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The Lessons I've Learned From The Airport

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Airport Layover

 I dislike travelling as a whole. I enjoy new cities, and scenery, and culture and different atmospheres I enjoy that part, but I dislike actually flying, long road trips. All of that, its super quiet for me on that aspect.

Like if your trying to go on a road trip and you need someone to go, I’m probably not the best person to ask. However, I’ll come along, providing we are loaded up with snacks.

 

Matter of a fact I’m writing this at the airport as I’m waiting for my connecting flight.

 

Kind of ironic honestly, simply because of how much it relates to being patient.

 

 

 


Delayed

 

I’ve always somehow been portrayed as this patient person. And Truth is, by nature, I’m extremely impatient. I don’t like to wait. I’m a very punctual person, and the value of time is something I try not to waste or take for granted.  

 

But what happens when you have no choice but to be patient? 

 

I remember when I was coming back home during Christmas time when I was at school in Kansas, and on this particular trip my flight looked like this 

 

 Wichita to Houston, Houston to Edmonton, Edmonton to Calgary.

 

On paper I guess it doesn’t look that bad? however, I had a 4-hour layover in Edmonton, and the flight from Edmonton to Calgary was maybe 30 minutes once you’re up in the air.

 

I was beyond annoyed, tired, and all the above.

 

But It taught me a valuable lesson that day,

You don’t know how patient you can be, until being patient is all you can be.
— Akeem Haynes

 


 

 

Taxing

 

In 2016, on the way to the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, if memory serves me justice, I believe we had a night flight. After boarding the flight and putting my bags up. I sat in my seat and waited for the magical words. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are ready for take-off”

 

 I was already tired from the week of training and travelling back from London earlier in the week. So that made everything that much sweeter, I had everything planned out in my head. I was going to kick back and watch a couple movies, and let the movies tire out my eyes and I’ll be in deep REM sleep and when I wake up I’ll get there.

 

*Doses off*

 

10 minutes later….

 

I opened my eyes and realized I was still on the dang runaway!

 

My trip was ruined, I ended up staying up half the 9-hour flight. 

 

But in the midst of the stress, there was a lesson to be learned from it

 

Don’t get too ahead of yourself. 

 

 

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Sky High

 

This is the one part you have no control over whatsoever. Literally, all you can do is sit and occupy your time and let the pilots and steward & Stewardess do their job.

 

There’s always that stage in life, where it seems like you’re just going through the motions. You’re working towards something, but it can often feel redundant. Sometimes it can feel like you’re not making any progress. And as humans, we strive off progress, that’s what keeps us going.

 

When you’re in the air flying, and you have a long flight, it doesn’t feel like you’re moving or really covering any ground, until you get to your destination and you realize is was the complete opposite.

 

Here’s the lesson here:

 

It’s not how many hours you put into what you do, but rather what you put in those hours.

 

 


Landing

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Prepare for landing”

 

Those are sacred words when it comes to flying. It means the trip is almost done! 

 

I wish there was that announcement from the good Lord above that told us that our time was about to come. I imagine mine would go something like this.

 

“Aye akeem, just stay strong for two more weeks and then it’s your time my guy! the next week and a half I got to make tough, but don’t worry, you’re good, stay strong. Two weeks!”

 

See, that way I’m prepared. I know in exactly, two weeks I’ll be good!

 

But when you’re sitting in the sky on the plane, you don’t control the landing, you just got to have faith that you’ll get to the ground safely.

 

But you know what, 

sometimes the unknown is our strongest weapon. You don’t know what you don’t know, so you’ll just have to trust what you do and know that you are prepared for what’s to come.
— Akeem Haynes

 

 

 

-      Akeem

3 Questions to ask yourself when it gets tough

Never get complacent. There is always something to improve on. There is always room for growth. There is always more to learn. More wisdom to gain. Never stop searching for answers.
— Akeem Haynes

 

 

 

1). Why?

 

Always start with why. I truly believe that with a strong enough reasoning behind something, no matter how tough it gets, you can find a way to get through it. But first you have to find out why you want to do it. When your trying to figure out your why, understand that there will be many different reasoning’s, and you should have many reasons. But if your why is solely based on materialistic things it will not last. When you get hit by life, you will find an excuse because it’s not strong enough, you can always get any type of job and just work and work until you reach the goal of the material that you want. And then what? You will be right back in the same boat feeling unfulfilled. As humans, we desire finding something that brings us purpose and gives meaning to our lives.

