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Live your purpose — Motivatingdaily – Your source for daily motivation

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously. Steve Maraboli,

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One-on-One Interview with Celebrity Journalist Roland S. Martin – Is School Choice the Black Choice?

In case you missed it, on April 23, 2019, Celebrity Journalist Roland S. Martin was in Sacramento, CA for the Education Town Hall discussing “Is School Choice the Black Choice?” Check out my previous post, “An Education Town Hall With Roland Martin and Special Guests” for the media release and other details about the event. Moments before the Town Hall, I was given the opportunity to briefly sit with Roland to discuss where his passion for the topic began and to find out the message he wants to send through his School Choice Education Town Hall events.

While in the green room with Roland, his wife Jacquie Hood Martin, and public relations guru Brittany “Britt” Parmley waiting for my moment to chat with Roland, he was working on a PBS documentary. I can say he was multi-tasking and handling business leading up to the moment he walked out into the forum.

B. LaTrice: Good Evening, Roland. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you. My name is LaTrice and I am a blogger here in Sacramento. My business name and blog is Destiny Inspired Consulting. My blog is typically a lifestyle blog where I write about motivation, lifestyle, and “slice of life” topics. The data shows the majority of my blog followers are women between the ages of 25-44; most of those are mothers. So, about tonight’s [education forum] topic, [Is] School Choice is the Black Choice, what is the message you would want to express to followers of my blog?

Roland: The first thing is understanding is about education; this is about the future of their children. The problem is that you look at what is happening all across this country with black children in our school systems. I spent a lot of time deciding exactly what I want to focus on in terms of this choice movement. Look, I went to public schools my whole life in Houston [Texas], but I went to magnet schools when I was in elementary schools and magnet school is high school. So. having those magnet schools position me for what I am doing right now. I went to school for communications. So, what I am doing right now started when I was in the 9th grade. So, I’ve done this [advocating for education] for the past 36 years. So, being able to have that type of school is critically important. You look at the reading stats and math stats; the bottom line is black children are not getting the shot they deserve. So, why should we as African Americans, with our history, turn away from a system that allows us to be able to control our education? That’s what this [school choice] is about; this is about controlling education.

I go across this country. Black parents want success for their children. We did a poll a few years ago that we commissioned Cornell Belcher of Brilliant Corners Research (President Obama’s pollster). They went out and did research. More than 70% of black parents said they would send their kids to a charter school. More than 70% of black parents said they would actually use vouchers. What does that mean? That means black parents don’t have time for all the political drama and the back and forth. They want what’s best for their children. The problem is when we’ve had this conversation about control of charter schools, is that [the conversations] they are largely led by white people and has been a white people led movement. I’ve said to the movement, you cannot have a majority of kids in public schools today who are black and brown, but you don’t have black people and brown people who are leading these efforts.

So, what I’m trying to do is talk to black people and say no, we have an opportunity to control the education of our kids, control the curriculum and control the dollars being spent. This is not about tearing down traditional public schools; they can coexist. But, we can’t be in a situation where we somehow believe that we cannot participate in these systems.

B. LaTrice: How would you encourage someone to get on board with the [school choice] movement or a mother [parent] who would want to learn more about school choice?

Roland: The first thing is for these parents. Either you have children who are in school or you might be a homeowner who will be hiring people, so you need to be able to say is that you need to be able to hire the best and the brightest. So, I want them to first say is, how am I involved with it [the movement]? If you are unhappy with the education of your child. You need to be able to say I want to put my child in the best place. If you can’t afford to put your child[ren] in public school, then we need to be saying NO, we need to control the charter schools; we are going to run those charter schools and support black-run charter schools and I encourage that. I want our children to be in the best situation possible. I want more black charter schools, but I want successful charter schools. I don’t support the failure of traditional schools and I don’t support the failure of charter schools. I want us to say that we want high quality that is working for our children. That means those women and mothers should be saying is my school doing the job. What’s the grade? What’s the proficiency rate? How many of these kids are passing? Are these kids on grade-level? If their kids are in schools where 70 and 80 percent are not on grade level, I don’t want my kid in that school. That’s where we start.

