How to get 10,000 Instagram followers in 3 months

I had an idea to start a motivational instagram account for skateboarders in the spring. A few months before that, the idea of “niche” became my latest obsession. Niche businesses, niche marketing, niche nonprofits and niche ideas. Instagram accounts devoted to entrepreneurship and motivation were taking off. I felt like the skateboarding side of social media needed to have a personal development twist to it. Instagram …

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The Gift of Time

I’m writing this post from Hong Kong. I here because I was invited to participate in a professional exchange program sponsored by the US State Department, University of Connecticut, and Hong Kong Baptist University. I’m here to learn from and job shadow professionals in the sports and youth development field. It’s part cultural exchange/understanding – part professional development. I’ll write …

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The End Of The Year Motivational Strategy

The end of the year for most of the world is a great thing. It’s the holiday season. Gifts. Family. Holiday bonuses. Time off. But to someone who runs a non profit, this is probably the most stressful time of the year. For years, I’ve run around feeling crazed right before the holidays. There’s a lot of pressure to take advantage …

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What Nelson Mandela Would Do

As the world knows, the great Nelson Mandela passed away. Much has been said about how amazing and great man he was. My first real understanding of who he was occurred when I was 25 years old. I had just just started my first business, NinjaWorks, and was over my old business partner’s apartment. She loved to watch Oprah at …

Innovate or Die

Call it my personality or a characteristic of an entrepreneur, but I don’t like doing things the same way from year to year… Especially if business strategies and programs are not working. I realized this years ago when STOKED’s one on one program model was hitting a road block. We couldn’t grow and it was taking to much resources to …

Killing Your Non Profit

It’s such a funny title. Killing your non profit. This title reminds me about a meeting I had with 10 top non profit consultants. As I was telling them my challenges, one of the guys asks me, “How long do you want your organization to be around?” I responded, “Until all low income and underserved students have the same opportunities …

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What gets you up in the morning

Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest Cheetah or it will be killed. Every morning a Cheetah wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Cheetah or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d …

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Jewish Mom

When I was younger, my Haitian born mother told me to always be friends with Jewish people. “They’re good people!” she would say. Weird statement. Well you see as an immigrant woman coming to the United States in the 1960s, I can only gather that since she was judged for being different that it became only natural for her to …

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Screw Business as Usual

I just finished Screw Business as Usual by Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group. Every now and then there’s book that speaks to where your head is right now and Screw Business As Usual definitely does. At the root of Branson’s book is an idea called Capitalism 24902. 24902 miles is the circumference of the earth and this …