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An Inspiring Journey from Setback to Success

Have you ever met someone whose story just grabs you and won't let go? That’s exactly what happened when I had the chance to sit down with Mr. Leon Hines a few weeks ago. This dynamic speaker and motivator hails from Fayetteville, NC, and his journey is nothing short of inspiring.

Leon is the owner of Tobacco Road Barber and Beauty Shop and the CEO of Impel Barber Studio. But his influence doesn’t stop there. He’s also the host of The Impel Forward Podcast, a platform he uses to encourage his listeners to always strive for greatness. Through personal stories and guest interviews, Leon shares a powerful message: everyone has the potential to change.


Leon’s own story is a testament to this belief. At 16, he went from being an admired student-athlete to dropping out of high school for 7.5 years. Today, he is a successful entrepreneur and a mentor to many. His transformation not only changed the hearts of those he loves but also positively impacted the community he serves.


Leon’s journey from setback to success has helped people from all walks of life make personal changes and live a life of purpose. He encourages everyone, "No matter the setback or failure in life, we can all get up and start over again. Take action because not trying at all is where you fail."

His goal is to drive, force, and urge others to Impel Forward, and anyone who hears him speak will walk away inspired and full of hope for the future.

For more information, visit Leon Hines' website at


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