Posted: April 5, 2021 in: Pain-2-Power, Person of the Week

REHAN STATON: The Pain-2-Power Person of the Week

Rehan Staton hasn’t had an easy life.  He grew up in a single parent household—with his dad—after his mother left the family and left the country when Rehan was 8-years-old.  His father worked very hard to provide for his children, but there were still financial struggles—real struggles, like missed meals and no electricity.

Still, Mr. Staton persevered and, with the help of his father, his teachers and a tutor, completed high school.  He applied to colleges, but wasn’t accepted to a single one.  Although he’d been talented enough as a high school boxer to consider a career as a professional, that path was blocked.  A double shoulder injury senior year had sidelined him.  So Rehan Staton went to work as a garbage collector for Bates Trucking & Trash Removal.  That meant getting up at 4 a.m. to get to work on time.  And he did.  Because hard work and taking painful steps forward had never been things Rehan Staton avoided.

It wasn’t long, though, before Mr. Staton’s coworkers at Bates Trucking & Trash recognized how smart he was.  They brought that fact to attention of the owner of the company, who brought Mr. Staton to the attention of Bowie State University.  Staton achieved a 4.0 there and eventually transferred to the University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 2018.

That would be enough of a story of pain to power, but it doesn’t end there.  Reggie Staton had another goal:  Becoming a lawyer.  He got a job in political consulting at the Robert Bobb Group in Washington, DC, studied for the LSAT and was accepted to Columbia, UPenn, Pepperdine, USC and Harvard.

This fall, he started Harvard Law School.

“When I look back at my experiences, I like to think that I made the best of the worst situation. Each tragedy I faced forced me out of my comfort zone, but I was fortunate enough to have a support system to help me thrive in those predicaments,” Staton said.

Whatever Rehan Staton achieves during his life will be due to his courage and commitment, as well as that of his father, his brother Reggie (who helped support Rehan financially during college), his high school teachers, his tutor and his employers.  I am sure there were others.  They’re all heroes, in my book.  Mr. Staton had enough confidence in himSELF and in God or the Universe to accept the gifts they could give him.

Making the best of the worst situation isn’t easy.  But it also happens to be aligned with the core of Pain-2-Power.  And that’s why Rehan Staton is the Pain-2-Power Person of The Week.

Dr. Keith Ablow


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