Linda's Corner: Hope - Healing - Happiness

Making mistakes and second chances with Dr. James W. Smith (compulsive gambling)

September 26, 2023 Linda Bjork/Dr. James W. Smith Season 4 Episode 39
Linda's Corner: Hope - Healing - Happiness
Making mistakes and second chances with Dr. James W. Smith (compulsive gambling)
Show Notes

In this episode of Linda's Corner, Dr. James W. Smith openly shares his story of how compulsive gambling led to losing everything and the uphill battle of reclaiming his life.  Dr. James is a consultant, author, motivational speaker, podcast host, former attorney, and retired Pastor.  You can learn more about Dr. James at his website  https://www.dealbyme.com.

Some of the highlights James shares:
His story of early success as the first African American attorney in his city
Becoming addicted to gambling and losing everything
Becoming desperate and turning to crime to solve his problems
Spending 5 years in prison for armed robbery
What do you do to correct a mistake and reclaim your life?
Accept your mistake.  Confront it and accept responsibility.
Have faith and confidence that you can do it - you can change your life
How the fear of failure can drive us to lose our focus
Encouraging, inspiring, transforming
We can be forgiven.
We can move on
Once a compulsive gambler, always a compulsive gambler?  Not necessarily
And more

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