Born Lamonte Faison in Los Angeles, California, this fireball of an individual has always been a risk-taker. He has always defied the odds. As a child, Lamonte and his family experienced being evicted from house to house and living temporarily out of hotels. As a result of that Lamonte was not focused on school and was kicked out on numerous occasions for his misconduct. In 1986, Lamonte joined the United States Marines Corps attempting to create a better life for himself, however, that would be short-lived. He acted out and allowed his anger to get the best of him as he assaulted another Marine and went AWOL for 28 days, this attributed to Lamonte receiving a Bad conduct discharged.
Haunted by his lack of confidence and low self-esteem, he began to make decisions that were detrimental to his life. In the year of 1993, he was shot while hanging out with some known drug dealers. Battling the pain of not having a relationship with his biological father and two failed marriages, he became angry and acted out, exhibiting a bad attitude and an I don’t care approach.
Lamonte spent many of his days sleeping on friends couches and living out of a crack house. However, in this process, the light bulb came on.
Lamonte realized that being shown who he was was all part of the process of change and transformation. He vowed to defeat every negative thought that he had about himself and was determined to overcome himself and the pitfalls of his past. He began to read books and listened to motivational speakers. In fact, according to Lamonte, the two books that help him the most were books by Dr. Susan Jeffers entitled, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, and a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer entitled Excuses Begone.
Excuses Begone is the book that motivated Lamonte into coming up with his own motivational phrase, Making No Excuses to Fail. Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book assisted him to take personal responsibility for his life choices and to begin the work toward being the best version of himself. Armed with a new attitude, a can-do spirit, and the desire to help others, Lamonte set out to write his first book entitled Unveiling the Mask of the Pretender- an explosive memoir about his life and personal struggles of his transformation. Lamonte realized that in order to free yourself from yourself to find your true self, you must be honest with yourself.
After the release of his book, he set out to write his sophomore project, the Teenagers Guide to Making Excellent Decisions. Lamonte’s book encourages and inspires the youths into making better life choices for themselves, and how to transform them. Included in his accomplishments is his new talk show entitled The Raw Truth, a show that encourages men and others to take a deep introspection of themselves to create the awesome relationships they so desire.
Lamonte is also a former law enforcement officer and a certified academy trainer, he has taken his message to many different segments of society, to help empower those who want to make a life-changing difference in their lives. Lamonte has successfully inspired youth groups, women organizations, ex-felons, and facilitated Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to law enforcement officers in Las Vegas Nevada. Nothing is more evident of his determination than his latest independent feature film entitled From the Inside Looking Out. A film he wrote and directed, which is about life choices.
In addition, Lamonte is currently working on another book entitled The Audacity to Think I Can.
Lamonte saids, “Transformation is not something you just talk about, it’s something that you have to work on daily.” He also expressed that you must breathe and practice the principles that will allow you to free yourself from the mind viruses that have prevented you from being the best that you can be. This is the reason why he not only works on himself using the principles of success but also to teach and impact a nation to their greatness. Lamonte challenges his participants to go past their fear and insecurities to deal with the inner self in order to reach true wealth, mentally, spiritually, and financially. It is no wonder why he is known as the Radical Self Recovery Coach.