This week I found myself wondering what the world would look like and the difference that could be made if the black youth understood the concept of delayed gratification.
If we aimed for building industries, legacy, life-changing products, and companies. What if we focused on value creation instead of what we can get now? If we sacrificed the nice cars and getting money today for something bigger than anyone else that came before us, has ever created.
Would it hurt to dream big and go for those dreams instead of saying it can’t be done and blame systems for excluding us?
There’s no doubt that as black people we start from a negative, unlike other races. I’ve been numerous instances where I was shut out of things because I sounded black on the phone, sucks I went to townships school, and never learned to talk fancy English.
But after all these years, I remained determined to break the status quo, to push against the resistance. Some things are just bigger than the short term desires and joys.
It can’t be done until someone does it and like Elon Musk said, “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”.