243 Creativity Is Essential to Brambleberry CEO, Anne-Marie Faiola

August 17, 2017

Anne-Marie is a bubbly, fun-loving, mindful CEO - and she calls herself the Soap Queen. She’s been making soap for over twenty years and loves teaching her followers on SoapQueenTV.com  Her business is called BrambleBerry.com. Anne-Marie lives in the moment, and many of those moments have been spent with essential oils and beautiful colorants in her highly sought-after recipes. Anne-Marie thrives on the truly pleasurable experience of helping others discover their own world of soaps, candles and even cosmetics. She’s written a book called ‘Live Your Best Day Ever’ - Thirty-Five Strategies For Daily Success where she reveals the SECRET everyone wants - the SECRET OF SUCCESS.

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Most Influential Person

  • Oprah Winfrey

Effect on Emotions

  • I try to meditate every day; usually twice a day, morning and night. If I miss it, say I'm traveling, and it just doesn't happen I notice that I am more quick to negative emotions, more quick to judgment, I'm quick to feeling persecuted, I'm quick to feeling the victim, I'm quick to flashing with anger, I'm quick to telling myself a story that is not true about the situation.
  • On the days and weeks when I am consistent about meditating, I think it helps to give me the pause between the situtation and my emotion and the story I'm telling myself.  When I do that, it takes the sting away, whatever negative situation I'm in.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • When I breathe, I'm able to calm my heart rate; I'm able to focus myself.
  • It's almost impossible to be stressed if your parasympathetic nervous system is not having a wildly beating heartrate.
  • So breathing in and out and in and out is something I often come back to, especially in times of anxiety or when I'm feeling stress about something, expecially on planes. Especially when I'm dealing with a four-year-old who won't go to bed, for example.
  • I would say that I am deeply aware, when I'm stressed out I'm more inclined to take shallow breaths that are quick, versus when I'm fully present, deep belly breathing in and out and in and out

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Bullying Story

  • Bullied is a strong word. What I would say is, I was never the popular kid. Kids used to call me thunder-thighs in middle school and then in high school I was not a popular kid.
  • I remember running for student body, I think it was treasurer or secretary and the popular girls tore down my signs from the wall. I felt lonely and I didn't have close girl friends.
  • I didn't have a close tribe in high school or even middle school. I think that's one of the reasons that I have really, as an adult, I can control my environment and my surroundings much more.
  • In high school and middle school you are in the pond and you are stuck in the pond no matter what.
  • I think that's why, as an adult, I have really surrounded myself with a group, a tribe of strong business people; strong women of integrity, strong men of value to spend the bulk of my time with.
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242 Get Rid Of Your Head Trash and Earn The Millions You Deserve; Noah St. John

August 14, 2017

Noah St. John is an author, a key note speaker, and a money expert. In fact, he helps people make money who gave up on the idea long ago. Noah is the only author in history to have published with all of the following: Hay House, HarperCollins, Mindvalley, Nightingale-Conant, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul publisher.

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Most Influential Person

  • Louise Haye

Effect on Emotions

  • I grew up very angry and depressed and I was suicidal when I was twenty-five. When I say I was suicidal, it wasn't that I was depressed and considering it, I decided to commit suicide.
  • I remember that moment very clearly when I was twenty-five. I had decided to do it [commit suicide] and I went to do it. At the very last minute, a miracle happened. I can only call it a miracle that saved my life. I tell that story in The Book of Afformations. But then after my life was saved, I said to God, I don't know why you chose me or spared me, but I'm going to devote the rest of my life to serving you and to serving humanity. It wasn't until five years later I discovered Afformations and success anorexia and wrote all these books. It's [mindfulness] definitely played a huge role.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is huge. It's so important. I often say to my clients or on interviews, just the simple act of breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth; it just can't help but center you and bring you into that present moment.

