Ahh, it’s been awhile since I wrote a blog. Pretty sad being that this blog is supposed to be about what is going on in my world. Consistency is key to have success and I have to hold myself accountable no matter what is happening around me.
Over the past few months I have been fortunate to be featured for print and podcast interviews. Some of the interviews dealt with me being an author and my publishing company, some dealt with me being an entrepreneur, some dealt with success and motivation, and others dealt with athletics and training. I am very blessed to be featured for interviews because they help me achieve my goal of motivating people to be successful in all aspects of life.
Speaking of success, helping people and getting my message out to the masses, I was able to release a short free ebook called Getting Out of the Dark: How to Have a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness. I was inspired to write this book due to my followers on Facebook, twitter and personal friends asking how they can achieve their goals. Time management and investing in yourself is a sure way to be successful. This book explains how to start and keep a routine of investing time in yourself and managing your time. I must admit putting out the ebook kind of eased the pain of pushing back the release date of Vid’s Viddles.
Vid’s Viddles was pushed back due to editing work and I wanted to release it around the time another author that’s signed to 4-U-Nique Publishing was ready to release their book. I figured the added marketing would help their book especially since it would have been their first time publishing a book. Last week I found out that due to personal issues the author has decided to wait a few months to publish their book. Bummer, however, I and the company aren’t too sad. The same day we heard this news, we were able to sign author Kevin Bates to the company. His addition eased the pain a little. Who am I kidding; it eased the pain a lot.
Let’s humor you all some. This summer I was asked to play kickball. Yes my thoughts exactly when I was asked. I haven’t played kickball in years and when I played it wasn’t competitive. They asked me to play because I am fast, so they figured if I could bunt (yes they bunt in kickball), I was quick enough to get on base. Well, I said I’ll give kickball a try. If you know me you know I am super competitive, but with this new sport I decided I would just use it as a learning experience as well as another form of exercise. I must admit I had fun playing. They were right about my speed and getting on base. I surprised them with my catching ability in the outfield though. By the end of the season every other team was asking me to play with them next season. I must add that we lost in extra innings of the champion game by a run.
Oh, I must share that I am now the Varsity girls’ basketball coach at the school I was coaching Middle school at the past few seasons. I still have the role of program developer. Everyone associated with the school are happy about the move and looking forward to the season. I’m pretty excited too; however, I have been entertaining the idea of playing basketball again competitively. I have played in leagues over the past months and I played in a tournament with NBA and other pro players and I did my thing. I still have it and everyone was shocked to learn that I just turned 36. With entertaining this thought comes the responsibility to train and workout even harder. To be honest, I haven’t been consistent with my workouts, so I am sure that is a sign that the idea is just an idea. Besides, I love spending time with my family, building my companies and becoming a better author and speaker. Also, I couldn’t leave my girls and the basketball program hanging.
Bonus detail, if you know me you know that I usually do not get caught up in the number. Well in late July a friend suggested that I look at the rankings for best-selling books in my genre on Amazon and Smashwords. You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving, was #28 on Amazon and #9 on Smashwords. Getting Out of the Dark was #2 most downloading in its genre on Smashwords and #16 out of all the books downloaded on Smashwords(which includes Ibook and Nook sales). Now it’s not the numbers that I was excited about, it was 1) it showed me that my friend and editor of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving, Marci Wise advice, wisdom and encouragement to me was 100% correct. 2) My book was ahead of Nikki Giovanni’s two books. Nikki Giovanni is one of my inspirations and to be in any list with her book(s) is an honor. Hopefully, soon I will be mentioned with the likes of Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin and Maya Angelou.
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