Saturday, September 15, 2007

Lesson #2: Change Your Thinking by Akindele Akinyemi

Former UCLA Basketball coach, John Wooden, defined success as a peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

This is crucial if we are serious about the transformation process. Oftentimes, we become stagnant in our way of thinking and therefore develop a comfort zone. Nothing is more constant than change in the universe. We hear so many of us preaching this but are we practicing this concept?

Our people in our community must begin to change our way if thinking if we are going to be successful in our everyday lives.

Change begins with the individual who is striving for the best.

When we are talking about financial freedom in our community we have to begin to first change the way we view money and finances. Most of us do not set up a budget, let alone have the discipline to follow the budget through. We waste our money on things that we do not need and therefore we remain broke and in some extreme cases poor.

This is why it is necessary for us to change the way we think. If we want real political power then we need to understand economic power first. I believe in converting check-cashing customers into banking customers. Renters into homeowners.

In fact, we have Get-Out-The Vote (GOTV) efforts all wrong. Instead of registering people to vote for a candidate the will deliver false promises and lies we need to increase homeownership so taxpayers will have a voice at the table.

I believe in converting small business dreamers into small business owners. I strongly believe in success. I believe in transforming those who have a desire to lead into coaches. Therefore, they too, can teach others to lead.

The Beginning Path


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