Overcoming the Unthinkable

No matter how much we carefully plan our lives, struggles will always be present. We are given adversities to build the resilience that will help us in overcoming the unthinkable.

In this episode, I have a captivating conversation with Kwesi Millington who is a speaker, coach, author, and former police officer. Kwesi has been empowering people particularly the youth by sharing his professional and personal struggles.

The defining moment that will change Kwesi’s life forever happened while he was working as a police officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A man was acting violently at Vancouver International Airport. 

He and three police officers started handling the situation in a regular conversation then it eventually led to a struggling arrest and sadly, the man died of heart failure.

Although the incident was recorded and the court cleared Kwesi of any wrong doings, he was still tried and convicted of perjury. He ended up serving 10 months in a correctional system in Canada.

During his time in jail, Kwesi realized that adversities in life are inevitable. He knew that he has a purpose and that is to be of help to others. When he got out of jail, it didn’t mean that he was completely free.

He endured decades of public scrutiny and bullying that he still gets from time to time. Instead of dwelling on the negative, Kwesi made it a point to look for something in every adversity he undergoes.

Kwesi manages to turn every struggle into an ability to rise above adversity. He wants to share this empowering movement with people who are going through any difficulties.

Kwesi never thought that doing the job he believed would make a difference in other people’s lives, will greatly change his. Now, with his speaking and coaching programs, he wants people to realize that life may be filled with obstacles, but we can always rise and overcome it all.

Time Stamps:

  • Kwesi’s journey to becoming a police officer (03:02)
  • The critical moment that changed his life forever (05:12)
  • Going through the stages of grief (08:43)
  • The level of psychological support while in prison (11:02) 
  • Kwesi’s way of dealing with online bullying (14:53)
  • Who is Kwesi empowering right now? (17:09)
  • His process of writing his book Rise (19:30) 
  • Kwesi’s advice for people going through adversities (22:00)
  • The changes in his life since becoming a parent (24:55)

Resources Mentioned:


  • “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman
  • “The present moment is the field on which the game of life happens. It cannot happen anywhere else.” – Eckhart Tolle
  • “Someone once said that we ask for help not because we’re weak but because we want to remain strong.” -Kwesi Millington

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Connect With Kwesi Millington
Listen to Kwesi’s podcast Rise The Podcast here.
Get a copy of Kwesi’s book RISE – The 8 Keys to Overcoming Adversity here.

About Kwesi Millington

Kwesi is a former police officer, award-winning speaker, and certified coach. On the fateful night of October 14, 2007, Kwesi’s life was changed forever. 

While working as a police officer, he and three fellow officers responded to a call from Vancouver International Airport. It was reported that a man was acting violently.

The event progressed from being a regular conversation to an evident struggle and unfortunately, it ended with the man dying of heart failure. This event led to Kwesi’s wrongful conviction and public scrutiny that persists up until this day.

This tragic event served as his path to building resilience and his reason to rise above the struggles and overcome adversity. 

Now, Kwesi’s goal is to share his personal story with people especially the youth. Doing so, lets him help people build resilience in their own lives.