Book Excerpt Of The Week- Part 2, “Sweet Expectations: Michele Hoskins’ Recipe For Success” By: Michele Hoskins

“Michele’s Ingredients For Success (Continued):
(22) Never let other people’s expectations get in the way of your own expectations for yourself.
(23) You control your own destiny.
(24) Take risks to reach your goals.
(25) Success does not make you immune to attack.
(26) It’s always worth it to take the high road, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be costly.
(27) There’s always something to be gained out of a tough situation.
(28) You’re never too important to stir the pot yourself- be willing to do what you have to do.
(29) A tough situation situation can be an opportunity for valuable learning.
(30) If you believe you can do anything, you can- and you will.
(31) Your own creativity can make up a lot for money you don’t have.
(32) Staying connected to your community is a source of strength.
(33) A good role model will elevate you.
(34) Trust yourself and your own experience. Be your own best support.
(35) Give thanks for the precious support that you have.
(36) Most of the most rewarding things in life- raising children, pursuing dreams- don’t come with an instruction manual. You’ve got to make your own.
(37) A true partner is someone you can trust absolutely, and at all times.
(38) Building success the hard way makes you appreciate it even more.
(39) You succeed on your own, but the support of good people is essential in your journey.
(40) If you tell your story from your heart, people will respond.
(41) Find your professional community, you will get support and learning and fun from it.(42) The journey to success is never ending, because success is not a single destination. Loving the journey is success in itself.” -From, “Sweet Expectations: Michele Hoskins’ Recipe For Success” By: Michele Hoskins

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Book Excerpt Of The Week- Part 1, “Sweet Expectations: Michele Hoskins’ Recipe For Success” By: Michele Hoskins

“Michele’s Ingredients For Success:
(1) Be open to change, and be ready to embrace it. Change can wreak havoc on your life, but it can also bring you life’s greatest gifts.
(2) Be ready to listen to eureka moments. The most unexpected sources can show you the way to transform your life and create your own destiny.
(3) Sometimes the key to your success is right in front of you. Sometimes it’s something that you’ve known since you were a little child.
(4) Find the right people to help you on your journey- and be patient with those who might be resistant at first. They can’t always see your vision.
(5) The best way to reach people- whether you’re selling something, or teaching something, or motivating someone to do their best work- is to listen and learn and to learn to see a situation from their point of view.
(6) Find the people who will inspire you to realize your own potential, and listen well.
(7) Passion, patience, and perseverance will make up for what you don’t have in money- but no amount of money will make up for not having all three Ps.
(8) If you fight with everything you’ve got, you’ll come out on top.
(9) Hard work pays off when you watch for opportunities and have the determination to grab them.
(10) Sometimes a little success can have a lot of consequences at first, but the education you gain is worth the cost.
(11) Watch out for the limitations you put on yourself, they can be just as confining as the ones other people put on you.
(12) Carve out your identity and make it work for you.
(13) Be grateful for the good fortune that’s given you whatever measure of success you’ve won thus far, and fight like hell to keep it.
(14) Do whatever it takes to recover from a setback, and always keep faith.
(15) Opportunity will only knock if you’re persistent and motivated.
(16) Taking any endeavor to the next level is thrilling and demanding.
(17) Sometimes life gives you the worst and the best it has, right at the same time.
(18) Only faith can carry you through the hardest stuff life can throw at you.
(19) Life’s worst blows can show you something important.
(20) Health comes before business and before everything else.
(21) Everyone must feed himself or herself spiritually.” -From, “Sweet Expectations: Michele Hoskins’ Recipe For Success” By: Michele Hoskins

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The 2008 not guilty verdict in the Sean Bell case evoked outrage, emotion, and debate. It is not an anomaly that the police officers involved in the Sean Bell slaying were acquitted of all charges on all counts in State Supreme Court. I could run out of ink printing the names of people who have been victimized by the inaptly named justice system.

