Jim Morris

Jim "The Rookie" Morris

Subject of the Disney Award-Winning Film, "The Rookie"
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Dream Killers and Dream Makers
Jim provides real-life examples of the differences between what he refers to as Dream makers and Dream Killers and how important it is to have mentors in your life who are dream makers. He describes through real life experiences how Dream Makers, help you plan for, work towards and reach your goals and dreams. He also includes steps on how to avoid Dream Killers, people who want to pull you down and keep you from attempting your dreams. Jim will inspire you to reach for your furthest dreams and to surround yourself with your own Dream Makers.

Why Book Jim 'The Rookie' Morris?

  • Known as the “oldest rookie”, Jim personifies achievement through his inspiring story of setting goals and never giving up on your dreams.

  • Audiences are left transformed and motivated to attack their personal and business goals with new vigor.

  • His story is the subject of the blockbuster film from Walt Disney, "The Rookie".

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    Jim “The Rookie” Morris’ inspirational and transformational message about following your dreams and having a game plan for success connects with audiences, young and old, male and female. His life story is the inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster film, “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid. It is also the model for the greatest sports film of the 21st century, “The Blindside.”

    To motivate his rag tag high school baseball team, Jim, as a 35-year-old schoolteacher, made a bet that he would try out for the big leagues if his team won a district championship. When Jim’s team won, he followed through on his promise, going to a tryout where he threw 12 consecutive pitches at 98 mph! Three months later in front of family and his high school team, Jim achieved his dream of pitching in the big leagues by striking out the first hitter he faced. That’s what Jim Morris accomplished and—it doesn’t matter who you are—we can all relate to fulfilling our goals and dreams. Jim Morris’ story takes place on a baseball diamond, but it’s really about life.

    Imagine having Jim tell you his story over a cup of coffee. Jim Morris brings that level of intimacy to your corporate meeting, church, school, or fundraiser. A schoolteacher by trade, Jim Morris is a polished inspirational and motivational speaker, but never slick. In a world lacking in real-life heroes, Jim connects with his audience, because he transformed himself from a man who was struggling into an incredible success. Audiences connect with him because they see themselves in Jim Morris.

    Jim Morris is a great speaker who inspires and motivates his audience with honesty and humor. He is candid about his early-life failures and he uses them to provide a roadmap for success in business, family, and community. His is an uplifting, heroic tale about overcoming a tough upbringing. One of the most magical things about Jim Morris is how he takes his stories and weaves them into a roadmap for changing all aspects of your life for the better, whether in business, family-life, or within your community.

    Jim Morris can tailor his inspirational and motivational message to a corporate setting, to a school, an association/non-profit, or a church. He works closely with customers to deliver a great meeting and he is a great storyteller! Long after he has left, Jim Morris’ message will continue to resonate with your group.

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    "I would say that Jim did his homework on our target audience and was well prepared. Just the right amount of information, faith and humor were delivered. Very outgoing and approachable."
    --Ruth's Place

    "Jim's story was incredible to hear his points where he learned little life lessons. The audience was laughing, tearing up and and having ahh ha moments."
    --Virginia Auto Dealers Association

    "...He was a pleasure to work with and had a great message in his speech. I believe he met and exceeded everyone's expectations and it was good to see him mingle with the folks after his speech. All in all, the event was a success and very beneficial. Thanks for assisting us with this project. Your recommendations were spot on and helpful."
    --Platinum Sports and Entertainment Management

    "Excellent speaker, very motivational."
    --Bobit Business Media

    "Very personable. Went out of his way to connect with the audience. Everyone loved him."
    --Inspire Women

    "Jim's story resonates with attendees. He's very professional, funny and kind."
    --Missouri Credit Union Associates