Ricky Donnell Ross (born January 26, 1960), known as "Freeway" Rick Ross, is an American author and convicted drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1980s

I sometimes wonder why people look for role models, human beings are flawed by design so I think it’s sometimes dangerous to look to other people for inspiration.

I say this because it’s tricky to pick a role model. Some people look to celebrities for inspiration, other’s athletes and so on.

For me myself I’ve recently found a role model in a gentleman named “Freeway” Rick Ross. The guy I’m referring to is not the rapper Rick Ross who makes a living of pretending to be a drug dealer.

I do not say that in disrespect but it is the truth. Freeway Rick Ross however was no pretender. At the height of his operation, Freeway Rick was the second most successful drug lord in American history, second only to Al Capone. Between 1981-1989 he made an estimated $900 million dollars. In today’s money that amount would be approximately $2.5 billion, all the while he couldn’t read or write.

This, while interesting is not why I consider him a role model. The reason I admire his story is because of his mental strength and will.

In 1996 Freeway Rick was sentenced to life in prison without parole. While he was in prison he learned to read & write, discovered a loophole in the prosecution’s case and he was released in 2009 after serving more than 20 years.

This to me is a message that no matter how hopeless things seem that you should never give up. I don’t admire the man Freeway Rick was back then, I admire the man he is now.

Since he’s been free Rick has turned his life around and one of the things I respect the most is the honesty with which he describes his crimes. Sure he can’t be arrested again for the crimes he’s committed but he doesn’t sugar-coat his s**t to make what he did seem less evil. He’s not proud nor is he ashamed. I realised that maybe not to such extremes but I kinda live by the same philosophy in my life.Of not shying away from my mistakes, of living your truth and never giving up. Living Freeway if you will. !

Hope you’ve enjoyed darlings,

Once again if you’d like to tweet me your loveliness you can find me @RColly91 Stay Freeway!

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