I received a mailer today advertising that Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. is sponsoring a job fair for the nearly finished soccer stadium being built in SOUTH LA. (I also heard the advertisement being aggressively promoted on the radio.) The available positions are: Security Guard, Food Services, Housekeeping and Guest Experience Representative. ANYONE SEE AN ISSUE WITH THIS!
First and foremost, this is not about knocking anyone who qualifies or applies for these positions. Times are hard, especially for people of color. People need to work, support their families and do what they need to do to put food on the table. However, why are the only positions available from an organization being built and operated in a community of color, low-waged, blue collar positions? Where are the white collar jobs and why aren't they being made available?
There are many people of color in this community that have advanced degrees. Some have even graduated from the University of Souther California (USC) right here in the heart of the community. Why aren't they being included in the executive level job opportunities? Why are the higher waged positions being excluded and going to people outside the community? Especially when the stadium is being built IN THE COMMUNITY!
I'm not asking for a handout. I'm asking for inclusion. Especially when there are thousands of people within this community who possess the necessary qualifications to qualify for executive level positions.
Councilman Curren Price Jr. needs to do a better job of demanding accessability and accountability in regards to the decision makers of that stadium and how entities are allowed to build on our backs. We're tired of fighting for trickle-down crumbs! If he won't roll up his sleeves and do the right thing, then who will?
Again, this is not about demeaning anyone who needs blue collar jobs, but the fact is; we can MANAGE just as well as we can SERVE!
#CurrenPrice, #Councilman, #JobFair,
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Friday, October 6, 2017
Black Folks and Movie Theaters
I went to the movies last night to see a premier of MARSHALL. It’s a very good film that I highly recommend, even though it took me several minutes to get over my initial offense of Chadwick Boseman being casted to portray Thurgood Marshall. I know, in a perfect world, anybody should be able to play anybody, but his physical appearance is drastically different from Thurgood’s appearance and because of that, I was prejudicial. Hollywood tends to think we're interchangeable, but will go out of their way with make-up and prosthetics in order to make their actors look more like the characters they portray. However, Chadwick's amazing acting chops won me over and I found myself, suspending my believe, and settling comfortably into the story.
Now I know that Black folks talk in the movie theater. I actually enjoy certain banter that comes from, mainly Black women, in movies that excite them. However, I was sitting next to 4 people (2 men and 2 women) who decided to have a full-on conversation through the entire first fifteen minutes of the film. (I should have known there was going to be an issue because one of the women asked one of the representatives of the marketing company for her business cards. She stated she was a screenwriter and wanted to keep in contact with her. TACKY!) Soon as the movie started, they started cackling. I tried to contain myself, but I found myself becoming more and more irritated. After one such long exchange I couldn’t take it anymore and before I knew it, or had a moment to sensor myself, I turned to them and said, “Would you guys be quiet? You’re being incredibly rude!”
Now, for a split second, after I said it, I thought to myself, “What the hell did you go and do that for? You know how “people,” are. Now you’re about to have a full-on argument, in a packed theater, with some ignorant folks.” But then I had to pat myself on the back because normally I would have said, “Would you guys shut the fck up?!” and I didn’t say that. I thought I was very polite.
One of the guys, peeked his head forward and had the audacity to say, “But we’re talking about the movie.” At which I said, “Do you have to comment on EVERY aspect of the movie? Can you do, maybe, every OTHER aspect, Jeez?” Then the big girl sitting next to him, who asked the representative for her business card, said, “Sir, you don’t have to be rude and use the Lord’s name in vain!” I responded, “JESUS, just be quiet!” Then I turned and continued watching the film. Even though they continued to talk, it was more sporadic and less noticeable.
