Leadership Development in Transitional-Aged Youth

Transitional Adolescent Leadership developmnet (1)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.


*Only select partnerships will be accepted.

Complete the form below if you have a passion to impact this population as well!

 

Step Outside of Yourself…for Family First

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

 

When you know it's time to rewrite your story.

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.

Six Years to the Date… OG to YLBN

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 havinScreen Shot 2018-02-22 at 3.30.58 AMg 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. Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 3.22.00 AM

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.

Stop Taking Crap From Your Boss

Before watching this video, write down the names of the people that you love.

So, many of us in today’s society are going to work every single day and allowing someone else to dictate our lives for at least 6-8 hours throughout that day. Regardless of any emergency, life event, or spontaneous occurrence that may take place, that boss will always stand between you and your personal freedom to do that which you want to do in life.

Related: Do What You Want, Do What You Love!

If your list has any name on that you cherish more than that company, start today to work towards your personal freedom. You can start today to live your life of purpose, because Your Legacy Begins Now!

Don’t Lower the Bar (Goal Setting)

It’s been said that life begins on the other side of your comfort zone. Our brains are actually designed to keep us safe, to keep us in a state of comfort. We always have a tendency to stay within that comfort zone when we are faced with adversity (growth potential).

Related: Get Uncomfortable

When we truly desire to grow in life, we must step outside of that comfort zone. We must desire opportunities that make us uncomfortable. Those opportunities will push us to become a new person, the person we have to become in order to accomplish the goals that have set. So don’t lower the bar. Don’t lower your expectations for yourself. Believe that you will do more than you currently can do, then get to work becoming that person that can do that which you currently desire to do. Persevere, be consistent, believe BIG, and never stop setting the bar higher! Don’t lower the bar!

Start today to live YOUR life of purpose…because Your Legacy Begins Now!

 

After-school Education and Extracurricular Funding

There are some people that I know who are financially able to pay for nannies and private after-school care for their kids while others don’t have that luxury. That first group of people aren’t directly affected by possible cuts or elimination of publicly funded after-school programs…….well, that’s until their home is broken into or vandalized by some of these kids, or until their daughter is sneaking one into her window after school.

God forbid this to happen to anyone, but the sad truth is, most of those not directly affected by an issue will not have much concern of seeing that said issue is properly resolved until it creeps into their life.

People only care when the issue hits home, they don’t care enough to help find or advocate for funding to support these programs, but they are quick to support those seeking to fund correctional facilities to thrown these kids into. All of us as adults have the possibility of our lives being directly and/or indirectly affected when there are hundreds of thousands of children not able to attend an after-school program. These programs can help these kids stay in school in route to graduating and moving on to a successful career or secondary education.

Related: Knowledge is NOT Power

So what type of parent are you? Will you advocate to keep after-school program funding, or will you wait until your son or daughter is sneaking one of these kids in their window while you are still at work before you act.

Let it be known, we cannot fault these kids for getting into mischief if we aren’t willing to invest in programs that can divert those mischievous ways. It starts with us!