Do You Know ‘WHY’?

Do you know who James Buster Douglas is?

He was a boxer who fought in the era when Iron Mike Tyson was king of the boxing ring.

At the height of Tyson’s career, he was unstoppable, not one fighter could take his devastating blows and no one who ever stepped into the ring with him could knock him out.

That would all change on the night that James Buster Douglas stepped into the ring with Iron Mike!

In a match where Tyson was heavily favored against the younger and less experienced Douglas, the match leaned Tyson’s way as usual. It was near the end of one round that Mike Tyson landed a massive shot to Douglas, knocking him to the ground. As the official began to count to ten, Douglas was saved by the bell and helped to his corner.

James Buster Douglas, at that point in the fight, was written off as Tyson’s next victim. Tyson and his coaches began to celebrate as the bell rang again, having no doubt that it was only a matter of seconds that the fight would be over and Tyson would win.

What Tyson did not know was that the bell was all that James Buster Douglas needed to turn on his resiliency. Not long into that new round Douglas landed an explosive hit to Tyson, knocking Tyson to the ground. As others stood in shock, Tyson attempted to get back up but could not before being counted out and handing James Buster Douglas a moment in boxing history!

When asked later what happen, here was Douglas’s reply:

“Before my mother died, she told the world that I was gonna beat Mike Tyson. Two days ago, before this fight, my momma past away. During that bell, I had a decision to make, I could either stay down and let myself die right along with my mom or I could stand up and be the man my momma said was gonna beat Mike Tyson. At that point, my ‘WHY’ I was gonna win became greater than his!”

James Douglas had his back against the ropes and was either going to say he couldn’t do it or he was going to command that he could. Tyson was used to winning on a large scale and had no idea that Douglas had just surpassed his will to win!

* You see that is life, you wake up every single day and have a choice to make. You can drag yourself out of bed and go to a job that you hate and complain that you aren’t where you want to be because of him or her or anybody. You can say your gonna do something someday and then blame being tired as to why you can’t get it done.Then, you get a new day, a new start and continue to do the exact same thing again and again until one day your 70 years old and realize, “Oh my, what have I done”.

THAT WAS ME!!! I grew up shy and awkward in school, I knew everybody but wasn’t the ‘cool’ kid but rather the one that no one ever noticed. I was the son of divorced parents and felt little stability growing up. I blamed my parents for making me shy, I blamed my teachers for not helping me learn, and I blamed my God for doing all of this to me! I turned to alcohol in college and join the military and then I blamed God for letting me join and having to stop drinking. I have had many bad relationships, I have two failed marriages, I’ve been homeless, slept in my car, gone hungry and been on my knees so many times and praying for help that it is not joke.

Somewhere in between all of that, He spoke to me! God then said he was going to put me through the ringer, and He has done just that. What he also said was the when I come out the other side, I will live in the shadow of his grace and love!! What most don’t realize is that I have fought battles that no one sees and had victories that none have witnessed. Over time, I have fought back! When your against the ropes, just like Douglas was, that is when you have the chance to progress!

If you don’t know what your ‘WHY’ is in life, your gonna get knocked out every time! Pain is temporary! If you push through the pain, God gives you His word that you will be victorious on the other side of that pain. If you push, the gates WILL open for you but you have to be willing to take the hits! Get up, read a good book, make some good friends, go for a jog, hug your kids, lift it up to God! When you announce your dream to the world, you will not be met with cheers and some of the closest people will laugh at you. YOU KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

The other day I opened my wallet and this picture is what I saw. A week from payday and I have nothing until then. At that point I lifted it to God and looked myself in the mirror and reminded myself that this pain is temporary. I WILL become a full-time writer, I WILL have children in lines at book signings, I WILL travel and show my kids the world, but first I MUST push through this pain!!! I WILL SUCCEED, failure is not an option.


The wealthiest place in the world is a graveyard, because the best ideas we never got to hear or see rest there with those who never got to show the world their gift! If you do only one thing in this life…LIVE!!!