Success Thought of the Day – 6/5/20

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes. - Hugh Prather

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes. – Hugh Prather

While I am a life-long learner, this quote still resonates with me as I think we all yearn for some level of consistency in life driven by our basic need for stability.

A week ago I shared my initial thoughts in a video in regards to this moment, summarized in three words, “Don’t Look Away.”   As I said in the video, I was still processing what those words meant in full, but minimally I knew:

  • “Don’t look away from the pain of systemic racism.”
  • “Don’t look away from the institutionalized components that allow it to exist and perpetuate it.”
  • “Don’t look away and go back to business as usual.”

Within the video I shared a story of working with middle school students and upon asking them about future goals, one stated, “to be alive.”   

It is difficult, if not impossible, to focus on self-improvement prior to having basic (physiological, safety, love, and esteem) needs met first. There is no debate here, this has been scientifically proven. Acknowledging that, I also knew that I would need to expand our organization’s work as my purpose is to help others reach their full potential.

Over the past week, I have dug deeper to better educate myself (e.g. issues, policies, barriers, organizations, resources, etc.) and have participated in a number of substantive dialogues (including a panel discussion with Kellogg for current EMBA students).   There is a clear need for a common-level of understanding and to that point, to the extinct it might be helpful for others, I may publish a summary page of my learnings as I go through this journey.

Stay tuned! Let’s continue to have the dialogue and “Don’t Look Away!”

Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you. - George Whitefield

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