B. LaTrice: Ok, so just continue to educate themselves [on the topic of school choice]?

Roland: Yes, and learn more about it and do not accept the status quo and not have people try to make them feel bad or saying you shouldn’t be doing this. Nonsense, they should be doing this.

B. LaTrice: Awesome. Thank you for your time.

Roland: Cool. I appreciate it. Thanks so much.

Roland has posted the live stream of the “Is School Choice the Black Choice” Sacramento Town Hall Event on his YouTube channel.

Big thanks to Margaret Fortune, President/CEO of Fortune Schools for making this event happen and the special guest panelists: Pastor Tecoy Porter – Sacramento Chapter President of National Action Network, Dr. Hazel Mahone – Professor at California State University Sacramento, Larry Lee – Publisher of the Sacramento Observer, and Romel Antoine – Director of Regulatory Affairs for California Charter Schools Association.

‘School Choice is the Black Choice’ is on tour to create dialogue, awareness, and to educate black families on public school options. See the Press Release document for more information about the Assembly Bills – AB 1505, AB 1506, and AB 1507 that will be discussed along with Senate Bill – SB 756.

For more information on the topic of School Choice as it relates to the black students, families, and communities, please reach out to the following:

School Choice is the Black Choice

Fortune Schools

National Action Network – Sacramento Chapter

California Charter Schools Association

Sacramento Observer

I want to hear from you on YOUR perspective, thoughts, and understanding of the topic of School Choice. Are you a parent, educator, student, grandparent, community leader, or citizen who has feedback on this topic? I’d love to hear from you. This is an opportunity and platform where you can peacefully and respectfully share your two cents. So, I encourage you to share your thoughts and to please SHARE and REPOST this blog to create more discussion and awareness of the topic.

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…When you just ain’t feeling it

Yesterday, on Facebook, I asked the question, “How do you motivate yourself when you just AIN’T feeling motivated?” As expected, there were a variety of responses since the theory of motivation as there is not a one size fits all definition.

Since everyone does not view motivation in the same way, let’s start with the basics to align our thoughts on the topic.

What is Motivation?

“Motivation is the word derived from the word ‘motive’ which means needs, desires, wants or drives within the individuals.” It is the process of stimulating people to actions to accomplish the goals.”

Towards the end, you will see I noted each of the Facebook responses as I am sure at least one of them will INSPIRE you. My goal was to highlight one or two responses, but they were all so enlightening so I noted them all. Thank you to all who responded to my Facebook post.

Types of Motivation

The two types of motivation that stand out are, Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation.
Intrinsic Motivation refers to behavior that is driven by internal rewards. In other words, the motivation to engage in a behavior arises from within the individual because it is intrinsically rewarding.” On the other side of that coin,
“Extrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by external rewards such as money, fame, grades, and praise. This type of motivation arises from outside the individual, as opposed to intrinsic motivation, which originates inside of the individual.”

Who Really Cares About Being Motivated or the Notion of Motivation?

Thanks for asking. I care and many of you reading this probably care especially if you are a working parent, an educator needing to motivate yourself and your students, a student, or if you are a business owner, etc. Motivation and motivators are tied into much of what we do in our personal and professional lives, therefore, the topic of motivation is one to discuss long before we get to that dreadful, yet realistic, place of feeling the LACK of motivation. Can I get an AMEN?

Are You Reading and Asking Yourself What is YOUR Motivation?

Maybe you already know what puts PEP in your STEP. (Yes, I still say pep in your step.) Maybe you are like the rapper Cardi B who expresses in her music that she is “all about the bag.” The “bag” is another way of saying she is chasing the money. Get it yet? Like money bag. Some are motivated by the desire for money, success, recognition, or simply by the satisfaction from enjoying what they do.

List Self-Motivated on Your Resume?

Although I have never been a hiring manager, I would think listing self-motivation on your resume would be ideal. In my opinion, when someone says they are self-motivated, that lets me know that person is goal-oriented, and doesn’t need to be nudged to stay on task. In fact, to become an efficient leader, you must be self-motivated.”

Tips to Become (and Stay) Motivated

  • Create a plan
  • Set goals
  • Celebrate your achievements
  • Adopt the “take one bite of the apple at a time” concept
  • Get a support or accountability group
  • Keep the “big picture” in mind
  • Remember your WHY. The reason WHY you started your business or went back to school

Facebook Response to the question,” How do you motivate yourself when you just AIN’T feeling it.”

