There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid by Titus O’Neil with Paul Guzzo, ECW Press

There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: How I Went from Stereotype to Prototype

O'Neil, Titus with Paul Guzzo

  • An inspiring story from a humanitarian role model and WWE superstar, known to fans as Titus O’Neil

    One caring person can change the course of a child’s life — Titus O’Neil knows that first-hand. Growing up, he was repeatedly confronted with negativity. By the time he was a teenager, he figured that he was the bad kid everyone said he was — until an adult looked him in the eye and said, “There is no such thing as a bad kid.” Unfortunately, many children across North America are labeled “bad.” They may have short attention spans, unstable home environments, or learning difficulties. Often, these young people are diagnosed with an emotional or behavioral disorder and placed in special classes. They internalize these labels, and the imposed limitations affect their ability to learn, behave, and fit in.

    There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid chronicles Titus’s turbulent childhood years as he was helped to shed the label and realize his unique greatness, his value and potential. His remarkable story will provide hope and inspiration to children in similar circumstances and will help guide well-meaning adults in how to pay forward their successes to a generation of disadvantaged children.


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  • WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil is an accomplished athlete and entertainer in the ring and hard-working philanthropist out of the ring. He has helped raise millions for charities, secured scholarships for student athletes, and he mentors at-risk youth. Paul Guzzo is a journalist, filmmaker, and author. A proud native of Ewing, New Jersey, he has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1999.

  • Published: August 2019

    ISBN: 9781770414921

    Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 240

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“We all have the power to create our own destiny. Titus is living proof of that, and his story will inspire others to do the same.” — Roman Reigns, WWE Superstar

“Titus O’Neil gives from his heart, his head, and his hands. He is not only a world-class athlete, he is a world-class human being.” — Frank Sanchez, Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Vice President, Sports, Entertainment, and Alumni Development

“A true example of a servant leader, Titus O’Neil represents all that is good in our community. A big man with an even bigger heart for those less fortunate, he leads by his faith, his example, and an unwavering commitment to leaving Tampa better than he found it.” — Bob Buckhorn, former mayor of Tampa

“A powerful, riveting story.” — Charleston Post Courier

“The book is a well-written argument about the need to give children positive reinforcement rather than dismiss them as inherently misbehaved . . . certainly might interest those in the education and social care sector.” — Pro Wrestling Books

“It's a juicy page-turner, quenching your thirst for backstage drama, family strife, hilarious ribs, heartwarming memories and a promising conclusion. If you're an aspiring pro wrestler, you'll be inspired. If you've just gotten laid off, you'll find hope. If you're approaching fatherhood, you'll be comforted. If you're a single dad, even more so . . . I consider this one of the greatest autobiographies I've ever read.” — The Wrestling Estate

“Titus is the best example I’ve ever known of refusing to be a product of bad circumstances. He turned a heartbreaking situation into a lifetime of inspiration. I’m blessed to know him. I’m proud to call him a brother. I hope everyone will read his amazing journey and use it as inspiration to give, love, laugh, dream, work hard, and never make excuses . . .” — Dave Bautista

“As a WWE Superstar and Florida Gator, Titus has entertained millions. But as a man, he changes lives one child and family at a time. Titus is living proof that the biggest and baddest can also be the best and kindest.” — Dr. Kent Fuchs, President of the University of Florida

“Titus O’Neil is committed to youth development and does wonderful work to help those from different backgrounds believe there are no limits on what they can achieve. His work to help our community is inspiring to everyone.” — Steve Spurrier, Titus’s football coach at the University of Florida

“Truly an amazing tale of some of the worst hardship possible being overcome with the power of a caring adult mentor . . . Truly a commendable man and a much recommended book.” — BookAnon blog

“This is a book that educators, politicians, and anyone that works with, or wants to work with, children should read. This will, hopefully, make the reader want to get more involved with their communities to address a problem in our education system.” — Lance Writes blog