Speaker flavors life with MSG

FOSTORIA “Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll get a star,” said Bruce Boguski during a motivational presentation at St. Wendelin Catholic School Tuesday.

Boguski was invited to talk to high school students about motivation, success and goals. English teacher Tom Bridinger said the students are to write a research paper on the MSG’s -motivation, success and goals.

“If you surround yourself with motivation and goals, in the middle you will have success,” Bridinger said.

Boguski is an internationally known motivational speaker who uses his personal triumphs to motivate listeners. At 18, Boguski was partially paralyzed in a car accident involving a drunk driver.

One important idea Boguski recommended was to live in the now. “You never know how many right nows you have left,” he said.

Boguski was able to regain full control over his body after two years and went on to become a two-time state champion in racquetball and played for a state championship softball team. He also was the head baseball and assistant football coach at Van Buren High School and the tennis coach at The University of Findlay.

During his talk, Boguski gave the students three things to remember: “To have an unshakable belief in yourself, visualize your success, and to regroup, because nothing ever always happens the way you would like it to.”

“Always focus on the positive messages by using affirmations,” Boguski said. “You can change your actions by saying positive things about yourself over and over.”

Boguski said it is important to write down your goals and attempt your ideas.

“Don’t let other people steal your joy,” he said. “Sometimes the craziest ideas are the best ideas. The bigger the goals, the greater the motivation.”

Boguski also said smiling is important. He said positive and negative emotions can help people remember things better.

“Smiling is a tremendous opportunity to get things done,” he said.

Boguski is author of the book “The Testing Zone,” which provides tips and techniques to students on how to do better while taking tests under pressure.

He ended his talk by telling about how he was going to quit speaking to groups, but a letter from a women about her son and his problems and successes motivated him to continue.

“You never know who you might reach,” Boguski said.