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Bullying Story

  • I was definitely bullied as a child, mostly by my older brother. He was definitely a bully. I know he didn't mean to be.
  • Honestly, he's got some emotional problems we found out later. I just thought he was a bully.
  • Definitely, mindfulness would have helped me because what I realize is that I tried to become somebody that I'm not and I became a people pleaser. I became this doormat that people would and did walk all over.
  • I let so many people take advantage of me. That's one of the reasons I ended up $40,000 in debt and living in my parents basement because I was still letting people walk all over me, letting people take advantage of me, trusting the wrong people, not listening to my inner self, my inner knowing, but listening to all the wrong people.
  • So bullying has had a very big effect on my life. And of course, in a negative way.
  • I think not just mindfulness would have helped, but certainly having tools and skills to stand up for myself.
  • What's funny is that my wife and I recently went back to Maine. That's where my family still lives. I saw all of the things that would have really pushed my buttons before, but because I practice mindfulness and I use my afformations and all the methodologies now, I was aware of them and I didn't let them push me around.
  • I was proud of myself. I realized I guess I've grown and that's awesome.
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241 Cerebral Palsy; Turn Hardship Into Power With Win Kelly Charles

August 10, 2017

Win Charles is an artist, a speaker, a disability activist writer, a podcaster and a true inspiration to everyone she connects with. She has cerebral palsy, but she hasn’t let that stand in her way of achieving huge successes. She has a thriving Jewelry Design Business, she’s authored several books, she’s host of a terrific podcast called Butterflies of Wisdom and she has declared 2017 her Year of Warriorness.

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Most Influential Person

  • My Biological Mom

Effect on Emotions

  • My emotions stay steady. I have Cerebral Palsy and so mindfulness has affected my emotions in a good way.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Why are you asking me this question today when I had technology problems? I told myself to breathe and I still haven't got my technology issues solved.
  • I told myself, take a deep breath and that's what I did. I took  a deep breath before I did any of my other stuff because I knew if I didn't do that, it would all go upside down.

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Bullying Story

  • I was not bullied by my school. But I have certainly been bullied by my own family. That's a sad story.
  • Right after my mom died I was bullied and called horrible names by a person who knows better. And, I was emotionally abused at work; not the job that I'm at now but when I first started teaching preschool I was emotionally abused.
  • My family knew what I was going through and they saw the circumstances and I actually lost my job in 2009.
  • I bounced back and I actually got a job at the primary school I went to as a student.
  • My original boss was my principal. That was just weird. The person who taught me kindergarten is still up there teaching.
  • It's weird having colleagues who taught me when I was younger. I've been doing this job since 2010.
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240 Thinkific Content Manager Inspired by Rich Dad Poor Dad; Tyler Basu

August 7, 2017

Tyler Basu is a prolific content creator, marketer, and online success story. He is content manager for Thinkific, a widely sought-after platform for creating and selling online courses. He is creator and host of the Podcast called Lifestyle Business Magazine and Publisher of the online Magazine of the same name. He is a contributor to numerous online publications including Entrepreneur, Influencive and Addicted2Success.

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Most Influential Person

  • My father-in-law (I've never seen him upset in my whole life).

Effect on Emotions

  • My wife teases me and says I don't have emotions.
  • The majority of the time I'm very, very calm. It's difficult to upset me because, in the grand scheme of things, most things that happen to me are not that big a deal.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is something that I've practiced. I think it was Tony Robbins or one of those influences that introduced me to that.
  • In the morning or at night, the same time that I'm sitting down to reflect on the day and express gratitude, I'll just take some time to focus on breathing.
  • Even a few times throughout the day, if I need a break, I'll drink some water and focus on breathing. It calms me down before I jump into something else.

