Pernell Bush

Pernell Bush

President / CEO

No Limit Health and Education

Chicago, IL USA

People are going to be looking for you to bend, to break. But are you going to give them what they want? Or are you going to continue to fight forward?


By Roadtrip Nation

Pernell Bush


My road in life has taken me all over.
His mother went to prison when he was in the third grade; he spent some of his childhood in a house without electricity or water.
By the time he was a senior in high school, he had been to jail three times, a cycle he calls "riding in circles".
Finally, he knew he had to break the routine; he drove to the nearest military recruiting station and signed up for the Marine Corps.
Because they knew he had an anger problem, his superiors would constantly get in his face and dare Pernell to hit them.
Eventually, he broke down in tears; his senior officer pulled him aside and said, "They're trying to break you. Are you going to give them what they want?"
From that day forward, he made a conscious decision to continue to fight forward; graduated as one of the top four recruits in his class.
After two tours of Iraq, he finished his service; had a series of failures, failed out of college, ran two businesses into the ground.
Hearing that three men he'd served with had died inspired him to go back to college; now he's in graduate school and working with The Mission Continues.
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President / CEO

My life mission is to edify, strengthen, and empower those I encounter.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

As President and CEO of No Limit Health and Education, I focus on the core functions of the organization to enable it to achieve its long-term vision. My areas of focus include: strategy, finance, board management, fundraising, and program delivery.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Hustle! You have to go and create the life that you want.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Social Work
Social Work


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Why are you so emotional? You act like you are angry at the world."

Challenges I Overcame

Formerly Incarcerated
Single Parent

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Ready to Rise

Ready to Rise

Confronting systemic barriers to success