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Former pro wrestler turned inspirational speaker Shawn Stasiak is preaching to students about overcoming their fears.

“Life’s going to have all kinds of obstacles, challenges and fears,” said Stasiak. “We’re going to face fears but it’s up to us to dig deep.”

He even has created a character called Fobia to help get his message across to young people.

“What was once a Halloween joke has turned into my reality,” said Stasiak. “Fobia is a depiction of me of all my fears and challenges that I’ve had to face over the years that I’ve overcome.”

Stasiak’s father wrestled for more than two decades which resulted in frequent moves around the country and high expectations in the ring. Those are among things the younger Stasiak says he’s overcome and his message resonated with officials at Irving’s Crockett Middle School.

“I think that the primary of topics of facing your fears and surrounding yourself by good people are something that’s going to be really valuable for our students,” said Raymond Edwards, Principal of Crockett Middle School.

“What he says is what our kids need to hear,” said Nancy Innis. “Perseverance, staying with it and don’t let people get in your way.”

So what’s a former wrestler doing back in the face paint after become a chiropractor five years ago?

“Everybody needs a hero, mentor or leader to look up to and it’s my time now,” said Stasiak. “Everything I’ve been through in my life, good or bad, has led me to this next chapter.”

In his next chapter Stasiak hopes he can make as much of an impact as a speaker as he did in the ring.

Watch the video in HD above produced by our News Without The Blues team – the only news team in Texas that only reports on positive news! The video was reported by Journalist Chris Blake and shot by Videographer Chris Ghanbari.

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