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The Continuous Quest for Self Improvement

the journey is the destination

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Are you on a continuous quest for self improvement? I believe we all are! Who wants to remain exactly as they were 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, even last year? The goal is to be that little bit better today than we were the day before.

Admittedly sometimes that is easier said than done but there are many people out there who can help point us in the right direction. Take Richard Branson founder of Virgin Atlantic for example: a successful entrepreneur and one of many persons not only with a knack for knowing how to make things happen but who is always on a quest for making his life the best life possible.

Thanks to www.biography. com for offering a synopsis of his bio here:

“Born on July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, Richard Branson struggled in school and dropped out at age 16—a decision that ultimately lead to the creation of Virgin Records. His entrepreneurial projects started in the music industry and expanded into other sectors making Branson a billionaire. His Virgin Group holds more than 200 companies, including the recent Virgin Galactic, a space-tourism company. Branson is also known for his adventurous spirit and sporting achievements, including crossing oceans in a hot air balloon.” Read more

Whether we are employees, retired, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms or dads (is that term even still used today???); whether we are young or old or middle-aged, let’s be on the quest to make this one life we have the best ever … because if Richard Branson can do it then so can we!

Wisdom from Richard Branson

 

Food for Thought
Are you on a quest too? How successful have you been? Do you have any mentors who hold your hand (whether literally or figuratively) just when you need it most? And what do you do to make your life the best it can be? Leave me a comment or two and feel free to share Richard Branson’s words of wisdom with others. Now go out and make it happen 🙂

“Listen, I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better. You get better.” ~ Joan Rivers

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How Good is Becky’s Hair Really?

So there’s been quite a lot of huffing and puffing about Beyonce’s new album “Lemonade”. I haven’t heard it as yet but I am aware of the comments being made about the reference in one of her songs to “Becky with the Good Hair” (in addition to whether Jay-Z did or did not cheat on her).

As a Caribbean woman I wondered what exactly defined ‘good hair’ … how much kink should my hair have or not have? Is it a percentage, a ratio of kinkiness to non-kinkiness?

But let’s take a quick look at an exceprt from Translating ‘Becky with the Good Hair‘ an article written by Alexis Chateau who notes: “For most Black women, our hair is still a part of that daily struggle – especially in an era where personal appearances mean so much. Our friends of other ethnic groups and mixes can easily throw their hair into a ponytail in five seconds. But our frizzy hair obeys no law and no man.”

This my friend is very very true. My hair is chemically straightened because it’s thicker than thick and I honestly don’t have a lot of time to spend on it … but the frizz is stubborn! It does not like to be controlled. I have used super holding gels, hair sprays, conditioners; people, my frizz is ‘hair’ to stay. It can take me hours to style it with a curling iron, knowing full well that in the end the frizz will still win out but does all of this mean my hair is not good? I mean it’s healthy and strong. I am not going bald. It’s long enough (I suppose) and I can quickly get it into a bun aka it’s 95% almost permanent state … so is that not good?

Well I continue to ponder I invite you to read Alexis’ article in full and then leave a comment with your thoughts. Maybe you never even thought about your hair before “Lemonade” … I didn’t really but I’m thinking that’s all good 🙂

 


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All Are NOT Chosen: Perspective of an Olympic Hopeful

Ready for the gym | Photo by Gale E

Photo by Gale E

 

The Olympics will soon be here! Are you excited? Well I am for sure!

I am going to be glued to my television 24/7 watching the athletes run, swim, jump, throw. I will have goose bumps whenever they raise the flag of the winner’s country in victory, after all the years of sacrifice and training and tears.

But one thing I never considered before today: the true feelings of those who never make it to Olympia. Because in reality I can train and compete, and train and compete some more but even though I may get very close to being selected, the reality remains that for one reason or another I may never ever see my dream fulfilled.

Just for the record, I am not an athlete. I never will be. Most days I struggle to make it to the gym or hit the streets for a quick run far less become involved in an intense dedicated training programme. I have never represented any of my schools in sports. I have trained and competed in 5K and 10K races as an adult in another life but never won a single race. I have never represented my country in sports; I have never been and will never be an Olympian. This means I honestly cannot speak to the pain or disappointment of giving up so much but not getting to sing my anthem as my country’s flag is raised in full view of a gazillion people.

And that’s the very reason why I am sharing the post below by Beckie, an “international hockey player and aspiring writer“. This is someone who knows, and knows well, that although many are called few can be chosen. After you read her story I encourage you to give her a hug; she’s still an Olympian in my view 🙂

The Story of a Not-Quite Olympian

“As I write this, it’s 114 days until Rio 2016 gets underway. However, despite loving sport in general and the Olympics in particular, on August 5th this year I will probably be hiding under a rock somewhere.” Read more

 

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