TAKE RISKS, GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Lately, I’ve been getting calls from people wanting to know how can they live a more successful life.  The truth is we can never live a successful life if we are afraid of failing. In life we must get out of our comfort zones and take risks in order to achieve happiness and success. Hopefully, the words in the next few paragraphs will help those seeking to achieve their goals to take the correct actions to do so.

 

  “Everyone wants security in life, but what constitutes security?  How long does it last?  Is there really even such a thing?

    Many people stay in jobs they dislike because it offers them financial security. They can’t wait for the weekend to come so they can get a break from their jobs – yet they will let thoughts of returning to their jobs ruin their weekend. The need for comfort and security, and the fear of not having it, causes people to settle – but placing yourself in a box is not really living at all. It places limits on what you can do. Being too comfortable stunts our growth – and can cause us to miss out on many of life’s greatest pleasures.  

    Living is much more enjoyable when you’re doing something that you love.  In fact, that is the difference between simply having a job and having a career. Getting out of one’s comfort zone and taking risks allows people to use their natural instincts, hone their survival skills and know their limits.  Being brave enough to face your fears will not only enable you to excel in life but also to discover who you truly are.

    Don’t be afraid to fly.  Many of us go along simply doing what society expects of us. Unfortunately this makes us just dreamers – not people who are following their dreams. If you want to become a singer, basketball player, doctor, lawyer, or entrepreneur – do it, don’t think about it.  Don’t worry about your money situation, or what people will think or say.  Just take the risk and you will find that your survival instincts will come alive to guide you.  At first, money may be tight – but you will get by fine and the money will come.  The main thing is to remember that money does not bring true happiness.  It helps us in many ways, but it means nothing if you’re not being true to yourself.

    Another reason people don’t take risks is because they care too much about what someone else may think.  This is just an excuse for not trying. News for you, the people that love you are going to love you regardless of what you do. The people who truly love you only want you to be happy.   The fact of the matter is that we let money, and what others think of us, control our lives to the point that our lives are not ours anymore.

“It’s a Bitter Sweet Symphony this life,

Trying to make ends meet,

You’re a Slave to MONEY then you die,”

(Lyrics from Bitter Sweet Symphony / The Verve)

    Stop complaining that you’re stuck in a dead-end job and do something about it.  Be about it, dream about it, do it and live it.  Stop saying, “I will try” – either do it or don’t.  Stop saying “if” and start saying “when.”  Realize that there are going to be many hard times and sacrifices, but that is what life is made of.  If you are going to have to go through hard times (and we all inevitably do) then you might as well do it for something you love.  

    We all have the choice to lead or follow, be the leader.  Remember that people in worse positions than you took the initiative to become who they wanted to be – and succeeded. The winners are those that desire to fly so badly that they don’t fear falling out of the sky. The only true failure is not giving it a shot.  No matter what comes your way, know that you are going to be okay – because you are giving your all – and life rewards that.”  – TAKE RISKS, GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

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The piece above is from my first book You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. 

 

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Inside of the Mind of a Saved Warrior Who’s Soul Bouncing His Way to the Top.

Vid Lamonte' Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing, LLC

Walt-Leon is a multi-talented artist and community leader who hails from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Walt-Leon has a drive that isn’t matched by many. He uplifts his community through his music, spoken words, and dance performances. He is a man of God who relates to those who may not be the most religious. His new song Soul Bounce is an example of how he can explain “adult like situations and still hold the attention of the youth”. Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing goes one-on-one with Walt-Leon to learn his keys to success.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr:  Let me first start off by saying how proud I am of you and your movement. It seems like yesterday you were coming to the basketball courts to see me play and now you are a grown man who is uplifting the community in many ways.

You are a multi-talented person who has several endeavors going on like myself. I know how challenging it can be. How do you stay motivated and overcome the challenges?

Walt-Leon:  I am able to stay motivated by putting God first. It’s not about me. He created me with a purpose and blessed me with gifts. Who am I to say, “I don’t feel like doing it”? The next thing that motivates me is my, “Why”. I have two children and I cannot tell them, “Daddy didn’t feel like getting it done today, so I can’t take you to Busch Gardens”. They are counting on me to provide for them. I also want to see a change in the community and my focus is on the youth.

VLBJ:  You are a musician, choreographer, athlete, poet, and an upcoming author. What inspired you want to become all of these things?

