Showing posts with label mentors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mentors. Show all posts

Monday, November 12, 2012

Salute to Nommo X

I have to start this by saluting the men who have blazed a path in my life. I will do this in order and then I will dive in to this tribute. First I have to give shots out to my grandfather Cleven Brown who taught me to care and take care of my family (RIP). Next in line I have to say thank you to the person who this article is about Nommo X. Nommo then introduced me to Dr. Moriba Kelsey the founder of APDS, and the Tawi Village. Through Dr. Kelsey and Nommo I met Dr. Lewis Dodley entrepreneur and the Baba of the Simba Nation. Through Baba Dodley I was introduced to Gaylord Thomas. These men have shaped me through the fire of their love into who I am today. You may never hear about these men but they are in my pantheon of greatness. When I needed fatherly guidance each of these men gave it to me in their own way.
Nommo X was a historian, warrior, entrepreneur, and a all around great man. He was a mentor that accepted you where you were and helped moved you to where you needed to be. Although he was a force he never forced me to make a decision, but he gave me the information and encouraged me to come to my own decision. Nommo was one of the kindess men I knew and the whole time I knew him, he always tried to make sure I was alright. Although he often would threaten me (hahahaa) he always did it in love. He use to tell me that he had one good slam left in him and if I got out of hand he would use it on me. Unfortunately I never got to feel the slam, I one time was playing to much and he got hold of me and it felt like my wrist was caught in a vice. I know you may be confused because I said he was kind, but any time he threatened me it was because I was losing focus and messing up. One time while I was suffering from a heart break in college and was considering quiting school and joining the navy, he looked at me very seriously and told me he would snipe me himself before he would let me take my mind and what I knew to the navy. He told me I would get over it, and of course he was right.
Nommo was a lecturer and he use to take me with him sometimes as security when he traveled. Those are some of my foundess memories. Nommo would lecture for hours and I watched each time and it got to a point where I could do his slide presentation because I studied him. He could make the audience gasp, or laugh. Nommo was good at what he did. I remember being so proud that he selected me for the trips he sometime went on.
Nommo will be missed because if there was no Nommo X there would be no ha2tim. So I salute you big bra... I wish you a peaceful journey. See you when the Horn of War (Akoben) is sounded for me.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sending Props to Seth Godin

On this Journey you have to sometimes adjust your trajectory. You sometimes end up on a dead end trail, because the Journey is about gaining the experience so that you can share what you know. At these times it is good to humble yourself and admit that you are lost. What I have found in life is  that when you let your ego go and ask the universe for help, something always appears. Sometimes it's a book, a map, gift, and if you are lucky  a person.
During one of my lost moments, I happened to be on TED.com looking for videos. This is when I ran into Seth Godin's presentation entitled "The Tribes We Lead". He presented answer to questions I had been wrestling with. I suggested that those on the Journey check the video out. Now I want to send props for a few major things I learned from @sethgodin:

1. I was not trying to build organizations, but Tribes. It was something I had being doing but did not know what to call it. By being introduced to this idea, I have changed the way I organize. Rather than trying to get large groups I have learned to be content with small serious groups with similar passions and Ideas.

2. After watching him on TED I joined his mailing list and now  receive between 1-3 emails a day. I enjoy reading and by reading I have gained this insight. A GOOD BLOG DOES NOT HAVE TO BE LONG, it does not have to be life changing, and  it does not have to be perfect. On the other hand you have to passionate about what it is you do write about, and if you do have a insight that is "Earth Shaking" then turn it into a manifesto.

3. I can be a successful writer by self publishing, and the strangest idea yet.... I don't have to get paid for my books I just need to perfect developing Idea viruses and sneeze.....haaaachu..... got.

In my book "Player's Pyramid"  I discuss the need to find mentors, and models for what it is you want to accomplish. Once again I asked the Universe for help and I definitely  received it.