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Hashim Garrett

Wisdom & Understanding, LLC

Hashim Garrett grew up in Brooklyn, New York. As a young boy, he was picked on and bullied. Hashim realized that he could avoid the torment if he befriended his tormentors, and he eventually joined a gang. There was something powerful about having others fear him for a change. When he was good, nobody seemed to notice him, but when he was bad, everyone knew his name.

At 15, Hashim was shot and paralyzed from the waist down. As he lay on the ground wondering if he would live or die, his eyes were opened. Ironically, the shooter was beholden to the same series of bad choices that he himself had once experienced. Hashim decided to forgive his assailant; a decision that would change the trajectory of his future.


Determined that paralysis would not define him, Hashim has led an active life of remarkable achievements. He majored in Investment Banking at Rutgers University, and from 1995-2001 was Violence Prevention Coordinator at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, speaking to children about the causes of conflicts. Delivering this empowering message brought about yet another transformative moment for Hashim, realizing that this was his life's work.


Today, Hashim is married and has two children. He works with various organizations, providing lectures, presentations, workshops, and retreats. His approach is simple: The message is positive, emphasizing self-respect and respect for others. Hashim has delivered this message to hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world; his social commentary is sought after throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. He inspires corporate teams, non-profit associations, students and educators to live more successful lives.

Hashim Garrett speaking
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