Born in East Texas, Professor Carlos Wallace is a retired 5th generation railroad Engineer and Navy veteran, a member of the American Legion and a graduate of the National Labor College and Union Pacific’s elite Brakeman/Conductor school. The International Organizer helped run several political campaigns including that of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Carlos, a Guest Lecturer at Lone Star College-University Park and member of the Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology, ranks among Houston's top education advocates and philanthropists. He follows in the footsteps of his late mother Alice Wallace (an educator and coach). Wallace advances her academic principles by providing financial assistance to students through the Alice Wallace Foundation. Wallace is also President and CEO of entertainment and philanthropy company Sol-Caritas. Sol has produced a series of multi-city tours and events featuring stand-up comics and entertainers from Houston, Dallas, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The company is the only Houston-based entertainment enterprise to produce over 140 comedy and poetry shows, sell more than 90, 000 tickets and donate generously to over 85 non-profit local and internationally recognized charities, including Covenant House, the American Diabetes Association, Haiti Relief, the American Cancer Society, and Lupus Foundation of America.
Carlos recently published his second book (now a bestseller) entitled “The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S”. A slight departure from the measured approach he took in writing his critically acclaimed first effort, “Life Is Not Complicated, You Are: Turning Your Biggest Disappointments Into Your Greatest Blessings”, 99 is a no-holds-barred reflection on society’s propensity to focus on the one or two times things do not go right in life, rather than appreciating the many times circumstances work in our favor. Both works take into account instances of triumph and tragedy to explore the value in everyday life experiences and demonstrate how everyone can use his or her past to become empowered. While Carlos is grateful for the glowing reviews his books have garnered, he derives even more satisfaction hearing from young men and women who share personal stories of pain and feelings of despondency and credit the messages in “Life” and “99” for literally saving their lives. As a man who takes his role as a leader and mentor very seriously, knowing he has been able to change the narrative in the lives of the next generation is a profound source of motivation.
Carlos Wallace's introductory narrative "A Battle vs. A War" recounts the chilling true story of his experience with betrayal, hatred and racism. One fateful evening, he discovered that sometimes the people you believe are close friends are really your biggest enemies. "The course of my life almost changed completely that night. Everything I had worked for, my family had worked for... I almost threw away because of a bad decision."
To hear about the incident that transformed Carlos' life and is now encouraging young men and women across the country to "think before they act", click on the link below:
"One of the most relatable lectures I've heard since I started college."
"Had an amazing speaker today in my philosophy class. Everyone should get his book 'Life Is Not Complicated, You Are'!"
Usually when people start talking about God, I get turned off, but Mr. Wallace made me want to listen; I was really interested in his point of view!"
"I was having such a hard time dealing with my problems. I even thought about killing myself. But the way you talked to us, like we all mattered. Thank you for making me realize my life is important."
During my most onerous moments, I reached back to an erstwhile time when I was surrounded by love and wisdom. The principles my parents and grandparents taught me have been my chief lifeline; cardinal rules on which I base my decisions. When I recall the hardships they endured and survived I am encouraged to persevere. Choices that seem so complicated and unmanageable pale in comparison to their harrowing experiences. This comprehension helped impart valuable perspective. Once I peeled back the layers of my past and understood how influential personal history can be I wanted to share this knowledge with others battling their own challenges. Some of us do not understand how to break through the walls closing in on and holding us back. Answers are hidden however, they are not out of reach. Solutions to your problems can be found in lessons you have learned until now. These lessons are a guide you can use on your journey through life’s peaks and valleys. Lessons can become your personal GPS.
Remember, life is not all that complicated. People on the other hand tend to make living quite complex. Simplify things. Tap into your GPS. It may be one day at a time, one hour at a time or moment by moment. However long it takes to get to where you need to be emotionally, mentally, physically or all of the above, as long as you take that all important first step you are a lot further along than if you did nothing at all.
The "Life Is Not Complicated, You Are: Digital Narrative" is set against a backdrop of original scores, artistic expression and personal testimonies from readers whose lives have been transformed by the book. It transcends typical literary soundtracks by drawing listeners into each chapter experience. Carlos, a philanthropist, successful businessman and railroad engineer collaborated with fellow East Texan, sound engineer and producer Michael "Boogielow" Baker, who customized the compositions that bring the author's poignant words to life.
Critics call the "Digital Narrative" groundbreaking and extraordinary. One reviewer exclaims: "This has completely spoiled me! I will never listen to a regular audio-book the same"
This book will teach you to appreciate the good in your life and encourage you to maintain a positive attitude despite the negativity that surrounds you. To appreciate circumstances that help you evolve not because you are impervious to hurt and disappointment, but because you are accepting of joy. The book, much like “Life Is Not Complicated, You Are” is an odyssey into recesses of your psyche that you may not have fully tapped into. At the end of the journey, prepare to view life through a completely different lens. Prepare to appreciate and value “The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S”.
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Life Is Not Complicated, You Are: DIGITAL NARRATIVE