DERRICK Interview with Running Scared Author Robert Leon Davis

September 20, 2018

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Robert Leon Davis who is the Author of Running Scared and in this book he details his former life of a young, 22 year old, cocky and arrogant police officer, who committed a crime in 1979, was arrested, skipped bail, and became known as one of America’s longest running fugitives without being apprehended; for 22 years.

The U. S. Marshal Service and FBI (interstate flight to avoid prosecution) searched for him for over two decades.

The book details how he lived a nomadic life in the woods and forest, and his travels throughout various cities.

It also details how he hunted and consume wild animals, how he dealt with the elements, as well as how he conquered loneliness.

The author eventually “voluntarily surrendered” in 2001, by then nearly 50 years of age, after what he described as a revelation. The Judge gave him no prison time, but released him on probation, after assessing that he “eventually incarcerated himself”.

The author travels the country for the last 16 years speaking to potential police candidates, churches, schools, and various organizations about crime and corruption.

Since his “surrendered” he’s been featured on The 700 Club with Pat Robertson, NPR stations nationally, Snap Judgement, various newspapers, and CBS did a special segment on his life.

Now a senior citizen over 60, and looking back over 40 years ago, he now appreciates freedom.

The author was (and still is) soo sickened by his past life, (especially dishonoring the badge), that as a token of his appreciation for forgiveness, profits from his books are donated to The St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and various women and children abuse organizations.

This book is an example to all that repentance can actually be demonstrated in a positive way. His motto is;

“Learn to forgive so that you may be forgiven”.

D is for My DEVOTION to revealing the secret tactics of bad/rogue law enforcers, who has dishonored the badge and the communities trust. Many, through my website and articles, have been reprimanded or jailed. It’s a token of my bad experiences as a bad cop.

E is to EDUCATE the common citizen, also through my book and online articles, that just like you have bad carpenters, bad auto mechanics, etc., why wouldn’t one believe there are bad cops? Every vocation had a bad worker.

R is for RESPECT. Even if a law enforcer has an issue with your dreads, your style, men wearing earring, or ladies with tattoos, he must still respect you as a human.

Oftentimes, not only law enforcers, but everyday people who don’t share your style, has already determined who you are based on their physical observation of you.

I’ve personally have had to get over this hump. Just wait until they open their mouths, and you may see something totally different.

R is for Repentance. Trust me, God already knew that you and I was not made perfect; by design. Once he brought the Messiah into the picture, there could be no other perfection. The closest that we will become perfect is through repentance. In essence, you get another chance.

I is for Information. Now a days, unlike many years ago, or in the case of people of color, you can Google all sorts of information.

You can discover things you never knew. For instance, through Google, I discovered that the light bulb didn’t, “only” come from Thomas Edison’s mind, but a black person was in the “back”. The main person behind the concept along with Edison was him!

C is for COLORS of people. Listen, the color of your skin is based on a simple pigmentation issue. It has nothing to do with your successes, or lack of successes. It’s the mind, or the thinking processes of the mind. An examination of any human mind is all grey, and only weight about the same weight across the board. It’s just grey matter. The inside is what matters.

K is for Kindness. Ever been at an appointment or other venue where children of different races are together? Notice how they gravitate towards each other?

They, at that point, don’t understand racism, bigotry, or even hate. They are naturally kind to each other. Maybe some of us should look at that hard. It’s deep.

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Words Of Encouragement For Writers

March 26, 2012

by Dr. Marlene Caroselli

I fell in love with words before I was old enough to write them. The affair soon blossomed to an all-consuming passion and has never abated. My mother once saw the light on in my bedroom, in the wee small hours of the morning. Ever the energy-conserver, she tiptoed in to shut it off and found me reading a dictionary!

If words make you wonder, if they capture your imagination, if you feel about them the way Picasso felt about color (“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?”), then ideally you are writing. Every day. You are plucking your favorites from the 1-million word array we Americans are lucky enough to have, and you are putting one word next to the other, to make readers wonder or giggle or sympathize.

We all have a story to tell. As you work to pull yours from your heart, be open to the world. Use snippets of overheard conversation, the evening news, the curmudgeonly neighbor, unusual factoids–all around you is fodder for the story you want to tell, the advice you want to give, the experience you need to share, the adventure you want to recreate.

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Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes Teaches “Grace” To Our Children

November 29, 2011

Recently I was asked to speak during the  Children’s Moment at Friendship Baptist Church. Please view the video and you can also use the words that are  included in this post as a handout.

What is your favorite color and why?

One of my new favorite colors is Gray. People ask me, Is it because you have seen Gray clouds, or is it now because you have Gray hair?

I’m here to ask you the same question that God asked me, what do you get when you add the V sound to the end of the word Gray – Gray +V = Grave

What can you tell me about Grave? Jesus rose from the Grave with all power in his hands but can the Grave save you?

The second question God asked me is what do you get when you add the S sound to the word Gray – Gray + S = Grace.

In Ephesians 2:8-9:  (8) For by Grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. (9) Not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Grace is favor that you don’t even deserve, its unmerited. What can you tell me about Grace? How have you been saved by Grace?

1.  You could one day get sick and have a $20,000 hospital bill and they say it’s paid in full (Grace). Your family could be facing years of debt.

2.  A fight could start where you really want to hurt someone and out of nowhere someone stops you (Grace) You could of ended up in jail or event severely hurt yourself.

Why do we get Grace? In Psalm 23 it does not say He was my shepherd or that He will be my shepherd, it says The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

Derrick Hayes is the Author of 1 WORD Is All It Takes, Creator of Derricknyms, Developer of the app Motivation To Your Mobile, Nominator of Today’s Honoree, and blogs as the Encouragement Speaker. Derrick Hayes is available to present or do Derricknym signings at your next meeting, conference or event. For more information please visit