Zion Clark is a motivational speaker, creator, athlete and now joins the esteemed few “Instagrammers” which have hit the one million follower milestone on their Instagram web page. Clark has over seventeen million “likes” on TikTok and practically forty million views of his Guinness World Document Youtube video. It’s secure to say Clark is impacting the lots. Clark was born with Caudal Regression Syndrome as a result of his start mom abusing medication throughout being pregnant. When Clark was born, he was moved into the foster care system. “My journey by way of life has been powerful. I have been by way of some very darkish locations and experiences in my life. Particularly the primary 17 years of my life going by way of the foster care system bouncing round between 9 completely different houses,” says Clark.
Clark notes that his onerous childhood taught him resilience, and he at all times tries to point out his genuine self by way of social media, “to point out individuals who I actually am,” says Clark. “Having the ability to persevere and get by way of these occasions is a reminder to different folks in life that keep in mind there are higher days forward. Your finest is but to come back. I submit the content material I do as a result of I need folks to see that our largest limitation is our mindset. I need folks to see that we’re able to a lot, do the stuff you like to do and that make you content. As a giant advocate for the significance of inclusion on the earth, and somebody that was born with a incapacity, I need to present the world that our voices matter simply as a lot. We’re deserving of the identical alternatives as everybody else. I’m at all times keen to strive new actions and sports activities as I like to push myself to my limits and be taught new expertise. My powerful childhood did train me to be resilient, and I attempt to present my genuine self by way of social media, to point out individuals who I actually am.”
Clark has a rising checklist of achievements, together with; All-American Wrestler at Kent State, two-time state monitor champion, Guinness World Document holder “quickest man on two arms for the 20m dash”. As well as, Clark holds the title for longest-running quick movie on Netflix, which picked up two Sports activities Emmy wins. Social media permits us to inform our narratives, unfiltered in some ways; for Clark, “social media has given me a voice to replicate on issues which can be essential to me and to share my story with the world on a bigger platform. It has given me energy, and I feel energy is a instrument. It is how it’s used that determines its influence. I need to use my voice to deliver folks collectively, unfold positivity, and present persons are all residing the human expertise collectively. With all of the negativity and judgment on the earth, I simply need to remind folks to imagine in themselves, do the work, and be rewarded. But it surely has to first come from that self-belief and love for your self. I notice I’ve a accountability with my platform. Individuals from world wide are watching me, so there comes accountability with an viewers.”
While we nonetheless could face challenges with social media, it does play an influential function in connecting us and, for Clark, forwarding the variety and inclusion motion, “social media is a good place to deliver inclusion and variety to films and television. By bringing voices collectively as power in numbers, we are able to change the way in which the world is run and the significance of various subjects. Social media places the ability in our arms to make change, and it begins with a couple of folks talking up for what they imagine in to create a compounding impact. Hitting a million followers on Instagram to me is a milestone as a result of it means folks hear my voice and assist me for me. To know I can have a constructive influence on one million folks is a rewarding and humbling feeling. On the finish of the day, it is about what you are able to do for others, and when I’m thought to be a giant inspiration to others, particularly these struggling, I do know I’m on the correct path to maintain making change on the earth” states Clark.
To many, the achievements Clark has already achieved at simply 24 years previous are sufficient for a lifetime, however Clark will not be finished but and has large plans for the longer term, “I’m presently coaching with my supervisor and coach Craig Levinson on making ready to be the first-ever Olympian and Paralympian athlete on the similar Olympic Video games in Paris 2024. I’d be competing in wrestling and likewise seated 100m for monitor. I am coaching in each sports activities each day to remain in form and dealing with a pro-MMA group in San Diego as I enhance my craft of preventing and wrestling to turn out to be extra well-rounded.” Clark can also be represented by C Expertise and is “engaged on getting extra roles on the earth of tv and performing. I have been advised I’m a pure at it, so I want to put these abilities to make use of. I’m additionally engaged on lots of non-profit work, giving again to assist reform the foster care system, which is a life objective. I do not need the children within the system to endure like I did rising up.”