PHOENIX – Students in the Phoenix Central School District recently learned about perseverance as motivational speaker and TV celebrity Nick “Sunshine” Tokman shared his remarkable story.
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Tokman, who appeared on four seasons of “Deadliest Catch” as a crab fisherman, captivated students at the middle school and high school and encouraged them to follow their dreams.
He talked about feeling unfulfilled and the struggles he faced before finally landing his dream job catching king crab in Alaska.
“Failure is not going to kill you or break you, it’s what you do afterward that matters,” Tokman said.
For Tokman, failure and rejection were all too common when he first moved to Alaska without a job or experience in the crabbing industry. He was fired from multiple jobs and struggled to make ends meet. However, he kept working toward his dream.
“Don’t let money come before the things that matter most to you,” Tokman said. “Just because you don’t have the resources you think you need, it doesn’t mean you have to stop going after the things you want.”
His message resonated with students, as they met with Tokman and spoke about their own hopes and dreams.
“At the end of the day, it’s your life and you need to make decisions that make you happy,” he said.