My very first published article ever appears in the current issue of SLAM Magazine. It’s the one (right) with the LeBrons on the cover. I’m especially proud of this article, for 2 reasons. Writing wasn’t always easy for me. I got straight D’s in English in 7th and 8th grade at Walnut Hills High School [...]
My very first published article ever appears in the current issue of SLAM Magazine.
It’s the one (right) with the LeBrons on the cover.
I’m especially proud of this article, for 2 reasons.
Writing wasn’t always easy for me. I got straight D’s in English in 7th and 8th grade at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Why did I get straight D’s? Not sure. Maybe everyone got D’s from Mr. Simons.
Also, as I’ve mentioned here before, there was a time when I couldn’t pay SLAM to write about the Black Fives Era.
Now, they wanna send me a check. For writing.
It’s just a little article (well, 2 full pages really), but for me it symbolizes a whole lot more.
I’ve come a long way, and Black Fives has come a long way.
And that’s why I’m proud.
It occurred to me, doesn’t everyone have a Mr. Simons? Doesn’t everyone have those they perceive as non-supportive non-believers?
How does one handle them?
Thanks for those straight D’s,
Well, I use the 5×7 Index Card Technique. I put the names of non-supportive, non-believing people in my life on 5×7 index cards. Then I and stick those cards onto a bulletin board in my mind and use ‘em as motivation. They go to one side.
I use the same technique with the list of the people who do believe in me and are supportive. Those cards go to the other side.
They’re both equally motivating!
Then, I do as my tightrope walking friend Gary from Detroit says: “Just keep taking one more step.”
It helps to first have clear goals or a map of what you’re stepping towards.
Meanwhile, as I hope you can tell, I like to write, and I want to write more, whether it’s for SLAM or for some other fine publication.
The LeBron SLAM issue just came out this week. A few people who’ve picked up a copy say my article is “great.”
But, please see for yourself!
It’s on newsstands right now.
And please come back to let me know what you think after you’ve read it. (Be honest, even though it’s my first time!)
If you see Mr. Simons, tell him too. Tell him I said “thanks.”