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Free Write: A Counterintuitive Start to November

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As I flew into Chicago, I sat next to two millennials, presuming both are anywhere between age 23-25. Drinks were served. Per usual, I got my black coffee and both of them got ginger ale. What's interesting is the one in the aisle seat also asked for a cup of orange juice. The guy in the middle seat then inquired, "How did you get that?" To that he responded "You gotta ask for it man." And then added "They charge way too much for these flights anyway."

Such simple statements yet so intriguing. The challenge most of us face is we just fail to ask. We are afraid of being ridiculed, being rejected. We want the reward but not the struggle. We want the result but not the process. We are in love with the foreseeable victory, but not the fight. It's no coincidence I'm currently reading "The Subtle Art to Not Giving A F**" In this book, Author Manson makes the point that "the more we choose to accept responsibility in our lives, the more power we will exercise over our lives." Which bears the question, "When was the last time you took responsibility over your life this year?

After this month, there's one more month (31 solid days) until the year is over. Have you ever pondered on why you may not have accomplished that goal you made in January? Guess what fam, you probably did not want to hear "No!" Well quit feeling sorry for yourself then. Here's a sneaky truth about life. It's very difficult to be an important and life-changing presence for some people without also being a joke and an embarrassment to others. So go out there and break rules! Be joke. Be serious. Be free. Change that November to Yesvember! Don't settle yet, Strive! Strive for more, to improve, to be better than the you yesterday! As Leonard Ravens once said, "The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of the opportunity."

Mise en place.

- Jeph Acheampong

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