 

 

Do me a favor, when you think about your why, I want you to think about something that brought you pain, something that truly left a print on you. Now, think about how you can use that pain and form that into something positive.

 

 

When I was growing up, there was a time in my life when I moved around a lot, I moved to so many houses in a short span of months that I lost track of the actual number, there was a time in my life when having regular meals was something that wasn’t very regular. Those are the moments that shaped my why, and in that moment, I made a DECISION that when I establish myself I will have stability in my environment and in my life, it was a decision that came from within.

 

When you can connect your pain, and use that energy into creating positivity it forces you to make a decision for change, and that is when you will have an unstoppable why. Now you’ve made a decision and now you have a purpose behind you, now you have a reason for why you do what you do. It’s a powerful feat when you make up your mind to do something. It’s hard to break or change a mind that’s been made up.

 

To paraphrase Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how”

 

 

2). Is it worth it?

 

Along our journey we will be confronted with many situations, some will be filled with joy, and some will be filled with heartache. How we react to what we are faced will determine what kind of outcome the rest of our journey through life will be like. Recently, I was asked to be the guest speaker from the high school I graduated from, Crescent Heights High school in Calgary Alberta, Canada. I spent a few nights thinking to myself as I was trying to sleep, thinking of what I could tell them that would stick as they start a new chapter in their life. And in doing that I thought about my own life and how I got to where I am today.

 

The things we do, and what you put on the line, and what we sacrifice on a daily basis, to get to where we want to go, will it be worth it? I think that’s something that every individual will have to answer for themselves. You might see someone on TV and thinking they have it all figured out, only to realize later down the road that if they would do it again, they wouldn’t, and then you have those who have went through tremendous adversity and when they are asked if they would do anything different, they reply “no, because it made me who I am”.

 

Truth is, it will be worth it, if you become who you are meant to be from the mistakes you’ve made along the way. I’ve learned that it’s not about the destination, it’s not always about making it to the top because the reality is you might not make it to your initial goal or your initial dream, but who you become and what you can grasp from prior defeats, can provide you with new goals and new dreams.

 

It is in the actual pursuit in the journey of life, that we figure out who and what we are meant to become that makes the journey worthwhile in the long run.

 

Ultimately the only way to know if it will be worth it, is by risk figuring it out for yourself.

 

 

 

3). Why not me?

 

Anything is possible. A lot of people say this statement just to say it but this is something I wholeheartedly believe and I will always believe that in my heart, because the way I answered this question changed the trajectory of my life. Why not you? seriously why not you? you know, there is something inside all of us that truly believes that we can accomplish anything. No matter what our circumstances or situations are, there is something in our subconscious state that tells us that there is a way through. The only way to manifest that thought is to listen closely, and then act on that first thought that comes to mind. There are two ways when it comes to bringing an idea to life. The first step is visualization and the second step is by action. When you form Visualization and action together consistently, that’s when our ideas can be shape into reality.

 

I had to come to an honest truth when I was twelve years old, I realized that It doesn’t really matter where you start, and it doesn’t matter where you came from, one thing is certain and an absolute fact for all of us and that is life isn’t fair. That’s a given. But then I realized what is given, is knowing that there are 24 hours in a day. And in that 24 hours everything that we want to achieve and accomplish must take part every single day for the rest of our lives. The more negative questions you ask yourself, the more time you waste not moving forward. I came up with this phrase when I was twelve years old, and each day I would say it to myself the moment I woke up. “Why not you Akeem.” And in doing that, psychologically my energy shifted into finding answers.

 

In college when some of my teachers would tell me that I wouldn’t graduate on time because of my grades, it would have been easy to listen and give in, because I wasn’t the smartest guy out there, I didn’t really retain information that well, especially when it came to certain classes that I was uninterested in. However, as you know if you don’t pass the courses, you will not graduate. The many times I would hear the negative comments from people around me, I would repeat to myself “why not you? why can’t you graduate on time?” and whether I realized it immediately or not my subconscious mind would start focusing and dialing in a little more on information that I needed to grasp and that would be my answer.

 

Sometimes we have to ask ourselves questions in a different perspective in order to find an answer.

 

When you are faced with a delay in your life, don’t ask why me. Ask yourself why not me? Acknowledge the problem but don’t dwell on the problem. We are all problem solvers, and if we dwell on something for too long, we get caught up in believing that’s how it’s always going to be instead of changing our perspective and finding a way to overcome the problem.

 

 

Problems don’t go away,

 

You just find more effective ways to deal with them

 

 

ITS ON YOU…

 

Take some time today to develop a phrase that helps you,

 

Something that brings your reassurance when you need It most.