After the movie, I waited till the 4 characters got up to leave. It was then that I discovered I was physically bigger than all 4 people and secretly enjoyed their awkwardness as we were exiting the theater. When I got to door, I mad-dogged the group before walking down the hall. I don’t know why I did it, I just did. Then lady yelled out, “Have a blessed day!” A “Blessed day,”? First off, it was evening. Second, it took every bit of will power I had to not go back and confront them. I merely turned around and said, “Bye, you fake ass Christian,” then turned around and slowly walked out, making sure I didn’t hear them talk shit before completely exiting the building. I know that was SO WRONG on so many levels.
When I got to my car, I had a good laugh and thought, “Why don’t people take responsibility for their actions?” These are trying times and sometimes it’s better to apologize and keep it moving. Next time that situation happens, I don’t think I will confront them at all. I’ll just go get an usher because I have to heed my own advice and take responsibility for my actions as well.
In any event, Black folks, try to remember that a movie theater, although it’s there for your enjoyment, is not your personal living space. If you want to talk through the entire movie, then stay your behinds at home and wait for it to come out on DVD, Netflix, or cable. Nobody has time to listen to your commentary on the actions happening on the screen. We pay good money to watch a movie, not listen to you! You may comment a little, but by no means, do you have to become part of the show!
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Vegas Massacre and African Americans
I was watching the news today and shedding countless tears over the senseless deaths of the victims from the Vegas massacre; many from right here in Southern California. It’s heartbreaking to think that innocent people woke up and thought they were going to enjoy a great concert and but instead viciously lost their lives or had them altered forever. Why would someone maliciously kill innocent, unarmed defenseless, people? Why would someone feel so empowered and so privileged that they could take the life of a stranger without hesitation? Why am I so affected by this tragedy? Most importantly, why do I care when I don’t know the victims or have any relations to them? Well, it’s because I’m a human being with empathy and compassion. This is a human tragedy and as we come together to mourn the loss of our fellow Americans, I’m reminded that I have felt this loss before. We, as African Americans, have felt this loss countless times before. This is what we go through daily when our people are ferociously gunned down and murdered by police and civilians.
I am, by no means, trying to compare tragedies. I am simply stating a point. It’s very interesting that the media and law enforcement are scrambling to ask the question, “Why?” They’re talking with family members, girlfriends, and persons of interest, in an attempt to get into the psychology of the gunman. Yet, when an unarmed African American is murdered by the hands of police and civilians, it’s hardly ever questioned. There is something warped about that ideology.
History has a way of repeating itself. Especially by a “civilized,” society that has all the advancements in modern science and technology, but is significantly lacking in compassion for others. I’m reminded of Martin Niemollers statement, “…Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Instead of asking the “Why?” regarding the psyche of this maniacal gunman, we should be focusing on the bigger picture. Why are we, as a nation, allowing people the ability to purchase semi-automatic enhancements to weaponry? Why are we allowing the gun manufacturers the opportunity to control our legislature? A law was introduced to Congress a few years ago to ban these enhancements, yet failed to pass. Who were our Congressman who voted against this law and how do we hold them accountable?! How do we hold ANYONE accountable for the senseless murder of any unarmed person in our society? Most importantly, what do we take away from this tragedy and how do we learn to compassionately see that a senseless murder is a senseless murder, in any segment of our society, whether at the hands of civilians or police.
The nation mourns (as do I), and for a moment in time, White America understands what it feels like to go out into the world and not know if you’re coming home because some maniac decided that today was the day he is going to take your life or alter your perception forever. This is but a semblance of what many African Americans go through daily. Hopefully you understand. Now, the question is; “What are you going to do with your feelings and this new paradigm shift in perception?”
As we continue to mourn the senseless loss of life and cheer the unbelievable acts of bravery and heroism, let's not forget these feelings so that the next time an unarmed African American is killed at the hands of a gunman, we can feel the same compassion and ask the same questions. Because now, we ALL know what it feels like to mourn, and hopefully, we, as a nation, will finally take steps to end these futile killings in our country forever. So that we can ALL live happily, in harmony and in peace.
