“You need an incredible support group, and people who understand. You have to build it when you don’t need it.” - Sree Sreenivasan
The following article came across my page on Twitter or Facebook: "The Met ousted a top executive, so he used Facebook to show the world how to do unemployment right." I highly recommend reading it!
Why am I sharing an article about a man who was fired from his job?
1. Sree is so on top of his game, that being fired only creates opportunities. This does not dismiss his vulnerability or that feeling you might get when deciding whether to jump into a pool of water that you know is too cold!
2. Sree was not fired because of any inability to perform, but rather because of budget cuts. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in all of its grandeur, is a non-profit organization that often has to make difficult financial decisions. I love the Met.
3. In 2009, Sree was named one of AdAge's 25 media people to follow on Twitter; in 2010 he was named one of Poynter's 35 most influential people in social media; and in 2014, he was named one of the most influential Chief Digital Officers by CDO Club. (Taken from the introduction from his TED talk below.
4. Don't you want a life where getting fired does not scare you, but rather motivates and emboldens you to rise? I believe that if you read this article about Sree's departure, you will glean tools that will help you to make critical choices about your future.
If you live in NYC and take Sree up on his offer to walk and have a "meaningful conversation" and a cup of coffee or tea, please share your experiences in the comments!
8/1/2016 - Sree Follow Up:
Look who was selected to be the Chief Digital Officer of NYC: www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2016/08/mayor-appoints-sree-sreenivasan-as-chief-digital-officer-104381
If you know me, you know that I like tea. I really like tea, so this analogy was perfect for me to share and re-share. I hope that whoever reads this does the same. We must confront "20 minutes of action" ideologies.
How do you spend your time outside of class? Are you working? Full-time? Part-time? Are you an athlete? Are you involved in clubs? Are you volunteering or interning? Do you have family responsibilities take up a good amount of you time? Do you commute?
With all of your responsibilities, when do you study?
Please share what works for you in the comments below.
Taken from the BuzzFeedYellow Video, "What is Privilege?"
My husband is an Eagles fan. We are a "Fly Eagles Fly" home and are currently in a state of mourning and confusion. That does not stop us from appreciating Cam Newton's athleticism and his history. When this video was shared with me, I thought about you (student who may be reading this) and every person that may be discouraging you from your goals when you know that you are doing your best - or like Cam, that you are at the top of your game. When I saw Mr. Newton smile while getting tackled during the last game against the Cardinals , I wanted to do a happy dance because I instantly saw this as a metaphor for life. Disappointments will come. You will make mistakes. Back-biters are always hungry. Nay sayers are always talking. What are you going to do about it? Be the best you. Come out of your room. Face the scary, the unknown and the difficulties of life. Press on.
Struggling in a class, but you never needed help before? Get over yourself and get the help that you need. You will be better for it. Nervous about going to your professors' office hours or speaking to a professional in a career that you want to pursue? Acknowledge your sweaty, nervousness and do it anyway. Do not be your own detractor, there are enough applicants for that position. Press on. Just press on.
Today (Sunday, January 17) , I met a man who might be one of our future students at UAlbany. Retired from a local law enforcement agency in his late 40s, this man is heavily involved in perfecting his skills in various forms of martial arts. Perfecting includes regular trips to Japan to study with his Sensei. He also teaches these skills to students who apply to his program by invitation only. As he spoke about his craft, I started to think that I was just introduced to a local version of Michael Weston (reference to the show: Burn Notice).
Our conversation did not begin with martial arts, but with fine arts. This man is an avid painter and has begun to show his works at different galleries as well as teach courses in the community. He spoke of painting with the same passion and fervor as he did martial arts and justice. He hopes to earn his degree in Fine Arts at UAlbany one day and has already spoken to admissions counselors. There was such a glimmer in his eyes when he spoke of his future in the fine arts, that all of us in the conversation were smiling.
Meeting this retired law enforcement officer, Buddhist, painter, martial arts student and instructor, father, husband, and handy man reminded me that one does not have to silence parts of themselves in order to succeed. Success might simply be defined by being the best you in every moment, rising from the ashes when you fail, and ever striving to learn more and to grow. I believe that this man will ever be perfecting his skills in the martial and fine arts and I think that he will live a longer and happier life because of it.
his week, my Facebook feed shared news of a new children's book that depicted happy slaves making a birthday cake for President George Washington, Oh, how I wish I had taken screen shots of the establishment reviews of this book praising its contribution to children's literature. As I prepared to write this post, I went to Amazon.com and the editorial reviews that were there two days ago have mysteriously vanished. In case you have no idea of what I am speaking, check it out here.
Everyone is buzzing about the president's birthday! Especially George Washington's servants, who scurry around the kitchen preparing to make this the best celebration ever. Oh, how George Washington loves his cake! And, oh, how he depends on Hercules, his head chef, to make it for him. Hercules, a slave, takes great pride in baking the president's cake. But this year there is one problem--they are out of sugar.
This story, told in the voice of Delia, Hercules's young daughter, is based on real events, and underscores the loving exchange between a very determined father and his eager daughter, who are faced with an unspoken, bittersweet reality. No matter how delicious the president's cake turns out to be, Delia and Papa will not taste the sweetness of freedom.
New York Times food writer Ramin Ganeshram and acclaimed illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton serve up a slice of history in a picture book narrative that will surely satisfy.
I found out about this book after reading a post entitled, "Why I'm Absolutely an Angry Black Woman!" Once you get over every sentence beginning with "because", you can feel the power of the essay. There were many heart-wrenching and provocative lines in the post, but the line that hit me was, "Because when I was 7 months pregnant my neighbor asked me to help him move a dresser up a flight of stairs. Because I am not seen as a woman. " That statement reminded me of Abbey Lincoln's essay, written in 1966, "Who Will Revere the Black Woman?", June Jordan's "Poem about My Rights", Nikki Giovanni's "Woman Poem" and so many other works of literature like Ta-nehesi Coates, "Between the World and Me" talk about how we are valued as humans and how we value ourselves rather than being seen as ancient beasts from another world - or perhaps, not seen at all.
When, in the 21st century, a major publishing company does not see a problem, not even a historical problem with publishing a book about happy slaves and text book companies are still trying to put peroxide on the past. The relevance of Dr. Kings statements in the video above become very clear. "Believe in yourself and believe that you are somebody." Nobody else can do this for you. Sign your own emancipation proclamation!
While King's message was given to an audience of Black people for their edification, you, whoever you are, can apply this to your life. Protect your heart and your mind from those who belittle your abilities and your dreams. I am not speaking of not being able to enter a major because of poor grades. That is a repercussion of academic performance. I am speaking about failure to move forward or to simply move because you have accepted myths about your abilities and possibilities. Sign your own emancipation proclamation. Nobody else can do this for you. Dream. Climb. Thrive. RSM
P.S. - Below is a speech by Dr. King on how to deal with your enemies. For the purposes of this blog post, how to deal with those who have fed you the aforementioned myths about who you are, those who have sought to dehumanize you, belittle you, or cause you any harm.
Welcome! My name is Rachel Moody. I post weekly announcements and messages to motivate and inspire my UAlbany advisees, and any one else who visits. Comments are welcome! While you are here, have a virtual cup of tea!