All posts by Jason Peoples

Continuing Education

inspirationalquote-44Recently I overheard a lady talking about the movie that depicted the exceptional female black mathematicians that were instrumental in performing the calculation needed for NASA to put an astronaut into orbit.  The lady that I heard talking seemed amazed that this story had never been told before.  She expressed her displeasure as to the time that it has taken for these women to get their deserved recognition for being major contributors to American history.  The of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson are just one of many stories of black exceptionalism that has been omitted out of the history books.  This is why I feel that their is often such a misunderstanding of the struggle of the black community when it comes to the desire for equal treatment in American society.  There have been tremendous contributions from awesome individuals, and they are never mentioned.  All we ever hear about is the awesome works of Reverent Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.  Never would I take away from all that he did accomplish, but the bad thing is history does not reflect his desires and beliefs beyond having a dream.  When he opposed the war in Vietnam, he was ostracized.  When he began to demand more than just civil rights, and began to focus on human rights, then he became even more of a threat.  This is also the case with Malcolm X.  He is commonly referred to a radical and a proponent of reverse racism.  After spending time in Mecca, Malcolm came back with a new message of unity.  As plans were being made for Malcolm and Dr. King to come together in a united effort for social reform, both of them were soon after assassinated.  That part of the story is often left out.  What is even more horrible is that history books say nothing  about Booker T. Washington, Fredrick Douglas, W.E.B. DuBois, or even Marcus Garvey.  We don’t hear about Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, or Stokely Carmichael.  Julian Bond and George Ruffin will probably never be mentioned.  We look at the injustice today and think that it is horrible.  Few know About the horrific treatment of boxer Jack Johnson and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.  Many think that President Obama was just a follow through of Jesse Jackson’s run at the White House, but few even know that Dick Gregory ran decades as well.  Many people were raving about Hilary Clinton, but few have any idea who Shirley Chisholm is.  This why many times people of other races cannot relate to the struggle of the black people.  To be in a situation where their ancestors were mistreated beginning centuries ago, and then to look at the plight that still find themselves in currently can be discouraging.  This can especially be the case when one is constantly surrounded by those other races tell them to “get over it.”  If some as much as makes a remark about Jew, they are coined as anti-Semitic.  This label has ended many careers, but a black president of the United Sates can be called all kinds of racist derogatory name with no recourse.  Right, wrong, or indifferent-the point is that some dialogue must begin if this country is going to truly live up to its promise as a nation.  Many see programs and systems put in place, and just because they do not have distinctively racist verbiage, then many do not realize the how the plans are put in place to keep a certain group or demographic in their cross-hairs.  Issues such as voter suppression, mass incarceration, and felon disenfranchisement are major systems of this sort.  Even though they can affect anyone, many systems are in place to assure that they target particular groups.  Without knowledge of these types of problems, it is virtually impossible to see the real effects of them.  Without unity, it is no way to combat the political machine that we try to call democracy from doing whatever they choose.  We must start to talk to each other, walk with each other, learn from each other, and then we can earn with each other.  Lets make an effort to make America great by coming together and living up to the sovereignty and responsibility that the “We The People” was supposed to be when it was penned in the constitution.

Just Business

As I have been a member in some form of network marketing for a few years, I have realized how it has prepared me for the college business classes that I am currently taking.  I am glad that I am taking these classes, because no one will be able to tell me that I don’t know what college has to offer since I did not go to traditional school.  If we look at the study hat is commonly called the learning cone.  This cone shows a representation of how the average student learns.  The average student retains less than 10% from lecture alone.  The one that reads retains about 10%.  The use of audiovisual aids produces about 20%.  Demonstration tends to conjure up about a 30% retention rate.  Discussion begins to produce about 50% of student retention.  If one practices  a subject has shown to bring about 75% retention.  Teaching others tends to show a 90% rate of retention.  We never want to look as if we don’t know what we are talking about.  So, innately we work to retain the information.  Simulation brings about an internalization of what we are trying to accomplish. “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.  We have to change our mindset about a subject, then we have to get out and do it.  We can read about how to ride a bike all day long, but until you get out and get on the bike you will never learn to actually ride the bike.  As adults in America, we have to change how we think about money.  Money as we know it is not money at all.  Our dollars are a currency.  Just like any other current, it is supposed to move.  When a current stops, it no longer has any power to grow.  We have to learn how to make our money work for us, instead of always just working for money.  If we just put our money in a bank, the measly interest that they will offer will be less than the rate of inflation.  So, that means that you actually are losing money by saving.  Now I’m not saying that we should not have some liquid assets readily available to us in the case of an emergency, but that cannot be our only option for the use of our money.  I look forward to learning and growing with you in this paradigm shift.  Be clear that if you are waiting for me to obtain tremendous success before you come on board, then please do not expect to get what I have at the same price at which I’m willing to offer it for now.  Who knows what state the financial market will be in by then.  If you are content with mediocrity, then I pray God’s blessings upon you.  If you are ready for a change, come and be a part of 4Peoples Choice Solutions!