Close friend Michael

Michael Dixon is Alberto’s cousin and one of his closest friends. He has been supporting Alberto Deoband throughout his whole life and is indirectly responsible for many of his successes.

Currently, he’s doing a lot of community service and youth education in his home town of Mobile, Alabama. Aside from all the community involvement he is also running an asphalt paving company: where 25 percent of all of his profits goes back into the community. His devotion to his city and it’s youth is truly inspiring to anyone who’s looking to change the world. He does it every day, one speech and decision at a time.

Michael have always been a role model and a friend to each one of us, even though our main teacher is Mr. Deoband. The only way we can explaing his presence in our lives is like this: a person in your life, that you aren’t having much contact with, but every time you do, it’s a mind and life changing encounter.

It’s a little hard to talk about this, but I can bring up a very good example from my own life…

Back when I was in the 7th grade, my chubbiness was a point of conversation and laughter for many kids in school. I was being teased quite a bit, but have never come across any form of bullying or physical abuse until one day when this guy named Tommy who was in the grade above me, decided to push me around just because I was a bit on the chubby side. To this day I’m not sure why, possibly because he was having a bad day but there is no reason to let that anger out on another person. Well, as you can imagine I was very upset and decided to not speak with anyone about what happened.

A week has passed and the idea of being pushed around was seriously bugging me to the point where I couldn’t concentrate on schoolwork, which is when I decided to speak with a pastor.

It wasn’t comfortable for me at that time to just tell random people about the problem I’m having in my life, especially when they have something to do with me being overweight, guess I was a bit insecure. On my way to the church I saw Michael and we started talking about his new program and all the people it is going to help. Even though I wasn’t comfortable, I figured that by telling him about my problem would make me feel better than talking to a pastor that I have never met before. I have made the right decision!

It turns our that Michael himself was a bit on a fatty side when he was younger and have given me tons of advice on how to deal with people in school by breaking down the way they thing, act and react.

The most important piece of advice he gave me that day was to use the “word warfare” as he called it. Essentially just talking to people and pushing their buttons in the most innocent way whether it’s their family, grades or even looks. I have implemented what he told me and boy did it work! I have gained confidence in my conversational skills and as a result stated to have more conversations with people.

I owe this transformation to Michael and appreciate the guidance he had provided me at the time of need.