Do something. Blame no one. Make no excuses.


I was visiting my son Axel this week-end in Tallahassee, FL., when I saw a poster tapped on his wall with these slogans: Do something. Blame no one. Make no excuses.

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First, I made a selfie and asked him about the poster which exhibits a photo of the new coach Willie Taggart known in the college football community for his mantra and social media hashtag “#dosomething.”

“Coach is doing well,” he told me, having his latest victory in Louisville. “We are preparing the big game this coming Saturday against Miami,” he added.

University of Miami and Florida State university are long time football archrivals.

Searching more on Taggart, I found out he has made the #dosomething his life’s motto.

“I just look at myself, my journey, I never blamed anyone,” Taggart told an audience in Tallahassee reported by the Tampa bay Times.

“I never made any excuses for me not being successful. I just worked my tail off (…) So that’s been my motto my entire life: Blame no one, make no excuses. You’ve gotta do something.”

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Hell: ‘Whatever you fear most…’ an oustanding Edwidge Danticat’s folk story!


I am reading Edwige Danticat. Her recent memoir “Brother, I’m dying” is amazing. She tells her family story in poignant way. She combines her story with the story of her dad, her uncle, her countries, her travels, her neighborhood, her grandmas.to free herself, and to free us as well to tell our own story, and to live the life we want.

She used the power of words to include  folktales, stories that she heard from her parents to make good learning lessons from life.

“Hell” is one of those stories told by Danticat’s Granmè Melina.

12501577_114057308995588_315286960_n(1)Here is the story. Enjoy… And share with friends, fans, and family.

A man, one day fell asleep and woke up in a foreign land where he knew no one and no one knew him. Finding himself on his back in the middle of a dirt road, filled with strangers, he looked up at the blurry faces around him, which were framed by a gloomy gray sky, and asked, “Where am I?”

“You’re where you are,” answered a booming voice.

“Where’s that?” he asked.

“Where you need to be,” replied the voice.

“I din’t ask to be here,” the man said, “wherever it is.”

“No matter how you ended up here,” said the voice, “here you are.”

Tired about the roundabout conversation, the man said, “I want you to tell me right now where I am. If you don’t, I’m going to be angry.”

“Who cares about your anger?” answered the voice. “No one is scared of you here.”

Truly upset now, the man said, “Tell me where I am right now!”

“You are in Hell,” replied the voice.

And since these were long time ago, the man didn’t know what hell was, even though he could already see that it was not a happy place.

“What is hell?” he asked.

“Hell”, replied the voice, “is whatever you fear most.”


A story told by Edwige Dandicat in “Brother, I’m dying.” Thanks again Edwige to share with us the power of words and storytelling.

Roosevelt Jean-Francois

Fulbright Scholar, Connector, Speaker

 

 

 

A leadership platform for you in a crowded, noisy world!


“A leadership platform for you,” has been my tagline for this blog since its inception in 2011. I  wanted this blog to be a place where I connect with you on topics  that matter, above all about leadership and personal development. A place where you can follow me on what I read, what I listen, and with whom I associate.

rjf-1This is what I do: read, listen, and associate. I also speak, ask questions, and write.

I also represent Life Leadership, a premier global leadership company,   which just joined forces with Success Magazine to offer a leadership platform for you where you can have Total Access to writers, speakers, content creators on leadership, success; professional, and personal development.

Blogger Michael Hyatt  recently published a book called “Platform” in which he invites us to create our own stage to “get noticed in a noisy world.”

This is a must read content  which offers a step-by-step guide for you if you have something to say or to sell.

I just went over this book. And I like it. Very practical.

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Hyatt quoted William  Shakespeare who, more than four centuries ago, considered  “All the world ‘s a stage”. Each and every one of us, If we have something to say, to sing, to write, to share, we are  on stage.

The stage today is new and crowded. More and more people want to attract audience, and bring the light on themselves. That brings more competition for minds control.

“If you want to achieve success in your field, you need a platform,” said Michael Hyatt, whose blog has close to a million visitors a month.

You platform is your stage. It’s built of people, contacts, connections, and followers.

Your platform is also the means you connect with your existing tribe via social media and live events.

Success today is more about who you know. It’s not enough to be good, or to have a good product, you need a significant platform to face the competition, and to attract people’s attention in a world with more and more medias.

Below are three main benefits to build and nurture a platform, according to Michael Hyatt:

1.- A platform provides visibility . As a stage, it elevated you above the crowd. It makes it possible for people to see you.

2.- A platform provides amplification. It projects your voice, and your reach further.

3.- A platform provides connection. It provides engagement, intimacy which leads to more connections to your fans, customers, and supporters.

As I wrote above, Life Leadership just added a leadership platform to its library of informational and educational contents in both physical and digital formats.

I invite you to take advantage of this service and have Total Access to this unique platform to live the life you’ve always wanted.

