I’m A Boss

by B. Rich on July 23, 2012 · 0 comments

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Every year we can depend on pop culture to give us new words & phrases (does bootylicious ring a bell), new meanings to old words (thug and swag immediately come to mind) or make an otherwise neutral statement fashionable and hip.  So when I kept hearing and reading the phrase, I’m A Boss, my gut told me that pop culture had struck again.  Initially I was confused though.  Out of nowhere someone would say, “I’m A Boss,” and I’d be there thinking, “what kind of randomness is this?  You are nobody’s boss.  You check in to those people’s job ev-er-ree day!”  Then I’d wonder, what in the world would make someone say that out of the blue like they have turrets or something.  Ohhhh, but when I started seeing random tweets and fb posts, that’s when I connected the dots.  By now I’m sure all rap fans reading this post are shaking their heads and to you i say … so!  #CarryOn.  LOL.

Quicker than you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious I’d grown very weary of this new pop culture phenom.  I thought it was foolish for employed folks to be walking around talking about they’re a boss, and saying it with so much vigor.  But then it hit me, yes they are a boss!

A good nugget that I learned somewhere along the way was this, regardless of where you work and who you work for, you are the CEO of Me, Inc.  That fact is more apparent when you are an entrepreneur, but truly, you should have that same mindset if you are an employee.  Think of your employer as your client, a VIP client.  See, even the rapper who made the phrase cool defines a boss as, and I quote, “one who guarantee we gone eat.”  It’s not your employer who determines if you’re gonna eat, you do.  How you show up, perform and deliver for your “client” are your responsibilities.

When I was an employee I took the concept of Me, Inc. seriously.  I knew that regardless of what I romanticized in my head, I wasn’t going to be a better business owner than I was an employee, and even if I managed to do so, I didn’t want  karma to sabotage my entrepreneurial efforts.  How could I be a mediocre employee and then expect that I’m going to attract and maintain great employees when it’s my turn to sign the checks.  Also, I knew that if I practiced bad habits such as showing up late, producing sub-par work, not willing to go the extra mile, and everything in between, I wasn’t going to change those habits over night.  Practice makes perfect and I wanted to practice good boss like habits.

So the next time you have the urge to say you’re a boss, go right on ahead.  Just know that you are not merely repeating the lyrics to a rap song, but you are indeed a boss and you are the only person who can guarantee that you gone eat;-).

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Friday Faves #1

by B. Rich on July 20, 2012 · 2 comments

in Favorites

I’m totally excited about today’s post.  I thought it would be fun to do a weekly Friday Faves, don’t you?  Good, glad we agree;-).

I am not a TV person at all.  You can count on one hand how many hours of TV I watch in a 2 week period.  However, I am an avid YouTube watcher.  You know how normal people come home at the end of a workday, unwind and grab the remote?  Well I come home, unwind and grab my computer and immediately check my YouTube subscriptions.  Remember when I told you that people are now making a living as vloggers, uhm, yeah, I contribute to their success daily.  So instead of telling you about a hodge podge of things, this week’s Friday Fave is dedicated to YouTube. Trust me, there is a treat in store that you will not want to miss.  You can thank me by leaving a comment letting me know that I made your day;-).

1.  Looking for a cooking channel, look no further than Laura Vitale.  There are many great YouTube chefs but if I was told that I could only watch one cooking channel for a year and not any others, hands down it would be Laura.  Check Laura out here, tell her I sent you.

2.  Another channel that I love is called Everyday Health.  Everyday Health has a wealth of information divided into several subcategories.  They are all great but my favorite subcategory has to be Recipe Rehab.  The premise of recipe rehab is to remake a viewer’s unhealthy recipe into something equally tasty but healthier.  The added spin is that RR puts 2 chefs against each other to conquer the task and the viewer whose recipe is being rehabbed chooses which of the 2 recipes they liked the best.  Click here to head on over to Recipe Rehab.

3.  If you are an African-American woman and you’re going natural, are natural, thinking about going natural, or just interested in sound advice & tutorials on how to not only take care of your hair, but grow it waist length (yes, it’s possible and if you don’t think so then you really need to check out this channel).  Kimmaytube, the YouTube channel of Kim Love, is the absolute best no frills, simple, sound approach to proper hair care for women with curly, kinky hair.  If you’re new to her channel, you should really follow her journey from the beginning by viewing some of the older videos first.  Check it out right here.

4.  Ok, if you are a laugh-a-holic like I am, I saved the best for last.  It’s not the entire channel that is my fave, it’s one particular video which has to be the funniest video I’ve seen to date, or at least this year.  Now puh-lease do not go getting all serious on me … I can’t get more specific than that because I’ll give the video away.  Just know, if you don’t have a sense of humor, maybe even a warped sense of humor, don’t bother to check it out.  Let me spare you the grief.  And oh, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!  Here’s your laugh for the day, and don’t forget to thank me.

***I want to give a very special thank you to Lisa at A Walk Down Memory Lane for allowing me to use her photo.  Scrapbook lovers, click the photo credit link to check out her fabulous site.   photo credit 

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