 

If you have your own phrase already I would love to hear about it in the comments.

 

Why not you?

Why not you?

Why not you ?

 

 

 

 

Sometimes the impossible, becomes possible when you ask yourselves the right questions.

 

 

 

Akeem Haynes

9 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Life

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There is no easy way out of our circumstances. Sometimes you stick it out even when you want to give up because you know that on the other side is either a better situation or a better you.
-Krissi Dallas

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Life is unpredictable. Throughout the years, I've realized that a lot of the times, things never really turn out exactly like how we imagined it in our heads. Along the way something happens and we have to figure out why it happened and how we can get back on the right track. That's what makes life interesting isn't it? Very few things are certain or permanent. But it is in life's uncertainties that make us search for the things that will bring us happiness. 

 

No matter what, we have to find ways to make the most out of what comes our way and face the challenges that appear in front of us when we least expect it.

 

Always remember that even though we don't control the cards we are dealt, we can always control the cards that we play in our hands. 

 

Here are some ways to make the most out of each day;

 

1.   Wake Up And Be Grateful

 Focus on the things you are thankful for rather than the problems you are facing. Somedays will be tougher than others, but if you focus on the positives each day you wake up, the negatives will eventually get a little harder to see. I’m not saying the negatives won’t come, because they will, but your gratitude will help you look past the negatives and focus on the positives. Always remember, what you pay attention to grows.

2.   Engage In Purposeful Work  

 If it's something you enjoy, you probably won't consider it work. That's a great feeling, in reality, not many people can say that they are doing something they truly enjoy doing. Life is too short to not be involved with things you enjoy doing in everyday life. Even if it’s for a few moments out of your day, do something today that makes you feel good inside. And once you start today, I hope you have the courage to do it again the next day, and then the day after that. 

 

3.   Take Time To Be Still

This is something that I'm working on myself. I'm guilty of always doing something, and often-times I over work myself and put more stress on my mind and body. However, I'm learning not to overdo it, and to relax a bit and enjoy the down days. Oftentimes I need personal reminders than I'm not a robot. After all, even robots need to reset and update sometimes. Consider this your own self re-boot button. Sometimes less is more. 

4. Never Forget What You Represent

 The late Maya Angelou has a quote that says, "I come as one, but stand with 1000". Life's journey cannot be travelled alone, at some point someone has poured into you, someone has prayed for you and is still praying for you when you’re not praying for yourself. When you look at the things you've been through in your life, what is the main word that comes to your mind? What is one word that represents you the best? think about that. You must know what you represent in this world. If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything. 

 

5. Don’t Take Everything Personal

You can’t take everything too serious, because if you do, you will be offended for the rest of your life. Don’t get caught up in this, pick your battles wisely. You honestly don’t have to attend every battle your invited too. It’s better to have peace within yourself than to be right for the wrong reasons.

6. Chase After Your Dreams

Everyone has a dream, and I truly believe that no dream is too big. And if you think your dream is too big I hope in reading this you realize differently. The last chapter of my book in Fear, Faith & Fruition. Is entitled Navy Seal, and the reason why I picked that title Is because I think navy seals are mentally some of the strongest people to walk this earth. They make up their mind before the mission starts that they are going to do whatever it takes no matter what to complete their task, and only when that task is complete can they rest and put their focus on something else. Even when they have setbacks, even when they have to take alternate routes, they adjust and create a new plan and then attack it with the same intensity. Like a navy seal, it’s imperative that you instill that mindset and go after your dreams and all that you desire. Mistakes will happen, you will fail, and you will fall on many of occasions. But you must get back up and create a new plan and continue to attack with the same intensity. That is how dreams are achieved. You won’t achieve anything if you aren’t willing to risk finding out how far you can and will go to achieve them.  As best selling author John Maxwell said, “Dreams don’t work unless you do”.

7. Find Your Why

Author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with why” says, “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”. There are certain questions that you must ask yourself. And I think above all, we must always start with why. This is a powerful reasoning because I truly believe with a strong enough reason behind something, you will find a way to preserve and stretch yourself beyond what you ever thought you could. However, your why has to be deeper than external forces. If your why is based on something that is materialistic, you will not last. Because materialistic things can always be replaced and will often lead to settling for less than what you wanted. A why must be linked to what’s in your heart. When your why comes from deep within, you will try that much harder to breakdown every barrier than stands in your way. Figure out your why, and let it push and guide you each step of the way.

