In this Expert Insight Interview, Trent McEntire discusses the phenomenal work that he keeps doing. Trent McEntire has helped people gain back their mobility for more than two decades, and his passion stems from his backstory.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- His childhood, teenage years, and dancing career
- How he learned that he had cerebral palsy
- How he was able to push through his condition through willpower and sheer athleticism
Trent has been athletic his whole life, and at one point, he realized that he enjoyed the creative nature of dance, which allowed him to be an athlete while also pursuing something that he loved.
He ended up going to college for dance, and this is where everything started. At that time, he was dancing 6 – 7 hours each day while also lifting weights, doing Pilates, etc. Unfortunately, he hit a point where he got up in the morning and could barely walk. He had inflammation in his legs that was so bad that he had to hobble to the bathroom to get in the shower.
Learning About Cerebral Palsy
The problems that Trent experienced were pretty alarming, especially because, as a dancer, he wanted to stay injury-free if at all possible. The immobility and pain he went through made him think that things might be over for him in terms of dancing.
He was home for a holiday break and complained to his mother about his pain and stiffness and not knowing what was going on. That’s when his mom told him that he was born with cerebral palsy. He was 19 years old at this point.
Trent says that it might have been a gift not to have a label growing up, but he also realizes that it might have been good to know about his condition from the start. He recognizes that it is difficult to know which path would have been less painful for him.
His mother asked him to remember his early childhood and having casts on his legs. It turns out the casts were the doctors’ response to the immobility in his ankles. The fact that Trent suffers from Class 1 (relatively mild) cerebral palsy means it is impossible to tell that he has the condition from simply looking at him, but it does come with a lot of movement restrictions. Thankfully, because he was so athletic in his youth, he was able to power through it.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.