Nick “Sunshine” Tokman, a four-year cast member of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-winning show “Deadliest Catch,” inspired Accompsett Elementary fifth graders on Wednesday.
Tokman initially asked the students what jobs they wanted when they grow up. One fifth grader replied that he one day wanted to be the third baseman for the New York Yankees, another said an Olympian, and a third a hairdresser.
Tokman then explained that other people’s voices sometimes pull us in other directions. So listen to your inner voice and don’t let others determine who you will be.
“We don’t do what we want to do because other people’s voices start getting louder than ours,” Tokman said.
Tokman also spoke about the importance of persistence.
After traveling from his native Springfield, Mass., to Alaska without a job — or a concrete plan — Tokman put his resume along with rocks in sandwich bags and threw them into every boat, trying to attract the interest of any captain who might hire him for their fishing boat. That persistence paid dividends and he was hired.
He ultimately landed on “Deadliest Catch,” a reality television series that premiered in 2005. The show follows crab fishermen aboard vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab and snow crab fishing seasons.
“Failure won’t break you,” he told the students. “… You all have a gift.”
Date Added: 3/9/2022