On Sunday night, rap artist, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs, announced to the world via twitter that he would like to buy the Carolina Panthers. His tweet was promptly followed by a video posted on Instagram in which he then affirmed, “I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine” …“I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback.” The hip-hop mogul’s pursuit to become the first African American majority owner of an NFL team began in early October amidst the heightened controversy of players protesting the national anthem. However, the likelihood of Diddy’s dream became all the more possible after Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, currently under investigation by the NFL for workplace misconduct, released a statement on Sunday, announcing his plans to sell the team at the end of the season. Other celebrities including Stephen Curry and Colin Kaepernick himself, responded to Diddy by insisting on their inclusion in a possible ownership group. In his efforts to acquire the Carolina Panthers, Diddy is not merely making an attempt to become a richer man, nor does he seem to be bringing unnecessary attention to himself. Despite what doubters and critics may say, it appears that he is a man on a mission, whose words should be taken in all seriousness. If he were to become owner of the Carolina Panthers, Diddy would indeed make history and forever change the culture of franchise ownership within the NFL.
Oftentimes, when we say “Do it for the culture”, we are requesting that someone carry out a particular action for the betterment of the community. It’s an unselfish plea, one that prioritizes the community as much as modern society prioritizes individualism. For instance, if Diddy were to buy the Panthers tomorrow his net worth would greatly increase, however we would all feel a sense of pride and take part in his success as witnesses of the first African American owner of an NFL team. It would be a win for the culture. As 2018 approaches, it’s time that we collectively do it for the culture. Whatever gift, talent, or area of expertise you possess should be utilized to its full potential. The world around us seems to be getting more and more disappointing each day, but we still have an opportunity to make an impact, to leave a mark. There is no better time to defy the odds.
I encourage you to choose optimism over doubt, for there is already enough negativity to go around. Yet, it is important to realize that optimism without preparation is only blind faith. We must refrain from the excuses we tell ourselves in order to avoid the feeling of not having done enough. The “right time” may never come, that is generally procrastination in disguise. Still, you should trust that you are the right one, that your vision is valid, and that your passion has purpose. Confusion, hesitation, and distress are all simply mandatory tolls that we pay on the way to our goals. Therefore, such interruptions should not be confused with stoplights.
Your moment of greatness cannot be left up to chance, you must be confident that you’ve done everything in your power to succeed. It is quite normal to be intimidated by the uncertainty of your future but it is imperative that you consistently remind yourself who you are, where you have been, and why you are currently where you stand. Don’t just win for yourself or your family, win for the culture.