Whites, Racist, and African American Responsibility
As we look at our current administration and ponder how we, as a nation got here, let's not forget that not all White people are racist. There are many who have fought and died for the abolition of slavery and equal rights in this country. The NAACP was co-founded by White socialist, just to name a small tidbit of history revolving Whites who understood the evils of oppression.
Let's also be clear about something else. The terms: racist, White supremacist, and prejudice, are synonymous with each other, but do not mean quite the same thing. Being a racist means one who has the POWER to oppress another culture based on race. Therefore a racist can be all three of those terms, but someone who is a White supremacist may or may not be a racist if he/she does not have the power to oppress.
I think we focus our attentions too much on those that oppress and not enough on unshackling our minds from our oppressors. Racism is built into the structure of the world and it runs like clockwork with very little effort. Everybody has a responsibility in changing the system. WE need to understand that it takes great effort to create a paradigm shift in our minds from centuries of brainwashing.
On the flip side of that, White people have been brainwashed too and in some warped ways are victims as well. However, they don't need to change because the system benefits them. It's going to take a conscious effort on both fronts to change the structure of racism and its oppressive nature.
In the meantime we need to focus more attention on loving ourselves, and uplifting our communities by taking active roles in education and the politics and policies that impact us in meaningful ways. We need to stop making excuses and jump back into the trenches like we did during the Civil Rights Movement. But this time it's not about equal rights. It's about cleaning up our neighborhoods. It's about getting drugs, gangs and prostitution off our streets. It's about demanding resources so that we have healthy food and water in our communities. It's about giving our young people a shot at life through education and economic development.
We don't need the dominating powers to do that because we've done it before with a lot less. Our mental and physical survival depends on it. Otherwise those that are in power are going to continue going for our jugular and our lives. This is our country too. We built it and with our brains, hands, hearts, wills, arms, legs, shoulders, backs, blood, sweat, and tears made it strong. We are not resident aliens. We are founders and we need to believe it, and with the faith of our ancestors, start acting like it. When we do, the entire world changes.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Some parents might have a hard time with the concept of owe. They feel that by using the word “owe,” it has the potential to bring with it expectations and obligations. They contemplate that no one wants to feel obligated nor do they want the added pressure of their children expecting too much. However, the reality is; that it the right of your child to expect and deserve the very best in what you have to give.
Most children see themselves as a mini extension of their parents. If you expect the best in yourself, then they will strive to achieve the best in themselves. Words are symbols that mean something. By obligating yourself to the word, owe you are committing to giving to your child all that you are, and will be, forever.
Wanting the best doesn’t mean that when your child graduates from high school you go into debt buying him/her a Porsche. It doesn’t mean that your child comes to you with a list of demands in order to make life less complicated. It’s simply a method in which you pledge to make a conscious effort to the protection, well being and stability of yourself and your family.
Because words are symbols used to direct our mind’s focus, we want to put into our consciousness the strongest symbols possible. Owe conjures up a strong characterization. It’s an implication that there’s an unpaid balance that you share with your kids. It’s a balance that’s always outstanding, sometimes overdrawn, at any moment frustrating, but never depleted. It’s something you continue to graciously pay, even if from afar, knowing that its positive influence is the greatest reward.
There’s an old saying, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Whoever created that statement must have never been constantly called anything derogatory. Words are very powerful and often can cause drastic emotional injury to a child’s fragile self esteem. That’s why parents have an obligation to choose words and phrases that will be beneficial to the healthy development of their children’s blossoming self image.
Most responsible parents would never intentionally degrade their children. In spite of that, even asking questions like; “What’s wrong with you?” “Are you out of your mind?” Or “Why are you making a mountain out of a mole hill?” can be emotionally damaging and cause serious psychological injury to a small child’s fragile ego. Along those same lines phrases like; “You are driving me crazy!” “You are getting on my last nerves,” (How many times have you heard that?!) “I’m about to knock you into the middle of next week,” as well as, “You make me sick!” are also emotionally damaging and should be avoided.
Building self esteem means never being insulting, negative, swearing at, or calling disparaging names. It means to never be overly critical, find ways of encouragement and opportunities to uplift your children’s spirits in every circumstance.
Keep in mind that damaging a child’s self esteem takes years of aggression, so don’t beat yourself up for the occasional slip up. That’s normal. As long as you remember that words hurt and that caution and caring are necessary in order to raise positive self assured human beings.
Children have no concept of time although it is one of the most valuable commodities of life. They may, on some level, grasp that it last forever, but somehow they often inadequately equate it to themselves. As adults, we realize that time is important, it must be respected, and that we must make use of every moment we have for as long as we have it.
We don’t have long on this Earth to contribute to our well being and solidify our purpose. However, while we are here, it is our obligation to use our time wisely and focus on our goals. Parents need to teach their kids that they are not invulnerable and they won’t live forever. Therefore it is important to maximize all the time they have towards developing their talents and striving for their goals.
Many parents have a myriad of ways of surviving in this drastic economy. Often they are too tired to spend time with their kids after work. Remember, your children are your first priority and it is your responsibility to muster up the energy and spend precious moments nurturing them. They’ll understand that you’re tired. They’ll also subconsciously understand how important they are to you and how you’ve prioritized their needs over your own.
Time is about making every effort to be at parent conferences, football games, recitals, Science Fairs, Boys and Girls Scout meetings, speeches, birthdays and anything else that reflects your child’s development. If you don’t take the time to show them how important they are in your life, then they will grow up thinking life is not important.
Time is also essential in the morning. Kids need a healthy start. That means a good breakfast to start their day. This is very difficult for most families because of varying schedules. However, maybe a Monday, Wednesday, Friday commitment where the family gets up and eats breakfast together is fathomable. Maybe two days out the week like Monday and Friday. That gives kids something to look forward to. It also starts and ends their school week.
It is eminently important for parents to attend the social events of their children. Children need to feel supported. It is part of the unpaid balance you owe. Your presence should be felt in all aspect of their lives and when you make them a main concern they’re going to be compelled to believe in you and have faith and trust that you have their best interest at heart.
Vacations leave lasting impressions and are often remembered for a lifetime. Try to take at least one family vacation a year, preferably one that involves the outdoors. When children are outdoors, nature’s delicate balance has a serene effect on them.
Being one with nature is also extremely settling. Nature and all its enduring principles leaves a positive impression about the structure of life. It reminds us that we are all connected to an infinite structure that’s always changing and growing, but never ceasing to discard any of its parts. It’s constantly replenishing and regenerating. Therefore it’s imperative that kids experience this phenomenon first hand and get a semblance of their place in the beautiful cycle of life.
Vacations don’t have to involve a lot of money. Take a one or two day hiking or desert trip. Spend an entire day at the beach complete with a picnic lunch and dinner as well as plenty of games and other things to do. The most important thing is that you spend quality time with your children outside the home and away from the hustle and bustle of life.
Spirituality is a vital extension of our human experience. Without spirituality there’s a complex void in one’s outlook and expression of existence. Children need to be taught that there’s a greater force other than themselves and you. (Yes, I said, “You!”) This doesn’t mean that you have to go to church every Saturday or Sunday, but it does mean that your family should have a habit or be taught a ritual of giving thanks to a greater power. The good it causes to believe and have faith in a higher power far outweighs the bad. It can create is a strong moral character and a belief that you are held accountable to something more significant than you.
My grandmother once said, “The person that said money isn’t everything, never had any.” Money is very important in the way we configurate our society. It may not make you happy, but it will sure make you more financially secure. On that note, teach your kids about Certificate of Deposits, Mutual Funds, Savings Bonds, and Real Estate. If these are areas you are unfamiliar; then learn about them. (Libraries are free resources, so there’s no excuse.)
It’s imperative that children have a proper respect for money and its worth. Money is power. It does plenty to aid in the comforts of life and children need to understand its necessity in order to function properly in this society. It must be understood, saved, invested and spent wisely.
