There's No Such Thing As A Bad Kid: How I Went From Stereotype To Prototype by Titus O'neilThere's No Such Thing As A Bad Kid: How I Went From Stereotype To Prototype by Titus O'neil

There's No Such Thing As A Bad Kid: How I Went From Stereotype To Prototype

byTitus O'neilAs told byPaul Guzzo

Hardcover | August 6, 2019

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An inspiring story from one of WWE's most charitable Superstars

One conversation from one caring person can change the course of a child's life - Thaddeus Bullard knows that first-hand. Growing up, he was repeatedly confronted with negative words and actions. By the time he was a teenager, he figured that he was the bad kid everyone said he was - until an adult looked him in the eye and said, "There is no such thing as a bad kid." Unfortunately, like young Thaddeus, many children across North America are labeled "bad." They may have short attention spans, unstable home environments, inattentive parents, or learning difficulties; they may get into trouble at school, get bullied, or bully others. Often, these young people are diagnosed with an emotional or behavioral disorder and placed in special education classes. They internalize these labels, and the imposed limitations affect their ability to learn, behave, and fit in with others.

There's No Such Thing as a Bad Kid chronicles Thaddeus's turbulent childhood years as he encountered those who helped him to shed the label and realize his unique greatness and his value and potential. Thaddeus's remarkable story will provide hope and inspiration to children in similar circumstances and will help guide well-meaning adults in how to pay forward their successes to a generation of disadvantaged children.

Thaddeus Bullard is an accomplished athlete, philanthropist, and entertainer. He's known in the wrestling ring as WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil. Out of the ring, he's known for his philanthropy. He has helped raise millions for charities, secured scholarships for student athletes, and he mentors at-risk youth. Paul Guzzo is a journalist, ...
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Title:There's No Such Thing As A Bad Kid: How I Went From Stereotype To PrototypeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.25 × 0.98 inPublished:August 6, 2019Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770414924

ISBN - 13:9781770414921

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April 17, 2018. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia--King Abdullah International Stadium.It is the Greatest Royal Rumble - a 50 man over the top battle royal in front of 60,000 screaming fans. This is the type of event entertainers dream about. I was pumped.I'm entrant 39. My music hits. It's Titus Worldwide Time. I sprint from the backstage area into the arena and down the aisle. My plan is to slide into the ring at full speed, start kicking some butt, get a pop from the crowd and make a lasting impression.But as I got a few feet from the ring, it happened. I hit a wet spot on the ground. Instead of sliding into the ring, I slipped and slid under it.There was a pop alright, but it was laughter from the crowd.As I lay in the darkness, my first reaction was to make sure I was not hurt. (I was fine.) Then, it hit me - I had just made one of the most epic blunders in the history of the WWE and did so in front of the tens of thousands of fans inside the arena and the millions watching at home. I got up, entered the ring as though nothing happened and did my job.A few minutes later, Braun Strowman eliminated me. Once backstage, as expected, those in the locker room clowned me for my trip and fall. But it didn't end there.Footage of my slip went viral. Dubbed the "Titus World Slide" it was shared all over social media with comedic background music. It became a meme. ESPN showed it on SportsCenter so many times that it made 2018 Not Top Ten List, finishing at a strong number 6.The next night on RAW, the WWE and I decided to make it part of my storyline. I wore a "Titus World Slide" shirt and pretended the trip was on purpose. I was again stricken by clumsiness later that night. I don't take myself too seriously. The E in WWE stands for Entertainment. You play a super hero on TV, but in real life you are still just human, and humans are going to make mistakes. You need to laugh at mistakes rather than harp on them. If you get up with confidence, no one else with harp on it either.I did not get down on myself about the fall. Why should I have? I made a mistake. I am human. I was not injured and there have been other people who have slipped and fell on even bigger stages and they turned out just fine.Plus, yes, I will be a part of WWE video blooper packages for decades to come, but on a show in which other Superstars included John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, HHH and the Undertaker, the Titus World Slide will also forever be the most memorable moment. Basically, I stole the show.