and my life had hit rock bottom. College hadn’t been what I expected. I spent half of my time trying to figure out what I wanted to do, and the other time half-assing. I got kicked off the football team. My grades were nothing to write home about, a far cry from the 92% I averaged in high school, not to mention I was heavily indebted to my college’s Bursars office. I had to come back home, tail in hand, and I came home to my very own personal Hell. My American Dream was falling to pieces right before my eyes, and I had nobody to blame but myself.
I was back home and on my parent’s couch…in the basement. It was hard knowing how hard my parents had worked to put me through private school my entire life, only for me to squander it away. I couldn’t be there. I had to find a job.
G&C Foods decided to give me a shot. I almost lost my job twice. One employee there saw my potential. He defended me when it would have been better for them to cut their ties. Oh, I forgot to mention. I worked anywhere from 10 to 16 hours shifts, and afterwards when we got out around 3AM, I had to walk 6 miles home every night, and I don’t live in a tropical paradise. I live in the snow belt.
It was at about this time that I ran into two books that changed my life. Those books are “The Art of War” by Sun-Tzu, and “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene. I lived in those books. I became obsessed with them and with self-improvement.
The turning point? Besides having to walk 6 miles home every night after working 10+ hour shifts, I saw my mother get her second Master’s Degree. Seeing her walk across the stage and accomplish so much, it was unbearable to know that I had fallen so short of what my parents expected of me, and me of myself. I cried in my father’s arms to which he said, “It’s okay. You’ll get there.” I’m not ashamed this.
My desire to improve went into overdrive. Anything that I could learn, any history I could get my hands on, any tips and techniques I could get, I absorbed it all. All of that information shook my entire world up, but it brought me to a single decision…
I was going to live the life that I wanted. I wasn’t going to let dogma, the opinions of others, self-doubt, or my environment determine my life. I took extreme ownership of my life.
Since then, I ended up getting promoted by G&C Foods to an amazing job in sales…which I quit after three and a half years. I am so grateful to them for their belief in me. Remember this: All you need is one person to believe in you, just one. When you find that person, make it count.
I left that job to take a risk. I wanted to get into the NBA. With no guarantees, I went to a program in Las Vegas that teaches you the ropes. I spent my last to go. That risk turned into a two year internship with the Association.
While that was going on, I took all of my random credits, went back to school, and got my two year degree in Electronic Media & Communications. I also decided to write a book.
The book is an abridged version of “The 48 Laws of Power.” With all due respect to Greene, his book is cumbersome for most to digest, not unless you are an avid reader. My version, which is easier to digest, is in the process of being published, and you’ll be able to snag a copy soon.
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