We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabe Trujillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabe, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite quote is from Mahatma Gandhi. It is “strength doesn’t come from physical capacity, it comes from an indomitable will.” This quote has helped me grow both personally and professionally. As a quadriplegic, it has shown me that my strength is found in my ability to adapt and overcome adversity. My will to persevere against all odds is just as important as any physical prowess. As a journalist, it’s helped me find my voice and belief in my own skills. Trust in my own worth and abilities leads to my success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career has been a whirlwind. I began my career in the online education space before moving into the digital marketing world and then ultimately ending up in the broadcast news industry. Perhaps my biggest accomplishment since joining the journalism world has been earning the TEGNA Unsung Hero award. I was nominated by my peers and I was humbled and honored to be recognized. My journey into the journalism world was not easy, it took several years before I got any real opportunity. But I always told myself no matter what I was doing, I was going to do it to the best of my ability. I believe my patience and personality were the biggest reasons for my success. I also think the adversely I encounter as a person with a disability helps me grow professionally as well.
I want people to know that patience can help you overcome anything. I am living proof that with a little help from others and some belief in your own abilities, you can achieve success in any part of your life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If we were going to spend the day in Phoenix area, I would start with a nice morning hike in the accessible trails at South Mountain Park. After that, I would grab lunch at Casa Reynoso, my favorite Mexican restaurant in Tempe. I would round out the day with a movie at the Cine Capri and a stroll around the Tempe Marketplace.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shoutout my family. I would not be who I am or where I am without their support. They have helped me through the countless tribulations that come with being a quadriplegic, and helped me find success both personally and professionally.