Hey everybody. So, recently I had the opportunity to speak on this panel in DC, and one of the questions asked was “What do you want your legacy to be?” Now, I knew before hand this was going to be one of the questions, but it still took a minute to answer. What I told the moderator was: I want to be known for helping others and building better communities through communication.
I believe I do a good job of this with the urban news outlet You Gon Get This News Mane and my graphic design firm Three(i) Creative Communications, but I wanted to see how I can do this on a more consistent basis and touch more people. Here’s what I’ve come up with.
A weekly blog where I give you a few tips - advice, referrals, coupons to Mc, etc. - that could be of service to your week, or maybe even better, your life. You know, like insider trading.
At the panel, one of the panelist stated that our community loves to “start from the bottom” - as if it builds character or provide cool points. I personally don’t believe we have to start from “a dollar and a dream,” especially with the wealth of information amongst us all put together. So here’s a few weekly tips to aid in breaking that outdated cycle. Hope you like it!
Insider Tip 1: No Is Not Enough
A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine provided a book recommendation. It was a new book by social activist and filmmaker Naomi Klein. I’ve been seeing her name a lot on social media for her stance against economic injustice, so my colleague had my attention. The book is called “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics And Winning The World We Need.” In this book, Klein attempts to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. She also attempts to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. And the book becomes a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future. I definitely believe this is a book to take a stab at this week, and maybe one day, we can set up coffee and talk about it.
Insider Tip 2: When Dating, Cheap Dates Are The Best Dates
So, I’ve been in a relationship for a minute, and what I’ve found out is that going on cheap dates doesn’t unlock the feelings of insecurity, but instead unlocks a man’s creativity (which can reduce stress and build self-confidence.) Recently, I grabbed my camera and told my partner to pack a few different outfit options: we’re going on a photoshoot around the city. I had recently looked up dope places to snap up, and picked a few I knew she would love. This Sunday Funday turned out amazing - she got to feel like a model, I got to work on my photography skills, we saw three new attractions in DC, and we only spent $10 bucks on gas. Now, do I want to go on date night in Italy, sure. But until then, those cheap creative dates are here to stay.
Insider Tip 3: What’s the best money? Free money!
If you know me, you know that I’m cheap. Ok, maybe not that cheap, but I'm really good wit budgeting. And I’m always looking to become more financially literate. One journey that I embarked on this year was investing. Yeah, I know a lot of us fear the word stock, and have no clue what a REIT is but hell, I didn’t mind being the hood’s lab rat. Since March, I’ve been investing and trading stocks on this really cool app called Robinhood. There’s no minimum fee or payment to purchase stocks like other broker sites, so I hopped on. Well recently, they announced one heck of a referral program. If you get someone to join Robinhood, you both will receive a free stock. At first I ignored it because I just knew it had a catch - but it doesn't! I’ve helped over twenty people this week start their journey in learning how the stock market works - with the help of a free stock. If you’re still a little cautious about investing, cool. But hell, there’s no risk if the investment is free. Sign up here: http://share.robinhood.com/kennetw118. If you don’t like it, sell the stock (after two days I believe) and walk away with the cash. You’re welcome.