Tim Stewart grew up working his family’s farm, surrounded by adults and a code that put work before everything, including play and education. From a young age, he says, his influencers were the adults who introduced him to tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and prostitution.
Over time, the drugs and alcohol began to take hold, and Tim enlisted in the Air Force to escape. The discipline he learned on the farm and in the military, combined with his gift for gab, enabled him to function as an addict. Time and time again, Tim tried to stop his substance abuse, only to fail.
At age 40, his world collapsed. Homeless, with two pairs of pants, two shirts, and eight dollars in his pocket, Tim Stewart put himself on a bus to anywhere. The trip changed his life and his calling. Instead of depending on drugs, he found — and chose — a path where those in need could depend on him.
Today, his speaking handle is “TalkMan Talk.” As a life coach, he shares what it meant to live on the street and the 12 principles that saved his life. In doing so, he hopes to make a profound difference in the lives of others.
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