42 Wants

I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself. – Emma Watson

Today is April 10th, 2018 and it’s my 42nd birthday celebration. There are 42 things that I want for my future that will benefit hundreds of thousands of others and even millions. 

I usually have to pay a price for being clear about what I want. Some call me arrogant. Others will pray that I remain focused.

I want …

1. I want racism to end in my life time.

2. I want Kelli and I to live happily married until the Lord calls us home.

3. I want my daughters to be happily married to men that will protect and provide for them until the Lord calls them home.

4. I want L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct) to serve youth internationally by 2027 starting with the continent of Africa.

5. I want Kelli and I to establish a family foundation by 2027 supporting sports organizations that develop leaders.

6. I want to lead LEAD to build a Center For Youth in Bankhead, NW Atlanta housing 100 LEAD Ambassadors by 2022.

7. I want to write my second book by 2019.

8. I want my for profit business Diamond Directors to certify at least 100 professional baseball coaches in North America by 2020.

9. I want to visit the Continent of Africa by age 50.

10. I want to mentor a LEAD Ambassdor to become the Mayor of Atlanta, Governor of Georgia and U.S. Senator by my age of 60.

11. I want LEAD to have a corporate partnership with Apple, Mercedes-Benz, Chick-fil-A and Delta Airlines – four of my favorite companies.

12. I want to be on the cover of Time Magazine recognized as the Best Coach in America allowing me to use my influence to serve millions while bringing them in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

13. I want the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia Bulldogs football team to win a championship by 2020.

14. I want to help Atlanta Public Schools increase the high school graduation rate of Black males.

15. I want to understand politics so that I can lead millions of underserved people in America.

16. I want to understand the Bible proficiently so that I can lead millions of people in the world into an everlasting relationship with God in the name of Jesus.

17. Patience is to wait without anger and I want to be patient with youth that are simple-minded like I was at their age.

18. I want to be empathic towards adults that are knowingly foolish.

19. I want to stand before God and hear job well done.

20. I want to read books for comprehension and be intentional to use what I’ve learned to empower others.

21. I want to be loving, even to those that I don’t believe are lovable.

LEAD Center For Youth rendering
22. I want millions of Black men in America to receive the benefit of the doubt in our racist country allowing us to quickly earn the respect of people that don’t trust us because of the color of our skin.

23. I want to become a great listener.

24. I want to know exactly who I was born to become and have the courage it be it on purpose.

25. I want to learn how to unplug and just chill with my family when it’s time to chill.

26. I want to be less quick-tempered.

27. I want to renovate abandoned buildings in Atlanta to house up to 200 homeless adults short-term while preparing them to live sustainable lives.

28. I want to say yes to assignments and no to invitations.

29. I want to show love to all my haters with my actions.

30. I want to be meek and humble but not to a fault.

31. I want there to be a sequel to Black Panther before 2019.

32. There are people on earth that You Lord, have assigned to warn, inspire and empower me and I want to hear them.

33. I want to continue to worship and praise the Lord in my times of good and bad.

34. I want to be something to explore.

35. I want at least 1,000 Black male graduates of college, military and/or other accredited higher education institutions that are mentees of mine to be employed with the Atlanta Braves, Delta, UPS, Georgia’s Own Credit Union, and Coke by 2026.

36. I want to increase the number of Black student-athletes competing in baseball at the NCAA Division I level to from 2.9% in 2016 to 40% by 2036.

37. I want to increase the number of Blacks competing in the Majors from less than 10% in 2016 to 40% by 2036.

38. I want at least 40% of Atlanta Braves season tickets holders to be Black by 2036.

39. I want the LEAD Ambassadors to sell over 100,000 of their books within the first month of it being published, this summer 2018.

40. I want to financially empower thousands of youth that are being educated in rural counties of Georgia.

41. I want to be worth billions so that I can give away billions.

42. I want to draw closer to God in my suffering and be comfortable being uncomfortable for His name sake.

    Kelli and C.J. Stewart