Get the one big "PUSH" to jumpstart the school year with Dr. Joh

Get the one big "PUSH" to jumpstart the school year with Dr. John Gaines

At a time that we face very trying and uncertain times, we can only turn on to our most trusted people to unite us and encourage us. For some, this can be family. Others see their friends. The youth naturally to their parents. But during this pandemic, who do you turn to when even our parents share the feeling of hopelessness? The former at-risk kid turned youth advocate Dr. John Gainers or "PUSH" reaches out to us the youth, teens, young adults, and even other entrepreneurs. Generally, anyone who may need now more than ever coaching or mentoring or simply social-emotional support with the current state of our world.


Dr. John "PUSH" Gaines is a professional speaker, author, leadership consultant, and mentorship expert. He has devoted himself to the community and the world by helping others identify the reason and driving force for them to chase their dreams. Through this career, he has proudly appeared as a guest speaker at universities, corporations, nonprofit events, NBA skill camps, school assemblies, and youth camps across the country.


As a graduate of East Central University, he is the picture of success after being named the Outstanding Student in Business and won a football championship as captain of the team. Dr. Gaines also came through in life with a Master's degree in Business Leadership and a Doctorate in Business Administration. These achievements demonstrated his great dedication. But, his goal goes beyond personal accomplishment. 


His own story grew from hopelessness; that is why he is driven to give hope to others. John earned his nickname "push" because he believes in the power of perseverance. He wants to teach others to "keep pushing" through life's obstacles to become the best version of themselves. John's childhood was one of extreme adversity after growing up surrounded by drugs and violence, facing personal struggles, and being bullied for his differences. He had every reason to give up, but he pushed through, hence the name. 


Now, as a professional speaker and author, John strives to help and teach people to overcome and to rise. He caters to students and educators as a youth motivational speaker. Specifically, for students, he wants them to equip them as they build their values, thoughts, feelings, and actions to help ensure victories in their lives, both now and in the future. 


Dr. Gaines believes that educating the whole child matters. Through his company and its newly released program, PUSH for Dreams Leadership Academy: (501c3), they are dedicated to equipping youth to live life to the fullest. He utilizes one of the 10-lessons covered in the PDLA curriculum, learning to develop a positive



In this program, Dr. Gaines has the following learning outcomes:

  1. Your self-image is the most significant determining factor in your success
  2. How you see yourself determines how you see others and how they see you
  3. You can change your self-image.


Research shows that developing a positive self-image is critical because it is integral to the development of personal character, to how we handle individuals and complex relationships. Self-image becomes the most significant determining factor for our success in life. Through this program, he endeavors to reach out to the people having doubts about themselves and having a fear of failing. Overcoming these, he believes, is key to success.


Presently, Dr. Gaines is kept busy being a Husband, Father, and working on a 30 Days on Purpose journal for youth and young adults. Indeed, Dr. Gaines went far as he kept pushing to turn his life around from orphaned to prominent influencer and motivator. He continues to motivate and inspire the youth today through his website:


Follow Dr. John Gaines through his various social media platforms: Dr. John" PUSH" Gaines (@pushgaines) • Instagram photos and videos, John PUSH Gaines - HomeJohn Gaines, DBA (@PushGaines), and 




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