The pull-down effect

Pull down effect

~Not Even Me~

So now you’ve figured it out, you know what your calling is or maybe not but you kind of know what is most appealing to you regarding the path of your life. But it’s too risky! I mean you’re now a certain age, and your peers are way ahead of you. If you fail in this one thing you desire that’s it, you would have failed in life. As a coping mechanism, we tend to fall back onto plan B.

I realised that I had the habit of settling for plan B in the most mundane of ways. I once was looking for a specific bottle of perfume, and I couldn’t find it, so I settled for another. The funny thing is to this day I detest the scent of my second choice. I have concluded that second choices will smell good enough at first but in the end, they stink.

There are tons of mental roadblocks stop us from really pursuing plan A with gusto. I say mental roadblocks because most of them aren’t real. Some reasons are legit and scary. Like quitting your job to start a business while you have a family relying on your health care benefits is very risky. But some exceptional people have succeeded. Even those who failed have succeeded because they have dared! The fear of the unknown is one of the major powers of the pull-down effect. What’s interesting even if you don’t go for what you want the fear remains in the form of “what if?”

The pull-down effect happens when you try to reach out to something higher than what you currently have, and you get dragged down back into your comfort zone. In the same manner as the Law of Gravity. If the pull-down effect weren’t so real, there would be a lot more people who are happily fulfilling their callings and living their best life.

The same way eagles and aeroplanes defy gravity you too can defy the pull-down effect.

 

 

On which side of history are you on?

Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara

I am one of those people who are particularly nostalgic. I love period movies, music and fashion. And as an African child born only 2 years before Namibia’s independence I go through times when I overindulge in reading about the liberation struggles of many African nations, the songs the stories and the music. This always brings a deeper appreciation for our leaders. Who were then barely adults and yet so courageous and wise beyond their years because they did not have the privilege of fooling around and enjoying their childhood. I have a great fondness and a sincere appreciation for their tenacity and resilience.

Their audacity to look the enemy in the eyes and demand that they; be liberated always has me questioning who I would have been had I been born during that time. Would I have been quiet? An informant risking the lives of my brethren for my own benefit? Or Would I have been as courageous as the greats? I’ve pondered on this for quite some time now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that who I am today is the same person I would have been during those times of apartheid. My silence today on economic issues that Africa is facing today would have been the same silence I would have had during apartheid. Keeping my mouth shut and being a good Kaffir.

On which side of history are you on? Because history is being made with every day that you’re alive. Are you currently the equivalent of what was then known as puppets by only looking out for yourself? By benefiting from corrupt systems without considering your brethren who are starving to death in front of your very eyes? Or are you perhaps the fearless visionary leader, pure blood of our forefathers who not only fought for themselves but for their nations? Where will you be in the pages of history?

The second wind of change is sweeping across the African continent. We thank our liberators, but we can no longer ignore the gross economic injustice that the continent is under. Instead of placing blame I advocate for us to take over the torch and lead our motherland to a more sustainable economic development.

Be a part of something that’s greater than yourself.

A Dangerous Concept!

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“I put out a record, and I knew the diss would get some attention. It actually got a response from Jay Z” – 50 cent

This is what 50 Cent said in his 2012 interview with Oprah. The YouTube comment section dubbed this statement as “a dangerous concept”. If you have seen a rap battle, I’m sure you’ve seen a group of kids surrounding two kids who are at lyrical war. With another providing the beat with their psychedelic beatboxing skills. Rap battles shot to another level with the release of diss tracks to purposely envoke anger in one another. The primary purpose of this is record sales. Of course, ego plays a significant role too, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll focus on the monetary gain.

As we all know the black culture is the leading influencer of pop culture, so the concept of dissing is also used on social media to gain attention or followers. Somebody goes onto a celebrity’s page and hits the follow button and then proceeds to provoke them by saying all kinds of negative things to get them to respond. Once they do get the response they get attention, more followers, eventually social media fame which than lead to financial gain if handled correctly.

“I was aiming to get to a million followers. So I said when I hit a million followers, I’m gone roast Kevin Hart for a week until he responds. I hit a million, and I sat down that weekend and went to roasting, he replied in 15 minutes” – DC Young Fly

DC sat down with TV One and explained how he propelled his social media following by dissing Kevin Hart who has over 35 Million followers on Twitter. If Kevin responds to you, that’s millions of people coming to check what you’re about. DC has gone to be an actor in the Christmas movie Almost Christmas starring along heavy hitters like Monique, Gabrielle Union and Danny Glover. That diss got DC attention, yes, but the focus of everyone who came to his page, because of Kevin’s response was on how hard he had worked at his craft and the fact that he is actually talented.

So You might be wondering why is this a dangerous concept? Well, because it involves other people’s feelings duh! And we all know that one person who doesn’t know the limits and cross over to talking about people’s children and pets just to get a rise out of someone. My grandma always said “Don’t be mean to someone or something that can’t defend itself. When people were saying mean-spirited things about Beyonce’s daughter that was crossing the line!

Have a great weekend and in the words of Ellen DeGeneres “Be kind to one another”!