Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade recently revealed how tragedy set him on the path to becoming the man we see on television today.
The longtime co-host of Fox & Friends revealed how he overcame adversity to achieve success while discussing his new book, Sam Houston and The Alamo Avengers.
Per BizPac Review:
“I have the best job, I am on the number one network …I’m privileged — but I think you should understand what a long shot this is and the journey I took, and I think you’ll be able to relate to it,” he said.
“My original goal was to be a great soccer player,” the 55-year-old explained, “and the problem with that was … I wasn’t.”
“I was determined to be great. I worked and I tried, and with my dad as my coach, I started really making progress,” Kilmeade said. That is, until his father was involved in a fatal accident.
“My goal was to double and triple down to prove his belief in me and to show that I could achieve my goals … in a tribute to him, I was going to go pro,” he said.
After transitioning from high school to college athletics, a 22-year-old Kilmeade felt he suffered the ultimate defeat when his college coach eventually benched him.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was 22 years old and I failed at my first titanic goal. The tribute I wanted to give to my dad, the salute I wanted to give to my family … everyone thought I was good … 22 and done, Kilmeade recalled. “However, there is something magical about blowing your perfect game…because I’m basically playing with house money, and I promised my second goal, no one’s gonna bench me, I’m going to the next team. I will decide when this is over because I already found out what happened when someone else was in control,” he continued.
After that, Kilmeade focused on succeeding in radio and television. It seemed a natural fallback for the communications major.
But, almost immediately, rejection letters from various media outlets began piling up.
Eventually, Kilmeade’s tenacity paid off, leaving him with a priceless life lesson we all should remember going into the Christmas season:
“I also think that if you put effort in and you don’t get the required results, people think you lose … but you don’t. Your glory is delayed, it is not denied. You decide when it’s over, and if you don’t get it in your lifetime, the kids you raise, the neighbors who see you … will be inspired by you and you can revel in their success.”