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  • Book: The Morning Miracle by Hal Elrod
  • App: N/A (Pen and paper)

Bullying Story

  • I can think of quite a few stories. I was beat up quite a few times as a kid. One time, I didn't even see it coming. Two other kids were fighting. You know how everyone gets in a circle to watch a fight in schools?
  • I was standing there eating some Skittles and I must have said something cocky or lippy. This was grade 8 or 9, and all of a sudden one of the kids who was about to fight the other kid started to turn around and start hitting me.  And with the Skittle; when he hit my face, the Skittle popped out my cheek and I ended up needing stitches to close up half my mouth for a few days.
  • This is just one example and one of the times I learned to think about what I was about to say before I started to say something dumb that might offend someone. It was a good experience in a way.
  • Me and that kid became friends after that; we worked it out.
  • I'm not saying that bullying is a good thing, but if there's something in your life that's hard on you, find a way to appreciate what's happening, because hopefully, you're getting strong because of it.
  • Your ability to tolerate hardships increases. Business is tough, so if you don't have the thick skin or if you are not willing to make the calls and present your ideas and get shot down; if you're not willing to get out there and still keep going when other people are giving you a hard time or don't believe in you, then you're going to have a really hard time of it.
  • Whatever you can do to develop some thick skin and some mental toughness is generally a good thing.
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239 Flourish With A Focus On Smaller Steps Suggests Nancie Vito

August 2, 2017

Nancie Vito is a transformational life coach, public health professional and certified health educator specializing in helping people go from functioning to flourishing. She works with creatives, aspiring entrepreneurs and other professionals who want to get unstuck, prevent burnout and take steps towards what they really want in life. She holds a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis on prevention and mental health and is in the process of obtaining a graduate degree in organizational psychology. Since starting her business Flourish in 2009, she has been mentioned or featured in online publications such as Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen and Marie Claire UK.

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Most Influential Person

  • Corey Keyes (A Sociologist and Psychologist)

Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has helped me be much less reactive and much more conscious of my behavior and how my behavior effects others. In general, much calmer.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I love the whole concept. It just brings me back to center, it helps me become grounded. It's something I can do anywhere; on a plane, on a subway. In the middle of a workday I can take some conscious deep breaths and have a change within seconds.

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238 A New Business Mindset Revealed by Gareth Young

July 31, 2017

Gareth Young is an experienced, corporate businessman who decided to transform his life. He did this by undertaking a journey that took him into the unknown. As a result of his explorations into life's meaning, he now feels more connected in his relationships and he feels his life has far more depth than ever before. He explains, 'I've learned a new way of being with people'. Gareth is anxious to share the profound lessons he's learned with the world through his podcast which is called, A New Business Mindset.

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Most Influential Person

  • Nisargadatta Maharaj - Hindu Teacher and Author

Effect on Emotions

  • I used to be scared of my emotions and now I embrace them.
  • My emotions used to be overwhelming and now they're a really, really important part of who I am and I cherish them.
  • Unless you move through this process and experience it, it's kind of counterintuitive because my emotions are much deeper, much richer, and I'm much more sensitive to them.
  • Yet I am much deeper and much stronger and much more able to hold those healthily.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is an enormously powerful practice. If there's a stressful moment, if you intentionally drop your breath to the belly, it slows and stabilizes everything. Paying attention to breathing just slows things down and brings peace.

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Bullying Story

  • I have absolutely been bullied. I was bullied as a mature adult without recognizing it at the time.
  • As a child I was bullied, but nowhere near as much as some kids, but some. I would tell you, mindfulness, would not just help me get through it, mindfulness would have allowed me to see more clearly what was happening.
  • In those situations as an adult, I would have been much more aware of the dynamic in a couple of relationships and I wouldn't have stayed in those relationships. I would have just moved on much more quickly.
  • As a child, it's not just that I would have been able to deal with them better, and survive them better, I would have responded to the behaviour in different ways that would have been much more healthy for all concerned.
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237 Be Present Explains ‘Cindy Uncorked’ Host Cindy Ashton

July 27, 2017

Cindy Ashton is a performer, singer, musical theatre actress and a blast of energy. She inspires people wherever she goes and is known for her ability to entertain anywhere, anytime on the spot. Her natural ability combined with her Second City comedy improvisation experience has a lot to do with this part of her sparkling personality. She studied performing arts, Opera and Kinesiology so she’s all about movement. One of her most recent projects is a TV show called Cindy Uncorked, described as a daring, hilarious and intelligent talk show that tackles important women's issues from a fresh perspective.

