I notice the masses allow celebrities to have too much influence on their lives. A lot of it has to do with the media as well, but mainly I see people putting celebrities on pedestals they haven’t earned. It’s ok to appreciate someone’s art, music, acting etc.., but that doesn’t make them authorities on all things. Learn to think for yourself. Just because a person is famous, it doesn’t mean they’re smarter than you.
Life is full of ups and downs. How one reacts to those ups and downs are key. We only think about how we would handle a dire situation, but we rarely discuss how to handle our success or victories in everyday life. I fully believe you should stay even keel whether you win or lose. There is a fine line between cockiness and confidence. Cockiness can put you in a situation that you are not ready to handle. Yes, there is pressure that comes with winning. Pressure to keep winning, to keep racking up those victories. Just understand, sometimes a loss is a lesson that needed to be learned. Stay even.
Taught from books of the same bias, trained by caucasians of the same prejudices or by Negroes of enslaved minds, one generation of Negro teachers after another have served for no higher purpose than to do what they are told to do. In other words, a Negro teacher instructing Negro children is in many respects a white teacher thus engaged, for the program in each case is about the same.
Warfare is the Way (Tao) of deception. Thus although you are capable, display incapability to them. When committed to employing your forces, feign inactivity. When (your objective) is nearby, make it appear as if distant; when far away, create the illusion of being nearby
Sun Tzu, Art of War
One of the most insidious and pervasive symptoms of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is our adoption of the slave master’s value system. At this value system’s foundation is the belief that white and all things associated with whiteness are superior; and that black and all things associated with blackness are inferior. Through the centuries of slavery and the decades of institutionalized oppression that followed, many African Americans have, in essence, been socialized to be something akin to white racists. Many of us have adopted the attitudes and views of a white, racist America. Many of us see ourselves, and our community through a white lens. We both mold ourselves to accommodate white prejudices and endeavor to adopt their standards.
Dr. Joy Degruy, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
People listen not necessarily because of the truth being communicated in the message, but because of their respect for the speaker.
John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership