Knowledge-is-power

“When I was 12 years old, a missionary saw me and suggested that I learn how to do flower arrangements. I said, ‘Dudes don’t do things like flower arrangements’. The missionary then said, ‘In life, there’s a difference between choosing not to do something because you don’t know it and being knowledgeable about something and then choosing not to do it.’ My view completely changed after he said this. So I learned how to do flower arrangements as well as some other things, but in the end I ended up choosing to run my own flower shop. 30 years have passed since that moment.”

“제가 12살 때였는데, 선교사가 저보고 꽃을 배우라고 권하더라구요. 그래서 제가 ‘사내새끼가 무슨 꽃을 배워요.’라고 했어요. 그랬더니 선교사가 ‘살면서 모르고 안 하는 것과 알고 안 하는 것은 다르다’라고 말하더라구요. 그 말에 제가 완전히 넘어갔어요. 그래서 그 후 꽃을 배웠는데, 다른 것도 좀 하다가 결국 꽃집 운영을 선택했어요. 그렇게 30년이 흘렀죠.” 

So proud of the team at JrCEOs, the non-profit whose board I sit on. They’ve just secured a major grant to expand their mission of teaching entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business fundamentals to minority and economically disadvantaged youth to help shape and grow tomorrow’s business and thought leaders.

The young women and men I met in the program are absolutely amazing and I am inspired to know they will be the future C-Suite executives and heads of major corporations to ensure greater diversity, inclusivity and equity in the Fortune 500 and Global 1000 as well as creating and growing minority owned/operated businesses.