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This month, BlackEnterprise.com presents Month of the Man, where we bring you career features tailored for male leaders of color all over the world.
It’s no secret that you need to be smart to succeed in today’s global market. Education consultant Howard Jean (@Howard_J), embraces this notion and has dedicated his personal and professional life to helping young adults strengthen their education. Jean is the principal of Success through Education, Inspiration, & Leadership L.L.C., a consulting firm that specializes in working with education institutions and organizations to support growth, program development, and management.
As a result of Jean’s extraordinary success, including being a director at Call Me MISTER, a college program that empowers young men of color, he has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tavis Smiley Radio Show, and in Essence magazine.
For BlackEnterprise.com, Jean shares some of his personal quips about the power of education for young males of color to advance their skills and education:
Remember, college is not the last stop when it comes to learning. “Your undergraduate experience only prepares you to begin the professional learning process and equips you with general information to begin exploring the industry you desire to enter, ” Jean says. “Once you enter your profession, you must keep learning to be recognized as one of the best in your field.”
Connecting with global professionals and businesspeople is vital. As an emerging leader, begin doing some international networking and building relationships abroad via the Web, he adds. “Once relationships are built, you should invest in travel. As a young professional, traveling to learn will benefit you on many levels beyond what a lecture, documentary, book, or Website can provide.”
Be sure to increase your self-awareness through reflection. Jean encourages journal writing as the best way to learn who you are. “Learning more about others makes you smart, but learning more about yourself makes you wise,” he adds. “Your mistakes, accomplishments, and fears are all lessons that should be understood in a deeper context beyond the moment in which they happen, thus, reflection is the best teacher.”
Always remain curious. Curiosity is the foundation of learning and intellectual growth. “You should always maintain a curious nature that drives you to explore, go further, and dig deeper in your professional endeavors,” Jean says.
Read more and become a self-learner. “Many people romanticize about the success of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Oprah Winfrey,” he says, “but what they often fail to realize is the level of dedication and self-taught skills they developed from reading on their own. This is why you must make a commitment to read a book at least once a month. Odds are, once you begin reading a book once a month, your curiosity and thirst for reading will increase.”
Antoine Moss, Ph.D., (@2PositiveTweets) is a nationally recognized resource on internships, early career achievement, leadership and motivation. CEO and founder ofCEO Style Consulting L.L.C., Moss empowers professionals and organizations to reach their full potential, and serves as speaker, workshop instructor and consultant. The author of Learn to Intern CEO Style, Moss has been a featured expert on outlets including Fox 8 TV News and George Fraser’s 2011 Power Networking Conference.
I’m going on vacation next week and I have promised myself that I will not wait until the last minute to pack! I am going to get a full night’s rest the day before I travel! I thought it would be cool to research good articles to prepare for travel and I found some good ones that I need to share!
Tips for packing your suitcase? -> REAL SIMPLE
Great Travel Apps! -> Departure Magazine
5 Things to bring on every trip! -> AARP
Want to travel light, fellas? -> GQ
Stick to your vacation Budget! -> REAL SIMPLE
Travel like you mean it! -> Esquire
Tips on how to buy Luggage? -> AARP
First Lady Michelle Obama in Ireland!
Comedy! Pure comedy!
Bill Belichick must feel like God’s little agent? No? I know that sounds corny, but who would have thought that when Bill said he didn’t think Tebow was all that bad, he was considering having him on the squad? Whatever the case may be, Tim Tebow said, “The earth is the Lord’s and the NFL thereof.” He may be benching, but he’ll be banking!!!!
Nia Long looks like she did years ago! Better with time! Maybe Black doesn’t crack afterall!
Sanaa Lathan… effortless beauty!
Ms. Brandy Norwood! You know this is my favorite singer of all time!
Queen Latifah! Oh, My! She gets better with time as well!
Kerry Washington. Is the bottom of her dress finished?