BeAwesome: A Letter From A Weirdo



Dear Normal People,

I am sorry I am not like you. I am sorry I cannot go through life with a normal schedule and set plan. I apologize. I am sorry for being myself. Doing what I want and following my dreams. I apologize. I am sorry. I am sorry for not publishing my relationship status on facebook. I will be sure to update you on my love life very soon. I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry that I enjoy time alone. Reading or Writing. I know that is strange so I am sorry. I apologize. Sorry for wanting to see the world and explore different cultures and backgrounds. I am aware that this may change my view on life, so I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry for praying every morning before I go to school. I know you do not understand why I do this, so I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry for being a teacher. I know males are not supposed to teach, so I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry for being black and and wanting to be successful. I know you see the world in one color so I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry for being motivated and trying to learn. Gather more information about life and how to treat people. I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry you do not see my view on life. Being nice to people and believing in yourself. Taking chances and making mistakes. I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry for liking Disney. And for eating lots of junk food. I am sorry. I am sorry I do not smoke and know longer drink. I know I ruined the party. So I am sorry. I apologize. I know this letter is getting long so I will stop now, I am sorry.

Yours, Sincerely



You should never have to apologize for who you are. If you find yourself doing so, STOP. You are allowing others to define you. How you should talk.What you should wear.The things you should do. Everyone is not going to like you. Unfortunately this is how life works. Find the common ground between the person in the mirror and who you present on a daily basis. Be yourself. Stop caring about what others think. Find all the reasons in the world to love yourself. Be a weirdo. Be different. It is okay. Follow your mind but take your heart with you.



BeAwesome: #317 How to Accept #Criticism

BeAwesome: #317 How to Accept #Criticism


If dogs can take it, we can too!

Criticism is not for the weak

What is the meaning of criticism? The expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes. An analysis and judgment of a literary or artistic work. To be critiqued or reviewed.

Criticism is something we all have to deal with. Some of us are good at it, and some of us flat-out stink. Growing up, I never really noticed when I was being critiqued or reviewed. In school (university), teachers would watch my presentations. While playing sports, coaches would critique my play. When others would give me feedback, I would never take offence to what they were saying. I never really thought about it as criticism (but it was). I embraced the facts, and use it to get an A+ instead of a B. 5 more points to make 10. I was blessed with the idea that it was simple help (which it truly is/depending on how you take it). I never really thought about it as anything else.

Unfortunately this is not the case for everyone. When someone speaks to us about our skill, we act different. People “take offence”. Many of us show anger. Some of us go as far as physical involvement. Our body language changes and our tone of voice becomes different. Why? We often forget what others are trying to do for us. We forget how to act like professionals amongst one another. When being reviewed | critiqued | judged | in a proper manner, we need to sit back and take it all in. How do you get something from this experience? Here are some simple things to remember:




Know matter what is said you must consider it some form of feedback. This can be tough. What if it is not what you want to hear? Guess what? It very may well be. BUT you need to suck it up and use the feedback to better what ever it is you are doing. Feedback is what makes you approve. Feedback allows you to see what you need to practice or work on. Accept feedback and use it to keep the motivation alive

Be a good listener



The point of criticism is to get feedback (see above) and you can’t receive good feedback if you are not listening. You will run into people who you do not like (that is life). You will not want to listen to these people. Matter of fact, you may possibly not stand to even look at them. BUT. You still need to be a good listener. A friend use to tell me, “take something out of every conversation you have, and use it to your advantage”, and this is exactly what you have to do with criticism. Give your undivided attention even if it hurts. You will receive something that will benefit you, if you listen.

Reply with manners



Sometimes your trigger instinct is to respond in defence. In a different tone or manner. If you want to really get something out of this experience you need to reply with manners. Who cares, if it is not what you wanted to hear. Be a professional and take it like a grown-up. Why add more fuel to the fire. Even if you disagree with everything they are saying, say “thank you”. You do not have to go and do what ever they say. They are giving you ideas and suggestions for next time. It is up to you to put them into place if you think it will influence the results for the next time. If you want to be respected by others, you should probably do the same to them (even if they do not show it to you. Be the bigger person)

Criticism is the pathway to success



Criticism builds character. It gives you an idea of what you need to do to get better at what you love or need to get done. You can ask questions. Find out what others think about your progress. Everyone who is successful, used criticism to build on what they have to get what they got. It takes a lot to stand there and listen to someone critique you. Talk about you, and review what you’ve done. Know matter what they say, you should benefit from the conversation. Whether it causes you to work harder or change a few ideas, it is all-beneficial in the process of being successful.


BeAwesome: #67 Want

BeAwesome: #67 Want

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you- Thomas Jefferson

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down- Oprah Winfrey


Sometimes you have to be selfish. Sometimes you have to go out and get what you want. Sometimes you have to find it and take it before anyone else (legally obviously). It is okay to want to be successful. It is okay to want to succeed in everything you do. It is okay to want to better yourself today in hopes of a better tomorrow. It is okay to want. Want to find what you are good at and stick with it. Want to work hard and focus on a task or goal you dream about. Wanting encourages motivation. Wanting encourages passion and hunger to accomplish a goal. Those who are Awesome want. We want to be great at what we do. We want to work hard and figure out a meaning for ourselves. To want is to be courageous towards something we truly love. Want