For our 23 years in existence, The Journal has promoted education and entrepreneurship as the key to career opportunities on the path to progress. This year's Women of Achievement Breakfast on Saturday, April 13th will highlight women who are entrepreneurs, to make the point. The lessons are good for male and female.
Tragically, when people think of young Black males, they don't think of accomplished young men with skills. Too often, they think thug and prison. If they think of careers at all they think ball player or rapper. The reality is that since only one out of a million get to a real lifetime career as either a musician or ball player, far too many end up in dead end jobs or no job at all with which to support their families. Consequently, many end up in the underground economy and prison.
People with particular skills are generally healthier, happier, and more secure in their lives. I use my own life as an example. At every stage of my life, I worked. It was either in my mothers' second hand store, or working with my dad learning to detail cars, or entering Barber School at age 17 after graduating from high school and, ultimately, attending college and Law school.
The 2013 event will feature women whose lives are, in themselves, success, on display. Honorees include a Restaurant owner, Travel Agency owner, Cosmetology instructor and Hair Salon owner, an Estate Planning Attorney, a Florist, a Stock Broker, a Funeral Director, and a Consultant. Most of these phenomenal woman have had two or more careers. They are clearly good subjects for role models and mentors of other young women.
For parents of young men and women, the more you can expose your children to success the more likely they are to become successful. As an example, you find the children of Doctors and Lawyers practicing medicine and Law. Why? Because of their daily exposure to Doctors and Lawyers.
There is another positive element to highlighting the careers of our 2013 Women of Achievement and that is an opportunity for people to go back and start a new career. There is an old adage that says, it's never too late to learn. I prefer that one to the one that says, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I watched my wife move from her career as a career in social services field as an alcohol/drug counselor, to working with parents in the Head Start's Home Start program. Her third and fourth careers came with managing our family businesses and, ultimately, co-founding and managing The Journal. As a note, she did what she did, while we joined together, raising our three sons, with phenomenal results. Yes I'm bragging. My mother taught me that it's a poor dog that won't wag his own tail.
Our honorees also gave back to their communities in various ways. There is no more rewarding way to enjoy your life than by giving back to others. What is true is that while we can all tell our own story, when someone else tells about something you did as a volunteer at your church, in your sorority, on your job that has been helpful to their success, that's invaluable. It has no price tag.
Come out to the Fourth Annual Women of Achievement Breakfast and bring a young person who will surely learn from the lives of these women. Parents are urged to bring their young people who will be inspired to achieve in their lives. They are examples of the principles of freedom and self confidence. They have an understanding of their abilities and self worth that fosters an attitude that says, you shouldn't be afraid to pursue your dreams without internal or external barriers of fear or inhibition.
Call your friends and invite them to come too. They, as well as you will be ministered to, by the examples of these women's lives. In addition to the program we will have some other surprises.