"An ode to my teacher."
Ruel O. 09/23/13
Dedicated to one of the wisest men I’ve known, Dr. Shawn Mintek.
So this photo needs a little context. read if you must.
This is me, dressed up in tight ass clothes, looking pretty dapper, but feeling ultra uncomfortable. Speaking to millionaires and investors about the work I am doing in the community. These are the things that came to mind while I was “smoozing”.
1. If I ever had that much money in the world. I would keep 10% for future planning (living expenses and to my children) and give 90% of it away. That much money just asks for trouble.
2. I will never work in the for profit industry. That is not me.
3. I have concluded that my definition of what an adult should be is muggy and forever changing. And that is okay.
4. I’d rather much eat at a hole in the wall place in my neighborhood or red robbins.
5. When ever I tell affluent people of my personal history, they are surprised how well I’ve turned out. Which implies to me that they think most people of color end up incarcerated, in extreme poverty, or dead. This makes me extremely sad.
6. I HAVE to smooze with affluent people to shed light about struggles and obstacles that people of color face in their own city/community, where they could easily drive, read, or see it for themselves. This also makes me sad.
7. The logic of the for profit world is cold and heartless. This fact I already know. I just felt it more that day.
8. Affluent entitled elderly white people are easily impressed with my “ethnic” bbq recipes. Dude, the secret was a can of 7-up.
9. It is my job to bridge the gap and shed the light, no matter how unfun that event was. I ensure you that I will not retire early.
10. From the perspective (and what was told to me that day) of others, I am running at 300 mph, act as if I am twice my age, love as if I were a child, have the wisdom of well traveled old man, care as if I were a father, lead as if I were a general, and cook as if I were feeding a King.
And that was pretty. damn. cool. to hear.
Well maybe, but I’d rather not dive too deep on the not so nice stuff.
Weee in the middle of noooowhereeee~~~~
This is baby Eli, the baby of the ED of a multi million dollar organization. My two co-workers and I have made a name of ourselves to be awesome baby sitters in the non-profit world. This is probably the most radical and awesome way to market ourselves ever. MUAHAHAHA
Last night, we held a benefit dinner to raise some money for the programs that I run or help run. We definitely blew it out of the water, raising over 100k. So many huge name droppers in the house, it was crazy who I was shaking hands with left and right. But the highlight of my night was shocking everyone whenever they asked why I work so hard or am so passionate with what I do. I simply say,
"I want to change the world. Someone has to do it."
That line, those words, were directly responsible for bring in at least $10,000. So many people where thrown back at my conviction in saying it, that they simply gave me a hug. Last night will definitely be a challenge in topping over next year.