* Read to the end then let’s have some dialogue.
I know that I will have a few individuals to reach out to me if they read the entire blog entry, and I welcome the dialogue.
With that being said, over time, people’s true colors begin to really come out, especially during tense situations and circumstances. They put their foot in their mouth by blasting their
ignorance (lack on knowledge) all across social media, not realizing that once it goes up, it’s permanently out there and available to anyone that wants access to it. These types of people view the world only through their lens and the lens of people that look like them and were born into situations similar to theirs. They end up pushing some of those who really care about them, yet have a different background from them further and further away without even realizing it.
I look back to my childhood when I was subconsciously downloading a program of thought into my life’s operating system. My parents and relatives were shaping my future without doing so intentionally.
Think about all the kids across the globe that are downloading the programming from their immediate environments and ask yourself what these environments are giving to these young people…think about all the various types of environments that these kids are growing up in. A large majority of these them take this pattern of thinking throughout their entire lives and it follows them into early adulthood. Most of these kids will grow up attracting more people into their circles that are products of similar environments, therefore adding to the population of those being held captive by their past.
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Throughout these years there will be numerous things that happen in these young people’s lives that become internalized and viewed as a permanent piece of who they are. In other words, these kids come to where they perpetuate a thought process that they never double checked to be the truth of their individual potential. These kids grow up believing that they have no alternative path in life other than that which was laid by those in their immediate vicinity, and therefore they block out any potential success that is possible through properly aligning themselves with more successful and more prosperous individuals who actually care about their successful forward progress in life. I’m sick of our current systems of thought, and systems of community inactivity continuing to block the blessings of out youth.
I’m looking to develop a program* where the gap between high school and adulthood is bridged, but also where there’s a multi-systemic approach towards proper socio-educational development which will have our young people prepared to take on all the challenges of transitioning through adolescence and into early adulthood with a mission-focused level of clarity. I’ll be looking to connect with local (South Mississippi) community leaders, entrepreneurs and academics that have a deep passion to disrupt our current education system and give economically disadvantaged youth a better chance as a life of abundance.
Complete the form below if you have a passion to impact this population as well!
History is filled with the political turmoil created by groups engaging in collective actions in an attempt to bring about social change. In fact, the historical record is so teeming with such instances that it seems eminently reasonable to posit movements and conflict as rooted in the very nature of social order itself. To paraphrase Hobbes: “Society is the war of group against group.”
Socio-political movements have been sparking up for varying reasons over the recent decades, and as Thomas Hobbes alluded; “society is the war of group against group.” We in all of our unique differences, perspectives and experiences make up what we know to be our society. We as a collective hold in our hands the keys to turn over the engine of our society to bring about understanding, unity and abundance for the many, but at the same time, we have the ability to bring about friction, animosity, misunderstanding, conflict. In almost any large scale group/society, we will find an abundance of ignorance. (and in using the word ignorance, I simply mean individuals that are lacking in a specified area of knowledge). Wait, don’t be offended, because we all are ignorant to numerous issues under the sun and will forever remain ignorant of said issues. The thing is though, there are those who are intentionally ignorant to situations. They do not desire to truly gain an objective view of the situation and only desire to look at it from a singular, uneducated viewpoint. It is not smart of us to throw our perspective onto another group of ignorant individuals if we have not educated ourselves on the matter. We simply breed more ignorance. Again, I use the word “ignorant” simply to define individuals that are lacking in a specified area of knowledge.
Believe it or not, there are people in your network or at least in earshot of your voice and in sight of your writing who have a completely different perspective of life than you do. ‘Who woulda thunk?’ Their perspective of life has and will continue to mold their outlook on how the socio-political world is impacting their lives. They see the world, opportunities, potential, expectations and so much more, through a lense completely different than the lense that you see them through. There may be a large number of things that they agree with you on, but at the same time, there may be a few things that they see completely different than you. It doesn’t mean that they are against you. It simply means that they see life from a completely different perspective than you and some of them actually want to see something done to being about change. If we disagree with one’s viewpoint it can be easy to develop a desire to pushback on how they are expressing themselves through certain movements that they start in order to seek a better path forward in life.
I propose that we stop getting up in arms against these movements and first educate ourselves. We need to educate ourselves on the why and stop focusing so closely on the what. We need to first empathize, and seek clarity as to where and how the message began. Then we need to actually lead through actions and not just words. We need to go into the communities and have conversations with those taking part in the movement. We need to get them to articulate to us what their movement means to them, then we need to help them to start initiatives and we need to actually take part in those initiatives; initiatives to bring about change through action from ground zero and not simply through chants and marches. There are lots of movements created where the purpose becomes ambiguous and we never know what the initial meaning/hurt/trauma was behind the initiation of the movement.
Some people try to bring about action or change as an individual, yet as an individual their voice is silenced by the many that are benefiting from their hurt/trauma/etc in one fashion or another. So the movement starts after those with a louder voice have joined in on the message and sometimes those with the louder voice will distort the message due to alterior motives and in turn, completely change the initial purpose behind the message. We then identify all of those affiliated with this message that has sparked a movement as ignorant people because the loudest of them are ignorant and simply desire to being about conflict and mayhem. So, in effort to not be ignorant, the ones who started it with a good and honest purpose, have to separate themselves so they don’t look like the jerks that have distorted the message.
