Be Decent – Get a Mentor

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Kids learn a lot from their mothers. If we’re fortunate enough, our mothers nurture us and help us to become the people we are meant to be. They are instrumental in helping us fulfill our God-given purpose. One of the most fundamental rules for life that I learned from my mother can be summarized in just two words: “Be decent.” … Read More

People Will Treat You How You Treat Yourself

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When you complain, it’s important to be sure you are treating yourself with respect. That’s right, yourself. How you treat yourself is reflected in how other people treat you. Earlier I emphasized the need to take yourself seriously in order to become a student and a learner of life. A key part of that is taking a look at how … Read More

Never Complain

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How many times do you sit listening to people and think to yourself, why are you complaining? You know the type, the people who will complain no matter how much you try and do for them or how well their life is going. After a while, their complaints becomes a standard part of their life, and sometimes they don’t even … Read More

The Alligator Shoe (Always Have A Vision)

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Ultimately, having less is a matter of perspective. You always have to figure a way out. At Coppin, I’m proud to say that we have one of the safest universities in the Maryland system, despite our limitations. This is only possible because I create partnerships with students, the community and law enforcement members to ensure this campus is a safe … Read More

Being a Role Model

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As parents, we owe it to our children to teach them this fundamental truth about life and provide them with the example they need to live their lives. It’s our duty to be positive role models. Unusual for the time, I brought my son, Akil, up alone after his mother (my first wife) and I divorced. While she’d built a … Read More

Eliminate excuses

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Now, here’s the thing. We can all make excuses when it comes to having less. I hear it from my students all the time. Sometimes they miss class because they don’t have any transport or the right books, or maybe they have a ball game to play. Now I’m not saying these reasons aren’t genuine, but what I am saying … Read More

Seek inspiration

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When you’re in a position where you have to do more with less, the outcome isn’t normally determined by you, it’s determined by someone else. In your daily work environment, you may face daily requests from your boss who tells you not only what you have to do but how you have to do it. Again, you have a choice: … Read More

Getting things done

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Now I know it must seem easy – me writing those words especially for some of you who may be feeling overwhelmed. Maybe some of what I’m saying seems beyond you, but it isn’t. Let’s break it down. Don’t try to attempt the task in front of you all at once or it will overwhelm you. Prioritize. Every goal can … Read More