I am sure most of you have heard about the tragedy of former Disney Star and Co-Star of Rizzoli and Isles, Lee Thompson Young. Last week this sweet young man died from a self inflicted gun shot wound. What most of you don’t know is that I started this young man in the entertainment business. As you know for over 23 years I was in the entertainment industry as an agent/manager as well as owned a performing arts center.
One day, this handsome young man walked into my office when he was 11 years old. He grabbed my hand, kissed it and then flipped out a business card that read “Lee Thompson Young, Actor.” At that time Lee had only done 2 local plays. But what I said to him on that day became true. I said, “I’m going to make you a STAR.” Within a year and a half of that day, he was starring in his own show on the Disney Channel, “The Famous Jett Jackson.”
Over the years, this young boy has had a wonderful and successful career as an actor. But what most folks don’t know is that he was a very gentle and loving soul. Lee discovered his purpose early in life and he went after it with such ease and grace because he knew that it was his assignment.
His family has asked that I help prepare his hometown memorial and I can tell you it has been both an honor and yet a painful experience. But what gives me joy and comfort is I’ve learned so much from this young man about living your dreams now.
While he was only 29 years old at his passing, he has done more in those short years than many people will do in 60 years. As I reflect upon his journey I realized that he followed the three steps that I teach for success.
1. Spirituality- Lee had a deep, abiding relationship with God. He exhibited that divinity everywhere he went because of the love he embodied. His love for his family, his friends and all people was just incredible. He always had something good to say…never negative even when things didn’t good promising to him. He always saw God in all that he did. His spiritual life was priority for him. That’s why you never saw him do any work that didn’t reflect how he lived his life.
2. Strategies-Lee was always a life student. He wanted to know how to live in the present. He wanted to know how to live a deep spiritual life and he would seek out new ways of being, new skill sets and new strategies for his life. He kept great coaches and mentors in his life to help direct and guide him through his journey.
3. Supporting Cast-There’s a saying that you are the sum total of the 5 people you spend your most time with. For Lee, the people he spent his most time with were brilliant and wonderful people. He made sure his supporting cast were people he could grow and expand with. He also kept close contact with his family and remained connected to them.
I will miss this young man and I would be lying if I said that I was not hurting, because I am. But this is not about me, it’s about a young man who knew his purpose and had the courage to live it. My question to you is, “What about you? Will you die with your dream inside of you, or are you wiling to live your dream now?” Perhaps you don’t know what that dream is. If this is true, then it’s time to find out by connecting with someone who can help you discover the answers. As your Love Lifestyle Coach, I can help you do just that. If not me, then find someone because it’s time to live your dreams NOW!