I’ve never officially been in the construction business. Maybe some of you have, but I’m sure that like me, many of you haven’t. I would argue however, that because we are all perpetual “works in progress”, we are personally and professionally always “under construction”. What does that construction process look like for building your dreams in the 21st Century?
Why do bad things happen to good people? This is one of those age-old questions that has confused and confounded people for years. This question continues its legacy of confusion with the Millennial generation.
“On a perfect day, I know that I can count on you. But when that’s not possible, tell me… can you weather the storm?” Although the young modern day philosopher that posed this question was known more for his vocal riffs than his commitment challenges, the question remains valid… “Can you weather the storm?”
“Give me one reason to stay here, and I’ll turn right back around”. Some of you may remember these lyrics from that Tracy Chapman song from back in the day. It was one of her biggest hits during the mid 90’s. I always remember thinking to myself whenever I heard that song “C’mon dude – you can’t give her ONE reason to stay?!… Not one? SMH.”
Life is the way that it should be; it’s the way that it is! This is a tough lesson to learn for all, but it is especially tough for entrepreneurs. I want my Millennial entrepreneurs to know that your journey of entrepreneurship will start of great. And as long as you are in alignment with assignment and you don’t give up, it will end up great. It’s that middle part that’s going to beat you up!
The seductive allure of power can be a dangerous thing. And to quote Mr. Kanye West…”No one man should have all that power”. I don’t typically quote or agree with Mr. West on many things, but this is one case where I do, especially when it comes to leadership. No one man or woman should have all the power.
One of my first jobs after college was as a cashier at Giant Food grocery store in Towson, Maryland. This was over 20 years ago. I met a young man named Andre Tyler at that Giant, and he became and remained one of my closest friends up until this very day. Dre reminded me of that Giant Food recently and the young Tru Pettigrew that he met there over 20 years ago.
It’s the second semester of my senior year and like most seniors I’m pondering the question; what’s my next move? Thinking about after graduation plans can be both very overwhelming and extremely exciting. The thought of embarking on a new journey upon graduation creates a great sense of empowerment and a ready to take on the world attitude. However, with this ready to conquer the world mentality, comes the reality of needing a plan A, B, and possibly C to effectively launch your career. So if you’re a brave soul that has dared to take a chance at landing a full-time job in today’s competitive job market then this blog post is for you.
When most of us think of inheritance, we think of money. We think of receiving a boatload of cash from our parents or grandparents. Well, inheritance is more than just money my friends. The source of inheritance isn’t just limited to family either.
“The genius thing that we did was we didn’t give up”. Of all the great lyrics that Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z has ever penned, this is probably my favorite quote of his. And this wasn’t even from one of his songs. This is a quote from Mr. Carter during an interview in response to what he believes has been a key to his success.
For all of my aspiring young professionals, rising stars and Millennial Hustlers out there, I highly recommend you learn “The Law of The Inner Circle”. This is a principle by Leadership expert John C. Maxwell which states that “a leaders potential is determined by those closest to him or her.” In other words, watch the company you keep.
Every year during the NCAA Final Four, we all witness some of the most talented college athletes in the world show off their skills. We hear commentators use phrases like “he has the complete package” or “she’s got it all” or “he’s got all the right tools” to describe these great athletes. What you shouldn't lose site of, is that there are plenty of players out there that don’t necessarily have “all the right tools” but they are still out there winning and making it happen.
Time and time again we as people are told that we have to face reality when it comes to wanting to live out our dreams. The “Harsh Reality” that is taught to us at an early age is that you more than likely will not live your dream because you will have to face reality. I comment on this topic because I want millennials to understand that your reality is what you make it. Dreams are not only played out in your sleeping state of mind. Dreams can become reality through persistence and hard work. You are living out your dreams during your daily life when your idea career or goals have become part of your daily routine.
Just because they don’t agree, that doesn’t mean that it’s not true. They don’t have to agree for it to be a good idea either. The reality is… the proverbial “they” have been disagreeing with the truth and hating on good ideas since before you were born. That’s their job.
The first weekend in March of 2015 will be a historical and memorable one. I say this based on two specific events that took place over that weekend. And they both involved and illustrated the influence of and the influence on Millennials.
For most Millennials, regardless of what industry they work in, they are in the people business. This generation is more concerned about the people part of the people business than the business part though.
“Blessed be those who are paid to do what they would do for free” –Anon Growing up we are taught that the key to life is happiness, but we’re also taught that we have to be successful financially, spiritually and physically. Some people believe that you have to sacrifice what you truly love to be successful. However, in many cases, you do not have to give up what you truly love to be successful. The greatest successes come from embracing what makes you happy.
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