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Jones inspires Tigers during book signing
CLARKSDALE – Dozens of Tigers listened intently as Dr. Samuel Jones detailed the moment he knew that his 4-year stint playing professional basketball in Finland was over.

Jones inspires Tigers during book signing

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Tue Sep 27, 2016

 

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Dr. Samuel Jones, pictured standing, shares some valuable life lessons with Tigers during a book signing Monday.

CLARKSDALE – Dozens of Tigers listened intently as Dr. Samuel Jones detailed the moment he knew that his 4-year stint playing professional basketball in Finland was over.

“God spoke to me and said, ‘You’re suppose to be doing something else,’” said Jones. “I didn’t want to accept it, but it was confirmed a few weeks later when the NBA went on strike and I was unable to get my contract renewed.”

Reared in Gunnison, MS by his grandmother, Jones returned to the United States and could only find work in a factory, despite having earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Southern Mississippi.

In retrospect, Jones, who had played basketball in both high school and college, said the whole ordeal turned out to be a major learning experience for him.

“Just because you have a college degree doesn’t mean the world owe you anything,” said Jones. “That experience taught me humility and changed my life forever.”

That was one of the many life lessons Jones shared with Coahoma Community College students Monday morning during a book signing, hosted by CCC’s Division of Enrollment and Student Services/Career Services and Placement.

During the event, Jones, an author, speaker and educator, inspired students to start thinking about their life’s purpose.

“If you would have asked me 20 years ago if I would be doing what I’m doing right now, I would’ve said ‘no way,’” said Jones. “That’s what my book “The Man I Never Knew” is about … I never knew that I could be the guy that I am today.”

He closed by challenging students to get serious about what they want to achieve in life and work hard for it.

“If you don’t have a target, you will self-destruct,” said Jones. “Coahoma Community College is a place that can help you develop a target in your life. Create you some goals—they should be so small that they encourage you, and so large that they frighten you,” Jones said.

Following the lecture, students, faculty and staff were given the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Jones’ books, “The Man I Never Knew: How Leadership Can be Developed by Faith, Family, and Friends” and “Live Life on Purpose: From Discovery to Practice”, as well as pose for pictures.

Click here to view more photos from the event on CCC’s Facebook page!