We’re only weeks away from stepping into a new year, and just in case you’re on the fence about whether to launch your new website or to revamp your current website, I want to answer the question rolling around in your mind: Does your business or brand really need an online presence?
It’s simple. Yes! Everyone is online, including your potential clients/customers. 9 out of 10 people receive news and updates via online and social media. These news stories and social media posts are linked to a website hosting the content they’re interested in reading or learning more about.
Some of the clients I’ve met with initially believed that all they needed was a Facebook page or an Instagram account for their business/brand, but failed to realize that if they desire to be taken seriously, they had to come to grips with the fact that social media is for sharing information and building bonds. Yes it brings awareness to your business, but it’s not necessarily for building and sustaining a business. It’s like when you go to the dearlership to purchase your dream vehicle, and you continue to park it there instead of driving it home and parking in your own driveway for others to see. The dealership served an important purpose, but now you can show that shiny new *insert your dream car here* off on your own terms! You get to test the full capabilities of that car that you weren’t able to do on the test drive. I’m sure you get my point.
Yes you may see some who do this, and possibly draw great attention, but the downside is that once the potential customer or client sees enough on social media they’re going to ask, “What’s your website? How can I learn more about your company? Where’s your physical address listed so I can come by and pick up more items? Do you have online gift cards so I can send it my sister in Georgia?”
Do you see where I’m going with this? If you don’t have a website, you’re going to miss out on A LOT of awesome clients and customers primed and ready to support your brand or business, who will then find a similar company who does have all of the above available at the click of a button.
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Ebony S. Muhammad is the publisher of Hurt2Healing Magazine and specializes in web design and digital publishing.
As a lover of all things Hip Hop, in the true sense of the word, I was definitely looking forward to the release of Puff’s “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story” documentary. The film includes the Bad Boy reunion tour that featured just about every artist of the Bad Boy label over the span of 20 years. With the surge and oversaturation of biopics, it was refreshing to see the struggle and success of Puff in his own words that included the good, the bad and the uncut look into his life.
As one who followed the growth and incomprehensible success of Bad Boy, I was on the edge of my seat watching as each artist reunited after 16 years. For me, seeing the group Total come together for the first time in that amount of years was definitely a highlight. To see how much everyone has grown personally and spiritually was inspiring! Puff gives the viewer a full view of 20 years worth of hardcore and relentless hunger for success in a little under an hour and a half! To watch him sit with each of his artists to clear up any lingering animosity was truly a side we don’t get to see of him that I appreciated. He did a lot of conflict resolution, especially between Lil’ Kim and Faith Evans. That was one of the most beautiful moments.
Puff described his childhood, including the moment that sparked his hunger for success and the decision he made to himself to have more and be more than he was at that moment.
Although 97% of the Bad Boy family was present in preparation for the reunion tour, there was the exception of Craig Mack who turned his life over to religion and declined to join the tour. It was the same with Shyne, after he served his 6 year prison sentence. I did appreciate the fact that we were able to listen in to the conversation between Craig Mack and a member of the Bad Boy management when he was attempting to get Mack to change his mind. We were also given a glimpse of Shyne in his religious garb praying.
The most obvious void was that of Notorious B.I.G. who was beautifully honored throughout the entire documentary. Various artist narrated aspects of Biggie’s life and his impact on Bad Boy and Hip Hop in general. I absolutely enjoyed viewing the never-before-unseen footage of BIG.
Aspects of what took place between BIG and Tupac that spiraled into a coast to coast feud was respectfully placed within the documentary, with Puff and others detailing their account of how it all happened. Lil’ Cease and members of Total also recounted the moments leading up to BIG’s murder. Carl Thomas described what seeing Puff a couple of weeks after the funeral was like. He described how he looked into his eyes and saw nothing, like no one was there. Simultaneously, footage of Puff sitting in a chair staring into the space in front of him was shown. It was one of the heaviest moments of the documentary, but it was the realist and most vulnerable views I’ve ever seen of him.
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop gives the viewer the intimate moments of Puff’s life as well as how he critiques himself as an artist and business owner. It shares his view about what he described as “Black excellence”. We are given “a day in the life of” Sean Combs, the Bad Boy family and how they prepare for a tour of this magnitude. It was as if I were watching the Hip Hop version of “This Is It” with Michael Jackson. One of Puff’s desires is that he sought to help make everyone around him the best version of themselves as artists and people.