An effective way of building proper respect for money is by giving children an allowance and by opening their first savings account. This is a way of showing them the importance of saving for things they want or need. It gets them away from the notion of instant gratification and aids in the understanding of patience and self reliance. It’s going to take a long time to save for those sneakers that cost $125 if you’re only putting away $5 a week. Yet once attained, they’ll have a better comprehension for budgeting as well as and appreciation for the items they purchased on their own. (You better believe if they spent their own money, they’re going to value the product more.)
Make sure the examples you teach your children regarding money are beneficial. This means making an effort to keep you own finances in tact. (I know that’s hard in this current economy!) Try not to let your telephone get cut off. Don’t have your child doing their homework to candle light because you didn’t pay the light bill and, by all means, try to avoid your child going to bed hungry because there was no budget for food.
Some of the previous issues may be unavoidable. On the other hand, try as best you can to set a strong foundation and some of those issues may become escapable or at the very least, short termed.
Just like money, credit is another area where children need to have a proper understanding and respect; especially before they go off to college. Credit card companies prey on unsuspecting college students and if they aren’t knowledgeable they will graduate owing much more than school loans.
Credit is an important asset. Not only can it be used to buy things of importance like an education, home or car, it can create financial independence. There may be emergencies that arise where credit may play a significant role. Therefore, it must be protected and taken seriously at all times; especially in communities of color.
Find opportunities where your family can be of community service. Whether it’s beautifying your neighborhood or volunteering at a homeless shelter, find the opportunities to give back the blessings that are bestowed upon you. Charitable contributions are meaningful, satisfying and rewarding to everyone involved. It rears unselfishness and a compassionate disposition in kids.
There’s a biblical saying that states, “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you.” People who are unselfish have an increased fulfillment of life because they are making others happy. These types of people realize that what they do has a greater effect on everyone around them. If you want happiness in your life, you have to give happiness to others. Charity is reciprocal.
Whatever it is that you want out of life, you have to give. If you want to live large, you have to give large. It’s the law of the universe. The most important thing is to be humble to the process and to point out when it is being applied so that your children learn to appreciate its grace and beauty.
Those are the 8 core principles that every parent owes their children. They are non negotiable and essential in developing young people of character. They are however, not the only principles, so if you feel I’ve left one out, leave it in the comment section of this post.
As always, thanks for reading and spending some time with my artistry.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Toni Medrano, a 29 year old alcoholic, committed suicide by dowsing herself with a flammable fluid and setting herself on fire one month after being dubbed “Vodka Mom” by Nancy Grace. According to the Daily Mail, the young mother consumed an entire fifth of vodka, then fell asleep and suffocated her 3 week old son Adrian. It wasn’t until 10:30 am the next morning, when she saw that Adrian was cold and purple, did she realize she had killed her newborn son.
Initially Ms. Medrano faced 2 counts of manslaughter. One charge was for “Culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk,” and a second for “Committing or attempting to commit a violation.” If convicted on both counts she could have faced up to10 years in prison.
The tragic story of newborn Adrian’s asphyxia was featured on the Nancy Grace’s syndicated talk show. On the show Nancy reveals that Ms. Medrano consumed the equivalent of 17 shots of vodka and that her alcohol level was .11. A doctor on the show further revealed that little Adrian had probably been dead for hours due to the purple coloring in his skin, which is a sign that his blood had been pooling in his body. Which means that his blood was unable to circulate because of the amount of force on his body. This in and of itself caused this poor child an immeasurable amount of pain on top of the pain of suffocation.
Outraged by the sheer neglect of this infant child, Nancy pointed out that Ms. Medrano had a history of alcohol abuse and had been cited with two Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenses. She then adamantly called for Ms. Medrano to be charged with Murder One, which is a charge of premeditated murder. Although I don’t agree with Ms. Medrano being charged with Murder One, I don’t see anything wrong or inappropriate with the actions of Nancy Grace. As angry as some people have been because Nancy called out Ms. Medrano on her actions and responsibilities as a parent, where was this anger at the horrific loss of an innocent child?
