I'm really not interested in political debate; but Oh yes I do vote; because I want those that I vote for to take care of all of the politics that are needed to protect us. With that being said.
I do feel an obligation and deep passion to protect my business, indeed the legacy that I will leave for my children, grandchildren and all generations that will follow. Those of us who are successful entrepreneurs in the natural hair care industry have a moral obligation to trust in and oversee the ancient African art form that has been handed down to us.
Some may think that braiding and locking hair is just a lil' sum'in-sum'in and has no real value. I use to believe that until God showed me a way off of the plantation.
The plantation for me was corporate america. I continued braiding (on the side for a few bucks whenever someone asked me to do their kids hair, or give them a cheap up-do for a special occasion while I worked my 9 to 5 j-o-b. I didn't know, at the time, that I possessed a special gift.
It wasn't until I was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo several surgeries that it came to me as clear as crystal,clear water that I had to leave the Plantation and start my own business. With the focus of one training for the Olympics I read and studied every book, program, lecture, information gathering tool I could get my hands on. The other thing that I didn't know was that God had been preparing me all through my life for this 'job' that I am firmly ensconced in. Customer service was big at the phone company and I was excellent at it. I won awards ever year for being good at that and meeting and surpassing my quota for sales that the company set.