 

 

Setting People Free at the Life Leadership Summer Leadership Convention this week-end in Green Bay, Wisconsin


I spent this week-end at the Life Leadership Summer Convention with my three kids, a lot of friends, and thousands and thousands of members of the Life Leadership Compensated Community in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We had fun, we learned, and we got inspired,uplifted, and renewed with passionate vigor and lasting motivational speeches and, meaningful conversations with top leaders and achievers in the Life Leadership Compensated Community.

IMG_3673I flew from Fort-Lauderdale to O’hare, Chicago, and drove to Green Bay, WI. As a Green Bay fan, I was anxious to discover the Lambeau Stadium, home of the Green bay Packers and the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi for whom “winning is everything”.

Bestselling author, and CEO of Life Leadership, Chris Brady kicked off the even with these simple words: “We set people free”.

IMG_3620LIFE Leadership is dedicated to providing solid world-class training to any individual ready to commit to a lifestyle full of challenges and success”, he told a very enthusiastic audience.

Life Leadership has delivered what it said we can expect from a leadership convention. This is a place to learn the newest, most stimulating and insightful information, and to bond with our community on a much deeper level

Always a blast, the Leadership Conventions offer an unforgettable weekend full of training, inspiration, cheering, and fun. Top LIFE industry leaders share personal insights and life-changing information that will help us catapult our leadership development and self education business and life to new heights.

There was never a dull moment at this Leadership Convention. I jumped on my feet with excitement and shouting with enthusiasm.

IMG_3690The speakers were outstanding covering every aspect of building and developing the LIFE business while teaching principles of leadership and personal development.

Haitians find Hope through Life Leadership.

I was so delighted to see how many Haitians who came from Haiti to participate in this event. They were  proud to carry the blue and red flag to cross the Convention stage as they were being recognized for their achievements for the last quarter.

Haitian Leader Thierry Laplanche, who won the top gun power player contest, the higher quarterly most disputed contest in the Life Leadership Community, shared his dream that ‘one day, the Haitian flag will be on the podium by the US, and Canadian flags”.

“This will be a symbol of Haiti being on its way to prosperity, wealth, and peace, and a symbol that Life Leadership can change the world”, said Laplanche, a medical doctor, turned to be a leadership expert and the one of the top community builders in Haiti at the moment.IMG_3681

Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned professional, Leadership Conventions will inspire, motivate, and compel you to keep moving forward.

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Leadership education, learning and the intellect: some thoughts from Arnold Toynbee & Daisaku Ikedda


Thanks to my friend Frantz Rimpel who gave me this book as a gift three years ago, I woke up this morning re-reading “Choose Life, A dialogue” between historian Arnold Toynbee and Buddhist lay organization leader Daisaku Ikeda. This book, published in 1972, is a record of Toynbee & Ikeda’s views on critical issues confronting humanity.

toyn1The book is divided into 3 main Topics: 1.- Personal and Social Life (the basic human being, the environment, the intellect, health and welfare), 2.- Political and International Life (political system, one world, arms and war), 3.- Philosophical  and Religious Life (The nature of things, religion, good and evil).

I read this book a couple of years ago. And this morning I rediscover the depth of its content. It’s always a pleasure to revisit and reread my books. I can go over my underlining and notes in the margin to agree once again with the author, and even disagree with myself.

This is what happened in my skipping though the third chapter entitled : The intellect. It includes their thoughts and viewpoints on education, learning which are in my area of studies being part of a self-directed leadership education program called Life Leadership..

Education helps the man to “see clearly what he ought to be and how he ought to live”, said Ikeda. And Toynbee to add that “education is a continuing search for an understanding of the meaning and the purpose of life and for discovering the right way to live. 

“School education is insufficient to the full development and cultivation of individual abilities” Toynbee & Ikeda said, adding  that the kind of education system needed today is one that concentrates on developing the whole human being.

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“Learning today changes so rapidly that often what one learns in school becomes outdated and perhaps useless later on”, they said, arguing that people are more interdependent today and we need to get more involved in community activities to learn from varied life experiences.
There should be no demarcation line between intellectuals and the masses. “Human beings are human beings before they are members of either the intellectual group or the masses”. But they also agree that “people need time and money in order to obtain the kind of education required for serious intellectual pursuits”.toynbee

To become an intellectual, three things are required: 1.- Intellectual ability, 2.-The will to work hard at learning, and 3.- money.

There should be “moral obligations” between an intellectual and his community. The intellectual owes it to society to perform a useful social service and society owes it to the intellectual to remunerate him sufficiently.

This is what best selling author and founder of the Life Leadership Orrin Woodward called a compensated community. Life Leadership brings leadership education, life skills development to the masses . This lifetime educational system is targeting to reach in the upcoming year one million people globally reading, listening to audios, streaming videos, associating in open meetings, seminars, building and bonding in community learning groups. This is definitely the way toward bridging the gap bettween the intellectuals, content creators, innovators and the masses.

Toynbee & Ikeda stated in their dialogue that “lifelong part-time education is the surest way of raising the intellectual and moral level of the masses”.

