"We must reconnect education and aspiration with today's youth. Missing this link, means kids just check out. Missing this link is the reason that young people are dropping out of high school in record levels. We must reconnect education and aspiration for this generation. This is my charge."
John Hope Bryant, co-chair of Project 5117 for Operation HOPE
"When you deal with issues of class and poverty today, you get race for free. Focusing on anyone making say $50,000 a year or less, pretty much covers all of the minority groups so many are concerned about. But class doesn't divide us like race always does."
Today was one if those days. I was exhausted because of a very strong week.
The problem was, my day was not over when I needed to call it a day. So I did what I always do. I found the energy, after which my executive assistant Charmela Freeman asked me "where I found it" (the energy she meant). Here is what my response to her was, as she thought it might help others:
"You can find the energy inside yourself. Little hidden cubbies of hope, belief, self esteem, love and opportunity. You have plenty inside yourself."
I am proud to be a new LinkedIn Influencer contributer for 2014. One of 500 thought leaders from around the world. With the exception of my new and upcoming book, and my contributions to Huffington Post and of course my own Blog, here at johnhopebryant,com, LinkedIn Influencer is where I will be making my primary writing signature known around thought leadership.