UNSOLICITED ADVICE: Show them who you are!
In the iconic film Black Panther, the main character T'challa was growing weary during his fight with M'baku. Every powerful blow delivered seemed like the one that would lead to Black Panther's defeat. Fellow tribe members oohed, awed and cheered for his triumphant but nothing was more inspiring than his Mother's words..."Show them who you are!" Bellowed from the depths of her diaphragm, Queen Mother was reminding T'challa to stand in his truth!
On this journey of building your business you will encounter many challenges, your throne will be threatened not by a rival business but by time management, multiple tasks and unexpected outcomes. Too often we focus on the barriers that exist and not the strength that will be develop overcoming. Like T'challa we may need a reminder, a moment to reflect on all that we posses within ourselves.
At every stage of business, you will have to level up! Learn a new skill, application or process. Blaming external forces for every dilemma is a mentality that will keep you stagnant. You're not being told to ignore the barriers, systemic oppression, socio-economic hurdles and unlawful practices have deferred dreams for far too long. However, we have to allow it to be our fuel, our vibranium.
Recent trips to South Africa (long flights and watching Black Panther multiple times) have renewed my desire to explore who I am and have empowered me as a business owner! Various schools of thought feed my curiosity about my origins but one thing I know for sure is that my legacy does not begin in bondage mentally, spiritually or physically. My strong desire to be an entrepreneur, collaborate and see others thrive stems from my roots of tribalism and royalty.
When you're feeling weary, stripped of your power and questioning your next move listen to that voice of resilience. The ails that are seemingly present to defeat you in the moment are opportunities to prepare for whats ahead. What you refuse to face directly will unpleasantly return to challenge you. Go beyond your comfort zone and show the world who you are!