Thanks to Give Happy!


I spent part of this Thursday morning reading the Times on my cellphone.

Last week, David Leonhardt, editor of the New York Times Morning Newsletter, invited his readers to send him six words describing what made them thankful in 2020.

He was inspired by this form of writing –the six-word memoir– popularized by the author Larry Smith.

Numerous people have responded. Here’s a selection of five out of the more 10000 responses.

I am thankful to be thankful.

I have someone I can hug.

Think twice, decide once: Regret zero.

Saved a lot of lipstick money.

This last one is my own.

To be happy, give happy. Thanks.

Revising Tim Ferris’ book : The 4 Hour-Workweek in this special moment


I always enjoy re-reading a good book. I can go over the dates I read it the first time, and the context of the moment of my revisiting of the text.

That’s what I did last night with Tim Ferris’ book: “The 4 hour workweek
Escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich.”

When the expanded and updated version of the book was released in 2009, the author was asking this question:

“Can the principles and techniques in the book still work in an economic recession or depression?”

At that moment, Tim was sharing with us his “manifesto of the mobile lifestyle” and the “secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing sub-culture that has abandoned the “deferred-life plan” (slave-save-retire)” to live the life they’ve always wanted.

It was at that moment when people were losing their jobs, houses, retirement plans.

Here we go again with the same pattern. This time, now, 2020, not only jobs are lost, but also lives, sense of being.

Even the normal is new. And the new is normal. The whole to form the new normal which is still lost in definition.

What was once “safe” have failed. What used to be a failure now is safe.

This is the moment to have your own experimentation outside the norm.

This is the time for testing the uncommon.

Stop postponing your dreams for some days, start living the infinite possibilities outside of your current comfort zone.

This period of collective panic is your big chance to dabble.

Thank you Tim Ferris.

SUCCEED WITHOUT TALENT


My friend, Barbara, who has just been elected to lead an organization of 4000 people, introduced me to the leadership work of Jon Gordon.

Jon is a best selling author of more than 20 books. My favorite ones so far are The Energy Bus and The Power of Positive leadership.

Jon is a sought out keynote speaker who has put to the test his leadership principles in different business settings, sports teams, and non for profit organizations.

She forwarded me this email that I want to share with you.

10 WAYS TO SUCCEED WITH ZERO TALENT
You don’t need to be the smartest or most talented person to achieve success in life. Often it’s the seemingly simple things that can make a significant difference. These 10 things are things anyone can do. They don’t cost money but they do require intentionality and effort. 

1. Be On Time – Honor others by respecting their time. Earning respect starts by giving it.  
2. Show Up and Do the Work – If they praise you, show up and do the work. If they criticize you, show up and do the work. If no one even notices you, just show up and do the work. Just keep showing up, doing the work, and leading the way. 
3. Give Your Best In All That You Do – It doesn’t matter what everyone else is or isn’t doing. Focus on your contribution every day. When you give your best, you’ll inspire others to give their best too.  
4. Be Positively Contagious – Your attitude is contagious. Choose to be Vitamin C today. Look for opportunities to encourage and uplift those around you. 
5. Have an Attitude of Gratitude – Every day we have a choice. We can choose to be grateful and see the good in all that we have or we can let anger, fear, doubt, and insecurities rob us of our joy and the life we’re meant to live. The choice is yours today.  
6. Seek Solutions vs. Dwelling on Problems – How you see the world determines the world you see. When you seek solutions you see a world of possibilities and are able to overcome challenges.  
7. Have Passion – Passion fuels your purpose. The strongest may survive but it is the passionate that will thrive. Get excited today! 
8. Be Coachable – Stay humble and hungry and be a lifelong learner. The best of the best are always striving to get better and so should you. 
9. Do More Than What’s Required – Average effort generates average results. If you want more, do more. Even a little extra each day can create big results over time.  
10. Believe in Yourself – Stop listening to the self-sabotaging voices in your mind. Talk to yourself and feed the positive instead of listening to negative. You matter. You are capable. You can do great things. You are here for a reason.  
What would you add to this list?

JUNETEENTH: A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM AND LIBERATION


Juneteenth  is an unofficial American holiday and an official Texas state holiday, celebrated annually on the 19th of June in the United States to commemorate the announcing of federal orders in Texas, on June 19, 1865, that all slaves in Texas were now free.

June 19 is celebrated as Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day in 1865 that Union forces announced in Texas that slaves were free, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

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The holiday comes as companies are promising investors and employees they are working on tangible change to tackle systemic racism. 

Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier and the American Civil War had largely ended with the defeat of the Confederate States in April, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops, so enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent.

Although this day marks the emancipation of all slaves in the Confederacy, the institution of slavery was still legal and existed in the Union border states after June 19, 1865.

 Slavery in the United States did not officially end until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States on December 6, 1865, which abolished slavery entirely in all of the U.S. states and territories.

Modern observance is primarily in local celebrations. Traditions include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs, and reading of works by noted African-American writers such as Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou.

Many companies are giving their employees a day off or a day of reflection.

EDNA LAROCHE: THE BANANA LADY


EDNA LAROCHE, is an Haitian descent media personality, a TV anchor, an executive professional, turning to baking banana breads to change the world one palate at a time.

The story began with her love of bananas. One day in her home, in Sunrise, FL, with Joseph, her fiance, she had a few ripened bananas that they wanted to use in some way and thought of their affection for banana breads.

“The goal initially was to make something that could be shared with close friends and family,” Edna said.

Then, “acquaintances began asking for our baking schedule so we developed one and we have been baking and expanding our selections ever since.”

Edna would love for you to try her artisan Banana Breads and judge for yourself. 

I did taste it myself and enjoyed it.  

Edna Laroche was my guest on my poadcast ouR-Conversation.

If you want to have fun now, just click here, and listen to Edna Laroche’s story of taste, passion, and community fulfillment.

Roosevelt

SELF: Single Element Leadership Failure


I had the pleasure to listen to an audio from Terry Brady on Rascal Radio this morning entitled SELF: Single Element Leadership Failure.

It comes to my mind to share with you some questions she raised that might get you thinking about your own “SELF.”

“SELF,” she said, “is most of the time associated with a negative context.”

The list can be as long as the following:

Self-image

Self-confidence

Self-deception

Selfishness (even if there’s no real fish in this one…)

Self-centered

Self-pity

Self-etc…

When we focus too much on SELF, we live with anxiety, fear, and uncertainty.

Instead of SELF, put your focus on others, and on SERVICE.

And, that can make a lot of difference.

@rooseveltj

You can listen to this audio and other leadership & self-development content on Rascal Radio through a paid subscription on the superapp.

Danielle Gilchrist, a realtor in Florida, is about self-actualization, wealth, and being a “good person.”


It was a Saturday morning, I was home attending a conference’s call, when I heard a knock on my door.

I looked through the windows and saw a young lady waiting outside, holding a clipboard and a pen.

I opened and she greeted me with a “Good Morning, sorry to bother you,” before she added “I am a realtor. I just sold a house in this block , and I wanted to extend my services to you and your family.”

She told me her name showing me her Keller Williams badge with Danielle Gilchrist written on it. She handed me a flyer with her contact information “in case you need it,” she said with a smile and good eye contact.

I took the paper congratulating her to have the courage to be out there knocking doors for her business.

She thanked me and asked me for my contact information with my email and a phone number.

She left. I followed her @daniyourrealtor on Instagram. She did the same on my @rooseveltjf shorly after.

A couple of days went by. We kept the connection on line.

She called me yesterday. I missed her called and she texted asking me to connect. I replied to her text. Then called her back.

We spoke for a couple of minutes, found common ground, and convened to meet, greet, and talk.

That’s what we did earlier today at a coffee shop in Coral Springs, Florida.

Talking to Danielle was fun. She used words and expressed thoughts and feelings with fluent agility, amazing capability, vibrant smiles and gestures.

She exhibits self-confidence, passion, and dedication for what she does, who she is, and where she’s heading in life.

She told me about her journey as a realtor, her mindset to be out there seeing the people, her decisiveness to take the road less traveled of entrepreneurship.

We also spoke about books. She is reading Joseph Murphy’s “The power of the Subconscious Mind.” I told her about Garry Keller’s book “The One Thing.”

We also chatted about our Caribbean roots. Danielle is from Jamaica. I am from Haiti. I told her about places I visited in Kingston and the pleasure I had discovering places like Spanish Town, Trench Town, and Coronation Market.

She told me about her boyfriend being from Haiti and the war they entertain at each other on the question of “who does cook the best food, the best kalalou.”

I made sure not to take side keeping my white meutral flag high and avoiding to be a collateral damage in this war of palates and taste at that level of our relationship’s building.

I laughed out loud telling her “besides my mom, my wife, Marijo, is the best cook I know.”

We talked about business. She dowloaded my super app to take advantage of our cash back and other benefits. I download her app to be linked with her for our real estates’ needs.

We will get together next week and follow up on our conversations and promises.

