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Daily Dose #5

#CrisisProvesCharacter: Can commitment conquer crisis? (DAY 5/30)

There is an old adage that I’ve adopted as my own, “if not now, when? If not you, who?” but mother, CNN Hero, L’Oreal Paris’ Woman of Worth, and founder of Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB), Mrs. Diane Latiker. She got tired of the senseless killing of young people in Chicago’s southside Roseland community and she wasn’t waiting on a savior to provide refuge or safe spaces. Mama Diane continues to adapt her business model to meet the needs of the Black community she loves so dearly, in a city that she loves immensely. Yet, even with a family of her own, her dedication to making a better world does not cease. Now with schools being closed, she took upon herself to begin distributing meals, coronavirus information that included masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. I applaud her efforts and celebrate continued success. You can learn about her story at kidsofftheblock.us

Daily Dose #4

#CrisisProvesCharacter: Has crisis rocked your faith or reaffirmed it? (DAY 4/30)

On April 29, Lite House Whole Food Grill was robbed by some of the customers that frequented the establishment for several months. I’ve watched the messages posted by the owner, Rico Nance about his uncertainty about reopening following the traumatic event. I’m glad he and his staff decided to remain open. My family and I have patronized the restaurant on occasion not only because of the great food but also, my wife and I attended high school with Rico and his brother. Rico and I played basketball and track together at Rich Central. We high jumpers and even as the upperclassman, he celebrated and encouraged everyone. The charitable spirit and energy that everyone sees from Rico, is the same vibe you got from him 20 years ago. He’s always had a big heart and I’m so proud to see the faith walk that he exhibits. My former pastor, Dr. Apostle Marshall Davis would say, “God put you here to be a blessing to someone else” and Rico is just walking in his purpose. You can learn more about Eric’s story here.

Daily Dose #3

#CrisisProvesCharacter: Does a crisis have you second-guessing your purpose? Has a crisis got you shook? (DAY 3/30)

Coming off a terrible family loss in 2015 and being under-employed had me flat on my back. Early 2016 would deliver the deathblow, though God would later reveal that the setback was merely a setup for something greater. I was beyond lost in the storm and didn’t even realize it. As life knocked the wind out of me, I began to reflect on how I wound up there in the first place. Prior to 2015, so I thought I had life by the brass with all of my next moves well planned out with surgical precision. After that, I spent a few more years, analyzing my horrible decisions as I mentally replayed each bad shot and bad pass to the point of intoxication. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks! I wasn’t living for the right things. Even with all the early success in life, beyond my increased social-capital, I didn’t truly understand “why” I was doing any of it. Now, I could attempt to lay blame on a trail of unequal starts from my humble beginnings but the truth of the matter is, I wasn’t holding myself accountable. Though I’m not completely out of the woods, today I can confidently look forward with a clear understanding that the best is yet to come and the world hasn’t heard the last of me.

Daily Dose #2

#CrisisProvesCharacter: How are you dealing with a crisis? Do you need tools or tips on navigating your crisis? (DAY 2/30)

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Each day, for the next 30 days, I’m going to share one personal example related to the poem “The Man Who Dares”, as well as one story about a real person from my life’s journey who exemplifies it.

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Take a moment and subscribe for a daily dose of inspiration, and an on the court story of how a real leader I know and respect has dealt with and come out stronger on the other side of crisis.

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If YOU or someone you know has a moving personal story of living through crisis, and how your character was built as a result of it, please reach out to me, or tag that person in the comments below. Especially during this time, we need to share, hear and celebrate the stories that give us clarity on how we can live and grow, not in spite of these challenging times, but because of them.

Daily Dose #1

DAY 1/30
#CrisisProvesCharacter

THE MAN WHO DARES

The man who decides,
What he wants to achieve
And works till his dreams all come true,
The man who will alter his course
when he must
And bravely begin something new,
The man who’s determined
to make his world better
Who’s willing to learn and to lead,
The man who keeps trying
and doing his best
Is the man who knows how to succeed.