Growing up on a farm in a small town outside of Selma, Al was the highlight of my life. My appreciation for life and wanting all of its success is what made me work really hard toward my goals. Our plan for our lives are not always God's plan. I am the tenth child out of thirteen kids but I was determined to be more than a number. I joined the military at age 21, later I retired. While serving in the military I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, fibromyalgia and depression. I have been faced with many other battles ever since. I was determined to never give up and press on. Through my faith and trust in God, I have endured. I have always been a fighter and I know now that this battle belongs to the Lord.
The book is a brief testimony about my life and the struggles I have had and continue to on a daily basis. I talk openly and candid about life issues and how hard it is to get past one thing and then you look up and there's something else. It's real talk and real life. I speak on facts and my faith in God. The book is truly encouraging!
The basis of my story is to tell someone that is facing some of the same circumstances that I am going through
is that they are not alone. We all have struggles in our lives that seem like we can never get past them, but if we can learn to trust in the Lord, he will help us. I tell my story of feeling helpless at times and not knowing where to turn. When I looked back over my life I began to think about my spiritual family life. My parents never gave up on thirteen kids. I have hope and confidence now that I can do the same for my life.
Mr. JB Smiley Jr, an attorney by profession, was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. As a student-athlete at Bolton High School, Mr. Smiley excelled in the classroom and on the basketball court. While earning numerous athletic awards, he simultaneously mentored young students and was an exemplar role model. After high school, Mr. Smiley attended Tennessee Technological University “TTU” and the University of Pikeville “UPike.” He went on to play professional show basketball and semi-professional basketball. During this time, his passion for helping others blossomed. He used his experiences to encourage and motivate others. It was during an unpaid internship at the Hewlett Law Firm where his enthusiasm for helping others and the rights of his fellow man began to merge. Subsequently, he went on to attend law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. While in law school, Smiley received multiple awards and honors.
Mr. Smiley’s message is one that resonates with us all. He believes we are all born with everything we need to be successful. He has been a featured speaker on numerous occasions, in different settings and capacities. He is a licensed attorney in Tennessee and Arkansas.
Life is tough. Negativity is all around us. Many of us have experienced failure first hand. Despite the difficult circumstances, every individual has the desire to succeed. If you are in need of an extra push, guidance,
or are seeking an encouraging word, this is the book for you.
Born With It: Unleashing Your Greatness is groundbreaking in its approach to personal empowerment. It boldly states looking outside oneself for the solutions to personal struggle is not the answer. The answer lies within.
This book will fuel your efforts to accomplish any goal you have set. So are you ready to achieve your goals?
I hope so! As you dive into this book, let this serve as a personal reminder: You are BORN WITH IT,
and it is time to Unleash Your Greatness!