My Son Leads The Way

Consciously Curated: Happy, Gifted, Bad and Sad

Consciously Curated is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to keep you thinking good:
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Huffington Post: Black and Blue

“There is an economic disadvantage for Blacks that is built into the fabric of American society. We don’t need to beat ourselves up in a desire to keep with “the Joneses”. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t strive for excellence in every realm, but it does mean that killing yourself to try to keep up with images that may or may not be real will only lead to a life of frustration.”

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You Are Stronger Than You Think

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In a time of increased racial conflict, devastating hurricanes and floods, we see the power and furry of nature and the emergence of heroes that save the day and our faith in humanity. I think Mariah Carey coined it best with her 1993 Grammy award winning song “Hero.” The lyrics from this song remind us that we are stronger than we think: “And you cast your fears aside, and you know you can survive. So, when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong. And you’ll finally see the truth that  a hero lies in you.”

Remember those words when you are challenged with conflict and adversity in this fast-paced technology driven society. Individuals have the power to make a  difference in the world by leading by example. Channel your inner strength to find where your power lies.

Taking control and ownership over things you have authority of is empowering. For instance, if you wish you had more money but are stuck in a job with no advancement, decide how you spend your finances. Decide what you can cut from your budget to save, while you look at other possible solutions. It could mean taking your lunch, which is typically better for you, and will save you money. When we think of transformation and empowerment we think BIG but in the words of an old Chinese proverb “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Take control and find strength in managing your thoughts, ideas and plans, one step, one day at a time.

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Consciously Curated: On Game Theory, Toxic People, Writing Better and Yelling

Consciously Curated is a roundup of inspiring and empowering news and information from across the web to keep you thinking good and your better self:

Click and Boo

Wired: Games Parents Play
Kids are master manipulators. They play up their charms, pit adults against one another, and engage in loud, public wailing. So it’s your job to keep up with them, Carnegie Mellon’s Kevin Zollman says. His new book, The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting—written with journalist Paul Raeburn—explains how.

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On Fatherhood, Entrepreneurship and Finding Community – A Conversation with Communications Strategist Andrew MacDowell

Suite Talk podcast with Andrew MacDowell, the founder of Brooklyn Strategic, on being successful at entrepreneurship and fatherhood.
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In this episode, we speak with Andrew MacDowell, the founder of Brooklyn Strategic, a coalition of specialized communications agencies and media production groups based in New York City and Washington, DC. Together, they develop and implement amazing digital campaigns and strategic communications programs in the social purpose, educational, philanthropic, and financial sectors.

With over two decades of experience in communications, Andrew is an industry leader who brings a wealth of business savvy having worked in large and mid-sized firms, in addition to launching several successful entrepreneurial endeavors.

I met Andrew when our oldest kids were almost two-years-old and attending the same preschool in Washington DC. Bonding first as fathers—sharing our hopes and fears for our families, Andrew and I eventually discovered we had similar professional interests and quickly became sounding boards for each other.

Our conversation, is a must listen if you are like me and so many in the Thinking Good community who want to get the most out of your professional pursuits while also giving the most to your personal passions.

We’ll hear more from Andrew, but for now, lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Your Personal Guide to Being You

In this episode, we take a deeper dive with Rev. Dr. Jay Speights into our previous conversation “Being the Conductor of Your Own Symphony” or as I like to say, become the ringmaster of life’s circus.

You may recall, Dr. Speights was our inaugural guest on the Suite Talk podcast.  If you haven’t checked it out, please do so, it is Episode 01. It is just as relevant today as when we recorded it last year.

Dr. Speights will also be a featured speaker at Thinking Good’s Toolkit Conference on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Purchase your tickets by Father’s Day to receive a 30 percent discount.

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Consciously Curated: Rollin’ with the Homies, No Politics or Illin’, but lots of Mental Drillin’

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

Mocha Dad: Road Tripping with the Fellas
“No guys getaway is complete without some good eats. During our trips, my sons like to try different dining experiences that may not be available where we live. One of our favorite dining experiences was at a Japanese restaurant where my sons tried sushi for the first time. I was afraid that they wouldn’t like it, but they scarfed down every morsel.”

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Dr. Jay Speights on Learning to Listen to Wisdom

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Here is an excerpt from our forthcoming Suite Talk podcast with Dr. Jay Speights. In this segment, we talk about why is it important to listen to the wisdom of our parents, grandparents and other elders, but also how they (and we) can be better teachers and leaders.

In the full-interview (look for it soon) we take a dive deeper in our earlier conversation on being the conductor of your own symphony. We’ll hear more from Dr. Speights on a range of topics, but for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet,  Part 5 – Build up your Liquid Savings

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In our final interview with Wilson Lea exploring his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet, we focus on why it is essential for you to have liquid savings to weather whatever life may throw your way.

“Traditional financial planning says that you should have 3 to 6 months of living expenses … In a perfect world this is true,” Lea says. “Admittedly, this can be difficult to do. You should always have some savings, but while you’re working on the other steps, $1000 should be enough cushion to get you over most things that could come up.”

Listen to learn more!

In case you missed our earlier chats with Wilson stemming from his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet you can find them here:

Part 1: The Importance of Wealth Management
Part 2: Save for Retirement
Part 3: Pay Down your Debt
Part 4: Budget

As always, join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

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