student to manage in the midst of a full class schedule, extra-curricular activities, and having a social life. Yet, minorities face several unique challenges that can make managing one’s mental health even more challenging. The good news is, there’s hope!

This keynote experience includes an acapella rap written and performed by Darryll and highlights the mental health challenges he faced as (someone who identifies as) a black man who grew up in the inner city while living with chronic depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

Learning outcomes: 

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Methods to overcome mental health stigmas

  • How to cope with racism and systemic oppression

  • Options for minorities to access quality health care resources

  • How fatherlessness affects mental health and self-esteem

The Foundational 5 – Essential Relationships for the Mentally Healthy Leader

“What do I do If my friend is suicidal?”

“How do I talk about my depression without “freaking” everyone out?”

“I tried counseling. It wasn’t helpful. What now?”

These are questions Darryll gets at nearly every campus he visits.

The challenge is that implementing the answers to these questions in one’s life is nearly impossible without healthy relationships – specifically “The Foundational 5” relationships for leaders aiming to live and lead mentally healthy.

Throughout this keynote experience, Darryll will vulnerably answer these commonly asked questions while teaching attendees The Foundational 5 – Essential Relationships for the Mentally Healthy Leader.

Learning outcomes:

As a result of attending this program, students, faculty, and staff will learn:

  • How to build five types of relationships that are critical to living mentally healthy relationships

  • What to do when you have challenges finding a counselor/therapist you like

  • Social skills to help you build a strong network that will support your career goals

Unleash the Leader Within

Unleash the Leader Within will inspire students to lead by example with confidence, clarity, and motivation.

Leveraging his personal story of feeling insecure about his voice, his terrible sense of fashion, and his mental illness, Darryll will share how he unleashed the leader that was buried beneath his insecurities in order to impact the world — and most importantly, how students can do the same.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How leadership is not as complicated as society traditionally portrays it to be,
  • How to discover their authentic leadership style and lead from who they are versus who they think they should be,
  • How imperfections and weaknesses will make them a great leader, and
  • How they can start exercising their leadership skills today, rather than waiting until they think they are ready.