Artists such as Jay Z and Nas are featured describing their first impressions of Puff early in his career. Lauriean Gibson, who initially started as one of Puff’s dancers/choreographers, is now his creative director and narrated what he and the brand Bad Boy have meant to her and her career.
If you’re a true fan of Hip Hop and Bad Boy, you will find yourself time traveling throughout the 20 + years of their journey. Major congrats to P. Diddy and the whole Bad Boy family for giving us “another one” *in my Biggie voice*!
If you haven’t seen Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, be sure to check it out! It is available to view on iTunes! Click below to watch the trailer.
By Adam Davis
If you look close enough, you will see the faces of miserable human beings stuck behind a counter, in a cubicle or working some other job sucking the life out of them. I get it. I know there are jobs and people have to do them. However, my early adult life was squandered by frequently changing jobs. Maybe this was the result of diving head-first into life at the age of 18, or maybe it was the fact I was trying to find fulfillment and success in a place I was never meant to be. You see, entrepreneurs don’t understand the drive behind a 9-to-5 and those who drive the 9-to-5 don’t understand the entrepreneur.
There was a time when my goal was to stay with a particular job for at least five years — since longevity in a single job was the measuring stick of success in my community. What success is there if we stay in a job for half our life, and we are miserable? Maybe you made a lot of money, had a lot of perks and great fringe benefits, but does it matter if you’re not fulfilled?
We live in a world of opportunity. Literally, anything is possible. There is a caveat, however. You are required to put in the work. While this sounds cliche, it goes a little deeper. We’ve heard the phrases “Live your dreams” and “Never quit.” The deeper meaning of this lies in the action. All the dreams, plans and goals are useless if we never take action. Taking action, in and of itself, is not enough. Strategic action is the key to success.
In my day-to-day interactions, I hear people claim they will reach their goals “one day” or be debt free “one day.” We sit in our cubicles and talk about starting a business one day, having a life of freedom one day or even being in better physical health one day.
Average people see the goal they want to attain but fail to take action to achieve it. While there are many different factors involved, planning and action are the two keys that separate the elite from the average in any area of life. Some ambitious entrepreneurs have a tendency to see the end result, get excited about it, and then fizzle out with talking — no action taken. The single greatest key to achieving success involves thorough planning and strategic action. Without either being executed, the chance of success is significantly lower.
In his book, Do Over, Jon Acuff writes, “Dreaming is fun. Future results are enjoyable to talk about. Present efforts are not.”
For me, being unemployed nearly 10 years ago seemed like rock bottom, and there was nothing fun about it. It was one of the darkest and heaviest times of my life. It was my understanding we were supposed to punch a clock most of our life, spending thousands of hours working at a job we don’t love to create a life that is average.
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, and, I would say, there’s nothing wrong with envisioning grand future results. However, I believe it to be necessary that we also temper those expectations to the amount of work we are willing to invest.
This was definitely one of many inspiring moments for me today as Brother Linton and myself went door to door in the Southeast Houston streets.
As we were wrapping up and heading back to our vehicle, this 23-year-old brother was walking in our direction from the nearby store. Like always, we were eager to introduce ourselves to him. We had an awesome dialogue about overcoming life struggles, the injustice system of America, finding purpose and more. While sharing with us a few legal roadblocks he’s battling to overcome, he talked about his interest in being a boxer and the training he’s been doing. I then shared with how the same way a skilled boxer knows how to take and give punches, that’s the same way the Black man has to be in a world bent on beating him down. I told him what he’s battling with is not a TKO, but just a “jab” that may have stung him; but true champions shake it off, make the necessary adjustments and deliver counter punches!! We encouraged him to stay in the “ring” of life!! He expressed gratitude for our conversation and we thanked him for his time. We exchanged information and looking forward to connecting with him further. A champion in the making!!
Don’t sleep on this generation!! This is fuel to stay in the streets! Praise be to Allah!
We are taught to “never burn bridges”, which is true given the context. However, there is a reverse to this and there are bridges that need to burn, not only with toxic people but with ideals and beliefs that no longer serve to improve or aid in our growth/development. There are people who have made or still make us believe the worst about ourselves, and unfortunately we buy into it. Those are bridges that need to burn. Our oppressors, suppressors, abusers, enemies to our well being; those are bridges that need to burn. Our past or painful experiences from our past; those are bridges that deserve to burn. May those bridges burn and light the way to who and what we were born to be.
