Recently a business coach and friend pointed out that I had a powerful 30 days of achievements.
I did a press release to announce the arrival of my new book “Financially Irresponsible”
Released the book on the Amazon platform
Delivered a TED talk at TEDx Hartford
Dropped another press release announcing the talk and my call to action
Black Enterprise Magazine picked up my story and not only posted to their website, but their social media handles as well (Facebook is showing almost 600 shares and 1.5k likes).
IHeart Radio called inviting me to appear as a guest on one of their National shows.
Of course my friend knew that those 30 days was the culmination of nearly 10 years of a slow build and disciplined approach to shaping my future. He pointed out that outside of that discipline there were several factors that led me to the position I’m in today. Several factors that I’m going to share with you now.
1.I was comfortable betting on myself. Yes that means financially, that means mentally, physically, even spiritually. I decided that no matter what I was not going to fail and that I would do whatever necessary to learn, grow, and show.
2.I stayed out of my feelings. When disappointment hits for me, it hits HARD. However I knew my mission was too important to let my attitude or disappointment stop me. Sometimes that mean having a plan b and a plan c. Speaking of plans…
3.I had a plan and I stuck to it. One thing I realize separates the successful from the talented and hardworking is consistency. Often times people give up when they don’t see enough traction, enough dollars, enough responses. I believe in what I do and what I produce so much that sure, i’d be disappointed if no-one budged or responded but I wouldn’t stop. I would just have to keep coming up with ways to come at my goal until I won.
4.ABL- Always be learning. I leveraged the insights not only of the coach, but also the market. There were times I wanted to go left and everything told me I needed to go right so I listened. Too often, creatives and business people want to be “Bosses” and do thing THEIR way. I’ve learned that true Bosses make decisions that are best for the final product and the end user. Fortunately, the market was receptive to my ideas and gave me feedback that I implemented immediately.
Again, success was not an overnight thing. Nor does it come and stay. Anyone who’s been watching knows that I’m riding this wave as long as I can while also “Thinking of a master plan” to continue to build and develop.
They say the climb to the top is one thing, but staying there… well that’s something else.
Let me know what you think and as always feel free to share with others.
Wiz Khalifa broke the internet by saying "Being broke is a mindstate".
“Easy thing to say for a millionaire”
“Literally things only rich people say”
“Give me some money then”
The list goes on and on. Apparently Wiz ruffled some feathers when he made that statement but the truth is, he isn’t wrong. The majority of responses to his post are reflecting a scarcity mindset that is all too common in our communities. “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer” they say, but why do you think that is?
I personally weigh in on it because I think it's disgusting how many people are in this mans pockets... (Follow me on Twitter)
I believe one of the things that are foundational to any successful person is belief in themselves.
That includes how they talk to and about themselves. Surely walking around talking about how “broke” you are is having an impact on how you identify and execute on opportunities to change that because you’ve already told yourself that this is what you are.
I remember my very first talk on financial literacy. I discuss the “illusion of poverty” and state that the word poverty comes from the old french word “poverte” meaning a wretched state or condition. That state or condition refers to the state of mind. In my book, Financially Irresponsible, I spend the entire first half discussing mindset and the spiritual relationship we have with money. I discuss the poverty mindset and how we often block our blessings simply by not believing.
Sure, Wiz has attained a level of wealth many people will never see in their lifetime. But shouldn’t that be a clue to the fact that maybe what he says is actually a gem and the secret to success? Between a “broke” person and someone amassing wealth, if I was told the secret to wealth building was in the mind i’d believe the person with wealth…
But that’s just me (shrug).
I’ve been experiencing a lot of exposure as of late. Between my TEDx Talk and the publishing of my book “Financially Irresponsible”, I’ve had multiple people reach out or pick up my story. From local podcasters to IHeart Radio and Black Enterprise Magazine, the word is getting out.
What strikes me most however is when individual people write me to let me know how my work has impacted them, or come to me sincerely looking for advice. I think at the heart of what I do, THIS is the goal. To make a difference and inspire people to create change in themselves.
Recently, a woman wrote me letting me know her situation and asked me for help. She had shared that she had read an article about me and wanted to make a change. The reason this is so impactful is that most people are too fearful or too proud to begin to utter the words help.
I poured as much as I could into my response.
Surely the mini essay I wrote won’t change her situation, but I believe the gesture to be enough to give encouragement and a place to start. I also became inspired.
I want more people to write me and share with me not only their struggles and inquiries, but their successes and wins! I would like to invite anyone reading this to head on over to my website and send me a message via the contact us form, or send me a DM on my various social media handles. One thing i’ve learned is that if you don’t know it, someone else probably doesn’t either!
Thanks for your time.