I had to include a few of the many Facebook responses from yesterday’s post of people sharing how they motivate themselves. May these responses encourage you. See below…

“I thought to myself, will this serve me to stay in this bed or does it better me to get going [to the gym].” ~ Amanda

“Let Go and Let God” ~ Angel

“Call Your [Life/Business] Coach” ~ Darla

“Think of my goals that I have set personally…” ~ Armilla

“Get up and pray for God to renew my mindset.” ~ Chanelle

“I just do it despite how I feel until it becomes clockwork” ~ Tasha

“I say affirmations, journal or put on music…” ~ La Shay

“I put on praise and worship” ~ Alicia

“Drive through impoverished communities” ~ Dr. Arrickia

“Play music as loud as I can” ~ Cookie

“Keep repeating positive thoughts and affirmations…” ~ Vivien

“Pray” ~ Azure

“…at the end of the day, it really isn’t about you, it’s about the other persons that need you to THRIVE & WIN” ~ Sheya

In closing, I ask you WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION? I would love to get your feedback and comments.

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Kamala Harris for President??

On this day Monday, January 21, 2019, when we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., I wake up to read the HuffPost article, “Kamala Harris Is Running For President In 2020.”

Say what?? California Senator Kamala Harris (Democrat) decided to make it official and run for president.

Yaaaaasssssss!!!! I’m so here for it!!!

The article quoted one of Senator Harris’ motivations for her decision to run for president as,

“I love my country,” Harris told ABC. “This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”

Kamala Harris for President sure sounds good to me.

Who is Kamala Harris?

From CNBC article,“Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris Jumps Into 2020 White House Race,” Harris, 54, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, enters the race with the potential advantage of being the Democratic candidate who looks most like the party’s increasingly diverse base of young, female and minority voters.

You may only have seen how classy and strong Senator Harris handled herself during the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If you haven’t seen those online Facebook or YouTube videos, then check her out.

I’m excited about Senator Harris’ decision; however, I want to know YOUR thoughts on Kamala Harris’ bid for president in 2020.

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Comfort is Killing Your Dreams

Ain’t that the truth?! I saw this on Broadcast Journalist, Shaun Robinson’s LinkedIN page.

“Comfort is killing your dreams” is a beautiful reminder to step outside our comfort zone, take risks, and move in faith.

There was a time when I could see this type of post, agree with it, but never launch into new territory. Not anymore. I’m not saying everyone is supposed to live on the edge, yet encouraging you to be empowered to color outside the lines.

Remember, even a small step in the right direction is a good thing.

Be encouraged and let’s encourage one another to MOVE AWAY from comfort.

Don’t let comfort kill your dreams.

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Micromanagers are killers…

Especially in the workplace, micromanagers can kill motivation, creativity, and overall productivity.

It’s safe to say that a micromanager is one whose management style is obsessively controlling of the creativity and freedom of their staff or subordinate. It is one who has an “it’s my way or the highway” managing style.

When I think of a micromanager, specific thoughts and terms come to mind:

  • Control freak
  • Insecure
  • Lacks confident in their management role
  • Ineffective
  • BossZILLA
  • So annoying!!!

I saw a Somee card graphic/meme online states, ” I perform better under strict micromanagement, said NO employee ever.” After I LAUGHED OUT LOUD (for real), I thought about the sad reality of that sarcastic meme that many good employees are faced 40+ hours a week. A few questions come to my mind when I think of micromanagers in the workplace, like:

  • Do these people, identified as micromanagers, know they are micromanaging their subordinates?;
  • Is executive leadership aware of the micromanagers who are driving employees crazy and stealing the organization’s productivity?
  • Is it possible, micromanagers see their style as strategic and effective to their employer and staff retention?

I’ve read articles that offer ways for the affected staff member(s) to change their approach in dealing with the “micromanager”, but none that suggest how leadership assesses and fixes the problem of how micromanagers are killing motivation, creativity, and productivity. Is there help for good employees who HATE coming to work and have increased absenteeism just for their own sanity?

Do organizations understand the COST OF A BAD BOSS? Have you experienced having a micromanager or were you ever told you were a micromanager? COMMENT BELOW…

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