Honestly I am glad it happened. To show you how Allah (God) works, miraculously the layoff came a day before I was going to put in my two weeks’ notice. The reason I was putting in my two weeks’ notice in the first place was that I was tired of Corporate America and was going to work for myself 100% for the rest of my life. Back in June of this year I made a move from one company to another large company in order to become their Senior Accountant. I was enticed by the pay, benefits, and the challenge. However, as many of you know, I also had my own accounting and financial management business going as well. My previous job allowed me the flexibility to be able to pull this off. But at the back of my mind I knew that I would be more fulfilled if I worked for myself 100%.
When I took the new job in June I was responsible for the accounting/financial management on a 29 property Class A commercial real estate portfolio based on the East Coast. After about two months I then took over another portfolio for some real estate investors based in Germany for the company. Needless to say the stress, lack of sleep and time with family was piling on. I eventually had to let my own business endeavors go in order to continue building someone else’s dream.
At the beginning of November I began to become very despondent and fed up. It showed in my work. After all I was working past five o’clock every day, and during month-end-close, I was pulling 10 and 12 hour days for a week. Quality time with my family was gone and my relationship with friends was suffering. The nature of corporate America is that the better you perform the more is heaped on you with no extra compensation. This may not be true in all professions within the corporate environment, but I have been in Management and Accounting positions and I know it is true for these positions.
In summary, I began to call brothers I knew who were entrepreneurs. I seriously wanted to quit and work for myself regardless of how much or less money I made. I knew I would be more fulfilled and whole as a person. I was getting some excellent advice. I knew Allah (God) was guiding me every step of the way. The true realization came during the Eid Khutbah (presentation) by Imam Wazir Ali. After his introduction and praising Allah (God), he began talking about the need for us to become self-employed! He talked about how it would give us the flexibility to attend important community events without feeling pressured. I was saying to myself, “Khalis you are blessed with numerous talents, you just finished your Masters in Business Administration, you know how to build businesses!” I was also listening to Imam Faheem Shuaibe’s (Oakland,CA) latest talks on Urban Economic Prosperity here :http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/10355594. Previously, I was held back by what holds everyone back, FEAR. Would I make enough money soon enough to be able to support my family without depleting emergency savings, etc? After the Eid presentation, many duas and with the full backing and support of my wife, I had decided to put my letter of resignation in Friday (yesterday). Little did I know I would get called in on Thursday to be laid off. On Tuesday at the masjid, I was talking with another brother that was “laid off” recently. We were talking about the importance of self employment as a result of Imam Wazir brief comments about it.
After being called into HR (Human Resources) office I was given my notice. “Khalis we know you are a very hard worker, but you have been kind of out of it lately. You have really been struggling lately. You missed a very important deadline on Tuesday with our German investors and this is unacceptable. We are going to have to let you go.” (I was acting like I was sad on the outside but boy was I jumping for joy.) “We will allow you to get unemployment compensation and will give you an additional two weeks of pay.” (Oh Allah thank you!)
The deadline I missed was on Tuesday (Eid Adha). I did actually forget about it, so that is my fault. I went back to the office on Tuesday late and got the financial report finished emailed to Germany. I worked until about 8P.M. that day. This is when I made the decision to resign on Friday.
I am truly grateful. I came home that day and said, “Honey guess what?!, I got laid off!” We laughed jumped up and down and thanked Allah (God). Some would say we are crazy as hell. I know that unemployment will only pay about 50% of what I was actually making. I am not worried, as I will just have to simplify, tighten the budget and work hard at building business. I thought it would be a great story to add to the story book of my life, but most importantly to encourage you to never stop trusting and having faith in Allah (God). Push your children to not just graduate from college and get a job, but encourage them into entrepreneurship, education, nonprofit work or the humanities. They will be more fulfilled. Allah (God) has given me the ability to take back my time and my life.
If you have an entrepreneurial streak in you, go for it.
“If you trust in Allah as it ought to be, He will provide sustenance for you as He provides sustenance for the bird which goes forth early in the morning with hunger in its belly but returns in the evening with its stomach full.” – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
Originally published 4.27.09
â€œIâ€™ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. Iâ€™ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times Iâ€™ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. Iâ€™ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.â€ – Michael Jordan
Originally published 3.9.09
On Sunday, March 8, countries around the world observed International Women’s Day and a major gathering of powerful women leaders took place in Liberia on the eve of the celebration.
