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Luke Kennedy

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development, Social Issues

Luke S. Kennedy was formerly an obese alcoholic and drug addict. He was leader of a street fighting and graffiti crew. Luke came close to death numerous times and also nearly killed others in street battles. He was stabbed on two separate occasions; once in the lung and the other time in the head.

Luke captivates his audience after his first sentence and then takes them on a ‘journey’ of how his life turned from an innocent, happy childhood to violence and drugs. He then shows how he got out of that life and now runs a successful business helping others both physically and emotionally. After his total turn around Luke won a State Title in boxing.

Where were you born?

I was born in Liverpool, Sydney’s Western suburbs. I grew up in Hurstville in Sydney’s South.

What other jobs have you had?

My first ever job was at the age of 22 where I worked at a ladies handbag factory. It wasn’t the career of a lifetime but it was the start I needed to get some discipline in my life.

After losing 47 kilos I left the factory to become a personal trainer. My personal training business exploded with the help of my business partner (who is also my stunning wife), and we now own a gym, which won best start up business in the Asia Pacific region 2013.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Winning the award for our gym was a huge highlight for my wife and I.

Writing my book Stabbed Ego was, so far, the best experience in my life. I loved writing it. Once it was published and in stores I couldn’t believe it. It was surreal seeing something I put so much effort into being displayed on shelves.

Since the release of the book another big highlight for me has been the requests to speak at schools. I have a ball with the students and after each talk I arrive at home to countless messages on Facebook from the students telling me how much I’ve helped with their mindset. There’s no better feeling.

I also won a light heavyweight boxing title and NSW amateur boxer of the year in 2010.

Where have your works been published?

It was first published in Australia but since the book has spread into the States via social media and I’m currently in talks with agent in New York to get it published there.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I feel people from all walks of life are missing out on life through worrying what other people think. I was an obese child through to my early manhood and I didn’t do a lot of things as a kid because I was self-conscious about my weight. I want to bring some realization to this issue in the hope of getting rid of it. We all need to start living a full life, without worrying about being judged by others.

Testimonials

Luke made a huge impact on our team here at the NRL.

—Todd Greenberg, NRL CEO

Luke delivered his What Gang Life Taught Me About Business & Sales presentation at our Annual Changemakers Gathering, held at Sydney University. His presentation was entertaining, shocking, funny, but most importantly it left our room of entrepreneurs inspired to take on Luke’s key message of ‘be open to taking feedback’.

—M. Alfred (P.Th) Principal Director, Institute for Leadership

Luke was absolutely incredible to work with from beginning to end and willing to accommodate and tailor his presentation to suit the audience and environment of a maximum security prison.
Not only was his message heartfelt and inspiring, it completely hit home with our young prisoners as to how the decisions they make when they’re young can affect the rest of their lives. Luke’s ability to present his real life experiences while weaving messages of hope and inspiration is truly incredible.
Luke went above and beyond on the day, and instead of just presenting his speech and leaving, Luke took the additional time and had one-on-one chats with these young prisoners and took on informal mentoring conversations with them. It was an absolute pleasure having Luke speak to our young prisoners and look forward to a future opportunity of engaging him again in the future.

—C.Donovan, Department of Justice & Regulation, April 2015

Hey mate you spoke at my school today, it was so good to hear from a person who felt how I feel sometimes. I feel like people are always judging me and I’m scared of what they think. I’m in the middle of reading your book. I don’t normally read books but I’m really interested in this book. You have made me think: “Who cares about what people think of me? Just be me.” All afternoon I’ve been telling Mum and Dad about your speech today. Thanks heaps, you’ve really touched me!

—Year 10 Student

Luke spoke to our Year 10 and 11 students, the boys were very receptive of what he recounted. The reality of it all made the students really stop and take time to reflect on the choices they might make and the expectations they need to live up to.

Luke spoke at their level and was ‘on the mark’ in terms of his delivery. As for his book, well, I have never seen so many students who wouldn’t be caught dead with a book in their hands, literally run to my office to grab a copy for themselves!

I would highly recommend Luke to any school.

—B. Vetrano, Pastoral Care & Year 10 Coordinator, St Gregory’s College Campbelltown

Luke Kennedy was asked to attend and speak with 8 troubled youth who have been engaging in criminal behaviour. Luke presented well and educated the youth on how to stop themselves from conforming to labels that were placed on them by society. The youth loved hearing his story and could not believe that Luke had been through these things. A truly inspirational story that makes youth think carefully about the decisions they make. Thank you Luke for allowing us to learn from your story.

—L. O'Meley, Constable, Youth Case Manager, Hornsby PCYC

Luke is a fantastic speaker that captivates his audience young & old. He is also a very passionate & dedicated man whom shared his incredible story about how he turned his life around from a street fighter, drug user & gang member to now successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author. 
Luke’s presentation to our community was tailor made to fit the subject “See the person not the Drug”. His story gave hope and generated great discussions! Luke spoke about the importance of ‘family connection & support’ being key factors in Luke’s inspirational recovery story! 
We are excited to have had  Luke guest speak at our event’s this year. Highly recommend Luke as a motivational guest speaker!

—C. Watson, Chairman, Narrabri Community Drug Action Team, 2017
Luke delivered his ‘What Gang Life Taught Me About Business’ presentation at our annual Changemakers Gathering held at Sydney University. His presentation was entertaining, shocking, funny, but most importantly it left our room of entrepreneurs inspired to take on Luke’s key message of ‘Be open to taking feedback.
—M. Alfred, Principal Director, Institute of Leadership, 2017

Luke made a huge impact on our team here at the NRL and captivated the audience with his story and messaging.  Luke is a bright, energetic and positive individual and the way he has turned his life around is inspirational.

—T. Greenberg, CEO of NRL, 2017
Luke was a keynote speaker at Bxponential, a business event with over 500 attendees. From the five keynotes on the day, Luke received overwhelming and sensational feedback. The audience raved about the content, delivery, and message from Luke. An absolute inspiration and such an incredible way to open the event. As founder and CEO of Bx, we hold numerous events for business owners and work with numerous speakers at our events. Luke is 100% the real deal. His journey, story, and approach is authentic, and this is why he connects instantly with every audience member.
We will be working with Luke again, and again, and again!
—M. Alderton, Founder & CEO, B-x.com.au & Alderton Enterprises 2017

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