Diagnosed with a rare eye disorder in the third grade, Charlie’s self-esteem began to unravel by the thread. He wouldn’t have a future as a detective like his hero, Magnum P.I. He would never soar in a jet fighter like he dreamed. He would never drive a race car and see the checkered flag wave. College was out of the question, because he just wasn’t smart enough. At least that’s what the teachers told him.
Only a God who was unusually cruel would shatter the dreams of a little boy by creating him defective. It was the only explanation that made any sense, and it was a crushing blow. If God didn’t care about him, why should he care about himself? And so began Charlie’s freefall into a world of negative self-talk and ultimately addiction. A self-destructive plummet that would see him cheat death twice as he marched to the precipice of suicide.
Raw and brutally honest, Tripping into the Light is a tale of soaring triumphs and heartbreaking defeat. It illustrates the power of true love and the undying spirit of hope. It is about one man’s willingness to try one just more time, when it seemed all was lost. Through Charlie’s eyes, we see that all things are possible if we are willing to roll up our sleeves and do the work.
Charlie Collins is the Founder and CEO of Vision Dynamics and CCI (Charlie Collins International). He is a well-respected Motivational Speaker, Certified Professional Success Coach, and author who inspires people to live with clear vision.
Legally blind since age 13, Charlie struggled with accepting his vision loss and understands the pitfalls of low self-esteem. His Tripping Into The Light Seminars, based upon his real life struggles with addiction, offers participants a sense of hope by teaching them how to create clear, attainable visions of success.
Charlie lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time he loves to play the guitar, ride his mountain bike, and go on hikes, but most of all he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.