African Americans: A Look in the Mirror, Part 1Written by Bret Searles
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The reality is that 300 years of slavery has devastated African American family unit. There are many African American families that are loving and meeting needs of their children that we donít here about that share in values and beliefs that stable families are good for our children. The challenge is that we were deliberately denied benefits of family for too long. Saving African American family needs to be number one priority of every organization that says its purpose is to help black people. A father is first competitive edge any young person can have in this world. A young person of any race that is raised in a fatherless home has several strikes against him or her already. Building and strengthening African American family is first preliminary step we need to take to get started on track to building wealth as a people in this society. The seven critical 21st century skills outlined in book, The 7 Simple Secrets to Wealth Building: An African Americanís Guide to Wealth Building in 21st Century and Beyond, is a book about overcoming obstacles to wealth that plague a large segment of Black community and will work for anyone. Realistically, accomplishing anything will always be more difficult for those with so many odds against them that they must overcome and being fatherless is a long odd, indeed. This article is not meant to discourage anyone. Hopefully, it will encourage each of you to more carefully consider needs of Black children and to find ways to provide them with what they need to flourish in this new economy starting with a responsible, loving father figure.
Bret Searles is a freelance writer on Black personal finance and business issues, author of an ebook "The 7 Simple Secrets to Building Wealth: An African American Guide" and publisher of the Black Wealth Now ezine found http://www.blackwealthnow.com
African Americans: A Look in the Mirror, Part 2Written by Bret Searles
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We sometimes live as if our situation was imposed on us against our will and that we are powerless to resist. Years of conditioning make it understandable why some feel that way. The challenge is recognizing that these challenging situations and problems are truly temporary and changeable. We also want to experience good times with greater intensity and more lasting effect. This book will provide you with strategies to do all this and will help you to view your circumstances in whatever way serves you most in getting you to your desired goals. Youíll find that we donít need a new leader to lead us; what we need are new leadership skills. We need an infusion of leadership at all levels in black community and our nation needs it as well. We need African American leaders in every corner of our nation. We need African American leaders in both Democrat and Republican parties. We need African American leaders in business and government. We need more leaders in family and in community. African Americans must adopt new ideas and new thought patterns that our ancestors didnít have luxury to adopt in order to advance in new economy. With all sad statistics mentioned here, we are still standing here today at this time in history. Our country has needed us on many occasions. Even oppressed, African Americans helped build this country, fight itís wars and turn tide to victory from defeat. God has a plan for America and we are an integral part of His plan for this country. More people are free around world today because of this nation and our struggle is an example to many of oppressed in world of what a united, determined people can achieve. Entrepreneurship is key to unlocking last chains to keep us from living out our true purpose and to become who we really are as a people. This generation of African Americans needs to tap into power of entrepreneurship to create kind of wealth that will truly set us free. We need to develop required skill sets necessary for success as leaders in 21st century business. These skills truly are timeless and have been used throughout time by captains of industry. These skills were surely mastered by ancient Egyptians when they built an advanced civilization and great pyramids that cannot be replicated by any of engineers and architects of this age. In this age, these skills are now more necessary then ever. The social experiment of communism has failed. Government cannot solve all problems that ail people. There is no reason we should fall prey to temptation to seek solutions to our problems from our government. Our government is extraordinarily wealthy and so is our society. The rewards go to those that provide most service with most value in our society. No law, regulation or tax has been able to change that. Now that our economy is switching from an industrial age economy to an information age economy, all old rules are quickly becoming obsolete. Failure of African Americans to adapt to this shift is economic suicide especially at a time when itís never been easier to start a business, turn a profit and live free. Knowledge and application of necessary skills in your entrepreneurial enterprise or at work will tilt odds of financial security and lasting wealth in your favor despite your current station in life today. The statistics presented show us how much work we have to do. We have always had leaders stand up at our point of greatest need throughout history. The statistics canít tell you who they are, where they will come from or what leaders of 21st century will be able to accomplish but with history as our guide, we can count on it that they will change this world for better. The only question I have for you is ĎAre you that leader?í
Bret Searles is a freelance writer on Black personal finance and business issues, author of an ebook "The 7 Simple Secrets to Building Wealth: An African American Guide" and publisher of the ezine Black Wealth Now available at http://www.blackwealthnow.com.