That moment when, during my seminar, a doctoral student turns to her peer and says, “His job sounds like the kind of job I’d want to have: Teaching students how to learn.” 

I am thankful, and I feel blessed that my day job is also my calling. 

FYI: This was not always the case, but some faith-believing, prophetic people spoke it into existence since I was a little baby boy. 

They tell me my grandmother and grand aunt used to call me “Dr. Adrian” (yes, from the time I was born). 

Oh, and then I’m also told my maternal grandfather had an insatiable appetite for learning: He would even teach my mom and her siblings a little Spanish—singing songs, repeating high-frequent phrases, counting, etc.). 

Then what happened? I started developing a passion for language learning in high school. I just couldn’t get enough of it. 

By the time I graduated high school, my goal was clear: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Got to college, one of my Spanish-speaking professors asked, “What’s your major?” “Spanish,” I replied. He looked at me in disbelief and said, “Do you want to starve?” As if to say, you’ll never make a living with that degree. 

Well, glory to God, I haven’t starved yet, but have been able to feed those who are. 

What happened next? At some point in college, I had a new goal: I wanted not just a B.A. in Spanish, but also an M.A. and Ph.D. in language education (learning how languages are learned and taught). 

Yes, I actually told myself that one day I’d be called Dr. Reynolds. Somehow baby Adrian internalized the prophecy of his grandmother and grand aunt, and captured the thirst for learning of his grandfather. 

Now here I am: Spanish-speaking Dr. Reynolds teaching people in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields how to learn at an R1 university. 

Here I am on my graduation day in 2012. I’ve lost a few pounds since this picture! 🙂

Not sure why I’m writing this post; but if you’re chasing your dreams and feel like giving up, don’t throw in the towel and make haters happy. 

Tell yourself you are who you want to become until you get there. 

Of course, as you know, it’s going to take a combination of factors including faith, work, opportunity, access, mentorship, sacrifice, long hours, some sleepless nights, yeah, some dollars, too, etc. 

But here’s one thing I know, without positive self-talk, and a growth mindset, it will not happen.

Don’t be scared to prophecy

Remember this: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:22). Speak life, PERIOD!!

Peace and Love,

Adrian