WL:  Honestly, all of these are passions of mine; they are therapeutic for me. They keep my mind clear and bring me peace. Any way I can use my gifts and help someone develop and better themselves, I will. You never know who is watching and by using my gifts that someone may be ashamed of having, helps them to feel more comfortable being themselves. If one life is touched and changed for the better, I am satisfied. That one life can grow to change many more.

VLBJ:  You have a movement called “S.W.A.G”. Can you expand more about your movement?

WL:  S.W.A.G stands for Saved Warrior Anointed Generation. It’s a reminder that we are not who the media makes us out to be, but we are great. We were born to be great. It started as a song which was the first single off of my upcoming album entitled, Music Take Me Away. Now it’s grown to a full blown movement with the slogan, “I Got SWAG”, which came from a moment when I performed the song at Hampton University. The entire crowd was saying, “I Got Swag” back to me and it stuck with me.

VLBJ:  How do you balance your time between all your endeavors and your home life?

WL:  That’s the tough part (Laughs). My four year old daughter demands so much attention. I make sure she gets her time first. When she goes to bed is when I start to handle business as WALT-LEON. I sacrifice sleep to make sure I can handle as much as possible. I often have my daughter and son with me while handling business when they ask to go. So they can understand how to get into business for themselves and also so they can see what I’m actually doing when I’m not home. So when it’s their turn to be in charge they can already know how to operate.

VLBJ:  Who and what inspired you to travel the path to becoming who you are?

WL:  Everything that I do has always been a passion of mine, but I haven’t always been confident doing them. My family inspires me to keep going no matter what. The kids in the community also inspire me. At first I didn’t know they were paying attention until they started speaking up and saying, I make them feel like they can do whatever they want to do in life.

I pull inspiration from any and every little thing from books, to videos, to a child’s imagination, movies and more.

VLBJ:  Who are your biggest influences as a musician, choreographer, author, community leader, and poet?

WL:  As a musician I have my favorites such as Jay-Z of course; but artist like Sean C. Johnson, Sean Slaughter, Reed Dollaz, Reignman, Fred the Godson, Timeless Treez, Philmysoul, Billy Mercury, and more. The reality and hunger in their music speaks to me.

Influences as a choreographer are Muata Langley, Shaun Evaristo, Vernita Williams, Brian Puspos.

Authors I’m influenced by are you (Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr.) of course, Erica Spradley, and one of my favorite books is by Paulo Coelho.

Since birth I’ve watched community leaders fight for rights and just help people in general.  Two of the strongest I’ve seen are Edna Davis and Andrew Shannon.

My favorite poets are Godchild, LEVI, and Michelle “TuTu” Vinnie.

VLBJ:  I’m honored that I’m in your list of authors who influence you. Thank you. Let’s talk about your video that is causing a lot of buzz, Soul Bounce.  I love the song and video. Tell us how you came up with the concept of the song, as well as the video.

WL:  What’s crazy about this song is I got the beat for it in 2011 but I couldn’t find the right voice for the song. In 2016, I linked up with a guy named Carlos Anthony that I played basketball with growing up. I haven’t seen him since 2003. His voice was perfect for the song and we were finally able to record it. The concept of the song was to remind people no matter what you go through in life don’t let it break your spirit and if you look at any situation again, you can find something positive worth rejoicing. The hook is actually the directions to the line dance. At the same time it is what we do in everyday life. We often fall off of our path and go left or right, but we always have a chance to straighten out. Then we get to celebrate once we make it through the obstacle and what was supposed to break us only made us stronger and we used it as motivation instead of as an excuse.

The song had a summer fun skating rink feel to it, so I really wanted people from the community to come have fun and enjoy themselves and be a part of something that they can look back on forever. Once releasing the video, it picked up 8,000 plus views on Facebook in the first week.

VLBJ:  You just signed on to publish your book through my company 4-U-Nique Publishing. Why did you decide to write a book and what is it about? 

WL:  I decided to write a book because I ran across a lot of people who will sit on Facebook and Instagram for 30 minutes at a time but say they don’t have time to read. I decided to write a book which would be 1-2 minute daily reads. Each insert is a daily motivation to get your day started. I was inspired by excuses of others to write something they don’t have an excuse to not read. Starting your day with positivity is critical with all the negative the media puts out.

VLBJ:  Out of all the other publishing companies, why did you decide to let 4-U-Nique Publishing work with you on your book?

