“Everything they said I couldn’t do, it became my goal to do.”
“It takes more skill to NOT hit somebody.”
“What people fear is the unknown and what they don’t know or don’t understand”.
These are words to live by.
As my coffee was brewing, I sat on the couch for a few minutes and surfed through all of my social media feeds looking to see what was going on.
I found inspiration from this video clip in my Facebook feed this morning by none other than Wheaties. It was one of the few videos I’ve watched all the way to the end, usually opting to fly through the feed quickly.
James C. Hawkins story was captivating and was a story that I wanted to share right away.
He is a Karate Black belt, a Veteran, an Executive.
He has had 3 battles with cancer and won them.
He has endured incessant racism for a large part of his life.
Here is a summary of some of the things that stood out to me:
- In a school of 450 kids, he was the ONLY non-white minority in the whole school.
- He had a fight every day after school for the first 90 days.
- When he moved to Massachusetts, he and his wife had a coalition built against him by their next door neighbor, night time phone calls, etc. for 30 days of hell. He later became close friends with the same neighbor.
Here is the video:
James Hawkins has words of wisdom from his life that he shares. This is what resonated most with me.
This man is a true champion.
Through the training of martial arts and the lessons learned in training sessions, the discipline you develop to accomplish or to restrain yourself allows you to get through every day with a clear slate rooted in knowing you did everything you could to improve yourself.
His life is exactly the mission of advancing human potential through Hard Work, Heroic Will, and living a life worth following.