Ke’uan May Tells Us The Inspiration Behind Being The Best At What He Does

Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?

I am a motivational social media influencer.

As I went through the early teen years, I struggled to find myself as I always was the kid who just stayed amongst the shadows. I was the person who would be too scared to try to do this and that.

Coming into my freshman year of high school, I started to look up to my big brother Devonte Pettaway & Tishawn Spence (R.I.P). Seeing Devonte workout outside as he stayed just a few houses down from me; watching his motivational posts on social media and seeing him succeed in his sport, gave me the motivation to start working out on my own and become the athlete that I chose to be.

I was blessed, for my brother Tishawn was by my side as I began playing football coming into my sophomore year of high school. Before his passing, he was a big motivation to me, he was one of the very few people who would train with me via baseball, football, or basketball even when no one else was around.

Fast forward to the present day, I am here to say that I WILL be the example…that it takes failure to succeed. That you can achieve your goals with hard work, that ANYTHING is possible if you trust God and yourself.

What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?

I am versatile in my work. From motivational speaking to comedic skits, my arsenal widens every day as I learn something new to better my craft.

Due to past experiences, good and bad, I am able to relate to people from different backgrounds of all over. White, Black, Latino, etc… it doesn’t matter. Everyone is human on this earth and I believe we all serve a purpose within ourselves that we all have to find.

Now at the age of 20, I’ve learned that love is what people need the most. Not money, but LOVE. A helping hand.

What separates me from the rest is how you can feel my message through my videos or my performance on the field.

Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.

I’ve been blessed to have multiple moments that’s made me realize what my calling here on earth is, but one that will forever be in my heart is the day Travis and I hosted a 7v7 and EVERYONE showed up.

We were already known throughout the community due to our previous football events or our videos through social media…but this was different. When everyone showed up before we officially started playing, we were given the utmost respect by every single person. Younger or older, they listened to what we had to say and we had a great time. They even gave us a high appraisal on a few videos of mine and Travis’s and was telling us how they couldn’t wait to see the 7v7 we filmed during that day.

Another moment that I hold dear is when my little brother Eli told us “I’m glad ya’ll doing these events, it gives us something to do.” Being that Covid has slowed down the world, it’s hard these days to find enjoyment or do something these days.

I’m blessed to say that Travis and I help to fill that gap, to bring people out of the house from all ages, races, etc., and to just come out and have fun.

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?

The biggest challenge I had to face was living in foster care throughout my junior & senior years of high school.

Family was definitely a word I threw out the window as my heart just couldn’t process everything that was going on at the time. Going through 3 different foster homes over the span of about 1 year, it was hard just “settling down” and really focusing on everything.

School, sports, and work was very hectic situation mentally. But God knows how to mold you in such a way to where you can’t fold under pressure.

I give a special thanks to my coaches Coach Bud & Coach Wolbert. Of course, everyone deserves recognition for helping me but specifically those 2 just never quit on me. Despite me removing myself from the football team and all, they still didn’t treat me differently.

Track season came around and Coach Wolbert helped me to receive a few college offers and visits… and that’s all I’ve ever dreamed of. It didn’t have to be a D1 school or anything, just the fact I had at least ONE college to take interest in me – it meant a lot and boosted my spirits to excel throughout the rest of the year and graduate.

Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?

The first person I’d want to meet is Gary Vaynerchuck. He’s been a great inspiration to me for the past 5 years now and I’ve always tried to steer my perception into the same lane as his. His mindset on business and life is extraordinary and it’s intriguing how Gary displays it through his work and his words.

David Goggins is the 2nd person on my list due to his grit and determination. Once again, another person I’ve been in tune with for a few years now, David Goggins showed me that hard work is your best friend if you’re its enemy.

Meaning that you really gotta GRIND for what you want in this world. You gotta feel pain, and feel it again, keep feeling it till it’s a satisfying desire to succeed this way every single day.

The 3rd and last person on my list is Will Smith. I’ve been following Will Smith for as long as I can remember and his character is just something I’d want to illuminate in my life and on a greater spectrum. Will Smith’s talents in acting, motivation, and even music push me to become that “Will Smith” for the new generation.

Also with his involvement in social media now and his preachings on living life, it brings joy to my spirit knowing that I too want to be just like this. In all, all 3 of these people are people I want to someday film videos with, work out with, and sit down and have a genuine, meaningful conversation with.

Drop your social media links.

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