WL:  4-U-Nique welcomed me and made me feel comfortable as a first time author. When explaining all of the details, you all was honest and broke everything down into terms that someone, who isn’t a publisher, would understand. Built a trusting relationship and the lines of communication have been open for me to ask any questions. I’ve seen the quality of what 4-U-Nique Publishing produces and I love it.

VLBJ:  What are your other goals and aspirations?

WL:  My main goal is to be the best father my children can ask for and to break generational curses that linger in the community. To help others remember, with God they can do anything. I was blessed with many different talents and I love using every one of them. I really want to get into real estate. Once I get the album out, the book out, and one or two more shirts out, I will expand into the real estate side of things. My company TouchLife is about changing lives and being a positive impact on a person’s life anyway you come in contact with them.

VLBJ:  What are your best tips for dealing with creator’s block and staying creative?

WL:  My best tip is to always be teachable. You can learn from a child, from nature, from animals, etc. Always be teachable. Don’t force it. The moment you feel like you’re forcing an idea, step away and you may be inspired be something completely different which will get your creative juices flowing again.

VLBJ:  Can you tell us about your creating process?

WL:  I’m an insomniac, so most of my creativity starts going around 2 am. I often turn on music and cartoons. Being that my focus is for the youth to have something positive and I’m artsy, I watch cartoons and sometimes get a metaphor that the children can relate to while explaining an adult like situation. This way I can reach adults while keeping the attention of the youth.

I love to drive. I will take an 8 hour road trip in a heartbeat. A lot of my creating is done in the car, so I put a lot in my voice memos. Once I come to a stop, I put a rough draft in one of my notebooks. When something is seriously bothering me, I will go sit out by the water and write down what’s bothering me. Then I find a positive way to flip it, so instead of being angry and making someone else relive their anger, I can now have a way to help someone get over what they are going through and not feel alone.

VLBJ:  Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in their community?

WL:  Don’t let anyone discourage you. People who laugh at your idea or talk down about it, is simply because they don’t understand. The same ones who laugh are the same ones who will thank you and congratulate you. The only way they will understand what you are saying is by seeing you in action doing it. Someone else is waiting for you to fulfill your purpose and execute the idea you have to make your community better. KEEP GOING!!!

VLBJ:  Where are people most likely to see your works? 

WL:  People are most likely to see my work on social media; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. I am in the process of discussing a website with a web designer and possibly an app as well.

VLBJ:  Do you have any funny or interesting stories to tell us about a project you’ve worked?

WL:  I play a lot, so every project I work, song, album, etc. has an interesting story. I’m going through a situation now honestly, which is why the album is entitled, Music Take Me Away.

I’m the goofy one, so I’m always falling and I can’t play anything off because as soon as it happens my daughter always screams, “Ahhh that’s what you get” (Laughs). I would be here for days discussing interesting stories.  

VLBJ:  If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?

WL:  I would be an international artist. This way I can travel the world for a living and take my children to see the world. Give me more to talk about to inspire the children in my community and communities around the world that there is more to the world then the city you live in. I’ll be able to post pictures and show them what I mean instead of just speaking about it.

VLBJ:  Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?

WL:  Yes, I will be interviewing with DJ DirtyDi on August 6th. August 12th, I’ll teach a workshop where the headline artist will be stellar award winning artist, Bri Babineaux. On August 19th, 2017, the album will be released. I’m also booked to perform at a community day and I have an interview on the Leroy and Janice Butler morning show on 940am radio in Virginia on August 19th. I’ll perform at Andrew Shannon Gospel Music Celebration during the Southeast Day Parade and Festival in September. Just to name a few.

VLBJ:  Awesome. DJ DirtyDi did an interview with me at the beginning of the year. She is definitely doing big things. Where can people reach you at? What social media channels? Websites?

WL:  I can be reached on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/waltleonmusic. Instagram and Twitter as @walt_leon and on YouTube as WaltLeonMusicTV.

VLBJ:  Is there anything else you want people to know?

WL:  I want people to know, whatever they put their mind to they can do. Make sure your why is bigger than your excuse and you will accomplish just about every goal you set out to accomplish. My company slogan is what I tell people whenever I get a chance, “See A Life, Touch A Life, Change A Life.

 

Don’t forget to check out Walt-Leon’s new video Soul Bounce.

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FB: http://www.facebook.com/waltleonmusic

IG & Twitter: @walt_leon

YouTube: WaltLeonMusicTV.

