Think for yourself. Don't be afraid to go against the grain if you feel you have to. If you lose some "friends" for doing so, well then so be it. It goes to show you they were not your true friends anyway. ... Those who know how to think critically are the ones who make great change happen, not just for themselves, but for others too. Take an inventory of what God put on the inside of you and of the tools in your environment. Have a goal or a dream that pushes you further along beyond what you are doing now. Adopt a positive cause for which to fight. Do something unheard of and make an impact. Challenge others to do the same. Don't just settle for what is, but push the envelope. Be a forward thinker. What will be the result? ... It's called #innovation.
You can teach people how to do certain tasks, but they have to have the desire to do them in excellence if you want the best results possible. In order to operate in excellence in the first place, people need to feel inspired and to feel like the tasks they are doing actually mean something (they're actually worth doing) to reach not only short-term, but also long-term goals for the company/organization. I look around and find that many people can't stand being at their jobs, not because the jobs are too dangerous or risky in one way or another, but because they find the jobs quite routine and boring, coupled with the lack of the encouragement of growth by managers/supervisors who only want people who are compliant yes-men and yes-women who never think outside of the box or challenge the status quo. Moreover, I could see if the jobs had maybe some level of routine-ness to them, but the people could still find their tasks exciting due to an environment that allows for new elements to shake things up a bit either daily or weekly.
But the sad truth is that many Americans work at jobs and are not excited, not inspired, and therefore the "I don't care" mindset sets in, and the quality of the work they do decreases. When quality decreases, managers can do either of two things, they can simply say "Do better," or they can SHOW them HOW to actually do better. Part of that involves inspiring the employee and getting him/her to see why excellence is needed. The higher the level of inspiration, the higher the level of company morale.
But hey.... what do I know? I'm just a thinker.
I'm watching CNN now. I think Anderson Cooper is doing a great job in how he's covering the Trayvon Martin story. .... The African American community looks at the death of Trayvon Martin from a historical lens, not just as another incident. ... Race was definitely a part of the case. Are there some who would get involved with race baiting? Perhaps.
But we cannot forget the history of race relations in this country: slavery, Jim Crow laws, poll taxes, literacy tests, the disenfranchisement of African Americans, overt racism, covert racism, higher incarceration rates for African Americans than other races, and the list goes on. Now here we are with this after-math from the George Zimmerman trial. We are in a critical moment in time. We have to do better with the justice system. We have to do better with dealing with how we handle issues that surround tough cases like this.
We have to do better about how we treat our youth. The State builds prisons based, in part, on how bad African Americans do in school if they are struggling. No! We've got to do better. Instead of giving up on African American youth, and other minorities for that matter, the State needs to do better about helping them to do better.
We have to do better.
Just sharing my heart for a moment. ... So in the wee hours of this morning, I had a very troubling dream in which two pairs of young black boys were fighting each other near a school bus stop. With each blow that landed on either boy's face blood was literally splattering all over the street. It was quite graphic. Meanwhile I was in the car with a close friend of mine watching it all unfold. But for some reason we couldn't get out of the car to do anything about it. It was as if we were made to sit there and watch, helpless to stop the boys from pummeling each other. And no parents or anyone older showed up to break up the fights either. I wanted to cry out of pure frustration. ... Then I woke up totally freaking out. Later this morning I began to pray for our youth, and not just our African American youth, but youth from all over representing various races and ethnic groups. For those who join me in this spiritual warfare, let's really pray for young people out there. Many come from rough neighborhoods where all they know is violence and lack of true parental and mentorship support. The devil is trying to get our youth to destroy each other through violent means, but I say not so! In Jesus' name! Love WILL prevail! #ItsPrayingTime
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.