I recently presented a keynote on leadership and success for The African American History & Culture Foundation (AAHCF). Afterwards as I was on my way through the lobby, out of nowhere the most amazing thing happen. I was approached by a Gentleman in tears due to my heart felt message. "You've changed my life in 45 minutes, I really wish my son was here to hear your message." Wow! Truly amazing indeed. Now I've been approached by many women before in tears but never a man, and what shocked me the most was that I would have never expect it from this individual that many of us from first impression would categorize as a gangsta. It turns out his son was in the hospital due to brain injury from a swimming pool accident and the doctors didn't know if he'll make it or not. I can only imagine his pain due to the thought of losing his son. But after hearing me speak and seeing me thrive in life after all I've been through gave him hope. We talked for about an hour straight and instead of going to dinner, I followed him to the hospital to see his son. Normally I wouldn't advise following a complete stranger anywhere but at the moment it felt right and I'm so glad I took that chance because I was able to make a difference. 

     I must admit that I never had a strong sense of purpose in my life after having my dreams of playing professional sports snatched from me. That was until I stepped onto the stage or rolled onto the stage if you want to be technical about it. It was in that moment I began to get the butterflies I once got during those high school football game nights.  I truly believe that if I can help individuals and organizations discover their purpose and fight for their passion, then I scored a touchdown. THAT IS MY WHY...