When I started my career, I was a diversity consultant. The group I worked with focused on educational institutions in Southern California. It was then that I came to realize how phony people never enjoy true success.
Sure, you might have a degree from Stanford, a house in the right neighborhood and shop at the most trendy places. But every time you walk into a room and nothing happens you know you have failed. Every time you speak and nobody is moved, you know you have failed. Every time you write a report and nobody responds, you know have failed.
What's missing? Your culture! Recently, I attended a fund raiser in San Francisco. It was organized two Black men, each of whom was an multimillionaire. What struck me from the very beginning was how unapologetically Black they were. Of course, they were wearing expensive, European suits and spoke standard American English. But the tempo, flow and overall vibe was undeniably Black. Within an hour, I watched them raise about three million dollars!
People patronize and promote individuals, organizations and groups who they trust, like and admire. When you're not being true to yourself, people will sense it. Your culture shows you how to express yourself fully, no matter what role or industry you're in. German engineering, Italian design and Asian efficiency are not just stereotypes. They are culturally-driven brand characteristics. The higher you wish to climb in the world of business and life, the deeper you must delve into your culture. Let me show you how: ObafemiO.com
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Live the Medicine
Obafemi Origunwa, MA
Thought leader, Ifa priest and author of four definitive books, Obafemi Origunwa inspires metamorphosis through living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve.