Wakanda Forever: Part 9 – Mastering Your Craft
I think the core of Black Panther is about mastery: the mastery of self, one’s community and the world at large. By mastery, I am not talking about having the freedom to independently run one’s life in isolation. Erik had that freedom and we see how that ended for him. But I mean to learn to build one’s life within the supportive confines of community. Mastery is defined as, “a comprehensive knowledge of a skill or subject matter.”
We see this definition wonderfully represented, visually, in the Kingdom of Wakanda itself. The nation of Wakanda is an example of what can happen when a group of people learn how to humble themselves before each other. They do so in order to serve the greater good of the whole, while propelling each person to be the best they can be. Read more... (1224 words, 1 image, estimated 4:54 mins reading time)
It’s 2018. We are almost two months into the new year. And many of us have new things we want to get done. Well, here’s something “New” you can do to help you successfully reach your goals:
DO SOMETHING OLD.
That’s right. We are always looking forward and trying to do new things and often we do so while neglecting old things. There are things in our recent (and distant) past which we have left undone. Before we can truly move forward into “new” things, we need to take the time to complete the old things which we have deliberately or accidentally left undone. Read more... (435 words, 1 image, estimated 1:44 mins reading time)
What do you do when you are chased by a dog? In this episode, Allen shares the lesson he learned when he was nearly attacked by a German Shepherd.
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I was presented with the opportunity to be the guest speaker at a graduation ceremony in the Bronx for The Osborne Association on Friday, March 11, 2016. The title of my message was: “You Matter.” (Watch video below). It was an honor to meet with the staff and be able to speak into the lives of their graduates from the Justice Community Program, The Fatherhood Initiative and the Career Center.
When I was invited, back in December 2015, I had never heard of the organization. However, as I started to research them, it became apparent that the Osborne Association is making a tremendous impact in NY state. Here is their Mission Statement:
”The Osborne Association offers opportunities for individuals who have been in conflict with the law to transform their lives through innovative, effective, and replicable programs that serve the community by reducing crime and its human and economic costs. We offer opportunities for reform and rehabilitation through public education, advocacy, and alternatives to incarceration that respect the dignity of people and honor their capacity to change.” Read more... (371 words, 2 images, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)
In Episode 9: Overcoming Fear – Part 2, Allen shares how he had to confront his fears while working on a roller coaster during college.
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Fear is one of the main reasons most of us don’t move from where we are to where we need and want to be. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of the unknown. Fear of being under qualified. Fear of success. Fear of… (insert reason here.) But most of what we fear rarely happens. And if it did – with some thoughtful planning and execution – we could overcome the issue. Ultimately, overcoming our fear is about PERSPECTIVE.
Watch this short video from my G.P.S. Motivational Series which illustrates the point. Then ask yourself, “How can I change my perspective so I can get a grip on my fear?”
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In Episode 7: Principles versus Feelings – PART 2, Allen shares a personal story about what it takes to live by principles in order to move towards success and significance in life.
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