Motivational speaker and author Wynston Wilson speaks to a Maryland resident after reading excerpts from his book "Antidotes for Adversity" at the Praisner Library in Burtonsville, Maryland, on Nov. 16.
Motivational speaker and author Wynston Wilson speaks to a Maryland resident after reading excerpts from his book "Antidotes for Adversity" at the Praisner Library in Burtonsville, Maryland, on Nov. 16. Credit: Courtesy of Wynston Wilson

Born in Liberia, Africa, Wynston A. Wilson has faced his share of challenges, not the least being surviving both civil war in Nigeria and divorce.

Now the successful language consultant with an advanced degree in counseling and psychology and an Amazon #1 bestselling book under his belt, has begun to reach out to others sharing his strategy for surviving even life’s toughest challenges.

“I’ve started to speak to groups in the Greater Washington Area, using my book, ‘Antidotes for Adversity,’ as the basis for my motivational speeches,” said Wilson, 63, who’s been in the D.C. area for about four years, finally choosing Laurel, Maryland as his most recent home.

The longtime student of theosophy and metaphysics, and an ardent devotee of positive mental hygiene and personal dynamism, has lived on three continents and continues to inspire others across the U.S., addressing corporations, associations, libraries, military bases and religious and educational institutions.

His most recent appearance: a book signing and reading at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library in Burtonsville, Maryland, Nov. 16, which attracted a diverse audience of mostly Blacks, Hispanics and Africans, about 30 in all.

“I walked into the library one day earlier this year with my book in tow, pointing out to those in charge that my hard work had resulted in my achieving bestselling author status on Amazon,” he said.

“Several members of their staff took a look at my book and immediately became interested. Before I knew it, I had been invited to come back as part of their speakers series,” said Wilson, a father of five adult children, each of whom he proudly says now have successful careers in their chosen areas of expertise.”

In his book he provides 21 “effective ways” to move beyond some of the most difficult challenges in life.

“The premise of the book is to help people understand that we really should seek the seed of triumph which exists in every instance of adversity,” he said. “It’s a self-help, self-improvement, self-development book based on lifetime experiences — hardships that I found ways to overcome.”

Throughout the book, he shares numerous harrowing tales including surviving “a Nigerian civil war — the worst genocidal conflict since World War 1.”

“I had to face adversity at the moment of my birth. My mother had to decide between the two of us surviving childbirth. She chose me and she died on the table. I was born an orphan,” he said.

During his library appearance, Wilson says he asked the audience to list a major challenge or time of adversity in their lives. And while their answers ranged from battling cancer and tackling divorce to the hardships of unemployment or the often paralyzing fear that comes when faced with new, unfamiliar situations, he said everyone could identify a significant problem they’ve experienced.

“It just goes to show that no one is immune or exempt from problems,” he said.

As a start, he says he advises people to adopt a mindset of positive, personal hygiene, to defeat discouragement before it overcomes you and to appreciate the hidden benefits that always accompany adversity.

“I’m a life coach who helped my own son make it through 14 years of imprisonment, found guilty for a crime that he did not commit,” Wilson said. “If he could find his way through his problems, then anyone can. Adversity’s prime property is to cause havoc in our lives — nothing less. But with practice, we can suspend our thinking so that we can eliminate all thoughts of negativity. Controlling short and long term goals is the beginning of taking charge of our lives — taking ownership,” he added.

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