Motivational speaker uses hardships to connect with students

Motivational speaker uses hardships to connect with students.

**An article from Wabaunsee High School in Alma, Kansas.  Article written by: Kaytlyn Meseke @kaytlyn_nelle


Bulinski uses a wad of gum to model dedication for each day and how it adds up. For more information about Bulinski go to her website:


Adrienne Bulinski presented WHS with four tools to be successful: Say it out loud, Dedication, Attitude, and Perseverance.

Bulinski, 2005 Miss Kansas and the author of “Blood, Sweat, Tiaras” said if students use these four tools for less than five minutes everyday they can take themselves to the next level.

KSHSAA sent out a mass email informing Kansas high schools that Bulinski was touring and wanted to speak to high school students. School counselor, Marilyn Workman, was interested in the email because she was looking for a speaker for Red Ribbon Week. Workman researched Bulinski and decided that she wanted to have her come speak. “I think having students hear someone speak that has been through adversity and have overcome them, is inspiring.” said Workman.

Step number one: Say it out loud. “Life is 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how we respond to it.” Bulinski said (a quote by Charles Swindoll). Bulinski used a life experience to explain that you need to say your dreams and goals for life out loud. In 4th grade, she was asked what she wanted to do with her life. She answered with becoming a dancer on Broadway.

Step number two: Dedication. Bulinski had an example of a wad of gum. Everyday she would work on her splits until she had no flavor of her gum left. It took her three years to finally get her splits, but with her dream and dedication she was able to do it. “Dreams are an everyday thing, it’s not a once a week, not every other day, it’s everyday… you work on it everyday.” Bulinski said.

Step number three: Attitude. Everyday when Bulinski’s father would come into the bathroom acting like Steve Urkel asking if they were going to have a good day or a bad day. The point was to to have a positive attitude and have a good day. She also used Jim Carrey as an example. He would drive up to the Hollywood sign everyday and he would define success. One night, he wrote a check to himself for 10 million dollars, dated it and signed it. Days before that date he was offered a 10 million dollar contract for Dumb and Dumber.

Step number four: Persevere beyond life’s greatest obstacle. Years back,  Bulinski was learning how to ride bareback on a horse. She explained how she jumped up, spooked the horse and fell on her leg. Her leg was then dangling off to the side. After going to multiple doctors, she was told that she would probably  have to get it amputated. Luckily they were able to take her thigh skin and put it on her ankle to fix it. She was then told she probably would never walk again, but she persevered and worked at least five minutes a day on trying to walk. Bulinski can now walk, even without a limp.

“I liked how she talked about her hardships and how you have to use them in the world.” Freshman Emma Frey said.

After her dream of becoming a Broadway dancer ended, her husband asked her what she was going to do with her life. Bulinski answered him by saying she wanted to make a difference in the world. With the help of God, she was pointed in the direction of motivational speaking. She has been speaking for 12 years, but in the last four she has taken it very seriously

Students enjoyed missing class and listening to the speaker. “She was definitely inspirational,” sophomore Brendan Dugger said, “and got the point across.” Senior Monica Moser liked her energy and passion.