“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws will be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. . . . If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
1. Someone typed a fake tweet and made it seem like I tweeted it, and it went viral. It happens fast…really fast.
2. It starts off funny.
3. Then Shea Butter Twitter shows up.
4. Some people come to your rescue with sound advice.
5. you gotta tweet through it.
6. It doesn’t go away. It only grows.
7. always find the opportunity.
…named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.
Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
I’m learning more and more each day that leadership is a choice.
My good friend Xavier Greer shared this with me tonight at dinner, and I had to share. He’s working on a cool start up with his buddies at the University of Tennessee. Stay tuned for what they’re cooking up!
I want to share a quick story about the time I landed an internship after a plane ride from San Diego to Atlanta.
It was in October of 2014. My friend, Seth, and I had just finished a four day trip to San Jose for the Net Impact Conference, a conference that brings students, young professionals and industry leaders together to tackle the word’s toughest social and environmental problems. Seth was president of the Sustainability Club at Morehouse, and I was leading an initiative to help end the world’s water crisis. This was also our junior year of college, and we saw this trip as an opportunity not only to further the work we had been doing on campus, but to finally land our first big internship before our senior year. …
The week before Thanksgiving, I was fortunate enough to attend the UNCF HBCU Innovation Summit. I and 63 other students (representing 21 HBCUs around the country) embarked on a 5 day tour around San Francisco’s hottest companies. I took some notes, and I wanted to share the highlights with you. Some of the advice may overlap, and some might cancel out with the others, but I hope you digest it all and find inspiration to go do some of your best work.
Jeff Lawson is excited to work at Twilio. You can tell by the way he talks that he loves it, and that was one of the biggest things he expressed to us: do what you love. …
Dinner parties work the best if everyone at the table chooses to play along.
Take your fair share of food. Not more, not less. There’s enough food for everyone.
If someone can’t reach a dish, pass it to them.
Be open to trying the dish your friend recommends.
Respect the speaker during the conversation.
Speak up and add value when it’s your time to talk.
Having dinner with someone is a great way to show generosity, support and respect. To me, life is one big dinner party.
There are approximately 7,387,326,420 people in the world right now, and I believe we’re all sitting at the same dinner table. It’s hard to force everyone to play along, but we do have a choice if we’re going to play or not. …
Graduating from college.
Creating that non profit.
Writing that blog.
Learning how to code.
Building a better relationship with your parents.
Making a difference in the world.
Thanks to social media, we are bombarded with images of people going from zero to One every day. It’s exciting to see, but it often times makes me feel stagnant. Why can’t I go from Zero to One. It’s just one number!
Many times we don’t see people’s journey to One; we just see the result. We didn’t see them go from zero to 0.1, or 0.5. No one gets applauded for making it to 0.79, but that number is very important if you want to get to One. The late nights, the hard work, the courage, the consistency, the triumph over fear all push you to One. Count your small wins.