Korey Tells All: Who Says Teen Guys Aren’t Looking for Value and Acceptance?

Last week I introduced you to my mentee Korey Harris, a 26-year-old young man who discovered peace after giving up sex several years ago.

One thing about Korey that stands out, in real life as well as on video, is how authentic he is. He’s a young man with amazing drive and the determination to start his own basketball skill development business.  He trains both collegiate and professional players, even as a student-athlete himself. And Korey doesn’t shy away from the fact that he’s never played basketball on a professional level. He owns it. Much like he owns his decision to abstain from sex.

There’s an ease and comfort level about Korey that comes from knowing and accepting who he is and what he’s about. But he’ll be the first to tell you, he wasn’t always so sure of himself.

Acting Out for Acceptance

In this next clip from my Conversation with Korey series, we discuss how the promise of being the first person in Korey’s family to graduate from college, almost slipped through his fingers.

A misdirected need for acceptance by “friends” who didn’t have his best interests at heart, led to him engaging in behavior that contradicted the positive upbringing his mother worked hard to instill in him.

Thankfully, that’s not where Korey’s story ends!

A Journey towards Self-Discovery

We usually associate low self-worth and the desire to be accepted, with teenage girls. But Korey proves just how universal the need for acceptance truly is.

Watch below as he talks about the journey he took to ultimately gain self-acceptance and the healthy sense of self-worth he now embodies.

I hope you’ve been enlightened and inspired by this Conversation with Korey series so far. Make sure you check out last week's post if you missed it. Next week, Korey dives into his motivation for abstaining and offers practical tips for living life to the fullest without sex.

Please share this clip on your social media, and most importantly with your child. And don’t forget to leave words of encouragement for Korey in the comment section below. 

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