How many of you feel different right now? How many of you have started reading Booker T Washington’s biography? How many of you are in the middle of it or have finished reading it like me?
Mehn I feel different, I feel awesome and I have renewed hope in what I set out to do with this blog and that is because I read Booker T Washington’s biography. This biography has inspired in me a silent desire for philanthropic success in a very crazy selfless way.
Such a phenomenal man, he laid his own desires aside for the greater good of his own race. He taught them ceaselessly about the importance of educating a man. Now I totally see my mother in a different light, with more respect than ever because she’s always telling me education is meant to improve my character and not aide me in looking down on others or use my knowledge as a weapon to take that which is not mine.
I feel like a new person. Like someone has reprogrammed my mind from the shitty talk we hear about how useless education is TO EDUCATION IS THE GREATEST DUTY ANYONE CAN RENDER TO SOCIETY. Education has aided us to be better individuals to ourselves and our societies no matter whether you have a job or not. We are in short—refined.
My best takeaways from Booker T are;
# 1 To graduates of today he says
One man may go into a community prepared to supply the people there with an analysis of Greek sentences. The community may not at that time be prepared for, or feel the need of, Greek analysis, but it may need bricks, houses and wagons. If the man can supply the need for those, then, it will lead eventually to a demand for the first product, and with the demand will come the ability to appreciate it and to profit by it.
#2 On public speaking he says
Give them an idea for every word you speak.
#2 On success he says
In order to be successful in any kind of undertaking, I think the main thing is for one to grow to the point where he completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause. In proportion as one loses himself in this way, in the same degree does he get the highest happiness out of his work.
#3 On politics he says
The Negro should not be deprived by unfair means of the franchise, political agitation alone would not save him, and that at the back of the ballot he must have property, industry, skill, economy, intelligence, and character, and that no race without these elements could permanently succeed
#4 On elections he says
It will become apparent that the white man who begins by cheating a Negro out of his ballot, soon learns to cheat a white man out of his, and that the man who does this ends his career of dishonesty by the theft of property or by some equally serious crime.
#5 About work he says
I make it a rule never to let my work drive me, but to so master it, and keep it in such complete control, and to keep so far ahead of it, that I will be the master instead of the servant. There is a physical and mental and spiritual enjoyment that comes from a consciousness of being the absolute master of one’s work, in all its details, that is very satisfactory and inspiring.
#6 About nature
I pity the man or woman who has never learned to enjoy nature and to get strength and inspiration out of it.
when I started reading this book I didn’t know it would impress upon me an image of admiration towards this long time legend who went from being a slave boy to a President of the most popular coloured school in America but it did. I loved this book so much in that I plan to re-read it first thing in December when this book challenge ends.
But as promised here is The One Thing, a book I know we shall all love
Ps: If you know Lawrence Bagambe or are seated next to him right now, give him a huge hug and tell him thank you because he loved the challenge so much that he sent me some more books to share. So look out for titles like the Lean Startup by Eric Ries, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Rework-change the way you work forever by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson and Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.
If at all you also have books that you enjoyed reading and they are in PDF format, you can send them to me and I will share them as bonus books throughout the book reading challenge.
Otherwise have a blast with the one thing and guys please let’s talk about how much we are enjoying this challenge, I don’t want to feel like the girl who lives in ghost town 😉
So hit me up in the comments section and let me know how you feel or what you think about my selection