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Most Influential Person

  • Madonna

Effect on Emotions

  • I don't get triggered very often anymore. I find that I don't react. I just listen and am present with people and so I don't take things personally.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Constant. I constantly check in with my breathing throughout the day. Am I breathing down into my pelvic floor? Am I dropping into my body? It's about being mindful of it [breathing], 24-7 so I'm present.

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Bullying Story

  • I've been bullied most of my life until the last few years. As a child, after three heart surgeries, leaving scars on me ... I was born with a twenty percent chance of living.
  • The whole left side of my body was structurally damaged at birth. I had to have casts on my legs to learn how to walk. I had a lisp and had to have speech therapy to learn how to speak.
  • I was a very deformed looking kid. So I was always the girl who was ugly and unworthy and beat up on the play ground for being ugly and having scars.
  • By the time I got to high school it didn't stop. I was the girl who could never get a boyfriend. I was too ugly for any man to ever want to date me or be with me.

 

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236 Archangel Event Creator Inspired by X-Men; Giovanni Marsico

July 24, 2017

Giovanni Marsico is a connector of superheroes. He is is the founder of the wildly successful Archangel Academy which is an organization bringing together mission-driven entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place. Archangel proceeds go to The Archangel Fund, which is used to provide micro-loans and donations to entrepreneurs and charities making the world a better place. On September 7th, he will again host the Archangel Summit in Toronto, which will unite two thousand passionate attendees who will grow and prosper as a result of their Archangel experience. Included in the impressive list of featured speakers are Lewis Howes, The Shark Tank’s Daymond John, MeToWe’s Marc Kielburger, and Danielle LaPorte. Giovanni is directed, centered and focused as he prepares for these large scale events which seamlessly interweave music, high calibre speakers, and video, to create a masterpiece presentation.

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Most Influential Person

  • Dr. Stephanie Estima / Phillip McKernan / Jesse Elder

Effect on Emotions

  • I feel that I'm constantly growing and being more and more awake and aware to the idea that I am the perceiver of the emotion, the feeler of the emotion, but I can also be the narrator, the actor, the audience.
  • I can be different roles and I can step back and watch this happening and not think that it is me. I am the one perceiving.
  • For me this is really important because I'm not attached to what is happening. The emotions become a guidepost for my intuition giving me messages about what's happening in the moment.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • It's such a simple thing that we all don't understand. I used to suffer from really bad panic attacks and anxiety.
  • Scientifically I learned that when you start feeling adrenaline or cortisol, you actually hold your breath, or you breathe shorter breaths. Then your body kicks in more adrenaline and says, hey, you're not breathing. Start breathing. But then you feel more of a panic and it leads into a panic attack.
  • I remember learning square breathing from a nurse. One of my panic attacks was so bad, I thought it was a heart attack. I called the ambulance. It was just a very deep panic attack. This one awesome nurse taught me square breathing and how important breath is when you're feeling anxiety. It is the easiest way to get centered, ever.
  • Last week at the Archangel Show, Elizabeth DiAlto said, "It's very complicated, just breathe."

