Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

Jeremy Lin’s story should be YOUR story

February 15, 2012

Whether you are a fan of New York Knicks new point guard Jeremy Lin or not, it is important that the lesson of his story not be missed. It has been said that luck is is when preparation meets opportunity. The conversations will rage on as to whether his rise to instant stardom is related to his race or whether he is just the man of the moment and not the year. The fact of the matter is that Lin spent his entire life preparing for this moment and when the moment came he was ready for it. What moment are you preparing for? If your moment came right now, would you be ready? Are you spending more time lamenting over lost opportunities or preparing for the next one? Your moment is coming. Don’t spend your time being so jealous of other people’s light that you end up missing your time to shine. Your moment is coming! Be prepared for the world may be watching!

When preparation meets opportunity: a lesson from the Oprah Show

March 22, 2010

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending Oprah Winfrey’s After Oscar Party show taping in Hollywood. It was truly a magnificent experience to be able to sit in the presence of greatness and soak some of it in. Like many people there, I couldn’t help but hope that somehow the camera would glance by me or I could meet her on the way to stage! I was ready for anything! Unfortunately, there were two people who were not ready for such an opportunity.

During the preshow, the Oprah producers began calling people up to share their comedic skills. Imagine being called up to share your talent on the Oprah Show on the same stage where the Oscars took place the night before! The word “historic” is an understatement. The first person they called up took stage to wild applause. Let’s call him Mike. Mike grabbed that mic like a man on a mission. The mission then turned to mission impossible! Mike choked! He had nothing to say. At one point he even said: “Wow, this is my moment in the spotlight and I’m really at a loss for words.” He ended with a “joke”: “What do you call two nuns who jog? Roman Catholics.” He was done.

The second woman professed to be a standup comedian but once the mic was placed in her face, she quickly revealed that she only does comic routines in front of her mirror and her toddler children. She bombed completely, even asking the audience at one point: “Do you think I’m funny?” You can imagine the audience response. My sister Shaumba and I felt bad on one side for the two people who weren’t ready, but we were also kicking ourselves because we WERE ready! My sister is a dancer and had she been called, folks would’ve thought they were at an Alvin Ailey Show. Had I been blessed to have been called to share some of my motivational work, I would have done my best to bring the house down or better yet, lift it up! Ever since I met Dr. Maya Angelou and she asked me if I had any of my products to take with me and I said “No”, I vowed to be ever-ready from then on!

The moral of the story is that you have to be ready because you never know when your number will be called and be ready! They say luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Lucille Ball of “I Love Lucy” fame said “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” You have to work hard and be ready. In this age of multimedia everything, you never know when the camera will be turned on you. If you’re serious about what you do, you will make sure that you never miss your opportunity. If you are serious about mastering what you do, you will make your OWN opportunity! Step out of your head and step into your greatness!

G.R.O.W. towards your greatness! (a poem)

January 11, 2010

They say greatness is a choice so what have you chosen?

You’ve been frozen in time and broken in mind

For too long the same song playing in your head

Living in breath but better off dead

But who said you didn’t have the power?

Who said this is not your hour?

You’ve been showered with a steady stream of words that kill your dreams

But it seems that since you’re still living that someone done lied to you

Tried to deny you of your own potential inside you

If you’d just decide to let no one deride you

Don’t even let them get beside you as you unearth the new you

Stop listening to naysayers and decide to do you

No more pity parties, sobbing and boohoos

If no one told you you’re great then let me be the first to

If you have the thirst to drink from faith’s fountain

You’ll develop the might to move mountains

We move tons of dirt to find an ounce of gold

So I ask you to move tons of hurt and find just one ounce of your soul

You’ll be on the path to control your own destiny

Getting out of your own passenger seat and driving your own car

Reaching for the moon but maybe landing among the stars

You have greatness inside you but you must choose to be great

Blaze a path of excellence, leave fear in your wake

All you need is already inside you

Just believe in yourself

G.R.O.W. towards your greatness and discover your true wealth