Both intellectuals and the masses should come together, take our common humanity to set as a goal to promote FREEDOM from fear, JUSTICE for all, access to WEALTH for those who are ready to do the work.We must bring our uniqueness as human being, not as a class, group, tribe, in a concerted effort to improve humanity.

God bless,

#RooseveltJeanFrancois

Launching a Leadership Revolution through Leadership Education & Critical Thinking


I am scheduled to give a presentation for 70 agents in an insurance company in Fort-Lauderdale, Florida, which is one of my customers for the LLR Corporate Education System. My keynote speech will be based on the New York Times bestselling book Launching a Leadership Revolution co-authored by two of the top 25 global leadership gurus Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward.
makethumbnail.ashx“Our LLR System is designed to gradually and effectively transform your existing professional-level talent into engaged, contributed, go-to leaders”, I told the managers of this firm in a conversation referencing to a flyer of the Life Leadership Company which I represent to market its suites of leadership and self-education materials.
How to develop engaged employees in the workforce? How can every member of this firm can use their brain to think critically about issues and problems that this company is facing? How to develop a culture of self-directed education and critical thinking in which each member of this team can dig dip in their mind to come up with thoughts that will move the company ahead?
Those are the questions I will be addressing with my audience challenging them to create an atmosphere and an environment that encourages inquiry, exploration, discussion and debate. Those who decide to be up to this challenge will be part of a community learning group (10-12 employees) through a pilot program for the upcoming 6 months. Each employee will have access to a book and 4 audios a month and I will facilitate a discussion with them on topics such as values, vision, professionalism, self-confidence, conflict resolution etc…

The six monthly packages of 1 leadership book and 4 audios each provide just the right amount of new information and principles every month over an extended period of time in order to foster lasting change in employees and systemically transform the workplace environment into a culture of leadership. We also created optional tests that are available at no additional charge so employers can monitor the progress of individuals while encouraging employee participation and group discussion.
deweyThe reward and the return of this investment is to see employees to come to work better prepared. They have to ask themselves “how can I apply what I read, what I listened, what I discussed in my work today”, “how can I apply this to my home, my family, and my community”.
I will complete this post with philosopher John Dewey who asserted that education and learning are social and interactive processes. He believed that human beings thrive in an environment where they are allowed to experience and interact with each other in a constructive way.
I will develop more on Dewey’s Critical Thinking on my next post.

God bless,

Roosevelt

Leadership in the ocean of life: drifters, surfers, drowners, and sailers!


What a great pleasure I had this last week end in Silver Spring, Maryland, to teach and to learn leadership and life issues with the Bread of Life Bible Fellowship Ministries led by Senior Pastor David Faustin and his spouse First Lady Yolaine Faustin and their outstanding team.

I shared with them the following insight, reported by New York Times Bestselling author, Chris Brady, in his Life Leadership Essential Series’s book “Wavemakers: how small acts of courage can change the world.”

Brady quoted Roy H. Williams about the four kind of people you meet on the vast and tumultuous ocean of life.

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1.- Drifters. Those who drift just go with the flow. The wind and the waves control their speed and their direction. The drifter quietly floats along and says, “Whatever”. In our Haitian Creole we would say ¨JPP¨(Jan’l Pase l’Pase).

2.- Surfers. Those who surf are always riding a wave, the next big thing. They stay excited until the wave fades away, then they scan the horizon for something new. Surfers don’t usually get anywhere, but they make a lot of noise and put on a good show.

3.- Drowners. Those who drown seem to stay in the center of a storm. It doesn’t matter how often you rescue them, they’ll soon be in another crisis, crying, “Help me, save me.¨

4.- Sailers. Those who sail are navigating toward a fixed point. They counteract the wind and the waves by adjusting the rudder and shifting the sails to stay on course.

Having your immovable fixed point in life is detecting your purpose, your reason why, your sense of meaning. Sailers know why their destination.I told the group there are two important days in their life: the day you were born, and the day you discover why you were born.

We had a conversation on defining leadership, the difference between leadership and leaders. We shared contents on vision, mission, and values, as well as the concepts of being dependent, independent, and interdependent in building communities.

During the break, I had some time to interact with some of them. Drinking coffee, and eating fruits, I had some one on one short conversations and gathered some feedback on the first part of my presentation.

Then Carline Brice, a seasoned professional with the OAS, who chairs the Public Relations Ministry at Bread Of Life Bible Fellowship Ministries, told me what she wanted to do for  the second part of the event. She did well. First, she congratulated me for the presentation, she mentioned one chapter of my book ¨Leadership Sur Le Vif: des idéés pour le changement et la création de Richesse¨. Then, she asked me to engage each one  present in the audience in a conversation about their commitment in the church, their strengths, and their weaknesses.

It was fun to listen to each and every one lowering their guards and to talk freely about who they are, their strenghts, and weaknesses.

As I told Senior Pastor David Faustin, I have been meeting a lot of groups in our community, this is one of the best I met so far. This also bears a responsibility, not to lower the bar and move forward.

God bless,

Roosevelt