Duane West

CEO of Pro Athletes, Inc.

Duane D. West is a nationally acclaimed on-air, motivational TV personality accomplished motivational speaker and fitness consultant.  His personal journey to achieve success is inspirational. He progressively moved from being a homeless, disadvantaged, at-risk, special needs student to first generation college graduate, to motivational speaker, to fitness guru and author.


In 1997, D. West appeared on The Oprah Show, what people don’t know, he received rejection letters from the show for six consecutive years.  Rejection inspired him to work harder in life, it motivated him to be the best and to dream big.  West had the audacity to keep trying and his dream came true.


As a child, there were nights when D. West went to sleep with hunger pangs and woke up to a bitterly cold home that didn't have heat or hot water.  At the age of 3, he accidentally drank Drano, that contained lye. He was hospitalized for 2 months without a guarantee of a full recovery.  Miraculously, D. West recovered and healed from this tragedy, he almost lost his voice.  Today, he's a motivational speaker. Nothing is impossible as long as you believe it.  In elementary school he was classified as an at-risk, special needs student.  He was a slow learner who had a challenging time reading and writing at his grade level.  West is now an accomplished author and writer.  He never gave up.  West reads to thousands of students in schools from books he has written.

West recalls walking from school in the 6th grade and seeing Sheriff's padlocks on his!doors when he arrived home.  His family lost their home, he was homeless.  Life was an uphill climb from that day forward, but his!struggles have made him stronger.  Today, D. West helps homeless children and families. 

D. West is a hero, he rescued a trapped senior citizen from a burning car.  We receive what we place into the Universe, four years after he rescued the senior citizen, West needed emergency medical assistance.  He was taken by helicopter to a trauma medical center after a paralyzing slip and fall accident in a bathroom.  With extreme fortitude and resilience, two years later he was playing professional football. 

What is extraordinary about his pro football accomplishment, West didn’t play college football, he only played two years in high school.  He defied the odds, set new standards and achieve the unbelievable.  Ambition and drive is how D. West lives his life, after football, he became a nationally acclaimed on- air motivational TV star with NBC Universal Television.  D. West doesn't set out to be average in what he does, he strives to be the best, the leader, the team captain, the example of hope and determination.

D. West has written over 12 books, five books are used in schools to inspire children.  During his toughest times in life, he gave free books to schools and children.  D. West said “success is individual.  Knowledge is power!  If I can pass on what I have learned to children, our future leaders, I have done my job as a citizen.  How much are we willing to give back or sacrifice during the most challenging periods of our lives?! I’ve been tested.”

Nothing is impossible.  You can achieve the unthinkable.  You can defy the odds as long as you believe you can.  If he can do it, you can too.  Always remember his starting point in life: From poverty, despair, a special needs homeless student to living his dreams and helping others.  Your dreams are yours for life.  Take advantage of opportunities, live life in your passion.  See yourself being successful in the future.  Focus on positives and solutions in life.  Things can always be worse.  Every storm passes.  D. West is standing at the top of his dream ladder.  West is a survivor.