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Bullying Story

  • It's part of my origin story. I'm a comic book geek and that's part of the story. When I was in fifth grade, my school did IQ testing which I think a lot of schools do and I was labeled as gifted. I didn't know what that meant, so I asked my parents. They said, you're really, really smart, you have a high IQ. Cool. No judgement.
  • But that year I started getting bullied in class for being smart which is something I can never understand. I remember one day, a bunch of kids ganged up on me and said, 'stop doing so well on your test, you make us all look bad.' I thought, what?
  • I went home crying and now had this negative charge to the idea of being gifted. It was strange for me.
  • Shortly after, I started getting into comic books and I discovered the X-Men. The very first page I opened, there was an image that said, Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters. And there was that word again.
  • But now it actually meant something different. It meant you had a super power. So now it kind of shifted everything. I fell in love with the X-Men.
  • When people ask me, who's your favourite comic book character? I say, Professor X. I think I'm the only person who says that. Usually people say Iron Man or Batman, or Superman. Mine is Professor X.
  • Since then, I've actually modelled the Archangel business plan after the X-Men. Our Master's group is like the X-Men, a team of super heros that are creating change.
  • The superheros are also teachers for the gifted school, which is Archangel Academy (this program coming out in the fall), and the Summit. I owe everything to being bullied, which led me to the X-Men. If you connect all these dots, I'm here because of all that.
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235 See Into Your Mind With Timothy Carroll

July 20, 2017

Timothy Carroll is a leadership expert who, through his study of cognitive behaviour sciences and psychology has equipped himself to coach high level achievers. Also a successful athlete, at only 16 years old he represented New Zealand at Four World Championships as a barefoot waterskier. Later, in 2008, he participated as a performance coach at the Beijing Olympics for a Swedish equestrian riding event. Through his elite coaching, Timothy has helped top companies in Europe greatly boost their bottom line including Schneider Electric Group, Kuwaiti National Petroleum Co, Yellow Pages and Mannheimer Swartling. In spite of all these successes, Timothy is down-to-earth, gentle and generous in his desire to share his incredible wisdom.

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Most Influential Person

  • Dr. Deepak Chopra

Effect on Emotions

  • Well I think mindfulness has helped me to be a much happier and more fulfilled person.
  • I've learned to get on top of my mind and and see in my mind.
  • I'm aware of my thinking process. I'm able to step back from that and not get caught up in all of those thoughts that come up inside.
  • My focus is on the gap between those thoughts. I have a good friend of mine who's a world record holder in free-diving. So he's diving down 120 metres on just one breath of air. And I said to him, What are you thinking about. What's your experience when you're diving down that deep?
  • And he said, well you know, I have this little devil on my shoulder that comes up when thoughts come and go. Sometimes it says, you know this could be the last breath you ever take.
  • When I'm diving my mind will tell me, hey turn around you're going to die. And I don't pay attention to that anymore because it doesn't suit me to dive deep into the ocean.
  • But out of curiosity what are you paying attention to? And he said I'm paying attention to the silence between those thoughts. And the deeper that I dive into that silence, the deeper I dive into the ocean.
  • And that's my experience as well as an athlete. And when I'm interviewing other athletes, [I ask], what were you thinking about when you broke that world record, when you broke that personal best?
  • They all say I was thinking nothing. And so this is the peak performance and if that's what is found when the mind is still, then you've got to make that the number one thing in your life. Learn how to still your mind and get out of the way of yourself.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • We build this internal turbulence.
  • Very often when I talk to my clients about taking the time to just be and challenging them to just sit and be and do nothing but be present with their breath, they find that extremely difficult to sit for even five minutes.
  • The first thing I do is talk to people about literally training in neurology, training your nervous system to be still. It's something that we typically only do when sleeping.
  • To be able to do it regularly on a consistent basis and practice just being, and stopping minding, or doing mind is a great skill. That's what I first teach executives and athletes when we first begin.
  • Your responsibility is to just focus on your breath and if you get lost in your thoughts, come back to it. That's all you are responsible to do.