I strongly don’t believe Nancy Grace said anything that any person with some semblance of rational thought wasn’t thinking. It's tragic on all accounts, but that woman should have thought about the possible consequences when she “boozed it up” and fell asleep with her 3 week old on the couch. Where was the child’s crib? If she couldn’t afford a crib, then she could have put him in a drawer, but she didn’t need to have him on the couch with her when she decided to “get her drink on.” With that being said, she didn't deserve to set herself on fire and die in the manner she did, but I'm sure being suffocated and crushed is no walk in the park either. Little Adrian should have been her number one priority. Period. She may have been distraught after the fact, but that doesn't bring her son back and killing herself only exacerbates the issues her other children will have in the future.
There are some that are calling for Nancy Grace’s resignation. Others are calling for the boycott of CNN and even Dancing with the Stars; at which I find absolutely ridiculous. What if Ms. Medrano had she been drinking and got into a car and killed someone other than her own child? What if that child had been some else’s 3 week old? I bet those that defend her would probably have a difference of opinion. Is it because she killed her own child that she should somehow warrant public compassion? Before she took her first drink shouldn’t she have had the rationalization to put her newborn in his crib? How about, “common sense”? I understand that some people may not have “good sense,” but most people have “common sense.”
Alcoholism is a disease as is drug addiction, “yadda, yadda, yadda.” Let it affect you, your body, and your own circumstances. On the other hand, when you kill innocent people based on a "choice," get ready for the consequences. It would have been entirely different if the killing were completely accidental or unavoidable. Had Ms. Medrano been sober when the accident happened we’re be talking about a different scenario with a different set of empathetic circumstances; but she wasn’t. She was “fu@k#d up!” She was so out of her mind that she laid on top of her child for hours before she realized she had killed him. It’s tragic on all accounts, but she gets no sympathy from me.
I can’t understand how people can get so angry at Nancy Grace, but not so much at the fact that an innocent child is no longer here and the remaining children are motherless because Ms. Medrano made the decision to make two selfish choices. It's not Nancy Grace's fault that the mother had no integrity and would rather dowse herself with fire than face ridicule, a lifetime of remorse and possible jail time. At least she had choices. What choice did the little Adrian have?
If we’re going to get angry at anything, let’s get angry at mothers who make irrational choices at the expenses of their children. Let’s get angry at fathers who emotionally detach themselves from the responsibility of nurturing their families. Let’s get angry at everyone who continuously chooses and abuses mind altering substances while their household are left to fend or defend for themselves. Let’s just get seriously angry at unavoidable caustic choices that wreck havoc on our communities!
This woman does not get a pass because she was emotionally weak or a person of color. Nor does she get a pass because of the horrific way she chose to end her life. I’m tired of all the cookie cutter excuses of being down trodden and drenched in poverty. Everyone is going through issues. The economy is horrible; people are losing their jobs, seeing the entire savings being wiped out and their homes being foreclosed. If your actions are hurting your family and it is within your grasp to make a choice to choose a new direction, then do it! No more excuses. Period! You don’t have money for rehab? So what! The rehab facility in your area is filled to capacity? So what! The rehab facility recommends that you stay for 3 months? So what! You do what you need to do to get yourself right for your kids. Period! That’s what a parent is supposed to do and it the right of every child to expect and be entitled to that commitment. If you make a choice to bring a child into the world, then make a choice to be the best example possible. Period!
