Thursday, October 9, 2014

Interview with nonfiction/self-help writer Jesse LeBeau

On the blog today is memoir writer Jesse LeBeau to share a bit about his book Among the Giants.

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Jesse LeBeau is one of the premiere trick artists with a basketball in the world. He has entertained millions in commercials, movies, and televised games alongside top celebrities like Allen Iverson, Kevin Durant, Heidi Klum, and Justin Bieber.

Undersized and overlooked his whole life, Jesse was able to overcome the odds and go from a remote island in Alaska to the Hollywood big screen. He continues to use his talents, speaking engagements, and new book Among The Giants to inspire other to live life to the fullest!

Welcome, Jesse. Please tell us about your book.
Among the Giants is a self-help memoir for young and old alike! I tell my inspirational story (the story of a self confessed “underdog”), with hopes to inspire and motivate the you, the reader, to challenge yourself toward your own dreams and aspirations. I clearly define the success principles every young person needs to follow, not only to pursue their goals, but to pursue a full and rewarding LIFE!

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What inspired you to write this book?
I was speaking to kids around the country but I was only able to give them so much in 45 minutes. I realized if I wrote a book, I would be able to give them a resource that could really make a difference in their life long after I left. That was my motivation to take the time to write Among the Giants.

Excerpt from Among the Giants:
You probably aren’t going to like this, and maybe you won’t even agree with me, but I’m here to tell you this today: if you aren’t happy with your life, it’s your own fault. We all possess the ability to create the life we want. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, and make your life what you want it to be. Stop blaming other people. Stop making excuses. Imagine if you took that wasted time and energy and used it to change your circumstances and fix the things you don’t like. What kind of life would you have then? I’d be willing to bet it would be a lot better. The highest achievers don’t blame others and make excuses. They don’t expect someone else to make them happy, and they don’t have a sense of entitlement and expect everything to be handed to them on a silver platter. They make it happen. They start taking different action steps to get different results. This attitude is what makes all the difference between those who are great and live happy lives and those who don’t.

There is only one person who is responsible for the quality of your life, and you guessed it: that person is you. Everything that is happening in your life is the result of your previous actions or lack thereof. That makes you the grand master in charge of the current state of your life. Our human nature conditions us to blame external factors that are out of our control to give us a scapegoat. But the truth of the matter is, it all comes back to how we choose to respond to each event that determines our outcome. Like I mentioned before, we can’t always control the things that happen to us; the only thing we have the power to control is our attitude and how we choose to respond. The choice is yours. Take charge of your life. Think better thoughts. Visualize more positive outcomes. Take the action necessary to get what you want. This will determine everything for you and your life. Stop wasting your time being unhappy. Choose wisely, and take 100 percent ownership for your life.

What exciting story are you working on next?
Right now I am focused on speaking and promoting this book and getting ready for a possible tour with the Globe Trotters!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think everyone has a story to share that can entertain or help others, they just have to take action on it. There are all sorts of resources today that can help anyone write and publish a book. If you want to do it, there is nothing stopping you!

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
My full-time gig is my speaking business and in the last 3 years I’ve been making most of my income as an actor. I’ve been in lots of commercials and movies and you can check out some of my work online at

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
All I wanted to do when I grew up was be a basketball player, and I’ve found a way to do it even though I am not an NBA player. I entertain people in commercials, games, and movies and then do tricks as part of speaking routine.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Attitude is everything! I hope my book will inspire your readers to life a live according to their passion no matter what obstacles they are facing. To keep tabs on me and to get free resources they can check me out at my website and follow me on Twitter. If they want a digitial download of my e-book What Allen Iverson Taught Me About Life and a download from my DVD for FREE they can text the word “Giants” to 58885 or visit my website.

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