May You Have the Opportunity to Fail

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Launching Thinking Good, nearly a year and a half ago, has been an exhilarating and at times frustrating rollercoaster ride. I’ve experienced the incumbent fast starts, abrupt stops and twists and turns of entrepreneurship. I’ve grappled with the challenges of what I dub #SmlBizLyf: balancing work and family (especially difficult when you work where you live); pushing back on “honey-dos” imposed on my flexible schedule; and the social isolation of not having a work buddy to chat with over a much-needed coffee break.

I’ve made my fair share of mistakes. Not everything has turned out as I would like, but fortunately most of my missteps have been instructive and none fatal.

On the Suite Talk podcast, I often ask guests what’s one lesson they’re glad to have learned early in life. The responses are drawn equally from positive and negative experiences and result in strengthened fortitude, resilience, discernment, patience, a better understanding of limitations or willingness to seek advice. For me, I’m glad to have learned the importance—reoccurrence—of failure.

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The Power of Doing the Ordinary: What We Learn at the Intersection of Politics, Sports, Race and Money

NCAA College Basketball second half game action during the college basketball game between the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, Westwood, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Every year during March Madness, I think about an article I wrote as a 19-year-old sophomore at UCLA examining the role of race and politics in college sports.

Over the past couple of years, the article has been forefront in my mind as the debate over paying college athletes has grown.  Additionally, there is the controversy provoked by professional athletes like Colin Kaepernick whose decision to observe “The Star-Spangled Banner” in protest of the highly-publicized spate of police killings of unarmed Black people; Quarterback Tom Brady’s boycott of former President Obama; and the current boycott of President Trump being organized by New England Patriot players Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett.

Politics and sports have long held a close association, so much so that it is beyond laughable when commentators—professional or otherwise—suggest athletes ought to keep their opinions to themselves.

December 24, 2016 Los Angeles, CA.
NFL San Francisco vs Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on December 24, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

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