Over the weekend, I happened to meet a young man who was passing out books.

At first I didn’t think anything of it. I figured he was just soliciting something to make a buck on the street. What the young man was doing was actually way deeper than that. I realized that the young man was an author by the name of Jason McMillan, and his book is absolutely amazing.

If you get a chance to read FreeDom(e), please do! The reason why I like this book is that Jason explains every inch of his hardships in life and how they led to a better path.

When I say the hardships of life, I mean this young man went through a lot! Jason, also known as Young Simba, explains how growing up and making certain decisions can truly come back to haunt you, but it’s all about what you do with those experiences to become a better person.

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Courtesy of Jason McMillan

Jason explains how he was on the run from law enforcement for months, and how the moment he felt that his back was against the wall he had a conversation with his mother, who convinced him to go ahead and turn himself in.

Once he was in custody and his freedom was gone, he had to sit and really evaluate the decisions he'd made after ignoring the little voice in his mind telling him that certain things were wrong. He then had to think about the work it would take for him to become a better person.


The end result of this was Jason discovering his talent for writing and becoming an author.

You can purchase his book on Amazon, or you can also catch him in the downtown neighborhoods of Killeen, where he has his book on hand.

From the moment I picked up this book, I could not put it down. It's a great read if you're interested in the process (and it is a process, with lots of work involved) of overcoming negative thinking and influences and really taking control of your own destiny.

Even though he’s originally from Boston, he calls Killeen his home now. What I most like about Jason is that when I asked him what he would tell himself if he had the chance to speak with his younger self, he said, "To stay focused and to know that you’re gonna make mistakes, but as long as you learn from them you’ll become a better person."

This, in my opinion, is an ideal role model that all of the Central Texas children need to hear from, and even some grown-ups.

Sometimes we make really bad decisions and think that there’s no way back, but if you take time to believe in yourself and reevaluate what you really need in life, things will work out for you.

Just ask Jason!


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