Dr. Paul Stuart Wichansky

  Sharing the voice and vision of courage and optimism.

Motivational and Keynote Speaker for Youth and Professionals.

I am a motivational speaker and author who has overcome the effects of cerebral palsy and a hearing loss. Recognizing that our challenges can be among our greatest gifts, I have worked hard to transform obstacles into opportunities for self-improvement, and host presentations designed to show my audiences, by example, how they can also do the same.

For the past 35 years, since age 10, I have hosted presentations to share the positive perspectives and realities of triumphing over these challenges. The program also helps instill in my audiences the courage, confidence, and optimism to excel in their studies; treat their peers with respect and admiration; and be motivated to realize their own goals and dreams.

The objective is to encourage my students to ensure their names become symbols for success as they embrace those ideals of leadership and confidence that help make their lives a success story.

When we see others with our hearts rather than with our eyes, we develop respect and admiration for their gifts of friendship and inspiration. My web site is thus named JustTheWayYouAre.com which is also the title of one of my favorite Billy Joel songs.


The ideals of faith, love, and forgiveness is so important in our daily lives. My own experiences, some hilarious and others eye-watering, demonstrate how we should always strive to find joy and happiness based on the perspectives we have of others and especially about ourselves.

Over this proud 35-year speaking career, I have hosted an estimated 7,000 programs to hundreds of thousands of youth, parents, teachers, college students, and professionals in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and around the country.

Welcome to my personal web site!


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Actor David Hasselhoff accepted my thank-you note to be published in his autobiography, titled "Don't Hassel the Hoff." David says that my letter is a very powerful and evocative nod to the 1980s Knight Rider slogan, "One man can make a difference." It is the only fan letter published in David's memoirs.  [read my letter]

Watch VIDEO TESTIMONIALS following Dr. Paul's presentations 


Peer leadership & anti-bullying assemblies (Updated 9/2016):

Sept. 2016: My presentation to 400 high-school athletes (all sports in grades 9-12) at a New Jersey high school. Coach Nic Nese has generously provided the following video testimonial. The coach now wants me to speak at his kids' elementary school!


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"High school can be a challenge for many teens and being reminded of both the greater challenges in life and also the need to look ahead and positive meant so much and was reinforced in your message. As we stood today to give a standing ovation to you, it was not as amazing as seeing you stand for us." - sophomore class president


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