“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

Booker T. Washington

Good morning peeps, meditation done.

Quote for the day:

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

Booker T. Washington

Booker Taliaferro Washington was born on the same day as me, but 109 years earlier in 1856 as opposed to 1965 .

He was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community.

Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants, who were newly oppressed by disfranchisement and the Jim Crow discriminatory laws enacted in the post-Reconstruction Southern states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In 1856, Washington was born a slave in Virginia to Jane, an African-American slave, he never knew his father, said to be a white man who resided on a neighboring plantation — an individual whom, in any event, played no financial or emotional role in Washington’s life.

From his earliest years the slave boy he was known simply as “Booker,” with no surname and no middle name.

As a boy of about 9 in Virginia, Booker and his family gained freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation as US troops occupied their region in Virginia.

After emancipation, his mother moved the family to West Virginia to join her husband Washington Ferguson. At the time he started school Booker was faced with the need to rapidly invent a surname, and he claimed for himself the family name Washington, after his stepfather.

As a young man, Washington worked his way through Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) and attended college at Wayland Seminary (now Virginia Union University). In 1881, he was named as the first leader of the new Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

In 1895 his Atlanta compromise called for avoiding confrontation over segregation and instead putting more reliance on long-term educational and economic advancement in the black community.

As lynchings in the South reached a peak in 1895, Washington gave a speech in Atlanta that made him nationally famous. The speech called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship. His message was that it was not the time to challenge Jim Crow segregation and the disfranchisement of black voters in the South.

His Atlanta speech attracted the attention of politicians and the public, making him a popular spokesperson for African-American citizens. He built a nationwide network of supporters in many black communities, with black ministers, educators and businessmen composing his core supporters. Washington played a dominant role in black politics, winning wide support in the black community of the South and among more liberal whites (especially rich Northern whites). He gained access to top national leaders in politics, philanthropy and education.

This work continued for many years after his death. Washington argued that the surest way for blacks to gain equal social rights was to demonstrate “industry, thrift, intelligence and property.”

As a person of colour Brooker T. Washington’s words and ways have always resonated strongly with me.

Yes life in the western world is harder for people of colour than it is for white people, which can be frustrating, but the way I have always countered the problems and issues racism brings is to make sure I am the best at whatever it is I am doing and behave with good manners and treat people with respect, which enables me to gain success from the quality of my work and being the best man for the job, making the colour of my skin unimportant.

Breathe, Believe and Achieve

Be Happy, Healthy and Wise,

Have a fabulous Friday peeps and a wonderful weekend

Keep on Winning, Smiling and Living the Dream


Steve Agyei

Founder of Beyond Lifestyle Secrets

Author of Celebrity Training Secrets