The American justice system has been especially terroristic towards the African American community. Many community members can cite historic and personal accounts to prove this. Therefore, it would be foolhardy (at the least) to turn to a system that has methodically oppressed us, and request that they free us. We can only free ourselves through extreme discipline and intelligent planning.

As a community we have been too compliant with leaders who organize ineffective, delayed reactions. The only strategy that can save us in this last hour is one that calls for a collective code of conduct that will be conducive to improving the conditions of our community, and shifting the paradigm of how we are treated by outside entities. The first step of this code of conduct should be based on economics.

The old adage of “money talks,” still reigns true in the new millennium. Any political scientist worth his or her library card will tell you that: “Economic powerlessness equals political powerlessness,” and conversely “economic power equals political power.” This means that if we continue to allow our wealth to be extracted from our community, we will remain impotent.

The power of the collective “Black Dollar” is often discussed. However, that power has been left unchanneled. Today is the day to change that. A one-time boycott is not going to bring long-term change and respect to our community. Our community has launched boycotts before. Our success and ascension will be based on what we consistently do. For this reason, we should initiate “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS.”

BUY BLACK FRIDAYS is a small step towards our community acquiring power via controlling our economics. Every Friday, people who acknowledge the injustice and oppression that the African American community has been consistently subjected to should do one of the following:

Option #1: Spend $0 on Friday
Option #2: Spend no more than $10 on Friday
Option #3: Only Shop at Black Businesses on Friday
[PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE OPTIONS CAN & SHOULD BE EXERCISED ON A DAILY BASIS. However, we can all at the very least focus on Fridays. This way we can take a collective stand and build our collective discipline. Please remember that this is only Phase 1!].

To the people who are tempted to label “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS” as racist, I say this: In the big scheme of things, this is about right & wrong, justice & injustice. The African American community is a strong, proud community that has endured the brunt of America’s iron fist. We must stop the pounding. I feel that any fair-minded individual will concur, and join in.

ANY business that is privileged to enjoy the support of the African American community MUST return that support.

I thank you in advance for your effort and dedication.

-Elsie Law AKA Starface

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The Origin Of The Term “Indian-Giver”

“When the Europeans came to Turtle Island, they looked at it as land that was there for the taking. They had to kill a few Indians to get it but history shows that was no problem for them.

At the time the first Europeans came to the continental United States, there were at least three million Native people living here. By the time that the Europeans had finished their slaughter in 190, there were only 300,000 Natives left. Since then we’ve regenerated. There are about 1,400,000 Native people in the United States at this time.

At first, however, the Europeans- few in number- asked the Native people if they would share with them. They asked the Indians if they would give them a little land. The Native people had a great sense of generosity. They said, ‘Well, yes, you are our brothers. You share the same mother with us, so here is some land for you.’ After a while the Europeans weren’t happy with that. They kept saying to the Natives, ‘Move over a little, we need more land.’ Then the immigrants over-strained the Indians’ generosity and started forcibly driving the Indians out of their homelands. They began to take more and more land, often at the point of a gun.

The Natives couldn’t understand the concept of the settlers owning the land. They thought the Europeans were using the land as they did. That meant that other people also had the right to go there. Pretty soon there were conflicts because of these different concepts, and the Europeans began killing Native people. To avoid conflict many Natives simply retreated to more remote areas, hoping to avoid the new settlers.

Originally the Native chiefs had brought gifts to honor European men. They asked for their gifts back after they saw the killing that was happening. ‘You haven’t honored the gift,’ they said. ‘You haven’t shown friendship.’ This is where the expression ‘Indian-giver’ comes from. It was the Indian answer to the European practice of not keeping a treaty or agreement. To the Indian people this showed that the gift of friendship or land had no value to the recipient anymore.

Every bit of the land is sacred to the Native people. When the European settlers came across this land, they didn’t understand this sacredness. They didn’t respect the land, so the Natives resisted them.” -From, “Black Dawn, Bright Day” By: Sun Bear with Wabun Wind

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