This episode is crafted around how a few choice question assisted in my ability to attack complacency. Malcolm X once said “Sitting at the table doesn’t make you a dinner.” Buying a pair of Jordans doesn’t make you a baller.
Ideas without action are worthless. To make these ideas happen we must engage now.
By virtue of being here surround by others with similar ambitions, academic minds and boundless resources were not enough to realize these deeply personal aspirations.
Fast-forward six months. I was not that same person who idly waited for the world to beat a path to my door. I engaged the world. I engaged my curiosity. I had myself into the current of life itself and consumed books and information around everything black history. Saying I read 50 books would have be a gross understatement.
I would stand at the ground floor of the library challenging myself to imagine what the world would be like if I knew only 1% of the information contained in the library. But the beginning of the next academic year I was part of a team of three who constructed an exhaustive exhibit chronicling the rich history of blacks in America for our University, I was lecturing on the topic, and traveling sharing my new found insights and love for the subject. In 6 months, I became an authority on the subject of black history.
Those simple questions along with the exhibit that was produced transformed my life radically. It activated me. Activated to me mean that inner torch was lit. The most powerful feeling a person can experience is invincibility. Knowing there is nothing you can’t do, be or have changes you.
Looking back on thos question, I can see their power in a different light. Malcolm X once said, “Just because you’re sitting at the table, that doesn’t make you a dinner. Eating makes you a diner.” There has to be a point that you engage. For you own growth and personal development, you have to take your life by the reigns and begin directing. You are the director.