If You’re Serious About It

This past weekend, I was at the screening of Creative NC, a documentary about creative culture in North Carolina and one guy said something that was profound to me. He said that if not getting enough likes on your artwork can discourage you from being an artist, you're not going to make it. I find … Continue reading If You’re Serious About It

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Character Over Everything

I don't care what you have or what social circles you frequent. The number of square feet in your home do not matter, nor do the businesses you own. Hitler owned Maybachs. Hillary knew Donald long before either of the two knew they'd run for president. Slave owners had some of the largest homes in … Continue reading Character Over Everything

Be Intent on Knowing

"Life without knowledge is death in disguise." -- Talib Kweli What are you learning? What do you want to know? Are you open to what life brings to the table? "Professional development" is just a fancy way of saying learning. You have to keep learning and because anything that does not grow is dead. Seek … Continue reading Be Intent on Knowing

Purpose Over Pennies

Remind yourself every day that you cannot abandon your purpose. You are not here to make money for the sole purpose of making money, no matter how much you are offered. You are here to serve people with your gift(s). Money is necessary but money is only a tool, not a goal. I went into … Continue reading Purpose Over Pennies

Millennials Know We Need to Work

This day and age, leaders (especially those leading people outside their own generation) are often questioned. And, speaking for many millennials (which I hate to do but feel must be done), work-life balance in an industry that can be done outside of the office is becoming nonnegotiable. If expected to be connected at all times … Continue reading Millennials Know We Need to Work

Trust Comes With Rapport

Without rapport, there is no trust. Let that be understood. Short but simple. As a leader, build genuine relationships with your team. From there, they will trust your leadership. What I can tell you is that millennials, unlike previous generations, don't respect age or title. Instead, we have hold humility and autonomy in high regard. … Continue reading Trust Comes With Rapport

In All Fairness

Before taking my current job, I had heard good and bad things about salary positions. And I will say that, depending on the work environment and leadership/management (two drastically different words), it could be either. If you work a predetermined number of hours each week and you're comfortable with that number and the salary that is … Continue reading In All Fairness