Monday, June 03, 2013
This weekend my husband and I watched a documentary on ESPN about Dewey Bozella. He was convicted of a murder he didn't commit. He refused to accept plea deals and continued to profess his innocence of the murder. He was in jail 26 years before being exonerated. For 26 years he continued to profess his innocence. On an appeal, he was offered a plea deal but he refused to sign paperwork saying his was guilty of a crime he didn't commit. The jury found him guilty again...before his eventual exoneration.
During his life he wanted to be a boxer and entered the prison boxing program. He had 10 fights. His lifelong dream was to be a professional boxer. After being released, his story touched several athletes who then helped make this dream a reality. He had to come to California to get his professional license. He failed the first test. His wife refused to let him give up on his dream and after much anguish, he began training hard and ultimately obtained his pro license. He then had his fight and won...he retired after that.
The lesson I got...work your butt off, it won't be easy, many people will put obstacles in your way, but if you truly want to achieve something you MUST BE WILLING TO WORK HARD. Dewey...thank you for an amazing lesson in perseverance. Your story touched me and left me with tears. It also made me think about why I'm not working harder to achieve my goal. I'm putting a picture of you up on my motivation wall so I can see your face (which has determination written all over it) every day and remind myself that it won't come easy and it won't come without hard work...but it will come!
Here's a link to his story...I think it's so awesome I just had to share!