Paul A. Blake
I am Paul A. Blake I am a man who has defied several odds. Hailing from the beautiful parish of Manchester, I am the eldest of five children born to Brenton Blake and Joan Hynes on September 4, 1973.
Labelled a slow learner and growing up in abject poverty I was told very early in life that I would amount to nothing much in life. I suffered from low self-esteem and self-worth, and for a long time, I did not believe I was good enough to be among the best.
I received a scholarship to Manchester High School in 1986 but still did not do very well because of the issues mentioned above. Graduating in 1991 I was only able to three of the five subjects I attempted in the Caribbean Examination Council exams (CXC).
Transitioning to adult life proved challenging for me because I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. This led me to try my hand at several vocations which included mechanic, merchandiser, hotel cashier and salesman. At this point, it seemed like the negative prophecies spoken over my life in the past were coming true. I found myself sliding down the slippery slope of wasted potential and unfilled dreams.
Then my turning point came June 10, 1998, the World Cup began (yes I am a football fanatic). I became a Christian and found my calling into ministry, inspiring and motivating people to discover their passion and fulfil their purpose.