The thing is, we never will understand the true reason behind the beginning of any movement when we only view it through lenses with which we individually view the world ourselves.
So let’s start/continue to bring about collective action that is directed from educated sources and willing to put boots to the pavement and do the footwork instead of chanting and marching. For those criticizing the movements…seek the why before criticizing the what. It’s all perspective.
Jenkins J.C. (1981) Sociopolitical Movements. In: Long S.L. (eds) The Handbook of Political Behavior. Springer, Boston, MA
As I frequently mention during many of my trainings, “I don’t care where you came from, you can start today to make the choices to take your life in whatever direction you want.”, the same goes for my cousin Tiara Street.
Coming up, on June 29th I will be providing a platform for my cousin Tiara Street to bring her passion forward to inspire those around her while also working towards an ever increasing life of abundance. This is the beginning of much greatness for Tiara.
It all starts with surrounding yourself with the right people.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Feel free to drop a comment below to further inquire.
On February 9th of 2012 I made a decision that I attribute the vast majority of my current success to.
At the time I was going into my final year of undergraduate studies at The University of Southern Mississippi where I was double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. I had plans of moving to Miami Florida, finding a counseling related job in some helping field, and working my way up to someday having an administrative position where I’d me as close as possible to six figures per year. Anyways, back to February 9, 2012; a week or so earlier I was introduced to a network marketing company by the name of Organo Gold. Anyone familiar with the industry understands the initial prospecting activities leading up to the close and registration as a representative of the company. I had not previously allowed a pitch to get this far, but there were a few things different about this time. For one, the main product being distributed was something that I was already consuming, but in a less healthy version. Second, the track record of the company’s leadership was quite nice. Third and most important to me at the time, my former favorite NFL Receiver to play with on MADDEN Football (Rod Smith, of the Denver Broncos) ended up on the other end of the line talking to me about his belief in the company and it’s vision. I really respected him as a man and athlete, so I didn’t think he would steer me wrong in a business deal. At that time I was a complete amateur and my results reflected it, the gentleman that signed me up into the program had to end up relocating to another state shortly after I came into the business and I allowed that to let me become discouraged, but I would eventually, after some different business leader took me under his wings, grow a small team of distributors in South Mississippi which fizzled out reasonably quick for a variety of reasons.
Throughout the initial year I saw a small amount of success as it relates to product sales, but I was clearly not the person I needed to be in order to experience timely success in the industry. (We will revisit this portion of the story at the end.)
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There was one specific night in 2013 that I was out at a training event that end up lasting until nearly 1am. It was a weekday, so I knew my wife was going to have something to say about it, but the information that I was receiving was so intense and transformational, that I couldn’t bring myself to leave. Within the next day or so I had a conversation with my wife regarding my meetings and business workings that I was so diligently engaged in without yielding noticeable monetary returns. It ended up being a rather intense and emotionally tolling conversation because she did not see the value in my continuing forward on this track, but I had this intuitive feeling that there was greater at the end of the road. I couldn’t pinpoint it, but I knew there was something. I stuck at it and loved the products plus I saw my group of friends start to change for the better, I saw my outlook on life change for the better, I saw my perspective of money change for the better, and I saw how all of this was pushing me down a path that looked so beautiful and prosperous.
After a year or so of ups and downs, successes and struggles through this company I added extensive self-education on entrepreneurship due to my finding myself around so many entrepreneurs at the time. I started applying more business success principles to my life, growing levels of self-confidence and not taking no for an answer pushed me to attain a masters degree which surrounded me with another group of successful leaders. All of this brought me to working up the idea of starting something that is MINE, but with the potential of helping change lives across the globe, and exactly on Feb. 9, 2018 (exactly six years after registering with Organo Gold), congratulating me on the formation of my first legal business, Your Legacy Begins Now, LLC.
This may not be a big deal to some, but to me, knowing what all I’ve been through, arriving here made this one of the best days ever.
In closing I say to you, see purpose in all that you do on your journey towards self-actualization. Trust the process and embrace the struggle, and when you have a dream to do something, never give up. If you partner with a network marketing company, don’t start tripping when the success doesn’t happen over night. Get you the proper mentoring, coaching and support system to become the person you need to be and your likelihood of success will skyrocket. It may take 6 week, 6 months, or 6 years, but if you really want it, never give up, and it can be yours.
Much love to all my supporters, clients, associates, mentors and also all my critics. This has only just begun.
And remember, you can start today to do what’s necessary to live YOUR life of purpose, because Your Legacy Begins Now.
It’s 2019 and I am honored to have many opportunities for me to pour into the masses already on the books.
One of the first few is the opportunity for me to speak at the Kuntry Kidz 6th Annual Teen Summit at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
If you care to help donate to to Kuntry Kidz to help make this event even better than it already will be anyways, don’t hold back. One method to do so is by donating your lightly worn shoes for our shoe drive.
See flyer below.
…and remember, you can start taking the actions TODAY to begin living Your life of purpose, because Your Legacy Begins Now.