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Every dream comes from your subconscious mind. Every thought comes from your conscious mind. Every vision starts with the two. It takes an effort to manifest your dreams. Everything in life has a beginning, just like learning how to walk, one step at a time. Writing my first book started with one word back in April of ’07. That led to one sentence which led to one paragraph. At that moment completing my book seemed almost impossible. Keep in mind that I was writing with one finger on my left hand.

I accepted the fact that it wasn’t going to be easy. I’d already overcome such great odds already so quitting was not an option. The more I observed the success of others the more I realized that I could do the same. That’s when my FAITH kicked in. The people that were the closest to me were the ones that doubted me the most. I learned to take their negative energy and turn it into positive motivation. I realized that people will disappoint you so they became a non-factor. It took me a while to realize that what they thought of me really didn’t matter. Their opinion of me didn’t change once I finished my book. I self-published it and sold books to you guys on Facebook and out of the trunk of my car, all the while knowing and truly believing that I’d land a major publishing deal.

I left LA and moved back to Natchez, Mississippi. My mother gave me a 1988 Cutlass to drive around town. It had no air conditioning but that didn’t affect me at all. Summers and scorching heat is the norm there. I was being humbled and I was just glad to be alive. So many of you have shared this journey with me. Your support has been priceless, and I feel like I know each and every one of you. Some of my long term doubters are reading this and still refuse to accept how far I’ve come. But that’s okay, that’s just the crab barrel mentality of our people. I can only imagine what they’ll say after my next book gets published. The third book is surely gonna baffle them. A movie based on my book would probably kill them. That’s just the nature of the jealous beast.

I said all that to say this: you control your own destiny from this point on. You have to realize that it takes PATIENCE. Nothing worthwhile is going to be easy. It’s supposed to be hard. What my family did to me was nothing compared to what they did to Jesus. God is using my enemies as footstools. He’s preparing a table right in front of them. Oh how good it’s going to feel to eat that feast in front of them! No man can close the doors that He’s opened for me and that’s why I give him all the Glory! If you have a dream I encourage you to follow it. You just have to believe in yourself. Life is too short and time waits for no one. If they can do it, so can you. It doesn’t matter what the next person has. I reinvented myself at the age of 45 with no formal education, just a GED from jail. It hasn’t been easy, but it feels so damn good. So do you and be PATIENT as you move forward. Put one foot in front of the other. Take it one day at a time. Put your Faith in God and just watch what happens!


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