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Roy Beckham, MBA‚Äč

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On Another Level

Posted on May 7, 2020 at 10:28 PM Comments comments (1224)
Divine concentration. Focus like none other. Clear the mind and rejoice in peace. Embrace existence. Acknowledge time. Know that you were once one with the universe and will return. Conquer death through eternity through vitality. Never settle. Move.

Identity and Trajectory

Posted on April 13, 2020 at 11:51 PM Comments comments (1717)
We currently live in a time in which a person's life can be captured by photo at any given time. It is quite amazing when considering how much we evolve in our lives. I almost feel for the kids that have somewhat of a gift and a curse with social media. Even though we can't erase our past, kids nowadays could possibly have to deal with who they once were forever. People have the ability to copy and save your photos that you took at any specific moment. Depending on the state of mind of who you will become, it could be embarrassing depending on your own identity and trajectory at that moment in time. Unfortunately, it won't be looked at as a moment in time though if you were to run for political office one day or if you're up for a promotion to a six or seven figure salary. Lets say you run for Mayor, and your opponent has the ability to pull up that photo from many years ago of you out of your drunken mind playing drunken games and you were posted all of the internet with your pants down and your middle finger up in the air. You'd probably lose before the race even begins. 

That's the situation at hand now. Kids don't know what they give up when they post what they think of as innocent pictures of themselves on the internet doing what they think of as innocent behavior. I'm on this rant because I ran across a picture of a young man that I do not know, but somehow has been granted the opportunity to date a close relative of mine. To my surprise, one of the two pictures of this young man has him captured in the photo throwing his middle finger up to the camera while wearing his pants below his waistline. Some people may call it sagging while others may call it thuggery. 

I immediately began to judge this young man even though I haven't spoken to him at all. I thought that my close relative held higher standards for whom she chose to date, but I really don't know this man and I shouldn't judge him by a picture or two. (Can I?) But when I thought about it, I had to consider who he identifies himself as, why he wants to portray himself that way and what was his initial trajectory. 

I know..I know...it's just a photo...but still.....

If I may digress for a minute or so, imagine that you are merely a toy with a battery in your back. You can't choose what direction you move in initially until after you've been set on a certain course or direction when set free. Imagine yourself being placed on a floor with different paths leading to several outcomes. During your first minute or so after starting on your journey, you have a few limitations that allow you to change your direction, but at a slower pace. After each distance traveled for a certain amount of time you're allowed to make slight turns in order to make it to where you really want to go. The challenge is continuing to move, but reaching your chosen destination before you make it to the end of the road.

In the aforementioned scenario, life is a lot like being set on a course when you're young when not knowing who you truly are. Our surroundings have an effect on us whether we're aware of it or not. When we're born, we don't choose where we live, where we shop, what clothes we wear, the schools we go to or the neighborhoods we live in. Can a sheep remain a sheep amongst wolves? If so, is it wise to do so?

I remember watching certain shows that kids in my neighborhood weren't into. I watched Family Matters, Full House, Home Improvement, Doug, Simpsons, Fresh Prince, Moesha, The Parkers, A Different World, The Cosby Show and a host of others. I can't help but remember the first time I heard about Rap City and did not understand why kids behaved like the second coming arrived when the show was scheduled to air within a few minutes. I just wanted to keep playing "Pick Em UP, Light Em Up" or "21". These were my neighborhood's terms for sandlot football and basketball. Now granted, this was at a certain age in my younger years. I'm not sure if it was me who just grew out of certain phases or if it was some other form of social engineering that occurred while growing up. You may think of it as only television, but when you're watching certain "programs" inside of your home, but experience a totally different culture outside, it can be quite daunting. 

Homes are factories. Parents are the managers and producers. Kids are the products. In a neighborhood, everybody runs their shop differently from words used to express oneself to the type of consequences parents give kids for their behavior. Kids are sponges. They absorb what they see. Partially what kids see daily can influence how they see themselves. In turn this becomes their identity at least until they see someone, somewhere or something else that's different than what they're use to. Images that kids see,  words that they hear and how they're treated can influence habits. Then habits become who they are or influence the perception of who they are. Unfortunately, we aren't aware of how we're projecting ourselves to the world at such a young age when not even knowing that our identity and our trajectory is what it is mostly because of someone else's decisions from the beginning of time on up to birth. However, when one learns to think for him or herself, you must also learn to put away childish things in order to reach your full potential. Aim to reach your potential sooner than later.

You may lose some friends at one point in time. You may seem uncool to others, but at least you will know that you made a decision to choose your own identity and trajectory while setting your own path to your own destination. You're gonna do well. Good luck and safe travels. 

Holler if you hear me!

Whats Good

Posted on April 9, 2020 at 7:19 PM Comments comments (1272)
What's going on y'all. I wish I could transfer this feeling i'm feeling to you right now. With all that's going on in the world, it's unbelievable how everything is unfolding. My heart goes out to all of you that have lost a loved one. We will truly get through this together, but remember to stay positive. What I have noticed is how our world and our people are changing. Lets remember to keep that same energy.

Reaching Greatness

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 9:43 PM Comments comments (937)
I believe in order for anyone to reach their full potential, you have to first believe. You have to believe in yourself. You have to believe in something greater than yourself as well. It's not enough to just want to get paid and be rich. People want meaning in what they're doing. People want to believe that what they're doing makes a difference. Whether it's you or someone else. Put yourself and others in the right position and watch how working at maximum capacity comes easily. See how teams develop and tasks get completed when this is done. Go get em!

Hi

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 9:22 PM Comments comments (2107)
If you're reading this, I just want to say hang in there. You got this!

You Have No Idea

Posted on March 28, 2020 at 9:03 AM Comments comments (2113)
Let me first say, that you have no idea. Can you even begin to imagine what I'm about to say. Take a wild guess, because I'm excited to write about it... thoughts yet? Ok...You have no idea of the wonderful plans God has for you. But in hindsight, God's plans for you are in some form or fashion intertwined with your own desires whether they're foolish, selfish, altruistic, humble or not. You don't know the half of the real truth. I'm a witness. You just have to believe and have faith in whatever it is that you want, God will make a way. You will make a way. You're a vessel. That burning desire you have within you that you're not sure on what step to take next to fulfill it, just start walking because I guarantee you'll reach your destination. You can't reach your destination by standing still though. So who cares if you make a wrong turn here and there, you'll get back on track, but you have to start walking. Do not despise small beginnings. Even a tree started as a seed. I'm so excited about sharing my story with you. I just don't know when and where to begin. I feel so wealthy because my life is rich. Filled with experiences, situations, close calls, failures, successes, decisions and lessons. But through it all, I always knew I wasn't alone even in times I felt so alone. 

I'm even more motivated now to talk to you, because other stories and voices have helped guide me through. When I felt no one else could relate to what I may've been going through, I searched for answers, read books and lo and behold, I found something. That something you may find, may not be 100% of what you're looking for, but as you continue your journey, you'll start to put different pieces into perspective and in turn gain insight. I'm here to tell you that no matter how painful the process can be, to trust that you are moving toward your destination. Believe that your hard work is not done in vain. Keep going. Believe me. And when one door shuts, another one opens. Be aware of windows of opportunities. If there is an ounce of urge in you to act, move, decide and get something done. Do it because you have no idea how close you are to reaching your destination.