What Ms. Medrano did was wrong and I don’t blame Nancy Grace for getting angry. Some may say that it was all for ratings. Others may say exploitation. Still, others may say she was just being a mean, old, belligerent Bi*#h. I don’t care. I may not necessarily agree with all her tactics, but for the most part I think she was right on point.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
We’re living in a tough economy. Everywhere we look people are struggling with their current financial situations. Many have or are in the process of losing their homes through foreclosures. The financial institutions that caused this crisis in the first place, are having no mercy on American families. People have given up hope and some are contemplating what they believe is the inevitable. For some the inevitable means downsizing from a larger space to a much smaller one. For others it may mean moving back home with parents or friends. Yet for others who see no mode of clarity through the clouds and fogginess of their circumstances, it may mean something worst or God forbid, much more sinister. Before you even begin to examine what the inevitable means to you, tell yourself, whisper if you have to, that “Failure is not an option.” Say that phrase over and over again, even if you don’t believe it! Tell yourself that failure is not an option.
I use to look at failure as a loss. That somehow if I failed at something I put time into, I was a failure. I’m talented, smart, paid my way through college and basically done everything right in order to achieve the American dream. What was I doing wrong? Why wasn’t I getting ahead in the game of life? And the most pressing question, what was wrong with me? Then a voice from deep within, I call it God you may call it something else, said, “Nothing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you. Continue to passionately follow your dreams, help others along the way and diligently learn from your mistakes.”
What I didn’t realize was that failure is part of the journey of success. Successful people fail all the time at their attempted endeavors. It’s part of the process of learning and without it there’s no intellectual development or personal growth. Therefore, I decided that what I needed to change was my attitude and outlook on where my aspirations fit within this global economy.
One area of life I had to honestly look at was; how was I committed to refurbishing my dreams into reality? What were the processes I was willing to go through in order to create a comfortable life for myself doing the things I felt creatively passionate about? Most importantly, how was I preparing to make that happen when the steps I had been taking weren’t working? Then that same voice said, “Take different steps. It’s never too late to change direction in order to get a clearer vision.”
We have to start looking at our lives and the way we conduct our business differently. Our world is changing and the corporate structure by which we do business and become employed is gone. No longer are the times when you could work at a company for 25 or 30 years and retire with a gold watch, celebrated commemoration, and a full pension. Today corporations are merging and constantly downsizing. They’re combining several fulltime jobs into one. Many of these same corporations are shipping jobs overseas and not because it’s cheaper so their businesses can stay afloat, but because they want to enjoy larger profit margins. They are squeezing American workers and won’t be satisfied until there is blood in the streets, because in the end, that also creates larger profits.
What can we do when we’re so stressed from the daily grind of living? What can we do when we realize that these companies we work for, that we give our hearts to, don’t give a damn about our well being and could care even less about our future? Give up? Go postal? No, we develop an entrepreneurial spirit.
In today’s economy corporations and other entities are in the business of squeezing as much productivity out of you as humanly possible, and when you burn out, they’ve already created an environment that allows them to push you aside and hire the next person in line desperate enough to take your place. Now, more than ever before, is the time to figure out ways to turn your passions and skills into viable sources of income and multiple streams of revenue. Even if you’re currently working at a job you love and are passionate about, start thinking of ways you can turn those skills into income, even if it’s part time. Within today’s technological arena, you can realistically build an empire right from your own home, doing the things you love and offering those skills and/or services to others.
Maybe you work as a security guard. Take those skills that you’ve learned and figure out how they can become profitable for you. Maybe you can blog about the daily woes of being an unappreciated, undervalued and underpaid security guard. Maybe you can start a security guard training center. Maybe you don’t even like security, but gardening is your passion. Use security to fund your livelihood while writing about your different gardening technique and methods. There are people who will pay for your common expertise. Be open to figuring out ways of turning your passion into profits because when you do, your entire reality will expand and you will begin to live without failures, but with triumphs.
Now is the time to turn your dreams into reality. Others are actualizing theirs everyday. The only difference between them and you is that they made the decision that they could. So can you. Decide for yourself that failure is not an option. Then go out into the world more enlightened and better prepared to challenge yourself into becoming the best you possible. You’re not dead, so it’s never too late!