Monica Cost

*So, this morning I had to arise at 3:45am for a flight out to Orlando. Having just blinked my eyes from a 12:17am bedtime, I was exhausted. I got dressed and finished packing just in time for my 4:30am pick up. Once in the cab, I decided to rest my eyes. Usually I would be chatting it up with the cab driver, but I was just so darn tired.

Not being able to help myself, I engaged the cab driver about 20 minutes into the 30 minute cab ride. I ask him if he usually has the middle of the night shift and most importantly, if he still felt pretty good about his alertness at this hour. His response to my “are you still awake?” question, was “I have to be”. My thought was well, not necessarily since people fall asleep at the wheel all the time, but maybe he possessed a will to stay awake that I don’t have. Either way, I decided to continue the assurance of my safe arrival and kept chatting.

I learned that this gentleman was a guy named “Big Shug”, one of the original members of the rap group Gang Starr from the 90s. He went on to tell me about his music career, his friend and business partner, Guru, who passed away in April and his continuing career. He continues to travel across the globe performing and is even performing in the upcoming Rock the Bells show in Boston. I also learned that he has a new album coming out, which he says features artists like Common and Busta Rhymes. In addition, he apparently has a great voice and will be releasing the smoother side of the Gang Starr rapper on an R&B solo project.

I was very tempted to Google Mr. Shug (smile) right there on the spot, but I didn’t want to be rude or appear to not believe him; although I have to admit that I was skeptical. Well, you know what I did as soon as I got checked in at the airport. . .yup, I Googled Big Shug. And sure enough, he was who he said he was.

While he ran into set back by having to do time, he has continued to pursue his career. He now appears to have a very calm demeanor and a very matter of fact attitude towards life. While I was not a follower of Gang Starr, I do have an appreciation for people finding, expressing and living their truths. Big Shug grew up in a part of Boston that rewarded the tough and swallowed the weak.  He’s been doing what he knows, but has learned from his pase. Big Shug’s truth is ever evolving and so is he.

I wish him the best, pray that God will recover all and hope to see him continue to experience personal and professional success in truth, love and positivity.

Along my journey I continue to learn how important it is to keep your eyes open. You just never know what you might see or learn when you pass up the snooze. There are so many opportunities to affect someone that you may not have even known was in need of a positive interaction.

Monica Cost is communications strategist, brand manager and respected corporate and motivational speaker. She is the President and Founder of Evidently Assured, a communications and brand management firm.  Email her at:  [email protected]. Follow her via Twitter: @monicacost and