International Women’s Day was declared in 1910 by the German socialist leader Clara Zetkin and was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1975.
Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean told the crowd in Liberia that “I’m telling you: give women the means to react and you will see less violence, you will see the end of sickness and illiteracy because women never forget that life is the most precious thing”, according to Agence France Presse.
Her Excellency also said,” Exclude women and you will fail”.
In Canada, according to AP, an Assembly of First Nations leaders acknowledged in a release the UN’s 2009 global theme to end violence against women and voiced support for the call by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to urgently execute thorough investigations of the more than 500 cases of missing or slain aboriginal women.
Throughout history there have been millions of people who have been called a leader to the point that the title has lost value. Why? Because when you take the time to read some of their biographies there is no sign of leadership qualities in their existence on the Earth.
Today, youth are confused over what makes a true leader versus a fraud because they believe that a person who can excite a crowd with eloquent words is a leader but they are gravely mistaken. External dress attire is not the key nor is it the amount of money in oneâ€™s pocket. Bookstores are filled to the roof with books on leadership, management and influence but one critical element excluded from most best-sellers is service.
Contrary to popular belief, the true measure of a leader is based upon how well that person serves other people and not themselves. Imagine going to a restaurant and you see spots on your fork, dirt in your water, soil on your napkin and the food taste horrible. Then politely you asked the waiter to correct your issues and he or she tells you â€œThatâ€™s not my problem!â€. How would you feel? Would you go back to that restaurant? Would you recommend it to your friends? Of course not, because you have high expectations of service.
Letâ€™s flip this scenario. What if you went into that same restaurant and were giving the waiter a hard time. You complain about any little thing but all the waiter kept replying was â€˜Yes sir. I will handle that for youâ€™. How would you feel then? You would probably feel awful because the pleasantness of that waiter over powered your arrogance. Service is the key element to be a leader.
Whether you are the high school football captain, the head cheerleader, the college student body president, or sitting at the helm of a major corporation, you can not call yourself a leader if it is not rooted in serving the people whom you claim to lead.
There are no born leaders but they are developed. The acquisition of knowledge is a never ending life journey so one great writer said â€œevery time I meet someone he or she is my superior in some wayâ€. Meaning there is always someone under you that can teach you something because we are all uniquely created. There are no two raindrops, snowflakes or blades of grace made alike hence all human beings have inner qualities that we can all absorb energy from like a covalent bond.
Service is defined as a contribution to the welfare of others, the work performed by one who serves and a helpful act. You canâ€™t be a servant if you think you are better than the next man or judgmental towards people based upon their lack of material possessions. When was the last time you gave a person a compliment? How about a thank you card? Fed the homeless? Visited an elderly shelter? Inspired someone to be better? Mentored a youth? Or just said thank you?
Leaders of a business go into the trenches with their employees to make sure they are meeting their needs so they can produce for the company. A head coach knows how to bring out the best in his players to create championships teams. Are you a servant of the people? Thatâ€™s the true measure of leadership and it takes time to qualify oneself to be declared one.
But if you have to say you are one, then more than likely you are probably not.
Take this Leadership Appraisal!
(Please rate the following questions with: 1-Always 2-Usually 3-Sometimes 4-Rarely)
1. Do you put the needs of your subordinates above your own?____
2. Do you visualize or identify what is necessary for the long-term success of your organization?___
3. Do you regularly involve those under you in planning for the future?___
4. Do you encourage and inspire everyone to give his or her best?
5. Do you assist others in satisfying their needs?____
6. Do you hold people accountable for their actions?____
7. Do you treat everyone in a fair but firm manner?____
8. Do you set realistic performance standards?____
9. Do you insist on excellence?____
10. Do you keep your word?____
11. Do you give credit to those who give great suggestions?____
12. Do you bring out the best in others around you?____
13. Do you award achievement of those under you?____
14. Are you humble when dealing with others?____
15. Do you keep subordinates informed?____
16. Do you listen carefully to others?____
17. Do you establish deadlines for yourself?____
18. Do you own up to your mistakes?____
19. Do you maintain an open mind to others ideas?____
20. Do you maintain a pleasant and cheerful attitude?____