this is excellence. the sacrifices these individuals make to lead corporate empires is commendable. the list is comprised of 100. thats probably .0001% of 'black' folks. i recall hearing there are around 500,000 black millionaires which is about .001% of 'black' americans. now see, I'm past the point of the entire race excelling because thats naive if for no other reason than not everybody wants the responsibilities and sacrifices that comes with rising and remaining out of poverty.. if we can call the state of black america as impoverished. not saying there arent too many in really horrible conditions, however poverty is subjective when compared to other nations and foreign lands. i will say that conditions in many ghettos and projects are quickly dwindling to the state of non-industrialized countries. but why tho? which is another topic for another post.
so the blind, or the veil is to believe our eyes as we witness the successes of the .0001% and the .001% as they are constantly being showcased as a norm and easily obtainable by Media. Never forget Media, or Medea, is a ancient Goddess that is still being fed and evoked by Her children. Its too easy to be manipulated by our senses and lulled into a false sense of mass success. The 'comeuppance' of these individuals should be studied, their pictures should be posted next to the ones of our favorite entertainers, and their names should be just as much a part of our conversations as the soap opera & reality tv stars. These individuals control actual wealth. Of course we can argue the degree of their control, but its definitely more than what the majority of us control. So there's that. I aint mad either. I have issues with the gatekeepers. However Ive my part to play as far as improving my marketability and standing in my industry. And thats a lesson that can be taken from weaning inspiration and wisdom from the stories of these corporate Bosses: They constantly improve themselves. If they needed more education, they sacrificed to obtain it. If they needed to make-over their image so as to gain more favors, they didn't hesitate to do it. If they needed to network and upgrade their relationships, they showed-up to the shindig and rose to the occasion. And I willing to bet they faced many personal and business related rejections, however they didn't take the bumps and challenges personal. They simply consulted with their advisors, tapped into their higher selves and kept breaking barriers. And again I aint mad.
Yes, its corporate America. Yes we have much reason to boycott many of these businesses due to how they started, their early practices and hell their current practices. However the truth is they won. These entities are now earning multi-millions and billions of dollars a year and our complaining isn't chipping their foundations. So we gotta come back to the table and restrategize. Thankfully we have examples of people who 'get it' and are 'getting it.' And there's so many, many more in middle management making it happen. So many more taking what they've learned and branching out and starting their own consulting firms, franchises and competitive brands. Third time's a charm, I aint mad at all. If entrepreneurism is the way you see your future and the legacy you will leave your progeny, then I wish you success. If you are satisfied with working your job and thats it, lol, I also wish you success. However know that without leaving your children adequate resources, to catapult them further than your accomplishments, odds are they will repeat your cycle, or possibly be worse off. Word is, Black Millennials are statistically worse off than our parents. So its a reality. Doesn't have to be ours tho.
For me, Im knocking at the door. I admittedly have alot of work to do on me. Ive got a lot of ideas and beliefs that are counter corporate America. And many of those beliefs were due to bad experiences, hell traumatic experiences I had with incorporate machines. However, I am American. And I am entitled to strive for a piece of the pie. Yeah I said it, Entitled. My family has put too much blood in this soil for us not to reap the benefits. Plus Im a college graduate. Im part of the 38% of Blacks that have degrees allow us to compete for professional careers. Now its not that simple in this global market, but I speak the language of international commerce... Just gotta learn how to navigate the waters- so to speak.