One of my favorite things to do is to get lost in a good book. A good urban fiction novel has been my go-to when I need a mental break or an escape to some place outside of my reality. However, as my journey from employee to entrepreneur becomes more real, the types of books I desire to read has changed. Less concerned with simply being entertained or distracted, I have been purchasing books that empower me to tap into my inner entrepreneur, motivate and/or encourage me to pursue my dreams.
I recently read “Black Privilege” by Charlamagne Tha God and it was a great read.
Born in the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Charlamagne chronicles his journey from small town nerd turned gangsta and eventually turned media superstar. As a young woman pursuing a career in media as an aspiring radio personality, reading his book was like reading the blueprint to radio success. Known for his blunt and oftentimes offensive delivery, Charlamagne was sincerely candid about his upbringing and the many obstacles he faced. Ultimately, he overcame theses hurdles to reach a level of success within the mass media community.
One of my favorite gems that he mentioned in “Black Privilege”, was not to adopt the “no new friends” attitude. A few years back Drake released a song in which the chorus discouraged the idea of making new friends and so many people took the lyrics of he song and treated it as if it were the Holy Gospel. Charlamagne however highlighted why that mentality can have disastrous results. When on the pursuit of your dreams, you oftentimes lose “friends” or people that you expected to share in the journey with you. Those people are removed so that new people can enter. Those new people will help in pushing you towards your goals and dreams. They will provide access to places you may not have been able to get to prior to meeting them. I valued that information because one of the hardest things I’ve endured while pursuing my dreams was accepting that everyone would not be able to join me. There are friendships that I never wanted to sever, but they were necessary in order for my elevation.
If you’re looking for inspiration and motivation, I strongly urge you to check out “Black Privilege” as it’s a great read from an unlikely source.