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Eddie Slaughter, Pigford legacy farmer, standing on his centennial farm in rural Georgia

Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund Urges President Donald J. Trump and Congress to Enact Emergency Legislation to Cancel Pigford Debt with the USDA and Provide Restorative Land Justice to Black Legacy Farmers


The Black Farmers’ Appeal: Cancel Pigford Debt Campaign is a grassroots organizing, popular education, and legal advocacy campaign to rectify the injustice(s) of the Pigford v. Glickman class action discrimination lawsuit. Black farmers tirelessly organized to file a class action lawsuit seeking restorative land justice from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for decades of systemic racial discrimination in the delivery of lending services to Black farmers.

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I’ve been transitioning to entrepreneurship for almost 6 years now.

It has not been consistent; I certainly have not doggedly pursued it the entire time, but I’ve been on a kind of unwieldy, grow-as-you-go/make lots of mistakes-journey.

In 2013, I started my own law practice hustling for cases, volunteering everywhere, and giving away time and free legal advice to people I knew, and people they knew. It quickly brought on burnout — after 2 years I stopped making a solo law practice my priority. …

The ultimate guide to overcoming indecision, getting immediate clarity, embracing uncertainty, and moving forward powerfully.

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History furnishes thousands of examples of men who have seized occasions to accomplish results deemed impossible by those less resolute. Prompt decision and whole-souled action sweep the world before them.” — ORISON SWETT MARDEN

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to…

I had help. I created space. And I let go.

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Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis. — Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Allow yourself to be in three key ways

  • Let go of perfectionism
  • Let go of other people’s opinions
  • Let go of the story you tell yourself

Allow yourself to simply be.

Let Go of Perfectionism

When I first decided to let go of perfectionism, I failed.

To give…

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Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. And great things are not accidental, but must certainly be willed. — Vincent Van Gogh

It can be hugely intimidating to visualize an end you want to arrive at, and realize how far away you are from it.

You measure yourself by that distance, and the difference is your failure.

Sometimes it’s good to be “hard on yourself,” to pay attention to your life enough to make connections between your actions and results.

However, highlighting your shortcomings and focusing on your lack, can only…

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We can at times feel overwhelmed by the barriers in front of us. Whether those challenges come from our own faults and oversights, or from the resistance of others, they present a huge frustration, not easily overborne.

The only element that we can control, is our outlook. It is necessary to shift our mindset in order to work through frustration and accomplish our goals.

The following are four ways to help you counteract negative thinking:

1. Be present

Too often we get off-track by focusing on the next step or what we should have done at the prior step. Save tomorrows worries for…

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“We don’t abandon our pursuits because we despair of ever perfecting them.” — Epictetus

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

My son absolutely loves Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream, a children’s book written by Michael Jordan’s mother, Deloris Jordan, and his sister, Roslyn M. Jordan. …

Dekera Greene Rodriguez, Esq.

Mom | Writer | Storyteller | I make comics

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