We’re afraid to die yet want something to live for. That’s the unofficial lesson I learned growing up in a Christian family. Our prayers were always asking God for a long, meaningful yet safe life that ends with us entering heaven.
And of course, we gave thanks for how lucky we were to have food and shelter while alive, and we would pray for those living with less.
But when I told my family I was coming here [Nigeria], to do a little bit more than pray for those in need, they begged me not to go. They couldn’t understand why I was putting myself in unnecessary discomfort or danger, coming to a place where (they believed) I could get kidnapped or killed because of how desperate the situation is for poor people in this region.
Watch the full speech in the video below.
If you haven’t tuned in before, the goal of my Investing Series on YouTube is to make investing and building wealth a realistic goal that anyone can achieve — no matter how much money you have right now.
And in my last video, I spoke about not leaving out people who feel they’re starting at the very bottom, who feel unmotivated to start.
I think that group includes teens and young adults.
If you’re a teenager growing up in a home where you see your parents working extra hard to make sure you have all that you need, or if you’re growing up in a home where you feel neglected or doubt your family could every be wealthy, I want you to pay EXTRA attention to this. …
In case you’ve never watched the channel or heard of it, CNBC is the cable news network devoted to finance, industry, and stock market news.
Primarily the news is focused on the U.S. stock market, but there are times when international markets are discussed, and there’s a ticker scroll at the bottom giving you information on business news around the world.
But THE MORE IMPORTANT point I want to bring up is THE WAY this news is covered on one of the most popular networks for this content.
Like most news networks, you can’t help but see the bias in the way CNBC talks to its audience. …
May 1865: when the United States began to rebuild from the rubble of the Civil War. Two months later, African-American slaves started to create a new existence entirely from scratch, after 246 years of being told they weren’t humans, let alone citizens of the country they lived in.
That’s why some black Americans decide to mark Juneteenth as the beginning of their culture and identity. It’s the beginning of establishing the community and resources black people would use to navigate the newfound freedom not experienced in over 240 years.
But it wasn’t the beginning of their legacy, and definitely not where they should begin reclaiming the inheritance they’re owed. …
This post is part of a series “Leading Like a Lady” that you can follow at this website.
Lesson: See the Unseen.
I used to wonder why God was invisible. At times it was hard for me to put stock in a higher power I couldn’t see but was supposed to exalt.
Then at one Bible study, I found my answer in a story about how God revealed himself to Moses. He was allowed to experience God without fully seeing God, because “no one may see [God] and live” to tell the story.
Interesting to think about as I think about feeling invisible, a feeling most black people share. God symbolizes perfection and no person is near perfect. But, I wonder if there’s a power within us (the black people) making it hard for others to fully see us, lest parts of them are forced to die. …
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My Leading Like a Lady series was inspired by an article I originally read in Forbes. The article pointed out that, in the middle of the worst global pandemic in modern history, countries with the least number of deaths from the COVID-19 crisis had women as heads of state.
Ironically, that article is now a perfect example of the new normal I hoped we’d avoid if we learned the right lessons in leadership.
Charlotte Seck, a Senegalese writer, claims the Forbes article was ripped off of her piece published in the francophone African magazine…
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Lesson 1: Finding Yourself.
The proudest moment of my life was when I decided to go to therapy.
One of the transformational things I learned in therapy was the power of being vulnerable. In most cultures, men are taught to hide their feelings, while women are expected to show them more freely. At the same time, most cultures believe women tend to be hysterical, exaggerated, and tough to deal with whenever they express their feelings.
Therapy helped me unlearn this. …
We don’t always adopt the teach-a-man-to-fish philosophy. Often we find the in-between solution more attractive, like giving them a fishing rod instead.
In the world of economic development, microfinance is like the fishing rod. We’re eager to give the tools we feel will create wealth for those living in poverty, but we don’t teach them how to use those tools effectively. The data proves this isn’t just an opinion.
I was running a business workshop in an area of Nairobi called Kibera, and the number one question that people asked was “how do we get money to finance our business ideas?” …
There’s an old parenting adage that says if your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?
As much as my 12-year-old self cringed when I heard it, my now 30-something year-old self has to admit that my mom was right. You don’t need to copy everything your friends or peers do or tell you to do.
African leaders would be wise to take this same advice. Amid this COVID-19 crisis, many new buzzwords abound like “flatten the curve” and “social distancing”. It’s no question that we all need to take actions to reduce if not prevent the peak of the virus’ spread, but quick research will tell you that social distancing (used usually to describe isolating in one’s home indefinitely) is not the one and only method for achieving this. …
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First thing’s first: there’s an elephant in the room whether or not we’d admit it. Folks are continuing to wonder how something like COVID-19 will hurt African countries the most, or why it hasn’t spread as fast in Africa as it did in the “developed”, “Western” world.
Both questions typically involve an assumption: that the virus should technically kill more Africans because we have a nonexistent or terrible healthcare system.
This is insulting, especially because of sample breakthroughs to contain the spread. …