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3 Years of Change

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Three years ago I was going through a very difficult time. I was finishing a leadership program at work that only 13 people got accepted into. Towards the end of the program I got accepted into as a MBA student at Keller Graduate School of Management. At the same time my wife informed me that I had not loved her the way she needed and that she couldn’t love me anymore. I was described as boring, unemotional and a workaholic. Whether I agreed or not, it was hard to hear, but I took it. We divorced shortly after with joint custody of our son with me as the primary guardian. I found an empty apple juice bottle during this time and I would put change in it every time I felt anything negative. It was my way of getting rid of any resentment or ill feelings. Taking care never to turn anger towards anyone, it became a habit to put anything from my pockets into the jar at the end of the day. Like some ritual to remove my past and start anew the next day. A year later, I was still active at it. I would even fold $1 bills and $5 bills up occasionally and put in the jar. In some ways it felt like I was punishing myself for  all the decisions I had made to this point. Some days i was so broke that I thought of asking family to borrow money, then I would look at all that money in the Jar and frown at the thought of touching it. The jar was not full and I would not let it defeat me. Only when it was filled, I told myself, I would spend it. So I kept it it. 1 year, 2 year then 3 years… It is now the end of the 3rd year and the Jar is full. I have no hate in my heart for my ex. I love her as I love our sons. I wish her only the best as her life moves on in another state. Today I am releasing my the coins in my jar. Today I am letting go of the past completely. I’ve saved over $350 in change in 3 years. I imagine I will start again, but with some new motivation. This money will go towards reinvesting in the family business. I’ve had a tremendous amount of success when I’ve invested in myself. Im hopeful for the years to come. I can see a path before me and Im moving one foot in front of the other… #8robinsons #rootedinlove

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Flu Season

Im saddened when I sit at my desk at work and can hear an echo of coughs and sneezes. So many no doubt impacted by the weather changes and various illnesses. Im saddened at the thought of all these adults that work through sickness for fear of loss. Loss of job, upcoming promotion, control or whatever the fear is. But what compels us to work when we are sick. Realistically, the show must go on so in ways companies silently accept that they will take their best and brightest in sickness or in health. It reminds me of the time Michael Jordan played a championship game with the Flu. Millions of people cheered him on and he felt compelled to perform when he probably should have been home in bed. We all do this yearly. Even while I type this I’ve been fighting off a cold with a steady barrage of cough drops to mask how I truly feel. I have important projects and new hires and meetings that must happen in order to meet key deadlines… at least… thats how I feel. Nobody wants to miss their chance at shooting that championship game winning shot. So those of us that have the will, show up. We spend our days seeking that moment when we can put our stamp on a thing. We dream of being the heroes of tomorrow that saves a thing. And today I question if we are only hurting ourselves and our places of employment more. “Live to fight another day” should be the outlook. Instead we sacrifice ourselves and make work mortars of ourselves to no good end. Can companies be more flexible with sick days or even work from home days? I do not have the answers. I only recognize the issues. In the meantime, I’ll continue to push through. #8robinsons #rootedinlove

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Custom Sneaker Takeover

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It’s the first night of 2018 & I spent the day riding home from Charlotte, NC with my son Jett. We talked about fashion. Mose specifically sneakers and how they were impacting all aspects of his life. I bet him that if McDonald’scame out with a shoe and got the right celebrity to endorse them, all the kids would go crazy and want them. He flashed the biggest smile and said Yeeeaaaahhh that would be DOPE!! I said he would get them Walmart’s or them Targets as fast as he got them Jordan’s. He said “maybe not Walmart, but I would wear some Kroger shoes!”. While we laugh and joke, there is something very serious happening in the industry now. The big brands do not own as much of the influence as they assume. They own marketshare, however influence is spread across social media stars, athletes, & other celebrities. It’s a great time to be in business and to be innovative. I imagine some sneakers with a hard metal Golden Arch on the back, a red bottom and white leather… I would wear those McDonald shoes right along with my son Jett! This is a year for personal branding. You can be whoever you aspire to be. Take one step at a time and walk your path. Run your journey. Crawl if you have to, but move from point A to point B daily. Be positive and avoid confusion. Focus on being the truest version of you that you know how to be. As Dee-1 says, be real, be relevant and be righteous! Welcome to 2018! Happy New Year from 8 Robinsons LLC#rootedinlove#8robinsons #supadopefresh #threadpirates #atrfinearts