I hope you and all listening had a great Labor Day Weekend. There are two stories that caught my attention over the past few days that I believe send a message to every single member of the TJMS family. The first is the amazing story of Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old that yesterday became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage, willing her way to a Key West beach just before 2 p.m. ET, nearly 53 hours after jumping into the ocean in Havana for her fifth try in 35 years.

For those of you that never heard of here before, I recommend you read her full story if you get the chance, but my mentioning her this morning is less about swimming and more about life. But before we get into that, let me tell you about another special person.

Sybil I am sure that you know about Carson Huey. For those of you that do not know who he is, this young brother is in the freshman class of Texas Christian University. He was co-valedictorian of his senior class, plays the piano, scored 1770 on his SAT’s, speaks Mandarin and is studying to become a quantum physicist. Oh…..and he is 11 years old.

An article I read about him stated that His mom, Claretta, said her son had intense focus as an infant.  By the age of one, he could read.  By five, he was doing pre-algebra.  Calculus, he says, relaxes him.

So in one week we hear about an 11-year-old going to college and a 64-year-old swimming over 100 miles. This is not about education or physical activity. This is about excuses. What excuses do we have? No matter how young or seasoned you might be there is a dream that is in your mind and more important you spirit that you are being called to fulfill. Diana, who is an accomplished businesswomen and not a professional swimmer failed four times in 35 years before reaching her goal. What was that thing you stopped believing was possible and put in the back of your mind? What is that thing you just told your child or a young person in your life wasn’t possible?

Family…..God…and if that is not your belief, the universe, has provided us with amazing gifts, that many of us seldom use. Dreams and visions are usually not fantasy. They are our subconscious providing us with a picture of both our possibility and promise. Stop talking about what you can’t do, or create and start doing it. Challenge the young people in your life to push for the impossible. Diana Nyad’s mantra was Find A Way.  Carson is seeing what others refuse to see as possible. Let’s all do both without fear. Because you gotta realize family, failing on your face still moves you closer to your dream than standing still on your feet.

Dream Big – See the impossible – And no matter the age, know that GOD and the gifts you were given at birth are bigger than any challenge you will ever face.

3 thoughts on “‘Stop Talking about What You Can’t Do, or Create and Start Doing It’- JEFF JOHNSON

  1. Mr. Johnson,

    Both of the stories you talk about seem to me like stories about human divinity. Gifted boy and an older lady fulfilling their dreams. They can be powerful icons of our modern age, in which our people often lack motivation and end up being chased and beaten by materialist culture.

    I would just add to this wonderful post that it is important not to become greedy. We have seen in American Hustle how important is to aim where you can’t miss instead of dreaming about impossible things. People are crazy and want more and it has nothing to do with perseverance or other abilities we both consider positive.


  2. Hello Mr. Johnson, today listening to the TLMS show, the interview with Mr. Costner actually made me stop taking surveys to respond on his respectful comments about the topic. It is very rare for an individual of another race to positively comment about an ‘Black American Icon there worth in life…………’PS’, thank you Mr. Johnson for being an honest human-being in today’s society to make all of society to truly look at the problems and situations in our present civilization……………..

  3. Mr. Johnson,
    I have been asking and PLEADING for all those with the public resources to help and assist Ms. Rayar Johnson’s children while they face MULTIPLE KKK threats in school. However, it seems as though no one cares and/or is listening. What will it take to get people to listen and act? It seems as though the only people who care are those without resources.

    I have listened to and read your commentaries for years, but now you are leaving the TJMS. What more hope can I have that someone will pay attention to the plight of these children? Where is our moral obligation to ALL of our children.

    While I wish you luck in all your endeavors it is my hope and prayer that you do something (ANYTHING) to bring attention to Ms. Johnson’s children.

    C. “Keeba” Smith

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