To many, a few of those links might not seem tragic. I understand this.
It’s difficult to immediately parse out the ways in which one of the leading entertainment award shows negating (entirely) the work of black people, is inextricably linked to (or perhaps, simply telling of) American race relations.
The thing is, everyone didn’t/doesn’t feel this way.
Many of us (read: all your black friends) have continually made requests of all of us to critically discuss and challenge institutionalized racism and its affects on … well … all of us. And honestly, so many of us (read: mostly white people, but other ethnicities too) have refused to do so. Many of us have made racism — and all of its lasting attributes — a blackthing.
INSERT 2016 election results, also known as, a swift kick in the face of white liberal smug and sarcasm, also known as forcible disillusionment.
There are so many things you can do in your 20s to grow wealth by the time you're 30. Like putting 25% of your paycheck into an untouchable savings account, saving specifically to invest, focusing on earning money and securing a financially stable future ... the list goes on.
At 25, knowing that I still have about 5 years left to "get it together," my biggest obstacle is finding a well-paying job that will provide me with the biggest opportunity to invest in my future (read: I need a real paycheck and a real salary).
Being in your 20s and in debt because of college is challenging, especially when you're living paycheck to paycheck and essentially chipping away at your student loan interest. It's discouraging. You can't get a job in your field of study because you don't have enough experience, and you can't get any experience unless you're willing to intern for free, and interning for free doesn't pay the bills.
It's a double-edged sword - you work to survive and you survive to work. And that's not the life that I envisioned for myself 10 years ago.
So I'm trying to change it, and I'm starting to think differently, with a little help.
Tucker Hughes is an entrepreneur and a real human being who generated a million dollars in commissions - in the real-estate industry - by the time he was 22. Of course, he's something of an overachiever: He received his master's at the age of 20 after fast-tracking four years of school, he's traveled to more than 50 countries, he's completed 13 triathlons; this list, too, continues.
When Hughes finished school, however, he was broke, but, luckily, not broken. In fact, Hughes attributes his success in the business world to a shift in his mental thinking.
Check out the seven shifts Hughes made in his thinking + the core values in the video below.
SEVEN MENTAL SHIFTS TO HELP YOU BUILD WEALTH
Age is just a number.
Reinvest in yourself.
Avoid decision fatigue.
Build a resilient mind.
Think big. Be big.
Believe in yourself.
Your life is your investment, and it is critical, and so, so necessary, to invest in your personal growth in ways that you probably didn't think about before. Because if you don't invest in yourself, no one will.
Not sure how to get started?
Consume knowledge voraciously and know that you will always have an appetite for more.
Pick up a book about an unknown subject and read it for an hour a day
Listen to podcasts while you're driving and engage yourself mentally.
Avoid distractions, and avoid wasting your energy on things that you don't have any control of - focus on what you do have control of.
Focus on yourself.
Set your goals, write them down, and fall asleep asking yourself what you can do to achieve them, then wake up, read them, and pursue them.
We could give you the full run down on how much we love Ryann, how many amazing things Ryann has done in the community, but … we really want to talk to you abut Ryann’s style.
So here goes. Ryann’s style: **WE LOVE IT**.
Check Ryann talking about life and style below.
How would you describe your signature style?
“I like wearing comfy clothes that look fly. Mostly clothes my friends make. My style is also kinda punk. Other times its very casual, and more focused on tiny one-of-a-kind details.”
At Khafra Company, we want to dress our clients for every moment of every day - for work or play. How do you decide what you’re wearing during the week?
“I don’t put that much thought into what I’m wearing honestly. I wear what feels good. I wear things that look original. I just started to wear color, thats fun. I like to thrift, but I don’t shop often. When I like a piece I wear it over and over again. I might wear a similar outfit 3x in one week. But I’ll look fly tho:) For me, style is about individuality, emotion, and honesty. I try and reflect who I feel like on the inside. Sometimes thats kinda bummy.”
At Khafra Company, we take style super seriously. What items in your wardrobe can you absolutely not live without? Why? What makes them so special?
“My SunSun pants!!! Custom made by my super talented friend Sun Sun in Toronto. They are literally the flyest and most comfy pants I’ve ever worn. I have like 6 pair. All diff patterns and colors.
Also, I feel kinda weird without a hat on. I almost always have one on. Its sort of like armor to me.“
What 3 things are you most looking forward to adding to your wardrobe this season?
“I’ve been having fun thrifting sweaters this year for winter. I’m also looking forward to new accessories.
Especially beads and gold things. I want to be adorned like a prince this coming spring. Lastly, I’m on the hunt for some vintage frames. Great eyewear makes me feel good. ”
At Khafra Company, we think that all of our clients and customers are slightly-more-than-fierce. What does that mean to you?
“‘Slightly-more-than’ is kinda funny, LOL. I think folks are ‘all the way’ fierce in their own right. The more folks are themselves the more it translates. Or doesn’t. Bottom line is being yourself is awesome. Be inspired. Make everything your own. Thats the key. Wait. What was the question? LOL. jk.