 

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There’s Never Enough

An associate of mine recently shared a business idea with me. After he explained his idea he asked, “Is there too many people in the field? How can I succeed?” I would like to share with you all what I told him because many people struggle with the same question that he asked me.
Many people aren’t living out their goals and dreams because they feel there are too many people doing what they want to do. My answer to this type of thinking is, “There’s never enough”. It isn’t about how many people are doing the same thing you are doing; it’s about what you bring to the table.
Look and you will see thousands of motivational speakers and authors on social media. Should this stop someone from writing a book or posting motivational messages? No! The same goes for those wanting to become lawyers, doctors, athletes, artists, and pursuing any other endeavors. Don’t let numbers stop you from becoming who you want to be. Remember, we all have a story to share and we all inspire others differently. Your story, gifts, products, and services will touch others in ways that the next person isn’t about to do.
Just as there can never be enough love, wealth, success, and happiness; there can never be enough ideas, motivation, books, athletes, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and so on. It’s about putting your passion into whatever you decide to do and humbly realizing that no one else can do “it” like you do.

 

 

 

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving and Vid’s Viddles. Copyright© 2017 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2017 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

How the Underdog Became the Overachiever.

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Meticulous; Perfectionist; Multi-talented; Overachiever! There are the words many use to describe me. Many believe my work ethic and competitive nature come from being the middle child and the only male child in my family. People say being a middle child I had to fight for my parents’ attention which made me work harder and compete with my sisters. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Attention is something I never craved. This is over reason I’ve never been comfortable talking about my accomplishments, and why I shy away from the spotlight. Truth is I have always marched to my own beat. As a child and now, I enjoy spending most of my time alone.

My competitiveness is probably a balance of genetics and something I was taught. For many reasons I have always been counted out, doubted, or looked down upon. I was always the smallest kid when playing sports, so most of the time I was picked last and picked on.  Although, I was very smart in school and had a high IQ (gifted area), I struggled with reading and had speech issues.  I remember being pulled out of class to meet with my speech specialist. I dreaded reading out loud in class because I was sure to get laughed at.

Overcoming challenges is in my blood. I overcame my challenges by accepting that I was the underdog. When I was four or five years old, my dad told me I had to work 10 times as hard in order to be accepted in this world. I took what he told me and an attitude of being slighted with me in every situation I faced. Every slight, joke, or doubt anyone cast upon me fueled me. When people didn’t pick me for a sport, I worked hard for many hours; working on multiple skills in that sport. When I became one of the best, I worked even harder, telling myself that others still doubt me.  I read tirelessly and I practiced my speaking endlessly, in order to improve my reading and speech problems.

When I reached high school my guidance counselor told my mom that I wasn’t “smart enough” to participate in advanced academic classes (college prep and AP classes). My mom told me, “You have to prove her wrong”.  She didn’t have to tell me this; I was already dialed in from the moment I heard the phrase, “isn’t smart enough”.  Once again I was being slighted. What was my response? I took interest in any and everything, just to prove how smart I was.

I would finish my work so fast that I would get bored and disrupt the class by talking or walking the halls. I rarely took home homework. My parents, teachers, and friends wondered how I was able to get great grades, be involved in extracurricular activities, and still hang out with my friends; yet I hardly seemed to crack open a book.  I had a secret; my visualization and memorialization skills were above average. All I had to do was to look at something, focus on what I saw for a few moments, and I would remember the image. Due to this, I was able to solve problems and answer questions very quickly. Sometimes too quickly; which led me to miss a plus/minus sign in a math answer or a word when writing.

I applied this skill to everything I did. I basketball, all I had to do is see someone do a move once, visualized myself doing it in slow motion, and then I was able to do the same exact move. Sometimes even faster and better than the person who performed the move. While others slept or partied, I planned, researched, and visualized.  I outworked everyone. I am multi-talented and I accomplished all that I set out to do, because I am very meticulous in my learning process and practice. I am a perfectionist, so I stay up late thinking of ways to improve something or ways to accomplish something in the most efficient way possible. Often, simple blunders will cause me to stay up because I want to figure out why I messed up and how to fix it so it will not happen again.

I push myself to limits that few people dare to push themselves. I can do this because I am willing to work harder, smarter, and more efficient than most people. The words “you can’t” or “you will never”, sticks in my head. Those words ring in my head and because of this I push harder and harder. This is the reason I move in silence and hardly advertise my accomplishments.  Also, because of the doubt thrust upon me, I will never doubt or tell anyone what they can’t achieve.