8. Keep Things In Perspective

Often, it's how we look at things that makes the biggest difference in how we react to circumstances. This is something that I’ve been working on the past few years much more closely myself. We always have to keep things in perspective. Because life is unpredictable and even when you know what’s next you never really know how it’s going to play out in your favor. Be aware, stay open to change. It’s not always about what’s in front of you, it’s about how you value what’s in front of you. Alphonse Karr says. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses”.

9. Sort Out Your Priorities  

 What you focus on grows stronger in your life.  At every moment, millions of little things compete for your attention. But at the end of the day, you can’t do everything that pops up in front of you. Whether you want to admit it or not, we work on high priority schedule. When something needs to get done, we do it. When something is due later, it gets done later. Understand that there’s a big difference between being busy and being productive. Try not to confuse motion with progress. Make room for the things that are important to you, the things that are going to help you achieve your goals and aspirations. Sometimes this is going to mean saying no to the things you WANT to do, and yes to the things you NEED to do. 

 

Its On You..

Make the most out of each day. No day is promised and no day will ever be the same again. So you might as well find a way to live it fully and with full intentions. Everyday won't be perfect and it won't always be good.  Focus on having more good days than bad days and control what you can and don't waste energy on what you can't. And like August wilson says in his world renown play fences. "you've got to take the crooked with the straights."

A Convo Between Two part 2-1

 

I’ve had the privilege of being involved meeting many different interesting people, and in this interview, I spoke to a reporter about the importance of owning your own personal story, he’s an established man in his own rights and we spoke for about an hour or so. Funny thing was the interview was only twenty minutes so we spent forty minutes off air just talking about everything. So, without rambling, here is a bit of how this conversation went.

 

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Reporter: Here is what just crossed my mind. I haven’t seen you in person for a year now, but I’ve known you for five years now. I’ve watched you throughout high school when you were still a teenager, and now you have a full Goatee!

 

Akeem: haha! Man thank you for acknowledging that. People stay hating on my facial hair growth. It’s been a long time coming! I still can’t grow a beard though.

 

Reporter: I see everything. Now, A few years ago, I spoke with your mom Kim, and I asked her a question. I asked her “What does she see when she sees her son coming up to her?”. Do you know what she said?

 

Akeem: ah man, I have no idea.

 

Reporter: she said, “When I see Akeem, I think of hope.” Why do you think that is? What do you see yourself as?

 

Akeem: I don’t see myself as anything special by any means. But I do know that I have more responsibility than most people my age. As far as the word hope goes, yeah. I think that’s what I’ve always tried to represent. A sign of hope. Hope from a common ground. Yeah, I think that goes with me.

 

Reporter: I agree with her, I think hope is something that sticks with you. Like you, I was born in Jamaica myself, I wouldn’t say I grew up poor but we didn’t have much extra, at a young age my father would say to me, “A person needs to do more for themselves than anybody can do for them” and I didn’t understand why he was telling me this until I got older, and I realized that for the most part you are in control of your own life, yes you can’t control everything, but you can always control how you respond. To gain a certain amount of success, what do you think is one or two things you must do?

 

Akeem: Westmoreland Stand up!

 

Reporter: Yes bredda!

 

Akeem: You know, I’m no life guru or coach or any of that. But I think the main thing, is you must own your story. You must look at what’s going on in your circumstance and situations, and you must decide if you’re sick and tired of being where you are and what you’re going to do to change that. It all starts with a decision. Now of course once you decide that, it doesn’t mean life won’t punch you in the face, in fact that’s probably what’s going to happen sooner than later, all you can do when you decide, is say to yourself “no matter what, I’m going to get through this”.

 

Reporter: When you say owning your story, why do you think others don’t own theirs? Is it a bad thing if they don’t?

 

Akeem: There is this notion of “what’s cool “in society. Most people are trying to compete about who has it harder and sometimes I think people create this image of what they wish it was like instead of the reality of what it is. For someone who’s been through hard ships I can say first hand it’s not cool. It’s not cool to have one meal a day if that. It’s not cool to wake up without heat or lights or hot water in the house, it’s not cool to get kicked out of your home, it’s not cool to be homeless, Mark my words there's nothing fun about any of that. The story of “growing up with nothing and making it’ is extremely interesting, people have some remarkable stories out there, but struggling isn't fun, to the ones who haven’t grown up in it, be thankful and appreciate what you have. Every story is significant, we all just have different experiences. But for me, However, I wouldn’t change a single thing.

 

Reporter: You mentioned “Making it”. Did you always know there would be brighter days ahead? Most people say they do, but did you?

