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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