I am a so called “mover and shaker” because I was blessed with so many God-given abilities; it is my due to use them to the best of my capability. I am an Overachiever because I am the underdog.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

Thank God for Music

Ahh, What a week?  Last week was definitely out of the norm for me. I spent most of the week inside due to working on publishing services. I edited a few writers’ work.  Editing is by far my favorite part of the whole book process. It’s amazing to see the process of how something goes from rough draft to being a finished project ready for readers to read. Don’t be fooled, editing is time consuming and has to be handled with precision.

Once I finished the editing assignments I ventured out to book formatting.  Holy smokes, I never thought that something that is so simple could be so complex. I know that’s an oxymoron but if you ever formatted a book to be ready for print, you definitely understand.  Yes I could have hired out to get the book formatted; however, I am a firm believer in if you are going to run a business you must know how to do everything in the business even if you decide to hire out in the future.  Anyway, I spent 15 hours one day formatting; the next day, five or six more hours.  Just when I was almost finished the program I used to format started to act up. (Insert angry face).  I had to start over but because I now had the hang of this formatting thing, it only took me a few hours to get the book finished.

The only thing that kept me sane in this whole process was music. I spent the week listening to music from the 90’s. Probably not the best idea, because I started to reminisce and became sad.  I am love where I am in life at the present, but that music took me back to simpler times.  It took me back to the songs I would listen to before school; took me back to hanging out with friends who have passed away or who for whatever reason do not speak to anymore. Took me back to the girls I dated or those who I had a crush on.  A time in our lives when we were innocent, naive, and not harden by the reality of the world. If I could go back I would just to enjoy those moments even more. I can say that I took those years for granted. I was so ready to leave high school that I never fully appreciated my time with my friends.  I think we all thought that we would always see each other and be around. I think everyone thinks this way when they are in high school.  Thank God for music because at least we can always go back to those times and feel the exact same feelings we had then, now through a song. Even songs that I disliked back then like, Britney Spears- Baby One More Time, brought back special memories. I don’t care how “tough” you claim to be, I guarantee everyone has music from an era that makes them get a little emotional.

My weekend started by holding open gym for my girls’ basketball team.  The parents, players, school community and the coaches are  excited about the upcoming season.  After which, I reached out to friends from high school and college just to catch up.  Sunday, I had a much needed disconnect from most of the world for most of the day. I spent the day meditating, reading, cleaning, listening to music, (of course) and I spent time outside enjoying nature.

Let’s see what this week has in store for me. I think I will put 80’s music on my play-list and actually make it to the gym this week.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

Transcending Barriers

If you know me or follow me and my messages, you know that I am about equality and equity.  I have always been bothered by how we as people want what everyone else wants; (Love, Happiness, Success, Security and to be treated Fairly); yet we deprive others of those same wants, needs and rights. I always say, “We are more similar than we are different. Our differences are what make us unique and we are to share our uniqueness and unique talents with the world in a positive manner.”  Seems like we forget all this’ because we are so concerned about Me instead of We.  We don’t forget that it is not the I that makes the world go around, it is the We that makes the world go around.  We need each other in some shape, way or form.

If you look at the news today, you are sure to lose some hope in humanity and love. This is way Sports, Music, Art and Education are important, they transcend barriers. People of all backgrounds can come together and enjoy an event, discuss a subject, and even disagree, but at the end of the day they usually leave the event or conversion about these things in a better place. Take the Olympics for example.  The Olympics were created as an alternative to war, where countries compete against each other to see who were are the best. This tradition is still carried on. Have you noticed how the Olympics have brought people together from all kinds of backgrounds and all kinds of war torn countries? Have you notice the how for the most part everyone is getting along? Even the competitors have put aside their dreams of medaling to help a fallen or injured fellow Olympian (see Abbey D’Agostino).

I say the true spirit of humanity lies within Sports, Education, Fine Arts and yes even Tragedies.  These events are when we usually come together, sharing a pain, love, happiness and forgetting about me and remembering we are the world.

I think it’s time to treat every moment and every interaction as if we are enjoying a sports event, listening to some good music, or learning about a subject that we enjoy.  Heck, let’s listen to some good ole Bob Marley, Beatles or Michael Jackson and come together.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

“Can It Be I Stayed Away Too Long?”

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.

Thank you all for catching up with what’s been going on with me.  I ask you all to check me out on Youtube, Twitter, Instagram,  Facebook

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.