What a difference a knocking at a door can make!

Aswand Cruickshank: Swift-ly done!


What a difference a simple contact can make!

I met ASWAND recently at the local Toastmasters Leadership Institute where he delivered a well crafted impromptu 1 minute speech called Table Topics.

I was on my way out of the Broward College Building when Aswand was walking to his car.

I said “hi” and congratulated him for delivering such a humorous speech in so less time. He smiled and said “Thank you.”

We started a conversation and parted our ways sharing our contact information.

I called him a week later to continue our conversation and to show him the Super App platform.

Aswand told me his story as a fitness coach born and raised in Maryland, now living in Florida, and preparing to make his next move in life.

Aswand is hungry. He’s eating his pizza while telling me stories after stories. He’s also hungry to move ahead, to grow, and to live a life with no limits.

He subscribed to the Super App Platform on the spot to take advantage of the earning and learning opportunities.

He recently joined Toastmasters to develop his communication and leadership skills to become a motivational speaker.

He just released his first book “SWIFT-LY: Your Guide to Innovative Teamwork.”

I purchased the kindle version of the book. I read it in a trait.

Woah!

I could not put my cellphone down reading from one tap to another.

Aswand shared his passion for sports, his learning lessons from the field, his reading from great coaches, his memories from his family to us in a melee of stories.

The more I read, the more I wanted to know more about him. He also left us with a guide to continually “Lift Yourself,” in whatever state, and position you are as a skilled or well informed worker.

I invite you to read this book “SWIFT-LY: Your Guide to Innovative Teamwork,” listen to his poadcast Swift-ly, and follow him on social media #swift_ly44 .

Learning from 5th graders the ‘Power of Positivity’ at Imagine North Lauderdale Elementary School!


It was fun this Friday the 13th at Imagine.

It was exhilarating to sit, listen, and appreciate for a couple of hours to some bright young minds standing on their own two feet to share their soft skills, manners, and behaviors with a panel of professionals about life issues.

I am so glad to have said “Yes” responding to a request from my fellow toastmaster Shakira Taylor, an office staff at Imagine, to be part of the volunteers to the inaugural ‘Power of Positivity’ for 5th grader students.

From Left to Right : Fellow Toastmasters Lois Margolin, Shakira Taylor, Matt Kinsey, and Suzette Hyde

I didn’t know what to expect from this adventure. I was anxious about what to do, how to dress, and the best way to fullfill my role.

It turned out to be a great learning experience for the whole community including the school faculty, the students, and the volunteers.

What’s the Power of Positivity? 

Teaching students manners, discipline, respect, and how to conduct him or herself in a professional environment are all an important part of our academic program. At Imagine Elementary at North Lauderdale, students learn the mechanics of a proper handshake and working the room so that they are able to present themselves exceptionally well for opportunities today and in the future.

The day begins with about 25 business professionals here at Imagine Elementary at North Lauderdale.  Each student has to go through an obstacle course, spending 1 minute interacting with each professional.  When the student walks away, the professionals score the child based on handshake firmness, eye contact, confidence, common sense, etc.  

At the end of the day, the top 20 students will be told that they will continue on to Round 2 that will take place in the new year. They will have the opportunity to visit a business where they have to interact with more professionals. Those professionals will name the top 8. Round 3 will be another opportunity for our students to utilize their skills and our top winner will be announced.

I listen to almost 50 students telling me in a PSA (Public Service Annoucement) why they think “other people matter.”

Some were better than others. But, all were above “unsatisfactory,” from a scale of 1 to 4. They are almost the same age, but different in size, color, appearance, and performance.

I stood up to strech my legs curled up under the little table. To release from my cramps, I took a walking to the restroom. Standing in the hall, I met Joshua. He locked his eyes to mine, smiled, told me his name, paused, handed me a firm handshake, and asked for my name.

“I’m Roosevelt,” I told him.

“That’s a nice name,” Joshua replied adding “That’s a President Name.”

He asked me if I speak Creole. I told him “yes,” and he said “Sak Pase?”

Joshua rushed back to find his classmates standing in line to make their tour.

At the end, the Principal, Sharon Bailey, reported what she said she has heard from the kids.

“They are excited,” she said.

“Some are eager to move to round 2 and win some gift cards,” she added inviting us, volunteers, to walk one by one on a red carpet to receive a “small token of appreciation” for our community service.

We laughed out loud when each one of us was called to walk, wave, and receive our certificate under the spotlight of the cameras and cellphones.

This surely has been a wonderful, and fun Friday the 13th at Imagine!

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