Corey Hicks, motivational speaker and author of “Values Vision & Versatility,” gave an inspiring speech to students of his alma mater, Kentucky State University recently at Bradford Hall.

“If what you want to do does not come easy to you, then it is not for you,” Hicks said to a crowd of KSU students. “I’m not saying you do not need hard work or drive. I’m saying that if your passion comes easy to you and you add hard work to the mix, you can exceed your goal. I am a living example that all things are possible.”

Hicks spoke Friday evening hosted at Kentucky State University and co-sponsored by the Frankfort Arts Foundation.

KSU alum Corey Hicks, author and motivational speaker

KSU alum Corey Hicks, author and motivational speaker

Hicks’ book, arriving on shelves in January 2016, uncovers the power of “The Trio”— values, vision and versatility. Through his work, Hicks challenges each person to understand the significance of “The Trio” and the importance of working within one’s true passion.

Corey Hicks graduated from KSU with a bachelor’s degree in education. Through determination and hard work, he graduated in three years, during which he was also a member of the track and field team. He was a part of the 1996 Olympic Hopeful Team and excelled as a three-time NCAA All-American. He currently serves as a senior-level marketing executive within the biotech industry. He is the founder and CEO of the Three V’s Foundation.

Hicks’ advice helped students to reconsider some of their own routines. KSU student Natalie Berry called the author’s presentation an “eye-opener.”

“He made me see things in a different way,” Berry said.

Dr. Herman Walston, professor of Child and Family Studies and Director of the Promising Youth Center for Excellence at Kentucky State University, gave opening remarks and introduced Hicks to the crowd.

“It was a great pleasure to be back in this capacity,” said Hicks. “I love my alma mater. I probably would not be the man I am today without this school.”

By Somto Adi, KSU staff writer