 

Akeem: I wouldn’t say I always believed, but I always had faith that it would get better. It’s hard man, cause when you’re going through something, it’s hard to focus on anything else other than that. But I’ve always had faith that it would get better, the funny thing about believing something is that it takes practice, like anything else, it takes practice to believe something will work out. But faith is seeing something even if you can’t make out the picture. So, I held my faith close to my heart until progress showed me how to believe.

 

Reporter: “I held my faith close to my heart until progress showed me how to believe”. I don’t think there is anything else that needs to be said.

 

Part 2 To be Continued…

10 Things to Stop Wasting Time on

 

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“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing." 
~ Margaret Thatcher”

 

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Last night I laid in my bed in the dark with my windows open. For twenty minutes, I just let my mind wonder and take me where it wanted too.

 

I started to think about a time when I was younger, my grandfather would always take me to go and fill a bucket with mangos after church. And during that time with him he would tell me stories of when he was a younger, he would tell me stories about how he met my grandmother, and how his dad use to take him to get mangos when he was my age. As a young kid your focus really isn’t on the stories but more on the mangoes because lets be serious, I was trying to get as many mangoes as I could I didn’t have all day. And as a bonus, he would let me eat as much as I wanted too that day as soon as we got home. I would eat mangoes until I started to feel sick.

However, I always listened even when he thought I wasn’t paying attention. Instantly I started to smile because those are the moments that will always stick with me. Good or bad, those times that bring us a moment of joy will always last a lifetime.

Often times we overlook the small joys of life that bring a smile to our faces and souls, we sometimes waste time on things that we really won’t remember a month from now, let alone a year from now. That’s what gave me the idea for this post.

 

Here are some things that helped me in my own exepreinces:

 

 

 

1). The desire for everything you don’t have. – No, you might not always get everything you want, but oftentimes if you take the time think about the things you do have, you will see that you have more than you need. We all have wants, but let’s not forget that there are lots of people in this world who don’t have what they need to survive everyday life, but you do. You might not have a lot right now, but nonetheless you should always be grateful for the things you do have.

 

2). Worrying about what everyone thinks and says about you. – Don’t take things too seriously. If you take the things people say about you too seriously you will be offended for the rest of your life. People are going to say what they want to say, and think what they want to think, at the end of the day, their words and opinions are just that, opinions. last time I checked opinions aren’t facts.

 

3). Everyone else’s definition of success and happiness. - You simply can’t base your idea of success and happiness on other people’s opinions and expectations. You have to decide what’s important for you, and what keeps the fire inside of you burning. No one can keep that flame alive but you.

 

4). Trying to impress everyone. – Truth is, no matter how you live somebody will be disappointed. That’s just the reality of what it is, one of the most liberating things we learn in life is that we don’t have to like everyone, everyone doesn’t have to like us, and that’s perfectly OK. Live YOUR life for you, and appreciate the ones who support your authenticity.

 

5). All the fears holding you back. – The only way to move past your fears is to face them. Whatever you don’t confront will find new ways to aggravate you over and over again. Oftentimes the best way to gain strength and self-confidence is to do what you’re afraid to do. Breakthroughs happen when you can find the courage to step outside of your comfort zone and step past your fears.

 

6). Holding on to Grudges – Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something.  Forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on. Holding on to something you have no control over will continue to weigh you down

 

7). Thinking the perfect time will come. – If you always wait for the perfect timing you will miss out on the life you dream about. One day you should be able to look be and say “I really did live life” and not “I wish I would have done that”.  Perfection is a myth, time doesn’t wait, neither should you.

 

8). Regrets – try and do everything you said you would do. Before anything can happen, you must decide that you’re going to try. What will happen will happen along the way, but don’t sit back and watch life happen in front of you and you not have a say in what happens next. Leave no stone unturned, try every possible course of action in order to achieve something. No Regrets.

 

9). Past mistakes – Without a time machine there is no way we can go back in the past. Until one is built, don’t let your past mistakes have you doubting your present and harm your future. We all make mistakes and we all have flaws, the only way to figure out life is to make choices and act on our decisions. They might not always work out, but that’s something we have to live with. At the end of the day life goes on, use your mistakes to help you grow and hopefully help you make better choices for the future. Even though we may make mistakes along the way, we don’t have to be confined by them. Live, learn, and keep it moving.

 

10). Distractions - Be wise enough to walk away from the nonsense around you.  Focus on the positives, and soon the negatives will be harder to see. Always remember that what you pay attention too will grow. Be careful what you give your attention too.

