BY TIFFANY JOHNSON
Most of us know the Jay-Z lyrics, "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business man," from his verse on Kanye West's song titled Sierra Leone. That's the level of realness that I aspire for my career - so I hereby deem this page, "Becoming a Business - Woman." All jokes aside, I've always liked keeping myself busy as it relates to education and my working career. In high school, I took advanced placement courses and community college courses, simultaneously, while working 20 hours a week on the weekend. Throughout college, I double majored with a double concentration and graduated on time with two Bachelor of Arts degrees within four years, while also holding down jobs and internships. These days, I keep thinking to myself, why let up now?! Answer: I won't . . . this is only the start.
Since I was younger, I've always had the innate feeling that I was destined for more! That could be interpreted to mean many things, but I usually see it as meaning that I'm capable of living a life where I share my gift with the world. In my eyes, my gift has always been the power of my voice, and using my voice to tell stories, some of which enact change. I'm not necessarily a behind the scenes type of person. I am a communicator by nature, a straight talker, who likes to be out and about in the world. Each career position that I've taken has in some way afforded me the opportunity to be out from behind my desk and in the vicinity where the action happens, therefore further allowing for my voice to be heard in some capacity.
When I look at businessmen and businesswomen, I look at the many different layers that got them to be where they are today. Most of them have a main gift that allows for them to receive a certain level of notoriety. For Kobe Bryant, his main gift was playing basketball and ultimately he used his main gift to propel his career to different heights. Post basketball, he still has a thriving career although now he is more invested in other fields of business. I saw his CBS This Morning interview where he mentioned that he would like to be known as a storyteller, which is evident through his Oscar and Emmy winning short film, Dear Basketball, and through his youth book series, Wizenard. He is one example as of course there are so many other smart business folks, who aren't athletes, that have multiple streams of revenue and used their main gift to achieve that feat.
It's so interesting that for a business to be deemed successful and identified as financially stable, then it must not be too reliant on one funding source. Though, for many folks in the working world, we have the one job that we deem as a career. Granted, elite folks are able to use that one job to allow for them to invest in other businesses or ventures, which brings in additional revenue. These aren't the folks that I'm referring to because they still have multiple streams of revenue. A goal of mine is to have multiple streams of revenue as I'm not a fan of being too reliant on one source.
I'm inspired to motivate myself for more and to not become complacent just because in the eyes of some, I have now "made it." No, I'm motivated to write this blog post for my own blog that is published through my own brand, So MoTiFFated. I want you to also be inspired to pursue that goal or that dream others may not fully understand, but you know it's your destiny because it won't leave your heart or your mind!
This blog page will detail both my journey of evolving as a professional in the working world as well as my journey of building my own brand. You'll be able to watch my career growth, and receive tips on how to navigate in the business world as well. #StayMoTiFFated
UPDATE [1/26/2020]: This blog post was written before the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, and seven other passengers: John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan. My deep condolences to their families, and all those who loved them dearly.
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