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Bullying Story

  • Mindfulness and meditation is something that you practice sitting down and its typically in that way.
  • If you look at mindfulness, mindfulness is really around taking that into every moment. so that you practice being super present in every moment, not just when you're sitting for twenty minutes in the morning or in the evening, but you're actually being right here, right now in every possible moment.
  • Bullying for me is a big issue; it's an ego-based problem. Our ego is the part of us which develops. We're pretty ego-less when we're born. Then we develop this mind and self-image and judgements. Deepak Chopra says ego stands for Edging God Out.
  • When we're stuck in our ego, it's very easy for us to point the finger at someone else and project. In psychology we talk about projection, and projecting our unresolved issues upon others or for a young kid who is being bullied at home, then we imitate that and we take it out on other kids at school.
  • I think mindfulness is a huge support for people to step out of their ego and to be able to become aware of their feelings and to breathe through those feelings when they come out. Instead of projecting those feelings unto someone, and hurting that other person, really being able to take full responsibility for what is coming up within that person and then breathe through those feelings.
  • An emotion always has a beginning, a middle and an end and when those emotions come up, and you breathe through them and allow the energy of the emotion, energy in motion; e-motion to move through you.
  • If I had learned that when I was younger, there's plenty of times growing up in an all boys Catholic school in Wellington in New Zealand where kids are mean. And we can see how mean kids can be.
  • There are many times when I was bullied in the past where I would have benefited from [knowing] how to deal with the emotions that come up with that. Definitely people who have chosen to bully would benefit from that too.

 

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234 Your Higher Conscience Is Your GPS Explains Antar The Navigator

July 17, 2017

Antar The Navigator is a screenwriter, author and coach. He’s passionate about using his own rocky story to inspire and motivate others to make the best of their lives. In his late teens, robbing banks and drug trafficking became his life, resulting ina six-year prison sentence. While in jail he experienced an epiphany which changed Antar into a person intensely focused on helping others. In his books, Antar teaches you how to reach your true consciousness and how meditation and prayer is a solid way to help you move forward.

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Most Influential Person

  • The Honorable Wallace D Muhammad (Antar was his personal assistant)

Effect on Emotions

  • What happens to us in this life, the body is the cocoon. You can't see what's going on inside me. I look like the same person that you saw last week but I'm not.

Thoughts on Meditation

  • The first meditation I learned to do was Transcendental Meditation and I did it for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon.
  • Then I came up with a meditation of my own. It's astral projection. It's called Bequello. It's an acronym.
  • Bequello is the mantra. It stands for Beyond Earth Quantum Universal Energy Light Laser and Oṁ.  Bequello.
  • You don't concentrate on your breath or your mantra, you're actually on an assignment while you're meditating. You're traveling while you're meditating.

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Bullying Story

  • So I was bullied. Like I said, I grew up with the wrong crowd you know. So we're what they call people of the street, people of the night, people of the vampires.
  • I mean we're out doing things to other people. What people don't realize is that if you are a criminal, or you're a thug or whatever you want to call it, you're living with the murderers, you're living with the rapists, you're living with the gangsters.
  • Other people are scared of these people. We're living with them, next door to them, you know. So [we're talking about] people that are just dangerous people.
  • And there was this one guy; he was the ultimate bully. I'm not going to mention his name because he was so big. He's a totally different person now. I was really young and I was growing up and getting involved in the criminal life.
  • I remember one day I was playing basketball at the Boys Club and he got mad at something. I don't know what he was mad at. I did something in the basketball game and I'm kind of looking the other way now.
  • Whatever I did, he was looking over at the basketball. He's a pretty big guy and he threw it [the ball]. He hit me on the head with it. It knocked me off my feet.
  • I wasn't going to fight him or get into a conflict with him because I was scared of him, and he knew it. A lot of people were scared of him. And he was waiting for me.
  • What are you going to do? Well you know I'm not really ready to do anything. And then he started approaching me like he was going to hit me again. And I'm young and smaller than him and I'm scared to death.
  • And there was another occasion that he looked like he was going to get aggressive on me. He didn't really have to do anything to me. All he had to do was look at me a certain way and act like he was going to get aggressive with me.
  • And those are the only two or three occasions in my life that I could remember where I know that I was being bullied and harassed by this guy.
  • And when I grew up, I decided that I was not going to be bullied any more.
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