If you're on a fitness journey, what's your motivation? Is it about feeling good or looking good? Personal trainer Micah "Bravo" Matthews sat down with me after one of our workouts to talk about going beyond the physical side of physical fitness. Bravo talks about his fitness journey, his passion for working with others plus being able to see inside of his clients.
And for the first time, I took a podcast interview to video! Want to see the man, himself?
Halima has the very cool experience of having been in fundraising and philanthropy in several spaces. Whether it has been at a global university or a small historically Black college, the Muslim or Christian community, or among African Americans or South Asians, Halima has come to understand that there is importance in identity when it comes to giving.
Sometimes a great interview is right there in front of you. That was certainly the case with this episode's guest. T'Edra Jackson creates goals only to crush them. I met her when she was a college sophomore. Now the young professional, who recently completed her master's program at Pepperdine, is creating new goals to crush. There is no doubt she understands her value.
I thought it would be fun to hear about her journey from Baton Rouge to Dallas to Malibu, but I was more interested in how that path has informed who T'Edra is. Charming as ever, the young grasshopper gives an entertaining account of enrolling in a college she had never heard of, becoming one of its most valuable ambassadors, and building a resilient identity along the way.
It's one of the most uttered responses to entertainers and athletes who express their thoughts about politics and social issues--"stick to what you know." While we may be justified in saying that when someone gives an uninformed opinion, there are those times that the "stick to what you know" directive is off base.
Justin Guarini of "American Idol" fame had something (great) to say about being told to stick to his craft:
The next idiot that tells me to "stick to acting" should be forced to watch From Justin to Kelly until they agree I should "stick to politics."
This edition of the podcast was also inspired by my conversation with David Grubb on episode 40 about the identity and value of athletes. I have some follow-up thoughts about Colin Kaepernick and the University of Missouri football team. What is behind telling these folks (and people like them) to "stick what they know?" Do they really lack the intelligence to grasp political and social issues?
After watching my New Orleans Saints go down in a crushing defeat against the Minnesota Vikings, I found myself thinking about one person--Marcus Williams, the rookie infamously known for missing the tackle that sealed the victory for the Vikes. I was so frustrated about fans' reaction to Williams that I wrote about it on my Facebook page. We, as fans, are quick to criticize athletes in their moments of infamy and when their opinions about social issues are counter to ours, but most of us have no idea who these people are.
David Grubb has seen professional athletes at their high points and definitely at their low points. He is a sports writer who has gotten to know college and pro athletes outside of their arenas, and he shares his experiences in those encounters. We chat about Grubb's perspective on athletes' identity and value behind the mistakes and their stances on social issues.
It's a new direction for the podcast! The Eddie Francis Podcast Show wants to empower you more by focusing on identity and value. I thought of this when I realized that August of 2017 was the 20th anniversary of Tom Peters' pivotal career article "The Brand Called You". That piece launched the great practice of personal branding but many of us have focused on the external elements of building personal brands. To me, personal branding is more about identity and value.
Going forward, we are dedicating this podcast to how people articulate who they are (identity) and their worth to the people around them (value). Consider this episode an invitation to let me and Halima know what uplifts your identity and value. Whether it is an interview, a commentary or Halima's "Write to Bear Alms" segment, tell us what would energize, enlighten and encourage you!
In the meantime, check out these past podcast episodes where identity and value were themes:
Sara Taney Humphreys felt the urge to write...so she did. That led her to becoming an award-winning novelist who is known for her paranormal romance and urban fantasy series of books including the Amoveo Legend novels which have been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award. Not only that, she has enjoyed time as a speaker and professional actress whose television credits include "A&E Biography", "Guiding Light", "Another World", "As the World Turns", and "Rescue Me".
A very cool friend, Sara took the time to talk about how she finally got her ideas out of her head and onto paper. She gives great insights not only for budding writers but anyone who has that dream waiting to be unleashed.
In part two of this Black Philanthropy Month edition of the podcast, Halima covers a lot of ground in only 29 minutes. She talks about how to establish a philanthropic identity, why you should educate yourself on a cause (instead of giving blindly), and even what happens when a donor feels their philanthropic identity has been betrayed. Just add li'l sum'n, sum'n, she even comments about giving and church.
We are upon yet another Black Philanthropy Month so that can only mean it's time for Halima to do her thang! Over the past year, I have thought carefully about my identity and value, and part of that has been establishing my identity as a giver. Having learned from this careful thought, I asked Halima to offer insights about having a philanthropic identity.
She has some good stuff! Halima gave insight about what it means to have a philanthropic identity, how anyone can have said identity, and the impact of clearly understanding your philanthropic identity to the people who surround you. There is also a very cool portion of the conversation dedicated to understanding the difference between philanthropy as power and philanthropy as influence.
Leslie Brown, who joined us for episodes 2 and 4, returns to the podcast. This time, our resident mental health professional takes on a topic about which she is very passionate--self-care. Leslie helps kick off the new sound of the Eddie Francis Podcast Show which now focuses more on the impact of identity and value. The counseling professional talks about what self-care is, what threatens self-care, a prominent figure's self-care victory, and the importance of balance in our lives.