This book gives a brief background of the author and his valuable childhood lessons and experiences which gave him the strength to rise above the past. It is designed to help young people growing up in the inner city to realize that there are so many things right there in the neighborhood that can help them in an urban setting. A little like an "it's what you make of it" approach. It will also help young readers to take advantage of what positive things are available in the neighborhood that can really help them survive what people call today "the Hood." The author also shares some bad decisions he made as a youth to help a young reader see he was not perfect and was affected greatly by a lot of the negative surroundings. The author shares how each experience was a lesson learned for him and how he still lives by these principles today. The book spares readers of all the drugs and serious violence that are glorified in movies and videos today. The goal is to help a young reader see that entertainment is not the only answer to making it out of an urban setting.