How are we still here?

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Most of the teens we work with are black.

Our goal is to help them create a 10-year vision for their lives that’s bigger and more exciting than they ever thought possible.

So when I saw this video, my heart broke.

"From one black man to another, we have to do better", by curtis_hayesnc

We’re trying to get these teens to dream big about their career, lifestyle and relationships.

But Curtis M Hayes is in tears telling this 16-year old kid that instead, he has to focus his vision on fighting for equal treatment.

Equal treatment. In 2020.

How are we still here?

  • The 13th Amendment was formally adopted in the U.S. Constitution 155 years ago.
  • Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus 65 years ago.
  • Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech was 57 years ago.

How are we still here?

One thing has always been true.

Adversity reveals character. Adversity is when the most powerful leaders step up.


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How to feel instantly better during this crisis (or anytime)

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It's so easy to think about what we DON'T have right now.

I catch myself thinking about things I miss like:

  • My normal routine
  • Seeing my family
  • Going out with friends
  • Going out to restaurants, bars and coffee shops
  • Walking outside without worry
  • Being able to get groceries normally
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • My 1x month haircut
  • Hands that aren't cracking from dryness

I'm sure you have your list, too.

But this is the problem:

When we focus on what we don't have, compared to what we expect to have (what we consider "normal"), we feel negative emotions like fear, stress, anxiety, sadness and anger.

During this pandemic or not, I've found that when I feel negative emotions, 100% of the time it's because something that happened didn't line up with my expectations of "what normal should be."

These negative emotions affect our mood, our productivity, how we treat others and even our physical health.

The antidote?

"Trade your...

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