Breaking Down Walls

Right now, there are opportunities for women who want to be entrepreneurs. There are small business loans specifically for women and, before that changes, you have to take advantage of these grants.

This generation is the generation that can change the status quo. Women have never been lesser beings than men but, for too much of history, they’ve been seen as such. Change is possible, but I don’t know how long that’s going to last with our current federal government.

You are capable. It’s just about taking that risk. (And, minorities men, that applies for us as well. Let’s capitalize on these crooked capitalists.)

Make shifting the culture a priority .

I Got The Keys (DMix)

“(People) always asking me the key. ‘Til you own your own, you can’t be free.” — Jay Z

This line is powerful. As an entrepreneur who is working to reach a point of success, I realize that freedom, for me, is setting my own grind schedule. Sometimes, I don’t feel like working and I don’t need to but, as an employee, I am required to in order to fulfill my obligations as an employee of a greater system. As a business owner, I don’t expect to work any less. In fact, I expect to work much harder. The difference is, I will be working for myself and my family as opposed to for someone else and his/her family.

If you caught my post last week about meeting Walter Latham, you saw this quote: “You can go work for 25 years for a company and make decent money and, in 25 years, they give you your watch and your pension and find a 25-year younger version of you.” That statement is my motivation put into words. That, baby boomers and Gen Xers, is why you see millennials making moves so frequently. We see that this is a game we cannot win unless we play by different rules. So we do. We come, we learn, and we contribute. Then we move on, all the while, building our own brands.

I do not dare speculate on what business will look like 20, 10, or even 3 years from now. But I do know that, with increased access to information, our generation has the potential to be the greatest, most philanthropic generation ever to touch the earth. We just have to embrace the fact that security has died and instead has been replaced by a reward to risk ratio.

Ironically, I will end this post with a quotation from one of my favorite business men, Mr. Damon Dash.

“I hustle for my last name. I don’t hustle for my first.”


Make professional development a priority.

Stacking Your Hand

When you go to conferences, the minute you get back to your room, write down characteristics on the business cards you’ve collected that will make you remember who you you met. Shoot, don’t just do it for conferences. Do it every time you get a new business card. And, then, use the card.

Short lesson but a critical one.
Make professional development a priority.

Giving Back: National Suit Drive

As much as I love business, I love giving back to those in need even more.  I got this email last week and decided today is the day to share it with you all.  I hope you have the opportunity to either donate or tell someone who could benefit from this program.

Men's Wearhouse(R) National Suit Drive
Suit Karma | Pass it on | June 22-July 31

The National Suit Drive benefits at-risk men and women transitioning into the workforce by providing them with professional clothing.
Bring your gently used items  to any Men's Wearhouse location thru July 31. As a thank you, receive 50% OFF YOUR NEXT PURCHASE.*

Share our #giveasuit post on Facebook and we'll donate $1 (up to $25,000) for each share to local nonprofits!

Styling A Sport Coat

So, I love wearing a nice sport coat and you can find a good one anywhere from a thrift store to Nordstrom.  Over the years, I’ve shopped the gamut and found some good deals on them.  I used to be a firm believer in wearing them only with slacks, khakis, or something else dressy but that is adding such limitation to a jacket that is intended to be versatile.  Check out the infographic below and allow it to inspire you.  You never know when you’ll try something new and be named the best dressed in the room.

5 ways to wear a sport coat, men's style inspiration from Style Girlfriend

The Plague

There is a plague ravishing American corporate culture.  That plague is called “Comfort.”  How often do you walk into an office and see women in leggings?  Or men in sneakers and jeans?  And all of this on a Tuesday?  I understand companies having relaxed cultures and maybe I’m just old-fashioned but there is something distinguished about having to lace up your hard bottoms and perfect your tie’s knot before stepping outside your front door each morning.  These days, it seems that every day is casual Friday.  Loosened ties with the top button undone and sleeves rolled up are slowly becoming the new standard.  But, I warn you, do not lose your way.  Do not lower your bar.  Always dress to impress.  There is a time and place for those rolled up sleeves and that loosened tie: 5:01PM.  Until you clock out, let them know you mean business.  You are still a young professional.  Dress like it.