 

Its On You..

Truth be told, time is something we can't get back. What you do with it is on you, but the fact that we cannot get it back should speak volume.  What do you need to prioritize in order to progress? What are you giving more time to that you shouldn't?

Leave a comment below, and share your thoughts.

 

A Convo Between Two Part 1

 

I always get a lot of question, whether it’s from reporters, or kids, or parents, friends, and people in general. I take a lot of pride in giving an honest answer each time, that’s what I will continue to do. I don’t believe in fabricating or gassing up something just because. Now, with that being said “A convo between two” is my way of sharing some of the questions I’ve been asked that turned into a conversation that can be taken in any range. Some of these convos might even be  what's going on instead my head (like you don't talk to yourself, don't judge me). I’m always grateful for good healthy conversations that I can learn something from. People always say that words don't mean anything, but in reality they do. Words can spark something within you at any moment. So with that being said, let’s start!

 

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Reporter: I heard a rather intriguing story about you through the grapevine, that I thought was truly remarkable.

Akeem: Hopefully it’s not anything crazy, ha!

Reporter: I spoke with an old football coach of yours, and he told me that, your first season playing football with the golden hawks, you didn’t get a chance to play due to a medical issue, you weren’t cleared to play in any games, yet you went to practice every day, you put on pads in practice, ran conditioning, did everything that everybody else did, but when it was time to play the game you went into the stands and watched and supported your team. Is that true?

Akeem: aw man, what coach sold me out like this? but yes, that’s true. In every sport, you must go get a physical done just to make sure that everything is okay. Nothing out of the ordinary, you know, regular stuff. But when I went to get the physical done and get checked up, the doctors were checking my heart beat and I guess they found an irregular heartbeat. i wasn’t sure what it meant, I just didn’t quite understand why it stopped me from playing, I mean I’ve been active in sports since I was nine- ten years old, so clearly, I was fine. But yeah, he didn’t clear me to play so I couldn’t play.

Reporter: Most people your age would stop playing right at that moment, they wouldn’t continue going to practice, why did you continue going to practice knowing you couldn’t play? What did you keep practicing?

Akeem:  Honestly, I learned more about football in that one year of not playing, than I did any year playing football. I think when your faced with adversity, you will be exposed to who you really are. Adversity creates your character, and it’s not exactly because of the circumstance, but rather how you respond to that moment that molds your character. I remember that night I talked with my mom, and she asked me what I wanted to do, and I told her I was still going to go as if I was going to play. Looking back at it now, I kept going back because that’s just who I am. Yeah it sucks that I couldn’t play, but my whole life has been a fight. You don’t give yourself a chance to win the fight of life if you stay down when you’ve been knocked down. You will lose every single time if you don’t try and get back up, no matter how hard you’ve been hit, you must get back up. It became bigger than football, I figured later in life I will have something on a way bigger scale that will set me back, and I’ll have to find a way to deal with that, I’ll have to find a way to get back up and keep moving.  

Reporter: “You don’t give yourself a chance to win the fight of life, if you stay down when you’ve been knocked down”. I liked how you worded that. Because it’s true. What’s something else that you learned that year?

Akeem: Patience sucks!!. Man, that was hard for me. To go to every game and watch your team lose by a touch down or field goal, the whole time I’m thinking, “I know I could have gotten us that win today!” little thoughts like that, but I couldn’t change that I had to accept it and deal with it. Patience is something that we have to make an intricate part of our lives,  9 times out of 10, things don’t always exactly work out the way we think it should. It just won’t happen. And we must learn to be okay with that. Learn to take things for what it is, not for how we want them to be. This isn’t like burger king, we can’t always have it our way. I learned to be adaptable and the importance on taking things one day at a time. Everyday won’t always be good, but the goal is to try and have more good days than bad days. And trust me, adversity will test you to see how bad you want what you say you want. So, I suggest forming a marriage with patience among other virtues.

Reporter: Remarkable Akeem, patience is something we all need to work on including myself. Are you sure you’re not older than 24?

Akeem: Haha, I appreciate the comment, I’ve been through a lot of experiences in my life, I try and take something from those moments. Age doesn’t mean much, hardships doesn’t care about your age.

Reporter: You can say that again. Akeem, it’s always a pleasure speaking with you. It’s very liberating and refreshing for me every time we get a chance to talk, I wish you nothing but the best on the track and off the track.

Akeem: It’s my pleasure, and thank you again for the kind words, I always appreciate your sincerity. Means more than you know.