As your dreams turn into nightmares, you find yourself in the Struggle.The Struggle is when you wonder why you started the company in the first place.The Struggle is when your employees think you are lying and you think they may be right.The Struggle is when food loses its taste.The Struggle is when you don’t believe you should be CEO of your company. The Struggle is when you know that you are in over your head and you know that you cannot be replaced. The Struggle is when everybody thinks you are an idiot, but nobody will fire you. The Struggle is where self-doubt becomes self-hatred….The Struggle is not failure, but it causes failure. Especially if you are weak. Always if you are weak.Most people are not strong enough.Every great entrepreneur from Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg went through the Struggle and struggle they did, so you are not alone. But that does not mean that you will make it. You may not make it. That is why it is the Struggle.The Struggle is where greatness comes from.~ The Hard Thing About Hard Things
By Ben Horowitz
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!
By Langston Hughes
The company thinks that American democracy is adrift.
The main bent at play is a view that this country’s democracy is not “scaling” the way that it might — essentially that as our society has changed, our governing structures have failed to keep pace. This has led to a disconnect between average citizens and their elected leaders.
According to an article by Reuters based on an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York:
Recent college graduates in the United States face a more challenging job market, causing them to remain unemployed or take lower paying jobs than their counterparts in the past two decades…
A CBS article states:
The annual report, called “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” noted that African-Americans are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed. The unemployment rate for blacks was 12 percent in February, compared to 5.8 percent for whites.
The underemployment rate for African-American workers was 20.5 percent, the report said, compared to 18.4 percent for Hispanic workers and 11.8 percent for white workers. Underemployment is defined as those who are jobless or working part-time jobs but desiring full-time work.
Now consider that if you had invested $10,000 in Apple at the beginning of 2013 that investment would now be worth over $667,000. That is the power of entrepreneurship and there is no reason why you cannot tap into such power. Therefore, the best way to get a job today is to create your own job.
Last year, there was a program at the Larchmont Village Center featuring Nassim Taleb promoting his new book Antifragile. In a Forbes article called “You Can’t Predict Who Will Change The World“, he wrote:
It is high time to recognize that we humans are far better at doing than understanding, and better at tinkering than inventing. But we don’t know it. We truly live under the illusion of order believing that planning and forecasting are possible. We are scared of the random, yet we live from its fruits.
There is no reason why you cannot be the next person that will change the world, but maybe you are not quite ready to strike out on your own. With this in mind, StartUpTown and the New Rochelle NAACP are developing a jobs and housing program based on volunteering, click here to register.
While watching Steve Stoute’s The Tanning of America, I recalled a story done by WNYC’s Soundcheck “There Were No Black Artists With Number One Singles in 2013.” Then I thought…
Is Steve Stoute celebrating the fact that Black culture is great except for the Black people?