Here to there

Can you recall the last time you told yourself everything was going to be okay, and it wasn’t? You probably went through the day faking it to make it. Today may just be one of those days.

It’s not okay because the world is full of problems. We need you to live on purpose and become a solution.

Getting from “here to there” is something that I think about daily.

At 42 years old, I aspire to retire as the CEO of L.E.A.D. at age 50. From there, I would like to work full-time with the NCAA to increase the number of Black males who are competing academically and athletically as baseball players.

As of today, less than 3 percent of NCAA Division I players are Black. That’s a problem. As a Black man who used baseball to escape poverty, I want to be a part of the solution.

“If you want to reach the nation, start from your corner.” — Big Boi

In order for me to get there, I have to start where I am. I’m passionate about the plight of inner-city Atlanta youth Black males who are living in a racialized America. My passion to empower Black youth males in Atlanta is the fuel for my purpose.

“Atlanta bred, Atlanta cred.”
D.L. Moody penned these words in his bible next to the verse Isaiah 6:8. It says, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do and what I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do.”

Here are my “Great Eight Questions” that I believe can get anybody from here to there:

1. How have you failed yourself?
2. What are you suffering from or seeking?
3. Why won’t you fail?
4. Who are you and what does God want you to do on Earth?
5. What do you need to repeatedly do without thought to accomplish your mission in life?
6. What do you need to know to accomplish your mission in life?
7. What do you need to repeatedly do without thought under stress to accomplish your mission in life?
8. Who do you need to help you accomplish your mission in life?

Do you have the answers?